St. John’s seeks to call a full-time associate rector to support the parish’s growth to a program church. Established in 1804, St. John’s is the oldest Episcopal parish west of the Alleghenies. This historic congregation embraces the future. Our founding ethos of a community pulling together for the common good is evident today in our strong lay leadership, respected music ministry, and vibrant Christian formation for all ages. Joy is close to the heart of St. John’s, and we embrace laughter and playfulness as two of God’s most precious gifts to us. Liturgically, the parish is traditional and broad church; theologically, the parish holds diversity while fully affirming the ministry of LGBTQ+ people. St. John’s has been a transition-size parish for decades, displaying characteristics of both pastoral and program churches. Our pre-Covid growth indicated that the Holy Spirit wants St. John’s to be a program congregation—and that the world needs what St. John’s has to offer. The parish weathered the pandemic in solid financial and relational health, and we are eager to move into our future as a program church.
The mission of St. John’s is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ by:
- Praying, worshiping, celebrating the sacraments, and striving to discern God’s will for us.
- Studying God’s Word and Works in creation and community to prepare for our ministries.
- Restoring and renewing ourselves for ministry through rest and recreation.
- Proclaiming the Gospel, promoting justice, peace, and love by individual and community outreach through the stewardship of God’s gifts.
The vision of St. John’s is to be a growing and thriving spiritual community within the greater community:
- We will enhance our community through strong spiritual formation.
- We will strengthen and promote greater relationships between generations.
- We will expand our presence and purpose in the greater community outside of St. John’s.
- We will engage our external and internal communities through effective communication.
- We will be financially sustainable.
Worthington, a city of 14,600 people, is an inner-ring suburb of Columbus. Worthington was founded by the same Episcopalian settlers who established St. John’s, and it is known for its well-regarded schools and the village green that is reminiscent of a town in New England. Columbus, the 14th-largest city in the United States with a metro area of over two million residents, is home to The Ohio State University, the MLS champion Columbus Crew and the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, the Columbus Zoo, a lively arts community and local food scene, and excellent parks and libraries. It offers big-city culture at an affordable cost of living.
The Associate Rector participates fully in priestly leadership of the parish under the direction of the Rector, with particular responsibilities for forming children and youth as disciples of Jesus Christ and for digital engagement.
- Share in the liturgical and pastoral leadership of the parish, including preaching and presiding at Sunday and weekday services; preparation for baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals; and pastoral care
- Lead and oversee children’s and youth ministry, including nursery care, Sunday school, children’s church, and youth group; supervise paid nursery attendants, volunteer teachers, and volunteer youth leaders; maintain Safe Church training records
- Lead members of and newcomers to St. John’s to engage digitally with the parish and each other
- Take part in planning, organization, visioning, and implementation with the staff team, vestry, and parish
- Other duties as may be assigned by the Rector
- Ordained priest in The Episcopal Church; at least 2 years of ordained experience required
- Demonstrated experience of collaboration in ministry
- Prayerful liturgical leader, compelling preacher, compassionate pastor, wise teacher
- Experience in and enthusiasm for the Christian formation of children and youth
- Experience of creating and maintaining virtual community
- Ability to work well with strong female leaders
- Successful completion of a background check required; upon starting ministry, completion of Safe Church training as required by the Diocese of Southern Ohio
Compensation is competitive and includes cash salary and cash housing allowance, pension contribution, clergy +1 medical and dental insurance, four weeks of paid vacation, continuing education time and funds, expense reimbursement, and relocation assistance.
Send a cover letter, resume, OTM portfolio, and links to audio or video of three recent sermons to the Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin, Rector, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; review of applications will begin on September 1, 2021.