Associate Rector

Southport, CT
Type: Clergy
Posted Jun 19, 2020
Job Title
Associate Rector
Name of church or organization
Trinity Episcopal Church
Job Location
Southport, CT
Job Description
Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport CT seeks a full-time Associate Rector to join our vital Christian community as it approaches its 300th year of parish life. We are focused on our three-pronged mission of faith, community, and service to our historic village and the wider region. United around our core commitments to go out intentionally into the neighborhood and listen to the needs and context of our neighbors, we choose to respond faithfully with worship and learning, community engagement, and service outreach opportunities. Following a two-year planning process, our parish is poised to take the next steps of a) developing a spiritual center, b) renewing the vitality of our parish life through generous pastoral care and parish events, and c) developing and growing our children and youth ministry to a higher level.  We seek a gifted ordained leader who loves people of all ages; takes joy in worship; has a mature faith and a formational mindset; is highly organized; and who can impart spiritual inspiration to a well-educated congregation of leaders.

Experience:  Ordained for at least 2 years; Liturgist, Pastoral Care, Educator with K-12 experience.


  • Innovative thinker (anticipates and creates future opportunities)
  • Natural leader and planner (can create goals and lead team/parishioners toward them; can

navigate ambiguity)

  • Strong preaching gifts
  • Strong EQ skills (compassionate, relationship builder, savvy re: challenges facing all ages from baptism to burial)
  • Culturally attuned to culture/issues/dynamics of affluent suburbs
  • Digitally savvy (has current skills to leverage technology to drive ministries)

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30% of time

Worship Leader – Collaborate with our staff and clergy to plan and lead liturgy that is both innovative and true to our Anglican tradition. Preside and preach at live and recorded services for Sunday morning and  mid-week services, take responsibility for the Sunday evening Twilight service, lead Trinity Parish Nursery School bi-monthly service. Conduct baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

Pastoral Care – Assist rector in pastoral care visits, calls, and other communications with parishioners; provide direct spiritual care. Support and help build out existing lay pastoral care committee.

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40% of time

Young Family Ministry Director – Own the overall children and youth program with collaboration and support of Youth Committee and church staff. Co-lead Newcomer Ministry with lay leadership, welcoming and integrating newcomers, especially families with children from TPNS-Trinity Parish Nursery School and from the wider community. Have a keen desire to grow the parish, and create a meaningful point of difference vs other Churches and youth programs in general.

  • Co-Chair Youth Committee with Parent Chair(s)
  • Direct (or supervise director) Children’s Ministry (Sunday School, Outreach) on Sundays and Weds. afternoons jointly with staff, Youth, Music, and Outreach Committees.
  • Build on moral character education curriculum “Wise Words” across age groups.
  • Develop outreach opportunities and programs.
  • Create recruiting and retention plan to increase number of participants
  • Liaise with Trinity Parish Nursery School Director and Music Director to manage overall data for families with children from birth to college.
  • Assist Rector with baptism and confirmation preparation and record-keeping.
  • Lead youth groups (or supervise youth minister) for Middle School and High School.
  • Develop and build relationships with families through visits, pastoral support.
  • Integrate programming for all ages into parish-wide activities.

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30% of time

Builder and Launcher of Spiritual Center (vision) working with Strategic Planning Committee to achieve these 3 main goals:

  1. To become a regional center and resource for spiritual growth (outward)
  2. To support the spiritual path of parishioners (inward)
  3. To create another reason to be part of the Trinity Community (both inward/outward)

Help us discover what our shared spiritual experience at Trinity has been and what we are looking for. Articulate with Strategic Planning Committee what our “spiritual but not religious” neighbors are seeking. How can we offer a spiritual base for seekers through study/programs/events/contemplative practice and non-traditional practices and still also provide traditional Anglican worship through virtual and in-person experiences?

Programming would be sourced from our own staff and laity, as well as outsourced. Offerings would take place on the Trinity campus and at remote sites. How can physical space better align to the lifestyles of

young families and young parishioners, while preserving the sanctuary, chapel, and library as the spiritual home to our older parishioners who are more established in their spiritual practice? What if we converted our parish hall, undercroft, and other underutilized space into a cafe, a day care center, and a “WeWork” hub? What if we amped up our connectivity online? These are some of the exciting questions we hope to work through in the creation of a Spiritual Center at Trinity Southport.

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Type of Commitment:  Full-time

Salary – Commensurate with experience and aligned with ECCT (Episcopal Church in CT) canons and guidelines.

Application Process:  Please send cover letter, resume, and OTM profile to the attention of the Rector at:

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