|Date Posted||January 22, 2016|
Vermont (Lynn Bates)
|Compensation||$18,000-$24,000 to cover all aspects (stipend, SECA, housing, pension)|
|Communicants in Good Standing||184|
|Average Sunday Attendance||65|
|Child Population in Church School||15|
We ...are flexible and embrace change gracefully, ...are a congregation that cherishes the call of an open Table, ...enjoy retired clergy who serve as helpful resources, ...have a high percentage of lay participants, ...a vigorous and able group of lay preachers, ...an excellent Music Director with creative vision and state-wide visibility who has inspired a growing choir and a strong music program, ...support our Sunday School and are committed to the children in our Sunday School and to children in the wider community through the local Foster program, and NEKO (Northeast Kingdom Organizing), ...worship continues with coffee hour, a nourishing venue for deepening connections, ...monthly midweek service designed to attract non-Episcopalians as well as members.
We are committed to our leadership Team model of two locally trained and ordained clergy, one seminary trained clergy and a Parish Administrative Coordinator. St. Mark's priests serve occasionally in nearby parishes as supply (Island Pond, St. Johnsbury, Lyndonville). We are open to working with other congregations in the NEK to develop a regional partnership ministry support team or pilot a regional ministry.
We...are a generous, giving church. When a funding challenge arises, missional or in-house, we have always met that challenge.
St. Mark's has a history of having a balanced budget and currently enjoys such.
We...exercise excellent and loving stewardship of our property and also use it as a way of reaching out to the larger community, for example, we host 4 AA meetings each week.
We...renovated the Parish House in the last 5 years with two successful capital campaigns.
Devoted pastoral care by clergy and laity: trained LEVs, two hospital Chaplains, and lay group who lead regular worship services at local nursing homes, offer monthly Souper (free) lunches and a weekly food-shelf.
Collaboration with local social services and community organizing entities. Good ecumenical relations and shared activities with other churches in town; a resurgent activism in the local community; we have a good reputation.
Aging population, stagnant membership
Context - geographically beautiful but economically depressed community
Discern next expression of baptismal ministry, following a decade of Local Ministry Support Team
Need to develop and train more lay leaders, particularly acolytes
See St. Mark's website (www.stmarksnewport.org) and its OTM Portfolio.
Canon Lynn Bates, Transition Minister