St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church

at Priest in Charge
Location Grand Island
Date Posted March 10, 2020
Category Western New York (Martha Ishman)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $71,358
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 4
Equity Allowance No
Average Sunday Attendance 100
Child Population in Church School 21
Adult Population in Church School 0
Teacher Population in Church School 10
Budget $167,476
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary yes
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Description

Strengths

  • This is a congregation that values its youth program and backs it up. They follow J2A and have excellent pilgrimages and urban adventures. Last summer, the rector who since retired, led a group of young people on a trip to the Holy Lands. In previous years they have travelled to Ireland and New Mexico.
  • The active core of the congregation includes young families as well as older folk working well together.
  • Outreach is important to them.
  • Grand Island is a quiet community with much to do in the surrounding areas. It is between Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY. The school system is one of the highest ranked schools in western New York.

Challenges

  • The incumbent was rector for 30+ years. While he is doing a good job of distancing himself, many people in the congregation have only known one rector. The interim time has allowed the lay leadership to emerge and they are ready to move forward.
  • They have been working on financial stability and this work needs to continue. The physical plant is in very good shape and they recently renovated the rectory in anticipation of a new clergy person.

Contact Information

The Rev. Canon Martha Ishman

mishman@dionwpa.org

724-456-0764

Please submit a cover letter, OTM portfolio, and resume.