Associate for Transitions and Congregational Development

Indianapolis, IN
Type: Clergy, Lay
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Job Title
Associate for Transitions and Congregational Development
Name of church or organization
Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
Job Location
Indianapolis, IN
Job Description
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis seeks an experienced lay or ordained leader to support congregations, clergy, and lay leaders through transitions in clergy leadership. The successful candidate will demonstrate the skills and abilities to help congregational leaders navigate these significant opportunities for reconciliation and healing of past divisions, clear discernment of goals and challenges, and moving forward with renewed faith and clarity of mission.

The Associate for Transitions and Congregational Development will work directly with and report to the Canon to the Ordinary for Congregational Development and Leadership.

• Serve as diocesan transition officer, providing support to congregations in transition by working closely with wardens, vestries, search committees, interim clergy, search coaches, and churches.
• Attend transition conferences and work collaboratively with colleagues in other dioceses, particularly in Province V.
• Oversee all necessary processes including search profiles, background checks, and letters of agreement.
• Work directly with the Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee, supporting people in the process of discernment and formation toward ordination to holy orders.
• Oversee Safeguarding God’s People training for lay and ordained leaders in the Diocese, ensuring compliance with diocesan and church-wide standards for the well-being of all.
• Assist the Canon to the Ordinary for Congregational Development and Leadership with other duties as assigned

Must be an experienced lay or ordained leader with the following established skills and abilities:
• Capacity to manage multiple projects at the same time
• Strong facilitation and leadership skills
• Ability to address and resolve conflict
• Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating programs
• Prayerful curiosity and a sense of humor
• Strong organization and administrative skills and the willingness to exercise those
• Capacity to recognize and call forth gifts in individuals and congregations
• Experience establishing relationships and developing trust with individuals and groups

Grounded in God’s love in Christ, the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis is called to reach out with a radical welcome and bold witness to serve and transform our world. Our priorities are to support clergy and laity as beacons of Jesus Christ for southern and central Indiana and the world, encourage a missional mindset for all our faith communities, stand with the vulnerable and marginalized working to transform systems of injustice and connect more effectively with each other and our neighborhood partners. We are led by the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, our 11th bishop.

This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits, requiring travel and a flexible schedule.

Type of commitment
  • Full time
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Application Process
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume electronically to:
Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
The Rev. Canon Kristin White
1100 W. 42nd Street, Suite 235
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Application Deadline
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