|Date Posted||April 27, 2020|
Rhode Island (Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew)
|Health Benefits||Clergy Only|
|Average Sunday Attendance||64|
|Child Population in Church School||9 children, 11 teens|
|Teacher Population in Church School||2 adults per Sunday for children, 2 adult leaders for youth group|
St. Paul's has a dedicated ministry to meeting the needs of those in their community, including a food pantry and an overnight shelter. They rent space in their large building to non-profits, and are willing to collaborate with both other churches and community service organizations. During the pandemic their previous Rector shifted to online services immediately and they responded well, including inviting others to worship with them. The city has a number of residents who commute to the Boston metro area for work and that population is likely to increase when a planned commuter rail line is completed. The parish is in an active and supportive Deanery, so the new Rector will find good colleagues with whom to work.
St. Paul's most recent Rector helped them sort through tangled finances only to realize they could no longer afford her. They have responded faithfully by seeking a priest who can serve half time. The parish has gone from being a large, influential church to having to call someone half time and it is an adjustment, both for adapting to a new model and in how they think about themselves and their future.
The ideal Rector for St. Paul's would have gifts for pastoral care; a willingness to try new ministries alongside the traditional ones; and a commitment to transparency and collaboration in leadership, especially in the area of finances. Colleagues in the Deanery are willing and able to work together for the success of all the churches.
The Rev. Canon Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, Canon to the Ordinary firstname.lastname@example.org