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Deanery Facilitator for Deanery of Temiskaming

The Deanery of Temiskaming (Anglican Diocese of Algoma) is looking for someone to fill the new position of Deanery Facilitator. The Deanery Facilitator [DF] will support the congregations for the Temiskaming Deanery by ensuring the provision of local and area-wide initiatives fostering congregational health, discipleship and formation. 

Position Description

  • This is a ministry which will be Deanery-driven, the DF taking the initiative to offer programs to address local needs.  This will be done in cooperation with local parishes.
  • We propose several events be offered (perhaps reflecting an annual theme) for the Deanery. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • A Deanery Festival Day
  • Quiet Days
  • Youth Challenge or other day or weekend youth event
  • A Children’s Day.
  • The Deanery Facilitator will ensure (but might not personally manage or oversee) that events for training and clergy/ parish support are offered.  These may include but are not limited to following: Alpha, Divorce Care, Messy Church, Bible study series, Deanery Marriage Preparation or Grief Support weekends.
  • The Deanery Facilitator will help a parish, where requested, to discern their growing edge and what training and other resources might assist that parish.
  • The Deanery Facilitator will create and circulate a Deanery Calendar which keeps track of Deanery and Parish events. This will allow us to be more supportive of each other’s events and not to double or triple book events.
  • The Deanery Facilitator will be offered an office to use.  Deanery resources could be stored in this location and loaned out as requested.

Competencies

The person must exhibit competency in the following areas:

  • Passion for God and the church
  • Mature Christian
  • Kind and compassionate
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding computer skills
  • Ability to manage projects and follow through on details
  • Ability to build teams and also work independently
  • Ability to make presentations and share a vision of growth and vitality

The Deanery Facilitator position is rooted in the conviction that congregational health is necessary for the sake of fulfilling the church’s vocation to be a “sign, foretaste, and instrument” of God’s Kingdom, rather than simply preserving institutions or congregations. Vital congregations are places where lives are changed in fulfillment of our mission to make disciples and serve as witnesses to the gospel in the world.

For this position, previous experience in community development and/or faith formation, youth development, familiarity with church communities, particularly in the Anglican tradition and the ability to work collaboratively in pastoral settings are assets. The position requires some travel in an area stretching from the communities of Temiskaming Shores in the north to Powassan in the south and Sturgeon Falls in the west.

The following will be included in any contract/letter of appointment:

The remuneration for this part-time position is $14,902.00 per annum, less appropriate deductions required by law. This amount represents twenty hours per week. Two weeks of paid holidays, pro-rated in accordance with the part-time hours and the one year term of the position, are provided and must be taken before the conclusion of the term.

There is a travel allowance of 46 cents per kilometer that may be claimed through the Diocesan Treasurer, Jane Mesich. It will be necessary, as much as possible, to cluster out-of-town travel to best use our resources. Travel beyond deanery boundaries must be authorized by the Bishop or her appointees. As approved by the Diocesan Treasurer, we will reimburse all reasonable costs and expenses incurred in the course of the job including such things as office supplies, long distance calls, photocopying, faxing, and up to $10 per month for your home email account.

According to current Diocesan policy, the Archdeacon of Temiskaming serves as the Deanery Facilitator’s immediate supervisor in matters relating to employment, representing the Bishop in these matters and responsible to the Bishop for this work. The Diocesan Congregational Development Officer serves as the Deanery Facilitator’s immediate supervisor in matters relating to the content of program and other initiatives of this position supporting congregational health, discipleship, and formation. The Congregational Development Officer coordinates the work done by the Deanery Facilitator and those holding similar positions in other deaneries as part of the overall program and youth work of the Diocese. The Congregational Development Officer represents the Bishop in these matters and is responsible to the Bishop for this work.

Acceptance of this position also comes with your agreement not to disclose the knowledge of the affairs of the Diocese, acquired in the course of your employment, to the detriment of the Diocese.

CANADIAN POLICE INFORMATION CENTRE SECURITY CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE

You have provided/must provide a Canadian police records check, indicating that there are no criminal convictions which, in the opinion of the Bishop, would interfere with the performance of your ministry. As part of the terms of the Appointment you agree to provide an updated Canadian police records check during the course of your appointment at such times as are required by diocesan policy.

Applications for this position will be accepted until Friday, December 29, 2017 with an expected start date of February 1, 2018.

A letter of interest, addressed to The Venerable Joan Locke, and a current resume should be forwarded via e-mail to Archdeacon Joan at revejoan@bell.net or via mail to:

The Ven Joan Locke

826B Main St.

Powassan  P0H 1Z0

 

Interim Incumbent - Manitoulin Island

The Bishop of Algoma seeks to appoint a fulltime Interim Incumbent for the Anglican Parishes of Manitoulin Island.

The five congregations of the parishes are located on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, the largest freshwater island in the world. The Island is called home by 13,000 permanent residents, and in the summer the population swells up to 30,000. About one third of the island inhabitants are Indigenous. Wikwemikong, at the east end of Manitoulin, is the largest unceded First Nation territory in North America.

In 2013, the “Island Council” was formed, a body comprised of the clergy plus two wardens and the treasurer from each of the five churches. The decision was reached to amalgamate current presbyteral ministry into one clergy position for the whole island. Originally, the ongoing function of this body was simply to negotiate arrangements concerning matters such as shared financial responsibilities and the schedule of Sunday worship. Since then, the Council’s responsibilities have expanded to include cooperation in terms of the overall mission and ministry of the parishes. At present, the congregations are attending to stewardship development and looking to become one parish, including in the consolidation of their finances.

As is customary in the Diocese, the Interim Incumbent will provide stability in leadership, serve as the primary presider and preacher in the liturgical life of the parishes, ensure the provision of pastoral care (though not necessarily serving as the primary provider of such care), help the congregations grow in depth of commitment and involvement in discipleship formation, encourage good stewardship on the part of parishioners, share oversight in the administration and councils of the parish, and promote the overall vitality of Manitoulin’s Anglican congregations. As a presbyter in the Diocese of Algoma, the Interim Incumbent is expected to spend some portion of her or his time participating in the life of the wider deanery and Diocese.

However, it will be the particular mandate of the individual serving in this interim incumbency to further the transition work underway in the Island parishes, guided by the recommendations offered to the Island Council in the Bishop’s letter of August 3, 2017.

This will include prioritization of the following initiatives:

Consolidation of the Parish’s Liturgical Life

  • Determine and establish the one or two sites in which the parish’s Sunday worship will take place during the period of October to May. During the remainder of the year, Sunday liturgy could take place in each of the five sites with the assistance of a student pastoral minister. Each site might also be used during the week for gatherings to pray the Daily Office, Bible studies and other formational opportunities, and social and community events.
  • Form a Liturgy and Worship Team to prepare parish liturgies and foster liturgical renewal in the life of the parish. The team or teams should involve liturgical leaders and others from each of the congregations.

Encourage and Develop Lay Leadership and Baptismal Ministries in the Parish

  • Priority should be given to succession planning and training for the next generation of Lay Readers.
  • The ministry of Pastoral Visitors should receive continued attention to ensure proper care for the pastoral needs of parishioners and others on the Island whom the parish may serve.
  • Foster the expansion of the congregations’ capacity for mission and ministry across Manitoulin.
  • Promote a shared missional vision and sense responsibility amongst the new parish’s congregations.

Help Create a Solid Financial Ground for Future Mission and Ministry

  • Support the heightened focus on stewardship development and education initiated recently in the congregations, drawing upon the resources being adopted across the Diocese.

In the above responsibilities, the Interim Incumbent will be supervised, supported, and guided by the Diocesan Congregational Development Officer.


Those desiring to apply for this position are asked to submit their applications to Bishop Anne Germond via her Administrative Assistant, Liz Hamel, at adminassistant@dioceseofalgoma.com  

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 position description; 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.

 

Deanery Associate for Congregational Vitality

(Deanery of Algoma)

The Deanery of Algoma (Anglican Diocese of Algoma) is looking for someone to fill the new position of Deanery Associate for Congregational Vitality.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Associate for Congregational Vitality (Deanery of Algoma)

The Deanery Associate for Congregational Vitality supports the congregations of Algoma Deanery by ensuring the provision of local and area-wide initiatives fostering congregational health, discipleship, and formation. The Associate’s duties include:

  1. Consultation with parishes and the Diocesan Congregational Development Officer to assist with the ongoing assessment of congregational vitality and needs;
  2. Organization of educational events and other initiatives in the Deanery designed to further congregational, deanery, and diocesan priorities in liturgical renewal, discipleship formation, missional activity, and other matters related to church vitality;
  3. Promote a culture in the deanery’s congregations that inspires, equips, and supports youth and young adults to live more authentically engaged Christian lives;
  4. Assist with deanery social media development/communication strategies, and transportation strategies to support participation in deanery events;
  5. Development and support of individuals to share in the above work;
  6. Advocate for ecumenical/interdenominational opportunities in the above areas.

The Associate’s ministry is rooted in the conviction that congregational vitality is necessary for the sake of fulfilling the church’s vocation to be a “sign, foretaste, and instrument” of God’s Kingdom, rather than simply preserving institutions or congregations. Vital congregations are where lives are changed in fulfillment of our mission to make disciples and serve as witnesses to the gospel in the world.

For this position, previous experience in community development and/or faith formation, familiarity with church communities, particularly in the Anglican tradition, and the ability to work collaboratively in pastoral settings are assets. The position requires some travel in an area stretching from White River in the west to Blind River in the east.

The following will be included in any contract/letter of appointment:

The remuneration for this part-time position is $14,902.00 per annum, less appropriate deductions required by law.  This amount represents twenty hours per week.  Two weeks of paid holidays, pro-rated in accordance with the part-time hours and the term of the position, are provided and must be taken before the conclusion of the term. 

There is a travel allowance of 46 cents per kilometer that may be claimed through the Diocesan Treasurer, Jane Mesich. It will be necessary, as much as possible, to cluster out-of-town travel to best use our resources. Travel beyond deanery boundaries must be authorized by the Bishop or her appointees. As approved by the Diocesan Treasurer, we will reimburse you for all reasonable costs and expenses incurred in the course of your work, such as office supplies, long distance calls, photocopying, faxing, and up to $10 per month for your home email account.

According to current Diocesan policy, the Archdeacon of Algoma serves as the Associate’s immediate supervisor in matters relating to employment, representing the Bishop in these matters and responsible to the Bishop for this work. The Diocesan Congregational Development Officer serves as the Associate’s immediate supervisor in matters relating to the content of program and other initiatives of this position supporting congregational health, discipleship, and formation. The Congregational Development Officer coordinates the work done by the Associate and those holding similar positions in other deaneries as part of the overall program and youth work of the Diocese. The Congregational Development Officer represents the Bishop in these matters and is responsible to the Bishop for this work.

Acceptance of this position also comes with your agreement not to disclose the knowledge of the affairs of the Diocese, acquired in the course of your employment, to the detriment of the Diocese.

CANADIAN POLICE INFORMATION CENTRE SECURITY CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE

You have provided/must provide a Canadian police records check, indicating that there are no criminal convictions which, in the opinion of the Bishop, would interfere with the performance of your ministry.  As part of the terms of the Appointment you agree to provide an updated Canadian police records check during the course of your appointment at such times as are required by diocesan policy.

Applications for this position will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2017 with an expected start date of January 1, 2018. 

A letter of interest, addressed to The Venerable Roberta Wilson-Garrett, and a current resume should be forwarded via e-mail, post or in person to:

 

Liz Hamel

Administrative Assistant

Diocese of Algoma Synod Office

619 Wellington Street East

Sault Ste. Marie, ON  P6A 2M6

adminassistant@dioceseofalgoma.com