St. John’s, New Haven

at Priest-in-Charge
Location New Haven
Date Posted June 25, 2024
Category Connecticut (Tim Hodapp)
Job Type Part Time
Setting Urban
Compensation We adhere to the ECCT guidelines. Found in the Commons Companion on the ECCT website.
Diocesan Compensation Info https://www.episcopalct.org/administration
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Supplied Housing
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Budget $177,249

Description

Liturgical style and practice

• Traditional BCP service (Rite II); “low church” in TEC
• Eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary music, using 1982 Hymnal as well as LEVAS and more contemporary
selections
• Monthly Taizé service (innovation), following the BCP – either Holy Eucharist II or Morning Prayer II
• Heavy lay participation (over 25 lay preachers from our congregation in 2023)
• Hybrid services, with still significant numbers participating through Zoom

Strengths

  • Healthy diversity of people and backgrounds: Young congregation (1/2 graduate students and young professionals), but also multigenerational (from infant to 70s) and international members with younger families, couples, singles; most not ‘cradle Episcopalians’.
  • Thoughtful, articulate, and creative congregation, deeply committed to the imitation of Christ and the growth of his mission in our city and in the world.
  • Theological depth, well informed (irenic: ‘generous orthodoxy’); room for different theological views, willingness to accept tension and paradox in how we understand and apply our faith, while remaining devoted to and united with each other.
  • Love of Scripture and desiring to have our lives guided by it (committed to knowing and teaching the word)
  • Significant presence and involvement of lay leaders, including those with extensive professional ministry experience.
  • Strong interest in building community within and outside our church, with healthy small groups and participation in parish ‘family’ events.
  • Growing family and children and youth ministry
  • Exciting outreach initiatives: creation care, racial justice, ministry to refugees, etc.
  • World church awareness, with leaders in world Christianity and the involvement of other internationals in our congregation.
  • A generous congregation: in our commitments to one another, the use of our resources, etc. – a remarkably strong budget for a smaller church.
  • A lovely building near the Yale campus with a beautiful sanctuary, prayer chapel, and fully developed undercroft with lots of meeting and classroom space.

Challenges

  • Clergy who can maximize our community life and mission effectiveness as a leader of leaders while serving less than half time (1/3) (esp. sustaining our Eucharist services).
  • Although animated by the presence of young families, we still need a ‘critical mass’ of children and youth to create a more robust ministry for them.
  • Maintaining consistent leadership and service with a transitory community (esp. among students and younger professionals)
  • Our building is in great shape overall, but requires consistent maintenance and attention to repairs.

Comments

Our commitment to live our lives under the authority of scripture and to nurture a generous orthodoxy and biblical faithfulness is one of the key features in our identity as evangelical. We are looking for a priest who shares these commitments, and who is flexible and mature enough to partner with our key leaders (and we have many!), while helping to discern and empower our future. We are also eager to have a priest who animated by the Holy Spirit and provides Christlike care for our flock.

Contact Information

The Rev. Cn. Timothy Hodapp
Canon for Congregations & Transitions
203.639.3501 x133
thodapp@episcopalct.org