|Date Posted||May 3, 2021|
Michigan (Ellen Ekevag)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Average Sunday Attendance||113|
|Child Population in Church School||19|
|Adult Population in Church School||20|
|Teacher Population in Church School||8|
At St. Clare’s we really do believe in and live out our mission to “Worship with Joy, Grow in Faith, and Act for Justice.”
We express our faith and gratitude to God through service to others. Each year our congregation plans and participates in a variety of programs that support the local community as well as world missions. We passionately strive for social justice in the world. Whether it is serving food to the hungry or co-hosting a mayoral forum on addressing the need for affordable housing in our community, we take our role for positive change seriously.
In the past five years, St. Clare’s membership has dropped by 40%. Prior to this time, we boasted over 100 children in our church school and youth groups. Currently we have around 35-40 children. There is a strong desire to attract back young families to St. Clare’s and to reenergize our youth program. We would also like our congregation to be more diverse and reflective of the community in which we live. Our current Director of Children’s Ministry will leave the position at the end of May. Filling this position with the right person will be key to achieving these goals.
The Genesis partnership with TBE is a relationship that is important to us and at times requires more nurturing. TBE is a larger congregation that uses the facility more than St. Clare’s does. As a result, they pay a greater share of the operating expenses, but we still split the capital expenditures evenly. This means that 30% of St. Clare’s annual budget goes to Genesis and it is the Genesis Board that determines how these funds are used. Each congregation holds half of the board positions and alternates the leadership position so the needs of both are represented.
Balancing the needs of each congregation is a constant challenge. For example, the members of TBE have always felt the need for greater security in the building. While we are sensitive to the climate that drives these fears, we also want the building to be a welcoming place that is used by many groups in the community. Issues can arise when major congregational events conflict, such as when Christmas Eve falls on a Friday or when Passover and Holy Week coincide.
Guided by our newly elected bishop the Rt. Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry, we are a diocese that values collegiality, creativity, and openness. We offer community organizing training, the College of Congregational Development, and ongoing collegiality and support. We invite you to come and join us as we embody the Gospel both inside and outside our church doors.
To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, OTM Portfolio, and two sample sermons (in any format) to:
The Rev. Canon Ellen Ekevag
Canon for Congregational Development and Transitions
Episcopal Diocese of Michigan