St. George’s Episcopal Church

at Rector/Campus Ministry
Location Durham--a University town
Date Posted September 15, 2020
Category New Hampshire (Gail Avery)
Job Type 3/4 Time
Setting Town
Compensation 77,500
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing for 6
Equity Allowance Negotiable
Communicants in Good Standing 94 adults, 24 youth
Average Sunday Attendance 55
Child Population in Church School 0
Adult Population in Church School 12
Teacher Population in Church School 3
Budget 171,346
Anglo-Catholic yes
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Description

Strengths

Walking distance to the University of New Hampshire, located in Durham, NH--a quaint 'college town' on beautiful Great Bay, a large brackish body of water with its 7 rivers forming NH's greater seacoast region. With departure of a 22-year rectorship, congregation is now stepping into new roles of leadership with an increase understanding of community engagement, especially during this time of COVID.  Here is their continued vision:

"We will be a parish of Christ followers preaching the Gospel to the greater community.  Our focus will continue to be on the Gospel and not political or divisive issues that have polarized the Anglican Community.  We want to continue to be a church where people of different philosophical views can continue to embrace each other and facilitate a welcoming and judgement-free environment for everyone.

Our parishioners believe that one of our parish's biggest strengths is our strong sense of community and that sentiment plays a big role in our vision for the parish.  As a community full of college students as well as families with young children and retirees, we will provide multiple ways to interact and respond to God's call in our lives.  We also strive to show God's love to the greater community and continue to support various outside organization such as SOS recovery, Food Pantry and twelve step groups, and be more visible in the Durham community as a focus of spiritual development and faith.

We seek an inspiriting priest to lead us in these community outreach efforts but also to see broader involvement from parishioners, continuing with our making a parish a shared ministry.

 

Challenges

Rectory is a 5 bedroom home and part of the congregation's and new priest's discernment will be whether it should be sold.  Though ideal for a large family, uses could include housing for an intentional Christian community like the Episcopal Service Core, a recovery center, etc.  Under previous rector, Canterbury Club was the extent of parish's campus ministry which didn't take into consideration the emotional and spiritual concerns of all students.  Deep listening to community partnerships including UNH's facility and students is needed.

Comments

During this transition period, parish has been guided by a skilled interim priest who has helped parishioners to claim responsibility and step into new roles of leadership.  Previous rector did most of the decision making, so this is an exciting change for the parish and one that has been joyfully embraced.  They are facing their financial constraints head on--thus they are considering selling their rectory.

Contact Information

To apply, please email the following to the Rev. Canon Gail Avery, Canon for Transition and Community Engagement, gavery@nhepiscopal.org

  1.  A letter of interest addressed tot he Search Committee of St. George's Episcopal Church
  2.  A current resume
  3.  Current OTM Profile