St. Paul’s Cathedral and St. Mark’s Episcopal (Erie Episcopal)

at Associate Priest
Location Erie
Date Posted March 21, 2022
Category Northwestern Pennsylvania (Jason Shank)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $63,699
Diocesan Compensation Info https://episcopalpartnership.org/for-clergy/
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing St. Paul's- 262. St. Mark's- 324
Average Sunday Attendance 250 (Combined)
Child Population in Church School 15
Teacher Population in Church School 8
Budget $971,033 (Combined)

Description

Liturgical style and practice

Erie Episcopal is predicated on two congregations whose Sunday morning worship styles are different.
In both congregations, the Eucharist is the center of our worship. Our worship follows the Book of Common Prayer, while incorporating other authorized texts into our experiences. Both congregations live into the seasons, allowing the liturgical calendar to guide our Eucharistic prayer selection, service music selection, and prayers of the people.
The Cathedral has a strong tradition of music and liturgy, featuring a vested choir and organ. The classic cathedral architecture plays to a variety of services including, Sunday Morning Eucharist, Choral Evensong, Compline and others. The Cathedral plays a vital role in Diocesan liturgies, hosting Ordinations and Confirmations, often welcoming the Bishop to participate in various other ways. Additionally, the Cathedral’s role to the City of Erie includes hosting local government events, prayer vigils and ecumenical gatherings.
St. Mark’s also has a strong tradition of music and liturgy, expressed differently than the Cathedral. The modern architecture of St. Mark’s lends itself to a more blended experience, combining the Hymnal 1982 favorites with more contemporary music selections. Unlike the Cathedral, St. Mark’s utilizes different instrumentation and solo vocalists to lead worship.
Together, Erie Episcopal is developing contemplative worship opportunities, including a monthly Taizé service, mindfulness, guided meditation, and contemplative Compline. We are additionally looking forward to other weekday Eucharists or prayer experiences.

Strengths

We place a high value on collaboration in all facets of ministry

We are willing to try new things

Our system provides resources for personal growth and development; we create space for goal setting and support our team in reaching those goals

We offer excellence in worship, offering different expressions of the Episcopal Church; we offer a variety of contemplative prayer experiences with room for development

Our system emphasizes self-care

Our congregations look outward, with strong community engagement and outreach partnerships

This position allows space for the candidate to work with their own strengths and create an area of ministry unique to how they want to live out their priesthood

Challenges

Our experimenting with a new model of staffing doesn’t always lend itself to clarity with roles. This requires flexibility of the team members and a willingness to change and adapt

Given the size of the combined congregations, our current system of pastoral care lacks a leader who can organize and effectively model all areas of pastoral life, including effective follow up and responding beyond the initial pastoral event

With two congregations and a variety of Sunday and mid-week worship services, we lack a consistent liturgical presence at the St. Mark’s campus. We generally lack the overall presence of an additional priest in the system

Contact Information

To express interest in this position, please send cover letter and OTM profile to the Very Rev. Melinda Hall at mhall@cathedralofstpaul.org.  Applications are received and interviews conducted on a rolling basis.