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|Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church|
|Who We Are:
St. Stephens is a warm, welcoming, and inviting community of Christians who hold dear the beauty and mystery of the liturgy. Our parish consists of people from all walks of life and socio- economic backgrounds filling the pews. Our parish places significant importance on welcoming and embracing new members, inviting them to join with us in the celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evenings (Rite 1) and Sunday mornings (Rite 2).St. Stephens is family-friendly, and includes several families with young children as members. As such, we feel it is our responsibility as a community to help foster an understanding and love of the Lord through a Sunday school program and youth participation in parish life.
At the forefront of our identity is “Community”. We are a community not just of fellow- worshipers, but of friends and neighbors. Nearly half of our parishioners have been a part of the St. Stephens community for more than ten years, and many have attended St. Stephens their entire life.
As a community, we feel it important that both the rector and laity alike take a role in building and fostering our sense of community and in growing the church. In this regard, it is imperative that we have various and open lines of parish communication. We currently have a monthly newsletter, website and weekly email. We have found that when the rector approaches parishioners with specific tasks or service requests, parishioners are willing to help and to serve.
We also feel that it is important that members be encouraged and/or invited to participate in lay ministries. Whether lay ministry opportunities need to be created or already exist, members have expressed a desire to serve the St. Stephens community – they just need to be provided direction as to how their talents and skills can be utilized to assist others in need.
Compared to historical numbers, the membership of St. Stephens has decreased over time – consequently, so also has stewardship. Currently, St. Stephens has 292 baptized parishioners, 60 of whom attend regularly. As rector, you will have the opportunity to call new members and grow our parish. You will have the opportunity to develop and foster a mindset of giving and build a stewardship ministry that extends far beyond just the collection plate.
Qualities Sought in a Priest:
The candidate must be deeply spiritual, and must have a demonstrated ability to develop stewardship among members, and must have a desire to develop and maintain a program of Christian education for youth.
The candidate must be flexible and respectful in their decision making, have the ability to effectively arbitrate/mediate disputes and differences, and should seek to involve members in the planning and leading of church activities.
About Billings, Montana1:
The Billings area has evolved into a center of commerce with a great small town feel. It’s large enough to experience the community at your own pace, and small enough to still run into friends at the grocery store. In Billings, business is booming, people are enjoying life and the scenery is as original as the people.
Billings is a regional hub of commerce for an area that stretches in excess of 125,000 square miles. The city is a destination for consumers because it provides goods and services to a vast region. Billings is energized. It embraces its history, but looks forward to the future.
In addition to its role as a trade, service and energy mecca, the educational and medical communities provide tremendous options and opportunities for residents and people in outlying communities. Quality education can be found at all levels of curriculum. From pre-school diplomas to doctorates, Billings offers a full spectrum of top quality educational opportunities. The Billings Public School System is the largest in the state and boasts some of the most qualified educators in the nation. Montana State University Billings, Rocky Mountain College, University of Mary and the newly expanded MSU Billings College of Technology all offer innovative and competitive degree programs that draw students from across the region.
The city’s medical corridor provides the most advanced healthcare services in a four-state area, including Wyoming and the Dakotas. Two fully equipped and modern hospitals, St. Vincent Health Care and the Billings Clinic, offer care from a staff of doctors and healthcare specialists who have received national attention for their medical achievements. There are also 40 medical clinics, some that focus on homeopathic care. Hundreds of physicians offer quality care in every major medical specialty. A complete range of medical services, surgical services, and emergency care are available in the heart of the city.
1 “About Billings” used with the permission of the Billings Chamber of Commerce. https://www.billingschamber.com/relocate/billings
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|Dear Clergy Candidate:
St. Stephens Episcopal Church 1241 Crawford Drive Billings, Montana 59102 (406) 259-5017
Thank you for your interest in becoming the new rector at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Billings, Montana. This letter is intended to provide you with a snapshot of St. Stephens as our parish exists today, the values we hold important, the unique opportunities at St. Stephens, and what we hope to find in a rector. This is a part-time position, with negotiable allocation of compensation between salary and benefits. The church also provides a multi-bedroom apartment. If you feel that you are an appropriate fit for our parish, we encourage you to submit your application to the Rev. Canon J. Christopher Roberts, Diocesan Transition Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org.