||We are actively recruiting for a Region Missionary to serve the Northwest and Southwest Regions of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, known as the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT). ECCT provides oversight and administrative support for over 150 Episcopal parishes on behalf of the approximately 50,000 Episcopalians living in the state.
ECCT is committed to participating in the mission of God in Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit in these challenging times for the church and for the world. We understand God’s mission to be about restoring all people, and all creation, to unity with God and each other in Christ. The work of the Region Missionary is to assist in this participation in God’s mission by creating and supporting relational opportunities and inviting involvement in the life of the wider Church, in the two Regions they serve and in ECCT. The Region Missionary is thus intimately connected to the life, ministry, and offices of the Bishops and diocesan Canons. As a staff member of ECCT, the Region Missionary will work closely with, and serve as an extension of, the Bishops and Canons of ECCT. They will meet regularly with the Bishops and Canons for check-in, conversation, and clarity regarding defined goals and expectations, and to share what is happening within each of their Regions.
The Region Missionary serves to catalyze, convene, connect, and expand capabilities across their two Regions. By prioritizing a collaborative community-building ministry within and across the neighborhoods and municipalities where the Regions’ parishes are situated, the Region Missionary promotes and strengthens the life of ECCT within their two Regions and across the diocese. Most duties will necessitate being “on the road,” visiting and consulting in the various parishes served, meeting with lay leaders and clergy in their local settings, attending events, and completing other tasks within their two Regions.
- Episcopalian in good standing (may be, but is not required to be, a member of the clergy)
- Minimum of a four-year degree from an accredited undergraduate institution and/or equivalent experience working with non-profits.
- A desire to work within the structures of the ECCT as an extension of the offices of the Bishops and diocesan Canons
- A clear understanding of ECCT’s focus for Joining Jesus in the New Missional Age
- Must reside in, or be willing to relocate, to either the Northwest or Southwest Region of the ECCT in Connecticut, which includes Litchfield and Fairfield counties, and the City of Waterbury
- Valid driver’s license with a safe driving record and reliable transportation
- A proven collaborator and community-builder (ideally, including some knowledge and practice of Asset Based Community Development, Appreciative Inquiry, and Action Learning)
- Excellent verbal, written, and social media communication skills
- Demonstrated facilitation skills and project management oversight
- Ability to manage budgets and hours
- Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Event Brite, Adobe, and Zoom. Experience with Dropbox a plus.
- Flexibility and an ability to navigate shifting roles and responsibilities
- Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-moving environment
- Non-profit experience, particularly with a church or religious non-profit, is a plus
- Theological education considered a plus
- Ability to speak/read Spanish and/or Haitian is a plus
- U.S. work authorization required
Duties and Responsibilities of the Position:
The Region Missionary has four primary areas of engagement: (1) to support the development of leaders (privileging lay leadership); (2) enhance and expand Ministry Networks; (3) advance efforts to dismantle racism, white supremacy, and anti-Black bias; and (4) promote and assist in the development of a 21st-century Church. Specific duties and responsibilities for each of these four areas include the following:
Building Capacity in Leaders
- Help build institutional and lay leadership capacity by engendering collaboration across parishes in each Region and advancing accountability and canonical expectations. In collaboration with the Canon for Mission Advancement and Coaching, offer and support occasions for the sharing of stories, resources, and ideas for collaboration.
- Assist parishes to connect and cooperate with organizations and agencies within the local community (e.g., faith-based institutions, social service organizations, municipal agencies) to advance God’s mission in the neighborhoods of their Region.
- Support members of the Region Leadership Team (RLT), assisting the RLT in shaping the annual Region Convocation, ensuring safe church certification for events, and identifying other opportunities for shared life and ministry. Assist the Bishops and Canons in monitoring compliance of canonical and diocesan requirements for designation of “Parishes in Good Standing,” and in raising up and training Licensed Lay Ministers.
Enhancing Ministry Networks
- Help develop the capacity of existing Ministry Networks by supporting and participating in network gatherings, assisting with grant writing efforts, initiating collaborative efforts between parishes with shared faith-in-action ministries, facilitating network communications — including supporting and assisting in event planning — and ensuring Safe Church certification for network events.
- Assist with collaborative efforts between similar faith-in-action ministries which support the emergence and growth of new Ministry Networks.
- Work with the Canon for Mission Communication & Media to foster and advance communications (website and social media) across the two Regions and Ministry Networks.
Challenging the Sins of Racism, White Supremacy, and Anti-Black Bias
- Assist in the development and implementation of diocesan and Region-based anti-racism and multicultural initiatives and training programs that support racial healing, justice, and reconciliation, working collaboratively with the Canon for Advocacy, Racial Justice & Reconciliation.
Helping to Build the New Church
- Assist the Bishops and Canons in their work to support new configurations of Parishes, Worshipping Communities, and Intentional Episcopal Communities.
- Work closely with the Bishop Suffragan when parishes seek to merge or close.
- Assist in developing new Region-based experiments and projects that serve and advance God’s mission of restoration and reconciliation in the local context, and help in shaping requests and applying for financial assistance from the Region Entrepreneurial Fund for project support.
- Foster and support conversations among interested parishes, individuals, and communities exploring emerging manifestations of the Body of Christ with the purpose of forming “New Christian Communities.”
Expected Hours of Work:
The Region Missionary is expected to work 40-50 hours per week. Some of these work hours will be in the evenings and/or weekends, so the ability to have flexible hours and manage time is essential.
ECCT provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability status, HIV/AIDS status, religion (except for positions where active membership in the Episcopal Church is a bona fide qualification), veteran status, marital status, familial status, or other characteristics protected by law.
ECCT believes diversity is of God and God’s good creation. We are dedicated to recognizing, understanding, celebrating, and utilizing differences to participate in God’s mission. ECCT is particularly committed to racial healing, justice, and reconciliation in the Church and in society. Individuals from historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.