St Mary’s and Messiah

at Priest in Charge and Team Leader
Location Sparta and Chester
Date Posted March 15, 2023
Category Newark (Margo Peckham Clark)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation Complies with Diocese minimum and is somewhat negotiable
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Supplied Housing
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Required
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? No
Equity Allowance Yes
Budget 240,000


Liturgical style and practice

Broad, trending low

Strengths is a profile St Mary's has prepared, one is pending from Messiah.

This is two wonderful and self-aware parishes that are in the early stages of seeking to work together as a team led by a ministry team.  They are boldly embracing this process and eager to discern what it means to be the church of the future.

The parishes are approximately 45 minutes apart, this reduces the possibility of feeling that this is competitive or that is is a stop on the way to merger.


This is a brand new model that envisions a parish collaboration between independent parishes led by a common team and sharing some aspects of their life in common.  It is envisioned that there will be a Full-time priest in charge (this position) at least one deacon and at least one, possibly two licensed lay pastoral leaders raised up from the parishes.


Names will be considered on an ongoing basis, it may be that the right "team leader" could be called to help complete some of the foundational work and walk forward from there with these two parishes.

Contact Information

Applications and inquiry should be made directly to The Reverend Canon Margaret A Peckham Clark, Canon for Congregational Life.  Applications should include a cover letter addressed to the Vestry, Resume, Current OTM portfolia and any other materials a candidate wishes to include.