||The Missioner for Transition Ministry works with parishes in times of transition to help bring about missional transformation. The Missioner for Transition Ministry assists congregations in calling creative and innovative ordained leaders who will join with them to become more faithful to God’s mission of restoration and reconciliation in their surrounding community and the world.
• Works with the Bishop, Senior Staff, Standing Committee, and other key leadership to ascertain the strategic missional needs and work of The Episcopal Church in Colorado
• Regularly monitors the demographic factors in Colorado that may inform and shape the missional life of the Church, including but not limited to:
• Economic and population trends in urban, suburban, rural, and resort communities
• Demographical changes such as : age, race, ethnic, and religious composition across the state
• Provides support for specific contexts for ministry, including ministry with the Latinx Community, with urban, rural, and resort communities, and with ecumenical partners
• Serves as a staff liaison for the Bishop in collaborative mission initiatives with The Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
• May represent the Bishop at Celebrations of New Ministry, the Commissioning of Lay Pastoral Leaders, and the Induction of Priests-in-Charge as well as at provincial and national events and conferences as needed
• Facilitates key “Affinity Groups” as determined in consultation with the Bishop and Senior Staff
• Assists congregations in finding current resources for ministry during transition
• Assists in evaluating the health and development of all congregations across the Episcopal Church in Colorado using the data from annual parochial reports and other sources
• Provides guidance, supervision, and support for the start of new congregations
• Trains and coaches vestries and search committees throughout each congregation’s discernment process, developing and implementing a process that is appropriate to each congregation’s needs and abilities
• Provides counsel and advice to clergy in transition—coaching, mentoring, exploring various possibilities for suitable ministry
• Visits, preaches, and teaches in congregations at key points in the transition process
• Identifies, in consultation with the Bishop and Canon to the Ordinary, appropriate interim leadership for congregations in transition
• Recruits and coaches interim rectors
• Monitors the development of parish profiles
• Posts positions for parishes in transition
• Recruits candidates, receives names, and screens all applications for ordained leaders who are committed to God’s mission in their local context and the world
• Trains vestries and search committees to better discern what God is doing in their local ministry context and how to conduct effective interviews to discern which ordained leaders will help them join God’s mission.
• Works closely and collaboratively with the Bishop throughout the transition process
• Recruits, trains, and oversees outside consultants to assist with transition work
Essential Skills and Qualifications
• Collaborative, personable self-starter with demonstrated experience in the work of evangelism, congregational development, and group facilitation.
• Highly organized and effective communication skills
• Self-differentiated leader who has experience working within anxious environments
• Experience and demonstrated ability as a preacher, teacher, and pastor
• Substantive knowledge of complex organizational systems, processes, and leadership
• Willingness to pioneer innovative approaches and develop best practices to meet the emerging challenges and opportunities before the contemporary church
• A strong sense of how Jesus is active in her/his own life and a desire to help congregations better follow where Jesus is calling them.
• Readiness to work with multiple staff members within the Office of the Bishop and leadership across The Episcopal Church in Colorado
• Ability to respectfully engage and work with the wide range of diverse theological, cultural, and political perspectives across the The Episcopal Church in Colorado
• Desire to recruit and support the best and most diverse leadership possible
• Willingness to travel throughout the state of Colorado on a frequent basis
• Proficiency with digital technology and modern communications, including online learning platforms and social media
• Master of Divinity degree or equivalent theological training
• Conversational and liturgical Spanish is strongly desired