St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

at Rector
Location Washington
Date Posted May 9, 2021
Category Washington (Robert Phillips)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Urban
Compensation 113,000
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 259
Average Sunday Attendance 100
Child Population in Church School 5
Adult Population in Church School 30
Teacher Population in Church School 4
Budget 504588
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 no
Rite II yes

Description

Strengths

During COVID-19, St. Luke's has held several online events designed to educate, entertain,  and fundraise. For All Saints and All Souls Day, St. Luke's conducted a two-day educational  webinar focused on the origins of the Day of the Dead feasts and festivals as they are known in Central and South America. Guest speakers were brought in and other churches  participated in this interactive webinar with breakout sessions on various topics. St. Luke's  celebrated its 147th anniversary online. The anniversary committee planned the celebration to  include a "reception" where participants listened to live music, watched a presentation  slideshow, listened to pre-recorded musical selections, a live reading of the history of the  church, and pre-recorded first-person rector profiles voiced by current parishioners with the  picture of the rector showing. Over 100 people attended the event. These two events illustrate  that St. Luke's is committed to diversity and educating members about differences and  similarities with other cultures. St. Luke's is also willing to change the way we do things to  adapt to new circumstances and maintain momentum.  

Challenges

A major conflict involved embezzlement. Within the past ten years, a parishioner (who is still  a member) was discovered to have stolen money from the church. The parishioner paid the  money back and a “Service of Forgiveness” was conducted by the Rector. The perpetrator  came before the congregation and admitted wrongdoing, informed the church that the money  had been repaid, and asked for forgiveness. The police were never involved with this matter.  For many, this issue remains paramount and since they would like to have seen severe  punishment administered, they will not let it go. Another issue is that there are parishioners  who feel like people in leadership positions need to have degrees—preferably advanced  degrees. Lastly, many congregants do not like sharing the parking lot with Whole Foods (even  though this is a source of income), and the sanctuary itself with other kinds of congregations.  St. Luke’s does have a record of addressing issues, but the resolution of those issues is not to  everyone’s satisfaction. There is a faction in the church that is not able to move beyond past  hurts and disappointments. This inability to completely resolve issues is problematic.

Comments

St. Luke's is a parish that has a rich history of tradition and is working towards identifying new ways to live into a very changing community.  Parishioners are quite proud of past identity and are becoming increasingly open to answering the call that God has placed on them for mission growth and visionary presence.

The next Rector of St. Luke's should bring a skillset revealing strength in administration, pastoral care, evangelism, and conflict management.

Contact Information

The Rev. Canon Dr. Robert Phillips

(202) 537-6531

rphillips@edow.org