Associate Rector

Whitefish Bay, WI
Type: Clergy
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Job Title
Associate Rector
Name of church or organization
Christ Church
Job Location
Whitefish Bay, WI
Job Description
An inclusive parish with a gift for hospitality, Christ Church, Whitefish Bay is looking for an Associate Rector to help the parish live deeper into the transforming love of God in Christ. The Rector has recently returned from a sabbatical with a renewed interest in integrating contemplative living into parish life including worship, formation, outreach and evangelism.

At the same time, the parish has chosen to use a lay leader for primary leadership in middle and high school youth, thereby creating more freedom to configure the role of the Associate Rector.  We have discerned that at this time the parish needs an Associate Rector with considerable gifts for leadership and organization to help maintain the broad array of current programs as well as support the rector in discerning and exploring new initiatives.  The Associate Rector will need strengths in administration and will demonstrate attention to detail.  She/he will be like a “Chief Operations Officer,” with significant authority in a variety of areas.  Specifically, she/he will have:

  • Leadership in Programming

Concern for the world outside our walls: The Associate Rector will help us continue to creatively and consistently build friendships across divisions of race and class, furthering our momentum to be active agents of God’s justice and mercy on many fronts. The Associate Rector will have leadership over programs for outreach, racial justice and creation care.

Nurturing the faith of families, children and youth: By recently shifting to lay leadership for middle and high school youth, the AR will be able to invest his or her time in other areas.  That said, the Associate Rector will still be tasked with incorporating families, children and youth deeper into the life of the parish. She/he will supervise the highly competent Children and Youth Ministry Leader. She/he will show a willingness to engage the youngest among us with her energy and presence.

  • Leadership in Communications

The Associate Rector will supervise the Communications Leader and be responsible for the vision and strategy for parish communications through all available channels: website, weekly parish email, social media…etc. She/he will demonstrate a high attention to detail.

  • Leadership in Pastoral Care

The rector will share pastoral care with the associate: visits to those who are sick and/or dying; counseling to parishioners in crisis.  There is currently a particular need for the Associate Rector to officiate weddings. The rector is also looking to better use the lay pastoral care team, and the Associate Rector will have primary responsibility for overseeing this team, along with the parish deacon.

  • Leadership in Worship

The Associate Rector will share in preaching, celebrating, and liturgy design. We will continue to explore possibilities for new kinds of worship with children and families, as well as new ways to worship with a more contemplative spirit. The Associate Rector will have liturgical flexibility, embracing traditional forms of worship with the experimental.

  • Leadership in “Invite, Welcome, Connect”

Taking our cues from the program, “Invite Welcome Connect,” we would like to become more intentional about reaching people who have never stepped through our doors,

welcoming them once they are here, and then connecting them more deeply into the life of the parish. The Associate Rector will play a significant role in these new efforts.

More about Milwaukee
The parish is located 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. Newcomers often proclaim that Milwaukee is one of the best-kept secrets in the country. From the symphony, theater, ballet, off-Broadway shows, world-class museums and major league sports, to non-stop summer music and cultural festivals, there is something for everyone all year long. New craft breweries and farm-to-table restaurants emerge by the month.  Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, swimming and boating are available to all, or simply enjoy walking, jogging, biking or roller-blading along the shores. For a weekend get-away, Chicago is a mere 90 minutes away, as is Madison’s fun university atmosphere. If less city is more your style, Door County and the North Woods offer pristine natural getaways for every outdoor lover. The contemplative Order of Julian of Norwich is located three hours north in the beauty of a national forest.

Type of commitment
Full time
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Application Process
Interested candidates should send a resume and OTM profile to The Rev. Seth Dietrich, rector:
Application Deadline
This position will be posted until a suitable candidate is chosen.