St. Peter’s, Cazenovia

at Rector
Location Cazenovia
Date Posted March 30, 2022
Category Central New York (Carrie Schofield-Broadbent)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation meets or exceeds diocesan standards
Diocesan Compensation Info https://cnyepiscopal.org/resources/library/download-info/clergy-compensation-requirements/
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing for 5
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths
Equity Allowance Yes
Communicants in Good Standing 169
Average Sunday Attendance 52
Child Population in Church School Suspended in COVID
Adult Population in Church School 8
Budget 317,641

Description

Liturgical style and practice

Prior to the pandemic, two Eucharistic worship services were held each Sunday through most of the year, offering Rite I at 8:00 and Rite II at 10:00. During the summer months, we have offered one combined service of Rite II at 9:00. From time to time, lay ministers have officiated at Morning Prayer on Sundays. Special services on Christmas and Easter bring guest musicians. Through the ministries of acolytes, lectors, altar guild, chalice bearers and ushers the congregation assists in the worship service. There are more than 40 members actively involved in these ministries.

St. Peter’s has skillfully adapted to the pandemic and continued to offer services throughout the pandemic in various modalities. At the current time, we are celebrating one Sunday service of Rite II at 10:00 in our Sanctuary, which is broadcast live on Zoom. As the pandemic eases, St. Peter’s will need to discern whether to return to two Sunday services.

Strengths

As part of the transition, the Search Committee conducted a survey of the Parish. Many parishioners provided substantial responses. Among the questions were:

Why do you belong to St. Peter’s? The most common response was that the Parishioners wanted to be part of an Episcopal Church. However, many parishioners noted the warm fellowship of the congregation as one of the reasons they attend St. Peter’s. Others noted the Parish’s emphasis on scripture and the Gospel. Others noted the importance of the service and the ritual of worship.

What ministry at St. Peter’s is most important to you? Many responses mentioned the importance of the Sunday worship service. Others mentioned The Key. Several parishioners mentioned the Choir and the Music Program. Others mentioned pastoral care. Others mentioned Bible Study. The responses showed the breadth of ministry offered by St. Peter’s.

What are St. Peter’s strengths?  The most common response was that St. Peter’s greatest strength is our Congregation, and the fellowship and pastoral care we offer to one another. Others noted the widespread involvement of parishioners in ministry, the broad financial support from the Congregation, and the strength of our lay leadership. The quality of our Music Program was a strength mentioned by many parishioners in their responses. Another strength mentioned was our beautiful Church building and facilities.

How would you describe St. Peter’s role in the Cazenovia community? Most parishioners observed that St. Peter’s role in the community had grown and improved over the past few years. Parishioners strongly supported the mission of The Key, with its presence on our main commercial street as our anchor in the community. Others noted the wide variety of community groups that make use of our buildings.

Challenges

What are St. Peter’s challenges? The most common response was the need to attract new members, and in particular
young families with children.

What have you missed at St. Peter’s during the pandemic? Parishioners responded that they missed the in-person fellowship of coffee hour and the social gatherings of the Church. Many observed that they had missed in person worship, and receiving Communion during the time we were exclusively remote. Notably, the responses indicated that Parishioners appreciated how St. Peter’s had adapted to keep the Church going throughout the pandemic.

How can St. Peter’s conduct more outreach in the Cazenovia community and beyond? Parishioners believe we should make even greater use of the prime location of The Key to conduct outreach, and that we should invite even more community groups to make use of our buildings.

Comments

The mission of St. Peter’s is:  To grow in God’s image and to spread Christ’s kingdom, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our vision is that: God calls and we respond until all rejoice in the Lord, in harmony with creation and with one another.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is located in the Village of Cazenovia, a pastoral community of Madison County, 23 miles outside the City of Syracuse. The Village of Cazenovia dates to 1793, and St. Peter’s was established in 1844. The community boasts strong schools, beautiful 19th Century architecture, and is located on a beautiful lake amid the rolling hills of Central New York. There is easy access to the City of Syracuse and other Northeast Cities. Our congregation is stable and committed to the future of St. Peter’s. We treasure our Episcopal form of worship, our beautiful Church buildings, and our Music program. We enjoy great fellowship. We seek a Rector with great pastoral skills and a willingness to collaborate with us to adapt to the changing times of the 21st Century.

What is St. Peter’s looking for in a new Rector?

Following several Parish Meetings, and after review of the responses to the Parish Survey, the Search Committee has summarized what it is looking for in a Rector:

  • St. Peter’s is a congregation that is connected by its Christian fellowship, and is searching for a Rector who will enjoy being the spiritual leader of our flock, and will provide pastoral care to our Parishioners during their times of need.
  • St. Peter’s embraces its Episcopal identity, and is searching for a Rector who shares this identity and enjoys celebrating services in the traditional liturgy of the Episcopal Church. St. Peter’s values its music program and is searching for a Rector who will support our music program.
  • St. Peter’s values its active role in the Cazenovia community, and is searching for a Rector who will be an involved member of the Cazenovia community.
  • St. Peter’s values its outreach, and its activism and is searching for a Rector who will participate in community groups such as Cazenovia Welcomes Refugees.
  • St. Peter’s understands that in order to attract new members, including families with children, we may need to offer new and different types of programming in addition to our traditional Sunday services and is searching for a Rector willing to create and lead such
    programming.
  • St. Peter’s is in a solid financial position, and is searching for a Rector who understands Church business, and will take an active role in the management of The Key consignment shop.
  • St. Peter’s values hearing the Gospel, and preaching that connects the lives of our Parishioners to the teachings of Jesus in an inspired manner that challenges the congregation.
  • St. Peter’s embraces diversity and is conducting its search for a Rector without regard to race, gender, age, or sexual preference.

Contact Information

If you’re interested in discerning a call to be our St. Peter's next rector, please submit a resume/CV, OTM profile, and letter of interest to the Rev. Canon Carrie Schofield-Broadbent, Canon for Transition and Church Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.
carriesb@cnyepiscopal.org

Preference will be given to applications received by June 30, 2022