Palm Beach, FL
Type: Clergy
Posted May 3, 2022
Job Title
Name of church or organization
The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea
Palm Beach, FL
Job Description
For 133 years, Bethesda-by-the Sea has stood as a place of healing and connection to the love and comfort of Jesus Christ. Our church provides a thin place, set apart from the rest of the world; a safe haven where we can express joy and gratitude while serving the wider community with love.

We are a welcoming and hospitable community, enriched by those from many different walks of life. A friendly atmosphere prevails, and we show care and assistance to people who are new, different, or in need.

Bethesda is a large, well-established parish with annual expenditures approaching $4 million prior to the recent impact of COVID-19. Although Palm Beach is known as a seasonal resort town, our parish is comprised of many year-round members. We have approximately 1,400 parishioners in more than 1,000 households.

We are seeking an experienced rector of great personal faith in Jesus Christ and a deep spirituality. We would like an approachable and sincere leader, who is loving, warm and compassionate. The candidate should be an excellent communicator with a willingness to listen to the opinions of others without pushing an agenda, and who can meet parishioners where they are in their relationship with God. We need a rector with strong pastoral skills and a healing touch who can speak one-on-one to those in need.

Theologically, we are a diverse parish, with both theologically progressive and conservative views coexisting in a safe and welcoming environment. A rector who can connect with our entire congregation is important to us. Not only is our congregation theologically diverse, but we also have a range of views on social justice issues and how these issues should be incorporated into preaching. We need a rector who can preach the Gospel and address social justice issues from a biblical perspective, in a way that opens hearts rather than hardening them, encourages respectful dialogue which is necessary for reconciliation, and spurs us as Christians to positive action.

Bethesda is privileged to call its home one of the most beautiful gothic churches built within the last century. A true centerpiece for Palm Beach, our church occupies a large property, perfectly located on the island. In addition to the gothic church, the site plan includes a large garth for special events, stone cloisters, numerous offices, parish hall, guild room, choir rehearsal space and a library. The buildings are surrounded by lush gardens and out buildings compatible with classic gothic style.

The Diocese of Southeast Florida is home to 76 congregations and 38,000 Episcopalians.  Bethesda is one of the five largest and longest-serving churches and congregations in the diocese, and is the largest single contributor to the annual diocesan budget of $4 million.

Palm Beach, a barrier island on the southeast coast of Florida, is a community filled with history and character. Sixteen miles long and located 65 miles north of Miami, it lies between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway, or Lake Worth, on the west. Across the lake lie the cities of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth Beach. The year-round population of the town of Palm Beach is under 10,000 and the seasonal population is about double that. Known for its lush tropical gardens, myriad palm trees, pristine beaches and enviable moderate climate, Palm Beach is a fully developed community that is world-renowned for its beauty, quality of life, and small-town character.

Type of Commitment
Full Time
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Application Process
Please submit your resume/CV, a copy of your updated OTM profile and a letter of interest that highlights how you feel you meet the needs of Bethesda-by-the-Sea and why you feel called to serve as our rector. These documents should be submitted to:

The Reverend Canon Jason Roberson
Canon Missioner for Congregational Vitality & Transitions
Diocese of Southeast Florida

Application Deadline