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Seeking an Incumbent for St James, Gravenhurst

Posted: Aug 19, 2013

Incumbent for the Parish of St James, Gravenhurst, Ontario

The Bishop of Algoma is seeking to appoint an Incumbent for the Parish of St James, Gravenhurst, in the beautiful Muskoka region. It is the southernmost parish in the Diocese. The town of Gravenhurst has a population of 12,000, which nearly doubles in the summer months. It is 1 ½ hours from Toronto. This is a full-time position and includes a rectory.

For nearly 150 years, the Parish of St James has sought to be faithful to Christ's commission to ‘lift Him up, so he can draw all people to Himself’. A Eucharistically centered parish with a strong musical and liturgical tradition, ministry includes monthly services at historic Holy Manger, Barkway. A recent parish assessment identified as strengths the congregation’s hospitality, sense of community, rootedness in the Anglican faith, and cheerful busyness in reaching out to others in the name of Christ. Their hopes for the future include a desire to attract young families, increase accessibility, and be more strategic in their stewardship of the resources God has given them.

The people of St James are looking for a leader who:

  • Will continue to develop shared leadership within the parish;
  • Is a skilled communicator;
  • Values ministry to seniors and those unable to attend church;
  • Has a friendly and welcoming approach;
  • Is a good listener and counselor;
  • Will nurture young families in a community that has a growing retirement population; and
  • Is progressive, enthusiastic and full of energy.

A parish profile can be found here, with a fuller information packet containing the parish annual report, financials and information on the Town of Gravenhurst available on application to the Diocese of Algoma Synod Office. Should you wish further information about the diocese, please visit our website. In particular, we would encourage you to read the diocesan Strategic Plan and summary of stipend and benefits.

Those desiring to apply for this position are asked to submit their applications to Bishop Stephen Andrews. Please ensure that you provide the following information with your application:

  • If you are resident outside of the Diocese of Algoma, a signed statement confirming that you have received permission from your bishop to make application to this diocese;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of application introducing yourself and describing why you think you are suited to this position based on your knowledge of the parish and careful reading of the Parish Profile; and
  • The names and contact information for three references. As a matter of courtesy and due diligence, we will be contacting the existing or former bishops of those who have been short-listed.

You will be notified to confirm that we have received your application but regret that we cannot provide information on the status of your application while the process is underway. We would ask you not to contact the parish directly. You will be informed when an appointment has been made.

Applications for this vacancy will be received until an appointment is made. Inquirers are invited to write to:

The Right Reverend Dr Stephen Andrews
Bishop of Algoma
Box 1168
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario  P6A 5N7
Telephone: 705-256-5061 x23

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