St. Mary’s in the Mountains

at Priest-in-Charge
Location Wilmington
Date Posted September 13, 2022
Category Vermont (Walter Brownridge & Linda L. Grenz)
Job Type Part Time
Setting Rural
Compensation 22,500
Diocesan Compensation Info www.diovermont.org/clergy-openings
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 50
Average Sunday Attendance 22
Budget 89,690

Description

Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

This is a one-third time position with some flexibility in funding.

Liturgical style and practice

Broad church. Trained laity lead Morning Prayer when clergy are unavailable. Adapt liturgy to needs of the congregation or times. Musicians often adapt secular music to fit and they use different hymnals to experience the music of other cultures. Occasional weekday Taize service.

Strengths

Exceptionally high level of lay participation in all aspects of church life including worship, varied music (piano, organ, guitar), outreach, building maintenance, pastoral care, etc.

Known in community for its support of food programs, book discussions, etc. Organize quarterly concerts to raise funds for multiple non-profits.

Lay leaders organized an Evangelical Conference in 2021 inviting speakers and participants from around the country. www.smmvt.ore/evan-conf-2021.

When Tropical Storm Irene destroyed their church, the Congregational Church sold them their building for $1. They did repairs to its exterior, heating system, insulation and organ and are now housed in that Queen-Anne style building.

 

 

 

Challenges

It is in the mountains. A lovely small town but isolated in the winter.

Engaged laity with strong personalities has led to conflict in the past. Potential to do much more than their numbers would predict if they have the right leadership willing to work with them.

Previous clergy were detached from the diocese so they need someone willing to be engaged in the diocese and help them re-connect. They have provided diocesan leaders in the past.

Comments

This can be a one-third time position on its own with someone who is more than a Sunday supply priest. Or it might be paired with a neighboring church (e.g., Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, etc.) and the priest serve on a team with other clergy. Explorations are currently underway. They are bit discouraged because one such “constellation” was with Bennington and it failed when the two churches chose different candidates and Bennington was able to find another closer and more compatible partner church.

Contact Information

The Rev. Canon Linda L. Grenz

Transition Ministry Consultant

transition@diovermont.org

413-221-0571