St. John’s Park Slope

at Priest in Charge
Location Brooklyn, New York City
Date Posted September 13, 2022
Category Long Island (Claire Woodley)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Urban
Compensation $110,000.00
Diocesan Compensation Info https://www.dioceseli.org/files/5016/3759/5600/2021-r2-for-2022-clergy-compensation-guidelines.pdf
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 211
Average Sunday Attendance 44
Child Population in Church School 9
Teacher Population in Church School 1
Budget $346,428.00

Description

Liturgical style and practice

Broad Church with some Anglo-catholic practices.

Strengths

We follow the Gospel and teachings of Jesus, with commitment to the social justice and
progressive values of the Episcopal Church. The Apostles and Nicene Creeds that we
recite during worship services state our beliefs and guide our practice. 1
We strive to be welcoming and inclusive. We recognize the joys and challenges that come
with serving as a spiritual home for an evolving, multigenerational, multiracial, and multiethnic
community. Our congregation spans geography, socioeconomic status, sexual
orientation and gender identity, and family structures.
2
Our formal and informal ministries are centered on community-building and support for
those in need. We have a combination of longstanding, traditional practices and newer
customs to cater to the changing moment (especially under Covid). Through these, we
work to show God’s love through our words and deeds. Our ministries are areas where we
wish to expand and grow because we know there are opportunities to deepen our
support.
3
Our special music ministry is something that draws in new members and serves as a
centerpiece for long-time members. The music choices and choir are intentionally diverse
and extremely high-quality.

4  We care for the most vulnerable in our community, our youngest and our oldest. Both
children and senior citizens can find comfort and community in our services, with
particular attention to ensure that our ministries continue to prioritize the needs of
members at both ends of the life cycle.

Challenges

Defining a unified vision for the church,
including the specifics of what is
included/not included in weekly services

Communication between the lay
leadership, Vestry members, staff, Priest,
parish and all members, with intentionality
to utilize a variety of communication
techniques (in-person, postal mail, email,
text, phone, etc.), recognizing the
generational and socioeconomic
differences in the congregation

Retention of families as school-age
children grow older and retention of
general members as people are leaving the
neighborhood and Brooklyn due to the
excessive cost of living

Fundraising and new membership
Building maintenance and upkeep of our
historic building, including shift to make
building ADA-compliant

Engaging a Priest in Charge who wants to stay based
in the Park Slope community

Consistent leadership of children’s
programming

Comments

Greatest Opportunities

Leveraging our music ministry to engage
new members and deepen community
among current members.
Upcoming 200th anniversary and
longstanding history. Activities and
events to promote community building
and membership growth.
Nurturing and growing our children and
youth programming. Engaging our
current families and volunteers, music
ministry, diocese and community to
support the next generation of members.
We are well situated geographically in the
community to engage and collaborate
with neighboring businesses, churches,
families, and individuals in community
building and activism.
Renovation of rectory and space/garden
rentals for income-generation
Increasing accessibility with technology,
including streaming options to participate
in services
Grow as a congregation and community
to be more active and and responsive to
current events and political issues that
align with the Episcopal Church

Contact Information

office@parkslopechurch.org