Canon to the Ordinary for Vitality and Renewal

Wilmington, DE
Type: Clergy
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Job Title
Canon to the Ordinary for Vitality and Renewal
Name of church or organization
The Episcopal Church in Delaware
Job Location
Wilmington, DE
Job Description
The Episcopal Church in Delaware is comprised of the state of Delaware, known affectionately as ”The First State.” Established in 1785, ours is among the oldest dioceses in the country, and many of our colonial era parishes thrive to this day. While proud of our rich history, we are nevertheless convinced that our best days proclaiming and living out the good news of Jesus Christ lie ahead. Our current priorities include reclaiming our Christian roots as evangelists, marked by an energetic diocesan-wide initiative just this year that planted Invite-Welcome-Connect in every parish.

We seek a Canon to the Ordinary who will serve as an energetic and faithful member of our diocesan Mission Support Team and as the bishop’s chief of staff. The canon will serve at the direct invitation of the bishop. The canon will have primary responsibility, with the bishop, for the joyful support of our clergy and their families, for inspiring a culture of vitality and renewal across all our parishes and ministries, and for teaching best practices for achieving these goals. The canon will also serve as the executive officer of our Mission Support Team.

Essential Skills and Characteristics.
Our next Canon to the Ordinary will be:
● a joyful evangelist of Jesus Christ, comfortable and eager to articulate his/her faith
● a skilled administrator eager to empower others to ministry
● a motivated worker who needs little supervision and yet thrives in team settings
● a trusted confidant/e with a gift for pastoral care and deep listening
● a competent mediator skilled in reconciliation and truth-telling
● a humble spiritual leader and lively preacher
● a risk-taker for Christ, willing to encourage and test out untried approaches
● a wise and approachable coach who relates with clergy and clergy spouses

Core Duties.
● promote vibrant parishes of all sizes through training communities in congregational vitality and renewal and through regular on-site interaction with parishioners and vestries
● promote the wellness of clergy and clergy spouses (active and retired), including overseeing College of Clergy gatherings, deanery meetings and annual retreats, supporting sabbatical preparation, and encouraging events for spouses
● coach and advise clergy and other parish leaders on a broad range of personnel issues
● execute diocesan strategies, in concert with the parishes, bishop, Mission Support Team, and governance committees, in support of diocesan vision and mission
● represent the bishop across a variety of forums inside the church and beyond
● provide transition ministry support and guidance to wardens, vestries, profile committees, and search committees to help congregations thrive throughout the search process (including developing good leave-taking practices, dealing with grief, creating parish profiles, and conducting searches)
● oversee clergy deployment, including supporting priestly and diaconal formation processes
● identify and inspire outstanding clergy candidates who are well equipped to lead congregations successful 21st century ministry
● make regular Sunday visits to Delaware parishes as preacher and evangelist to promote clergy wellness and parish vitality
● other duties as assigned by the bishop

● ordained Episcopal priest (minimum 6 years), optimally with experience as a parish rector
● experience in congregational development and theories of growth and renewal, including proven capability in project management, group facilitation, and/or training
● profound appreciation for work of clergy and their potential impact (positively and negatively) to a parish’s ability to thrive
● a sense of humor and eagerness to see the joy in creation
● a healthy prayer life and demonstrated self-care spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially
● prior expertise in coaching and/or conflict intervention is desirable

How to apply.
Visit to learn more about this position and how to apply. Applications must be received by Friday, December 14, 2018.

The new hire will be expected to attend a national transition ministry conference on March 26-29, 2019, in Salt Lake City.

Further information about the people, priorities, and ministries of the Episcopal Church in Delaware are found at

Type of commitment
  • Full time
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Application Process
To apply for the Canon to the Ordinary for Vitality and Renewal send cover letter, resume, and OTM Profile to the email address below: (pdf format please)

Applications must be received by Friday, December 14, 2018.

The new hire will be expected to attend a national transition ministry conference on March 26-29, 2019, in Salt Lake City.

Application Deadline
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