The mission of the Church of the Redeemer is:
âTo build up the Body of Christ through the Word and the Sacraments, equipping the people of God for the work of ministry, so that Jesus Christ may be known, loved, adored and obeyed in our homes and parishes, communities and dioceses, and in everyone. âWe accomplish this mission byâ making new Christians and making new Christians of all â.
The parish is looking for a priest articulate with a passion for reaching new Christians, teaching âfaith once deliveredâ and faithfully administering the sacraments.
Redeemer is a growing and resource-sized parish of approximately 2,700 members. Anglo-Catholic in ethics, with an evangelical passion for reaching new members, the parish is located in downtown Sarasota, Florida. With an emphasis on worship, youth and families, music, Christian training and preaching, and outreach, Redeemer is positioned for future growth.
About the Principal Deputy Rector
The Senior Assistant Rector will serve the Rector in various leadership contexts and will have special oversight of the dynamic liturgical life of the parish in addition to managing and supervising a staff of approximately fifteen.
Job description of the Principal Deputy Rector
In addition to overseeing our rich liturgical life, the Senior Assistant Rector is responsible for sharing the entire ministry with the Rector and other members of the clergy, including worship, training, parish fellowship, outreach and service to through preaching and the pastoral life of the parish. The Principal Deputy Rector will also assist the Rector in the day-to-day supervision of the clergy and lay staff.
Works directly under the supervision of the rector.
- Level of independence / supervision
Works largely independently, must manage time and resources well, attend and lead staff meetings and maintain office hours. Will take a pastoral âon-callâ day each week and at times when other clergy may not be available.
Works closely with the rector, other priests, sacristy members, and lay leaders with resources from the support of lay ministry staff.
- Supervise all aspects of the liturgical life of the parish in collaboration with the rector.
- Regular participation in the Masses of the Lord’s Day (including the âEve ofâ) as well as in the Masses of the week, celebrating and preaching as assigned.
- Provide pastoral ministry for baptisms, weddings (preparation, etc.), hospital visits, locked up visitations, funerals, and conducting services for those unable to attend Mass.
- Meet regularly with other members of the clergy, staff, sacristy and other assigned committees.
- Frequent teaching in Christian formation at the request of the rector and the clergy.
- Develop and support specific parish groups as assigned by the rector.
- Participate in newcomer programs, initiatives and activities.
- Provide information relevant to parish communications (eg Sunday newsletter, eblasts, website, social media, etc.).
- Interact frequently with all staff in the performance of pastoral service and seek staff participation and support in performing duties.
- Attend diocesan and local clergy meetings, annual retreats, and other conferences, upon request.
The Principal Assistant Rector shall be a priest in good standing in the Episcopal Church, or otherwise in good standing with a bishop and a diocese in a church in full communion with the Episcopal Church (e.g., Church of England, Church of Anglican of Canada, etc.). Experience in parish ministry is necessary and demonstrated leadership skills are essential. Leadership experience in a resource-sized parish is a plus.
Capacities and requirements
- The Senior Assistant Rector should be a person of prayer, demonstrating faith, stewardship and discipleship
- A passionate publisher of the good news of the gospel – “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”.
- Effective preacher
- Effective teacher
- Competent liturgist capable of leading spoken and sung worship with ease and dignity
- Pastoral sensitivity and grace
- Competent and creative management of project development
- Proficiency and ease with computers and online communication
- Be prepared to give and receive feedback and offer comprehensive solutions and plans
- Adept at group facilitation and recruiting and supporting volunteers
All Redeemer staff and lay leaders should have an appreciation for the work of the ward, recognizing that we need to be âclient ledâ in order to âmake new Christians and make all Christians newâ. All who visit the parish should be welcomed like Christ himself (paraphrase of The Rule of Saint Benedict). To this end, each person who serves in leadership:
- Have a strong work ethic, demonstrating a sense of urgency in reaching new believers
- Be a reliable, honest and trustworthy member of our team
- Have a kind, even seductive disposition, reflecting the joy of Christian life and ministry
- Work well with others as a member of our team
- Manage frequent interruptions with patience
- Resist “triangulation” in all its forms and communicate openly and effectively as a team
- Appreciate and have a good sense of humor
The successful candidate will be required to undergo a criminal background check, including a motor vehicle report, drug test, and comprehensive protection training.
Compensation and benefits will be based on experience.