St. John’s Church, Essex

at Rector
Location Essex
Date Posted July 17, 2020
Category Connecticut (Rev. Lee Ann Tolzmann)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation Will meet diocesan guidelines.
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 321
Average Sunday Attendance 159
Child Population in Church School 20
Adult Population in Church School 30
Teacher Population in Church School 13
Budget $584,397
Anglo-Catholic no
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

St. John’s is a Christian community whose members care deeply for one another. In the words of one of our younger members: "St. John's is like a second family". This is most meaningfully demonstrated in the breadth of our pastoral care ministries, which involve clergy and laity and range from prayer teams to visitations to providing food in difficult times. This mutual care is rooted in and reinforced by our common worship of God in the Episcopal tradition of the Broad Church. We have been blessed by a series of excellent priests, both Rectors and Assistants, who were and are outstanding preachers and educators. Our spirited music program adds beauty and joy to our services. St. John’s is also a place that encourages individuals to experiment with new ways to serve God in our community and in the world. This has resulted in relationships that stretch from the lower Connecticut Valley to Haiti to Mozambique.

Challenges

St. John’s would like to be better at attracting and engaging young adults and families in God’s work in our community. We need meet young people where they are in life and ask them to participate in ministries that resonate with them. Our discernment process has found that we do not all see the church’s role in social and environmental witness in the same way.  In the past our desire for comity usually has led us to avoid engaging in political issues. Our focus has been more on personal transformation than social change. Our activism has been charitable, and our message, spiritual. We are looking for a Rector to work with us in discerning where God is calling us in the midst of the upheavals we are experiencing in 2020. The world is changing. We need to change, too. Listening in love to each other and discerning what God calls us to do will challenge us, but we have faith that God will help us.

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Contact Information

The Reverend Lee Ann Tolzmann, Canon for Mission Leadership

latolzmann@episcopalct.org