St. David’s Church

at Interim Rector (or Priest-in-Charge)
Location Ashburn
Date Posted July 14, 2022
Category Virginia (Shirley Smith-Graham & Ed Keithly)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $90,000 (negotiable for exp.)
Diocesan Compensation Info https://www.thediocese.net/Customer-Content/www/CMS/files/Finance_and_Management/6_2021_Compensation_Guidelines.pdf
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing None
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 371 (from Parochial Report, may need adjustment)
Average Sunday Attendance 79
Budget $852,692 (note: deficit budget)

Description

Liturgical style and practice

Sunday 9 AM is contemporary family service with children’s sermon and 11 AM is more traditional.

Strengths

St. David’s is a contemporary church rooted in the Episcopal expression of Christian faith. St. David’s builds on the past while ministering to the present. It is home to the historic landmark of Belmont Chapel where Margaret Mercer, a progressive educator and abolitionist, taught both girls and boys regardless of race in the 1840’s. The mission and commitment to education is carried forward today with the St. David’s Preschool. A diverse and inclusive church, we are proud to be a welcoming spiritual home for people from all walks of life. Being a welcoming congregation is important to us, and we seek to revive warm, effective Welcome/Connect initiatives similar to what we had pre-pandemic. Suburbia has grown up around us, making us a peaceful oasis. The area includes housing developments, shops, exercise studios, coffee shops and restaurants, providing the potential of making St. David’s an extension of the community. Entering the sanctuary, you sight the walk-in baptistry and more traditional font, and beyond it, the altar, set against the woods outside. The beautiful, expansive grounds provide options for outdoor worship services, community events and recreation.  The staff includes a Preschool Director and a Preschool Administrator for the fully enrolled Preschool, a Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry/Pastoral Assistant (lay), a General Manager, a Parish Administrator, an Accounting Administrator, a Communications Assistant, and a Music Director. Volunteer ministries include an Audio/Visual team for supporting in-person and livestream worship, Men’s Fellowship, and Facilities Committee. Continuing and rebuilding strong outreach ministries (domestic and foreign) is a priority since outreach is part of the essence of who we are and who we strive to be.  

Challenges

As do most organizations, we seek guidance as to how to adapt to a post-pandemic church environment. We have a hearty appetite to regather the community and have had some success hosting fellowship events. We feel we have a lot of growth potential as we find the new normal. We seek a clergyperson who can help us describe and address any conflicted situations, and help us reconcile and move onward with each other in Gospel mission. Our area encompasses the full spectrum of political thought with regions east and west of us tending to diverge.  We therefore seek a clergyperson who can affirm the “big tent” capabilities of the Episcopal Church as we seek to live as the Beloved Community of Jesus. Pre-pandemic, we were accustomed to a robust music ministry. We need to assess goals for our music program as part of worship ministries, especially in light of reduced income. We desire to take a step up with our general stewardship, with pledging and planned giving in particular. We would be fortunate to find a liturgical and pastoral leader who is also comfortable helping us develop a more deliberate approach toward the stewardship and financial support of the buildings which host our missional activities. 

Comments

The following skills / attributes that we seek in our next clergyperson: 

-Warm, caring person who connects easily with others 

-Welcoming person who eagerly invites and involves others in ministries 

-A person who will build cohesion by making connections with a broad diversity of people and help our congregation develop an understanding of itself as a unified “we” 

-A skilled and energetic preacher who will inspire us to be disciples of Jesus  

-Someone with strong business acumen, who feels comfortable with St. David’s scale, size, budget and diversity of operations. 

-A self-aware clergyperson who is not afraid to supplement their strengths with those of others or ask for other resources or assistance 

Contact Information

The Rev. Shirley Smith Graham, ssmithgraham@thediocese.net, 804-622-3180