St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
|Date Posted||March 14, 2023|
Chicago (Sierra Reyes & Andrea Mysen)
|Diocesan Compensation Info||https://episcopalchicago.org/for-clergy/clergy-salary-and-benefits/|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Is there a rectory?||No|
Liturgical style and practice
From our origins in 1912 to today, St. Christopher’s has
offered multiple forms of worship. Today, we offer
three distinct Sunday worship services:
A Rite I, traditional language spoken service that, as
a pilot project, incorporates music once a month.
A contemporary “Wiggle Worship” liturgy that offers
children and their families accessible, participatory
worship. Children write prayers and songs, serve as
Eucharistic ministers, discuss the week’s lessons, and
participate in as many ways as possible in worship.
A Rite II, inclusive-language choral service utilizing a
variety of approved Eucharistic prayers and music
rooted in the Anglican tradition, complemented by
an expanding repertoire of choral hymns and
anthems. Our choir leads music in worship nine
months of the year as well as for special services
for the Feast of All Saints, Advent Lessons & Carols,
and the services of Holy Week.
Our strengths led to increased attendance in the years before the coronavirus pandemic, bucking national trends.
- Varied in our religious backgrounds and comfortable with people’s spiritual questions and doubts.
- Fully affirming of and enthusiastic about the gifts of women and of LGBTQ+ people to our neighborhood church and the church worldwide.
- Experienced in supporting families as they worship and serve others.
- Committed to helping our neighbors.
- Flexible in adapting to new ways to worship, serve, and organize our common life together.
- Ready to engage in greater fellowship and social activities.
As we begin anew from COVID, our parish asks ourselves these questions to shape our future:
- How can we deepen our relationships with each other, especially across worship communities, and strive to be more consistent in our welcome, so that everyone who enters our doors experiences friendliness and belonging?
- How can we create more consistent ways to care for each other, especially older adults if they transition out of in-person worship?
- How can we create appropriate worship, service, and educational experiences for families with children as they age out of Sunday school?
- How can we be more discerning, intentional, and organized in our service and social justice commitments?
- How can we organize ourselves so that we more equitably share the load of leadership responsibilities?
- How can we talk about stewardship not as an annual campaign but as a way to understand and direct the gifts of God’s grace through our lives?
We plan for a future where we will build on the strengths of our parish to grow in worship, in faithfulness, and in service to God’s people. We seek a rector with the following characteristics:
Collaborative: Working in partnership with our staff and lay leaders to bring a shared vision for St. Christopher’s to life.
Creative: Imagining, explaining, and helping us carry out new ideas and ways to encounter God through shared work and experiences.
Spiritual: Leading, working, preaching, and praying with us as an exemplar of a grounded spiritual life with healthy boundaries.
Discerning: Listening, asking thoughtful questions, gently testing our assumptions, and helping us collectively make wise choices for our future.
Family-oriented: Cherishing and nurturing our commitment to family worship and lifelong education and service for children and families, in all the ways that family is defined.
Genuine: Relating to our authentic selves and being an authentic presence in return.
Joy-filled: Feeling enthusiasm for our community.
Amiable: Making conversation easily and finding humor when the Holy Spirit makes different plans from our own.
For more information visit the St. Christopher’s website, view the OTM and download the parish profile. To apply, fill out the Clergy Form for Transitions.