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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

 

Incumbent for Church of the Epiphany, Sudbury

The Bishop of Algoma is seeking to appoint an Incumbent for Church of the Epiphany, Sudbury. It is a full-time position and includes a housing allowance.

Church of the Epiphany is located in the central downtown core of the City of Sudbury. It is the second oldest church in the city, established over 125 years ago. Over the years, the parish has expanded its missional outreach in their downtown community providing services to the homeless, the poor and those with addiction and mental health issues. It has spearheaded an initiative called the “Downtown Churches Outreach” in which the downtown churches meet on a regular basis to plan joint activities to meet the needs of residents in the area.

They have recently (2015-2016) undertaken major renovations to the building including re-bricking of the exterior walls, flashing and re-roofing. Painting and minor improvements have occurred in 2017. With an excellent music program, they have commenced a campaign to replace their 28 year-old organ. The building is utilized by many community groups.

Epiphany is a friendly, welcoming, non-judgmental parish, accepting of diversity. They have a dedicated core of parishioners, many of whom have deep family roots in the parish.

The congregation would welcome a new Incumbent who can lead them in new directions with a willingness to grow the parish. They are hoping for an individual with special skills in pastoral care, strong preaching ability, and someone who can help the parish with the inevitable challenges associated with change.

The City of Sudbury is the hub for Northeastern Ontario for education, health services, retail services, mining and technology. It abounds with more than 300 lakes within its boundaries. It is a multicultural community of over 150,000 people.

A parish profile can be found here. Should you wish further information about the diocese, please visit our website.

Those desiring to apply for this position are asked to submit their applications to Bishop Anne Germond. 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 Anne Germond
Bishop of Algoma
Box 1168
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 5N7
Telephone: 705-256-5061 x23
E-mail:
bishop@dioceseofalgoma.com

 

Incumbent for the Parish of Christ Church Anglican,

North Bay

The Bishop of Algoma is seeking to appoint an Incumbent for Christ Church Anglican, North Bay. It is a full-time position and includes a housing allowance.

In 2014, after much prayer and discussion, the people of Christ Church stepped out in faith and purchased a new building on Greenwood Avenue (North Bay) to accommodate their growing needs.  2017 will mark the 60th anniversary of the parish.

The congregation would welcome a new Incumbent who is willing to work, educate and train them in new areas, as they grow in their journey of faith together.

Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Nipissing, North Bay is less than a four-hour drive from Toronto and boasts an airport served by Air Canada and Porter Airlines, Nipissing University and Canadore College, a military base, and a symphony orchestra. With a population nearing 55,000, it is the fourth-largest urban centre in the diocese.

A parish profile can be found here. Should you wish further information about the diocese, please visit our website.

Those desiring to apply for this position are asked to submit their applications to Bishop Anne Germond. 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 Anne Germond
Bishop of Algoma
Box 1168
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario  P6A 5N7
Telephone: 705-256-5061 x23
E-mail: bishop@dioceseofalgoma.com

 

 

Incumbent for the Parish of Marathon/Schreiber

The Bishop of Algoma is seeking to appoint an Incumbent for the combined Parish of Marathon/Schreiber. The parish is a two-point parish comprised of Trinity Church (Marathon) and St. John the Evangelist (Schreiber).  The churches are one hour driving distance apart.  They are located along the scenic North Shore corridor of Lake Superior between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay. 

The Town of Marathon is a vibrant community with a population of 4000 that offers a unique quality of life.  It is a hub of activity surrounded by boreal forests and amazing scenery.  There are a full range of medical, educational, and leisure services and opportunities.  It has a vibrant industry and business community, supported by the Hemlo Gold Mines and by small, medium, and large-sized businesses.

The Township of Schreiber is currently home to 1200 residents.  It is located in a valley surrounded by rugged hills and on one of the most northerly points of Lake Superior.  It offers a variety of services and activities.  Many of the parishioners of St. John’s are residents of Schreiber and the nearby Township of Terrace Bay which lies 14 kilometers west.

The City of Thunder Bay, population 110,000, is two hours away.  It offers a myriad of services including post-secondary education at Lakehead University and Confederation College.  An international airport serves the city as well as several regional airlines.

The rectory for the combined parish is located right next to St. John’s in Schreiber.  The past model of ministry was to have the Incumbent at St. John’s three Sundays a month and once a month at Trinity as well as one day a week for pastoral/office work in Marathon. This is subject to change depending on the needs of the congregations and communities.

These two churches are considered to be mission churches within the Diocese of Algoma and are subsidized by the Diocese to ensure an Anglican presence is maintained along the North Shore.  Their parishioners are small in numbers but mighty in their commitment and dedication.  They are seeking a leader who can help them grow and reach further into their communities; assist them in their spiritual growth; help them discern what they are called to do within their churches and communities; and re-engage with some of their flock that are not attending regularly.  They are open to new approaches and ideas and are willing to work alongside their new Incumbent to develop ministry initiatives.

A parish profile can be found here. 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 Anne Germond. 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 Anne Germond
Bishop of Algoma
Box 1168
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 5N7
Telephone: 705-256-5061 x23
E-mail:
bishop@dioceseofalgoma.com