||Located in the Northern Deanery of The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, which spans the Central Valley of California, Modesto was the setting for the 1973 film American Graffiti. While Modesto has certainly grown since then, it is surrounded by rich farm lands and vineyards such as the Gallo Family Winery (the largest family-owned winery in the US), but not too far from major cities such as Stockton, San Francisco and Sacramento, while also being a short drive from Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is our hope to call a priest who can not only serve our community, but help us connect more with the people of Modesto, as we feel not only “Called to be…” followers of Jesus, but also the hands and heart of Jesus at work in the local community.
After several months of conversation, listening and deep prayer and reflection, the search committee from St Paul’s Modesto hopes that our next priest will:
- Come with an open heart and mind (be open to multiple ethnicities, races, ability and LGBTQ+ welcoming and affirming)
- Be on fire for Jesus
- Make the Gospel relevant for today
- Be willing and able to engage with community, ecumenical and interfaith partners and organizations
- Be spiritually mature and well grounded in prayer and reflection
- Have a sense of humor
- Be personable and approachable
- Love hospitality—we are a congregation known for extending hospitality both within and outside our walls
- Be proactive about stewardship and financial resources
- Have strong, adaptive leadership skills
- Work collaboratively with the Vestry and other leaders
- Help the congregation realize that change is constant and that we have to be open to change.
- Be able to welcome all people from our diverse community and make them feel they are children of God.
- Be willing to help others to become active in the church, helping to identify the strengths in others and invite them into ministry
- Possess the ability to listen and manage conflict that will lead to positive resolutions.
- Be flexible as we continue to navigate COVID.
- Be tech savvy and help us engage with social media.
- Be patient and give the congregation time to adjust to a new Priest.