St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church

at Rector
Location Laytonsville
Date Posted February 4, 2022
Category Washington (Robert Phillips)
Job Type Part Time
Setting Town
Compensation 44000
Diocesan Compensation Info https://media.edownetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2021/10/29140207/2022-Compensation-Guidelines-for-Clergy.docx.pdf
Health Benefits None
Housing Housing for 2
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Optional
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 2
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 167
Average Sunday Attendance 45
Child Population in Church School 12
Teacher Population in Church School 2
Budget 147,300

Description

Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

$52,000 total compensation (including all benefits/pension ($8,000)) for part-time 20 hours weekly position. Optional rectory available for possible additional negotiated hours.

Liturgical style and practice

Our worship is based on the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Our 10:30 AM services incorporate Holy Eucharist Rite II, with occasional use of Morning Prayer Rite II. We also use contemporary Eucharistic prayers from other sources. Our congregation welcomes special services conducted in Rite I as well as more progressive liturgies. Pre-pandemic, we conducted a 9:00 AM service featuring contemporary liturgies. Our music director incorporates music from many denominations. We present a variety of special services, including sung morning prayer, a Good Friday Tenebrae service, and Advent Lessons and Carols. We sometimes utilize our memorial garden and labyrinth for outdoor services. There is concern that St. Bartholomew’s vision and mission are not sufficiently incorporated in our worship, nor do they serve as a driving force for new initiatives. There is the expectation that our permanent rector will play an active and integral role in fulfilling both our vision and our mission in worship.

Strengths

Building St. Bartholomew’s Labyrinth and Memorial Garden was a successful and spiritually fulfilling endeavor for our parish. Its dedication was an inspirational ceremony for our parish and community. The project was funded entirely through donations and the labyrinth has become a wonderful gathering place, providing a peaceful setting for meditation and reflection.  This site has hosted outdoor services during the pandemic shutdown, funeral services, and an EDOW regional confirmation ceremony.

Challenges

St. Bartholomew’s reaches out to our community of Laytonsville through invitation signage and various social media, inviting neighbors to join in our weekly services and an array of parish-community services and events. We encourage the community to visit our memorial garden and labyrinth for prayer, contemplation or simply to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.  Most recently we have been supporting a nearby homeless shelter for veterans. Nevertheless, we recognize our parish needs to enhance its welcoming processes and ensure that follow up efforts are made to attract new parishioners. Lay leadership also recognizes that our outreach efforts lack consistency and cohesion. In addition, St. Bartholomew’s sits in the midst of one of the most ethnically diverse areas in America, yet our parish has remained relatively static in bringing diverse populations to our church. An enterprising rector versed in the finer points of community outreach would be a boon to St. Bartholomew’s parish as well as to the communities we seek to serve.

Comments

Our iconic parish, established in 1812, is located within an incorporated township (Laytonsville) in the Montgomery County agricultural preserve. Our Town has residences, an elementary school,  firehouse, small businesses, and other churches. Our church owns 3.5 acres with a cottage  rectory, an additional house available for a variety of uses (previous thrift shop) and a memorial  labyrinth garden. We are debt free with well-maintained buildings and grounds. We have  recently installed a state-of-the art audio/visual system for high quality hybrid worship. With a  robust vitality enhancement strategy, we are well-positioned for growth within our growing  Upper Montgomery County community. 

Contact Information

The Rev. Dr. Robert Phillips

Canon for Leadership Development and Congregational Care

Episcopal Diocese of Washington

202-537-6531

rphillips@edow.org