Curate/Assistant Search

St. Paul’s is looking to call a half-time curate or assistant rector!  If you’d like to learn more about this position or want to apply, please contact our rector, The Rev. Chris Wendell (chris@stpaulsbedford.org

Half-Time Curate/Assistant Rector

REPORTS TO: Rector
HOURS: 20 hours/week
COMPENSATION:  Salary and benefits offered in accordance with Diocesan standards

WHO WE ARE: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located in Bedford, MA (in Boston’s metro-west region) and part of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, is a spiritually and socially active Christian community that celebrates our faith and strives to be a place of welcome, comfort, challenge, and strength for all people.  Our liturgical style is joyful, informal, multi-generational, and reverent, drawing from a variety of authorized worship resources within The Episcopal Church and other Anglican Communion churches.  Our parish is a highly relational one, with pastoral and programmatic interactions occurring frequently in both structured and casual settings.  We like to bless things, make music and merriment, do projects and ministry, pray together, play with children, garden, advocate, learn, celebrate, partner with neighbors near and far, solve problems, visit our elders, serve the community, and occasionally dance!

POSITION DESCRIPTION:   St. Paul’s seeks to call a part-time curate who is newly or soon-to-be ordained in The Episcopal Church.  Working with the rector in various aspects of liturgical, pastoral, programmatic, and administrative leadership, this call is intended as a training position for a newer priest seeking to develop practical wisdom, skills, and capacities, while also contributing to the life of a joyful, kind-hearted, high-energy suburban congregation.  NOTE – for a more experienced priest feeling called to part-time work, we would consider re-shaping the position to the assistant level.

We imagine God is calling to this position someone whose faith is a source of joy to them, who is curious about people and their spirituality, and who is committed to life-long learning and growth in themselves and others.  We seek someone who shares the values of our three Strategic Priorities: to cultivate intergenerational fellowship through shared ministries; to awaken and respond more fully to the realities of oppression and liberation in the world; to nourish our holy curiosities about God.   We are seeking someone who will engage fully in the spiritual formation of children and those who care for them, and will help develop and facilitate our formational offerings for families with younger children. 

In support of the curate’s ministry, we are able to offer: opportunities to try out an authentic range of preaching voices and liturgical leadership styles; coaching in the practical wisdom of parish leadership; mentoring in program development and pastoral care; support in developing good boundaries, self-care, and community care practices; exposure to and increasing responsibility for a broad range of parish ministries and activities.  We look forward to learning from you, as you learn from us! 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ordination as a transitional deacon or priest (or expected soon) in The Episcopal Church.
  • Ability to make a minimum two-year commitment (longer term possible by mutual agreement).
  • Ability to communicate appropriately in print, electronic, and social media communications.
  • Ability to collaborate and partner with parishioners and staff effectively.
  • Ability to plan, delegate, self-organize, and work independently in an accountable system.
  • Curiosity about and comfort leading/planning formational activities with younger children.
  • Resourceful, reliable, and a non-anxious presence in emergency or crisis situations.
  • Careful attention to discrete and confidential pastoral matters.
  • Successful completion of a thorough criminal background and reference check.

DUTIES

  • Lead worship regularly and preach as assigned (once per month, or so).
  • Shape, oversee, and provide logistical support for children’s formation experiences for pre-school through 5th graders and their families, with ongoing support from parishioners.
  • Participate as a constructive and collaborative member of our small, mostly-part time staff.
  • Engage in regular pastoral care conversations and visits with parishioners.
  • Prepare written communications to individuals, groups, and the whole parish as needed.
  • Attend major parish events and functions.
  • Participate in a range of parish ministries, committees, and activities through the course of the curacy.
  • Maintain healthy boundaries and effective self-care habits.
  • Meet bi-weekly with the rector for the purposes of supervision, mentoring, and reflection.
  • Develop individualized goals for priestly formation in cooperation with the rector, and take on progressively greater responsibility over the course of the curacy to achieve them.
  • Be on site (or in the Bedford community) on Sunday mornings and two other half-days per week.
  • Other duties as assigned.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS & DEADLINE Please send a cover letter and resume by June 30, 2022 to: The Rev. Chris Wendell chris@stpaulsbdford.org