||Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rockford is looking for its next rector. Emmanuel has three Sunday services, including a spoken, children’s and sung Eucharist each week. The congregation values integrity, strives to offer the hospitality of Christ and fosters a creative spirit in their worship and life together. Lay leadership is well established and valued in the congregation. Emmanuel is home to outreach opportunities Shelter Care ministries, Jubliee Center and Jeremiah Development. The next rector should be engaging and welcoming, willing to develop and implement ideas for bringing in new members, strengthen the Christian education program and keep Emmanuel active in the Rockford community.
Rockford, located in northwestern Illinois, is a river city and the third largest city in Illinois. It is 90 miles from Chicago and 70 miles from Madison, Wisconsin. There is a growing downtown area with popular restaurants and breweries, a discovery center for children and the park district provides activities and recreational resources to residents. As a post-industrial city, the congregation and community are aware of the challenges that brings and are committed to addressing those challenges.