Seeking an Associate Rector for Formation and Mission
Christ Church is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Founded in 1951, Christ Church has experienced significant growth and currently is a community of 5,100 members. Average Sunday attendance (pre-Covid) was over 1,300 people at multiple Eucharistic services on our main campus plus a satellite campus. One of the main campus services is for our Spanish-language congregation.
Christ Church has four full-time priests, three vocational deacons, several adjunct clergy, and many program and support staff, as well as hundreds of devoted lay ministry volunteers serving dozens of different ministries. Our annual operating budget, excluding the Pre-School and Foundation, is $4.2 million. We are an economically, socially, politically, and theologically diverse community of Christians committed to transforming lives through the love of God in Jesus Christ. Our mission focus is to prepare and send disciples to minister within and beyond our congregation so that we draw people to faith in Christ and membership in Christ Church.
The Associate Rector for Formation and Mission reports to the Rector with the immediate supervision of the Vicar. This position will serve collaboratively with a dedicated team of clergy, lay staff, and lay ministry volunteers and will provide a unique opportunity for professional growth in a large, complex parish system. The successful candidate will need proven experience and education that demonstrate the gifts and skills required to work in this system effectively.
The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience as a parish priest though newly ordained clergy with other relevant work experience are invited to apply. The person called must have a passion for helping people grow in their faith and for calling and equipping people to serve others, especially in ministry outside the church with our outreach and social justice ministry partners. They will work with other staff and volunteers to nurture and support existing adult formation offerings and expand small group ministry as one of our key strategic initiatives. They must be adept in interpersonal relations, equally comfortable in one-on-one conversations and small and large group settings. They must be capable and calm in all ministry situations. Women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply. Being bilingual in Spanish and English would be a valued skill.
The Associate Rector for Formation and Mission will share with the other clergy in the regular priestly duties of preaching, presiding at worship, teaching, pastoral care, and other duties as assigned. They will also participate in diocesan and ecumenical events and ministries; pursue continuing education as required by diocesan guidelines; and continue in personal prayer, spiritual development, and time set aside for renewal and refreshment. Interested candidates should submit their resume with a brief cover letter to The Rev. Keith Oglesby at firstname.lastname@example.org.