Philadelphia, PA
Type: Clergy
Posted Mar 21, 2023
Job Title
Name of church or organization
Christ Church
Philadelphia, PA
Job Description
Christ Church Philadelphia is a well-known place: as the “mother church” of the Episcopal Church in America, we have prayed and served for 327 years in the city of Philadelphia. Today, we are a vibrant congregation with the traditions and concerns of any Episcopal community. We are a community of great creative and intellectual life, with a deeply shared investment in spiritual growth. We are a diverse, multigenerational group of people, committed to offering an authentic welcome to all. Most of all, we are a place of action: we welcome thousands of visitors each year to our public worship and visitor programming; we gather with love in our beautiful Georgian worship space and with awe of the history we inherit; and we act – individually and together – to grow beloved community in the world.

We seek a rector with collaborative leadership experience and a deep spiritual life. Our next rector will join with us in welcoming our visitors and also be willing and able to speak to the needs of parishioners in their daily lives. Our worship combines Episcopal liturgy in a low-church tradition with alternative prayers and interventions. The rector and assistant clergy collaborate closely with parishioners of all generations and genders who prepare the flowers and altar, help administer the Eucharist, deliver the prayers, and sometimes even preach. We aim to continue a tradition of sermons delivered by a rector with oratorical skill and theological depth who walks beside us boldly into God’s future.

In addition to fostering meaningful worship, strengthening and enlivening our fellowship is a central task.  We intend to be a community that creates opportunity for our members to come together in supportive fellowship and meaningful encounters with God and have been called to create additional worship, educational, and fellowship opportunities for our members. Lay leadership is an essential component of the Christ Church community. As a result, our future rector needs to be a skilled collaborator, able to support lay leaders and other staff members when they need. A Christ Church rector must be able to handle administrative as well as spiritual tasks. We are also led to connect more fully with our neighborhood, city, and region. We are not – and never have been – a community that faces only inward. God is leading us out into the world, and we intend to follow.

Type of Commitment
Full Time
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Application Process
If you are interested in exploring God’s call to serve as Rector of Christ Church, please submit a cover letter, resume, and Office for Transition Ministry (OTM) materials to The Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph at You may also reach Canon Arlette at (267) 600-2409.
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