St. John’s West Point and St. Paul’s Millers Tavern

at Priest-in-Charge
Location West Point and Millers Tavern
Date Posted July 12, 2022
Category Virginia (Shirley Smith-Graham & Ed Keithly)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation $72,000 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 Supplied Housing
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Optional
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 69 St. John’s / 85 St. Paul’s
Average Sunday Attendance 28 St. John’s / 36 St. Paul’s
Child Population in Church School under 10
Adult Population in Church School not held since COVID
Budget $155,277 St. John’s / 172,167 St. Paul’s

Description

Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

These two congregations are 40-minutes from each other, and they would each be a half-time position on their own. They are exploring the possibility of sharing a full-time priest, and are doing the work to determine feasibility while, in parallel, they are open to receiving applications from clergy. If they determine sharing is not feasible, as part of this discernment process, then each position will be a half-time position.

Liturgical style and practice

Both churches love liturgy and music and joyfully celebrate services from the Book of Common Prayer. Dedicated lay volunteers read scripture, lead prayer, and serve as chalice bearers, ushers and altar guild. Sunday morning services are at 10 AM. Style is traditional BCP.

Strengths

Both of these historic congregations welcome a new ministry model in order to be even stronger in the future. At this juncture, sharing a priest is a new venture. Later, we may or may not choose to develop a shared ministry model. Strengths we have in common:

-Value being active churches grounded in Episcopal liturgy, engaged with Holy Scriptures, and eager to grow and learn

-Music and hymnody are inspiring and fortifying

-Warm and welcoming, enjoying welcoming new members and helping them feel part of the church

-Deeply caring toward each other and those outside the church

-Dedicated to outreach ministries

-Congregation includes core of younger families that churches wish to expand upon

-Both congregations are set in an area that includes Colonial-era planter families, indigenous peoples, and a cross-section of Caucasian and African-American people. Diversity provides opportunity for people to live into Beloved Community.

-Good at financial management

-Cultural norm of building community across various viewpoints: political, affiliations outside the church, work experience, age, and across racial differences.

-Profound respect for one another and eagerness to gather on Sundays and in-between.

Challenges

-Attracting new members, especially youth and young adults

-How to use the assets of the church (people skills, location, buildings) to create bridge to children and families in area

-Offering more adult Christian education

-Increasing children’s Sunday School enrollment

-Dealing with challenges of stewardship and giving in the context of larger demographic and cultural trends

-Opportunity to share a priest will present challenges that we will explore with faith and overcome with ingenuity, skill, and mutual commitment.

Comments

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

-Skilled in pastoral care: visit the sick and bereaved and attend to people at significant points in their lives (deaths, births, successes, sicknesses, etc.)

-Skilled in helping members develop an even stronger sense of community, willing to learn the needs of the church and be responsive to those needs.

-Dedicated to racial reconciliation and the continuing development of relationships with people from the historically Black St. Paul’s in West Point

-Inspiring preacher who shares biblically-based sermons that help people live their Christian faith

-Warm, caring priest who enjoys inviting people into church ministries and engaging their talents

Contact Information

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