||Christ Church Greenwich, one of New England’s oldest (1749) and largest Episcopal Churches, seeks a full-time, experienced Associate Rector to collaborate with the clergy, staff, and vestry in implementing the parish’s mission, ministry, and witness. The Associate Rector is expected to oversee the growth of the children, family and youth ministries with the Director of Children and Family Ministry and Director of Youth Ministry. The Church is in the process of embarking on a large growth initiative and the successful candidate will be expected to be an integral part of the team’s success.
Christ Church Greenwich
Christ Church Greenwich has a membership of over 1,600 and has an average Sunday attendance of 367 across three services. It has a staff of 18, including four full-time priests (including the new Associate Rector) and one part-time priest associate. Our church campus extends over 14 acres and 100,000 square feet of buildings. We have wonderful spaces for worship, hospitality and programming and a stunning, recently renovated sanctuary. Greenwich is a beautiful suburban community of about 60,000 people, located 45 minutes by train from New York City. The town boasts a wide selection of restaurants and many facilities, parks, a public beach, swimming pool, golf, boating, tennis, etc. Christ Church is within walking distance of the center of town.
Our liturgical style is formal, reverent and firmly grounded in the Anglican tradition. Christ Church Music is a renowned world-class RSCM-certified church music program. A model of the Anglican choral tradition with a rich history and global reach, we offer eight active choirs, concerts, tours, and a vibrant teen scholar program. Christ Church is also the home of a Christ Church Preschool (CCP), an Episcopal Preschool accredited by the National Association of Episcopal Schools. Founded in 1960, CCP has a student population over 100 and a staff of 18.
Children and youth have been a recent area of focus and expansion; the church has one full-time and one part-time youth minister and is in the process of hiring a director of children and family ministry. A new 9 am contemporary children and family service has been implemented to accommodate the growing number of families.
The church’s outreach program has been growing over the last seven years and continues to do so; it has deepened relationships with nonprofits in the local area and its volunteers currently help in food provision, service to the homeless, vulnerable youth and families. It has recently established a companion relationship with an Episcopal church in Cuba and is exploring expanding its local reach to prison ministry and vulnerable seniors. We continue to nurture a relationship with the Endupoto School founded in the Diocese of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania over 30 years ago. We organize parish visits to the K-12 school every other year. Twelve AA meetings a week are typically held on campus, and the church provides facilities for the largest food pantry and clothing ministry in Greenwich on our campus.
The Role of Associate Rector
Christ Church Greenwich is seeking an Associate Rector to work with the existing team of the 4 members of the clergy, the staff and vestry to advance the Church’s mission and focus on growing the children and family ministry.
In addition, we expect that the Associate Rector will:
- Assist leading worship, preaching, and administering sacraments and pastoral offices with the clergy
- Be active in the pastoral care of the congregation
- Plan and organize services and events with the clergy, staff, vestry, and parishioners
- Be creative, innovative, and able to execute ideas
Applicants with experience and/or a calling in the children and family ministry with these four qualities should highlight them in their cover letter.
Arrangements and Process
On campus housing, suitable for a single person or a couple, is provided for our full-time clergy.
Christ Church does not discriminate in its hiring practices, terms, or conditions of employment because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, physical disability, or veteran status.