St. Thomas, Bath, NC

at Rector, Full Time
Location Bath
Date Posted February 10, 2021
Category East Carolina (Mollie Roberts)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation $81,000 inclusive of housing allowance, plus SECA, based on diocesan guidelines and experience
Health Benefits Clergy Only
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 125
Average Sunday Attendance 75
Child Population in Church School 0
Adult Population in Church School 8
Teacher Population in Church School 4
Budget $221,769
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II yes

Description

Strengths

St. Thomas Episcopal Church has been an active parish for over 300 years. The church was built in 1734 and is the oldest church building in the state, located in the oldest established town in North Carolina. We have a beautiful church campus with a newly enlarged parish hall, which is debt-free.

St. Thomas is a parish of generous, caring people who work to make our church and community a better place. Our congregation is welcoming of all who come through our doors.  The church community is a nice mix of people who are from NC and out of state.

In the last twenty years, we have become a larger, healthy congregation, with volunteer groups serving in the parish and in the wider community. One of our biggest strengths is our commitment to outreach.  We are always open to the idea of expanding and increasing our programs.

Although the congregation is aging along with the community, we have attracted some younger families and new empty nesters in recent years. Our Sunday attendance has grown in the last few years as a result of new members and active non-members.

Challenges

Our congregation is predominantly transplanted retirees and part-time residents, very few of whom are cradle Episcopalians. This diversity of backgrounds, while positive in many ways, means we could benefit from a re-education on the doctrines of the Episcopal Church and the Canons of our Diocese.

Some parishioners tend to identify more with smaller groups, whether it is social and political background or the service (8:00 or 10:00) they attend each Sunday.  We need to find a way for various factions to talk about their differences without prejudice, so our church can be a place for broad positive discussion, focused on the religious aspects of what God expects of us.

A challenge is expanding involvement and leadership beyond the same relatively few people. Most are willing to support ministries, building campaigns and other programs financially, but are less willing or able to be active participants in committees and events. A major goal might be to increase our current membership through active engagement, resulting in renewal of mission and ministry within the community.

Our aging congregation means members must sometimes move away; we need to attract new residents as members.

Comments

To Apply please send cover letter addressed to the search committee along with OTM portfolio and resume to: The Rev Canon Mollie Roberts, P.O. Box 1336, Kinston, NC 28503 or email same to: hjarman@diocese-eastcarolina.org

Contact Information

The Rev Canon Mollie Roberts, mroberts@diocese-eastcarolina.org, 252-522-0885