Canon for Mission Development and Innovation- “Shaped by Faith”
Full time, Senior staff
Two-year position Fall 2019-Fall 2021
The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania seeks a creative, pastoral leader, lay or
ordained, to serve in a two-year position as a key member of the core team leading
“Shaped by Faith,” a diocesan re-shaping initiative.
The Canon will work in collaboration with other staff members, clergy and lay leaders
from across the diocese to explore the current status and missional opportunities for
parishes, discern options for future configurations of Church, and assist congregations and worshipping communities to design a future that is responsive to God’s call to serve, addresses the needs of the local community, and exercises good stewardship of resources.
The right candidate will have a thorough working knowledge of the corpus of literature in
Congregational Development, Family Systems theory, and Change and Resistance models. They will be a compassionate and pastoral leader who can come alongside congregations and, with optimism, assist them in discerning and claiming God’s dream for them.
Overseeing transition ministry, conducting missional experiments, encouraging
transformational change and innovation are all essential components of the work for this
Essential Qualities include: Love of and faith in the triune God who loves us as a mother
(Is 66:13) and can make all things new (Is 43: 19), faithful practitioner of prayer, collaborative and team oriented worker, creative thinker, well-organized, possessing good number-sense, the ability to lead large meetings with confidence and care, a spirit of adventure, a discerning
Salary commensurate with experience
Medical and dental benefits
Lay or Clergy pension, as appropriate
The Canon for Mission Development and Innovation works as part of a collaborative team implementing the “Shaped by Faith” project over a two-year period. The work will include assisting congregations in assessing their current status, evaluating their missional opportunities, learning about models for configuring worshipping communities and designing their future together.
• Assist in discerning configurations of teams for project work in the diocese
• Work in small and large group settings to guide parish groups in the six SBF projects through their work
• Plan follow up and vision implementation for the six SBF projects
• Work collaboratively to design the participation program for parishes participating in the “Individual Level” of Shaped by Faith
• Oversee the participation of the parishes working at the Individual Level
• Work collaboratively to plan and implement the periodic celebration events during the two years of SBF
• Support the work of the Historicizing element of SBF
• Facilitate clergy transitions and consult parishes throughout the process. When necessary, initiate the search for, hiring of, and support to new clergy.
• All other duties as assigned.
• Written and Oral Communication
• Strategic Thinking
• Church development, Change and Resistance Processes
• Organizational and Systems Awareness
• Creativity, Innovation
• Pastoral Care
Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university AND two to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to speak effectively before groups of parishioners, those outside of the Church, and/or employees of organization.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as parish profiles, surveys, demographic research, procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Intermediate Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to interpret demographic data and statistics, calculate salary and other contractual figures.
Ability to interpret parish budgets, finance ledgers and investment portfolios.
High Skills: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Ability to imagine, set goals, guide a visioning process and create a sequence of logical and obtainable benchmarks in order to achieve goals.
Physical and Work Environment:
Functions in a temperature-controlled office environment as well as in individual parishes across the diocese and in civic communities.
Work requires a flexible schedule (including evenings and weekends), as this position requires significant travel throughout the diocese. Position requires the ability to navigate a variety of church and parish house buildings with stairs and uneven terrain.
Work requires the ability to sit throughout the workday (approximately 8 hours) with occasional walking into other areas of the office as well as sustained hours in the car. Position requires use of fingers, hands and arms on a consistent basis for keyboarding and phone work; position requires the ability to talk and hear; position may need to lift up to 25 pounds on occasion; excellent vision skills (with or without correction) are required.
The standard office environment has moderate noise levels associated with computer equipment, customers, and phone conversations.
Position requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle due to significant travel throughout the Diocese.