ECCT is seeking three Region Missionaries to serve the Northwest Region, Southwest Region, and South Central Region (one Region Missionary per Region). Visit www.episcopalct.org for information about the Regions, from structure and boundaries to stories and imagery. Please note: the needs and priorities of the Regions and the particular talents and skillsets of the candidates will take precedence when matching candidates and Regions.
Summary: The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, known as the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) is a non-profit Christian religious organization devoted to participating in God’s mission. There are approximately 30 employees (19 of which are full time) who are paid through ECCT’s payroll. Some employees work in our workspace, known as The Commons, in Meriden while others work in variety of other locations across the diocese.
Job Description: The role and ministry of the Region Missionary is to challenge parishes and worshiping communities to expand their reach into and across local neighborhoods by collaborating with community partners—from other faith-based institutions to social service organizations to government agencies. The Region Missionary serves alongside the other Region Missionaries as a member of a close-knit team, gathering regularly to share best practices, engage in learning opportunities, and uphold each other through a discipline of prayer, retreats, and other wisdom practices.
Duties and Responsibilities include the following: (Other duties may be assigned.)
Catalyze: through imagination, innovation, and ideation to unite parishes, worshiping communities, and Ministry Networks within the Region and across ECCT in service to God’s mission.
Convene: as host, to gather people, facilitate conversations, share ideas, and build momentum within the Region’s various communities and, when appropriate, throughout ECCT.
Connect: by serving the various networks across the Region and more broadly across ECCT (i.e., Ministry Networks, parishes, and worshipping communities, neighborhood agencies, [in conjunction with Region Leadership Teams] Region gatherings and convocations, etc.) to build an awareness of and appreciation for collaboration in all aspects of life and ministry across the Region.
Expand Capabilities: with a particular focus on lay leadership development (i.e., formation of disciples and apostles actively participating in God’s mission), by promoting models of shared leadership and furthering creative practices for adapting to the evolving relationship between the church and the world. In addition, to help parishes build capacity in keeping with Safe Church Practices and Parish in Good Standing criteria.
Promote ECCT-Focused Initiatives: to understand and promote ECCT-wide initiatives, programs, experiments, etc., as directed by the ECCT Annual Convention and Mission Council.
Parish Visitations: to regularly visit the parishes and worshipping communities within the Region and to offer whatever assistance is needed to support the programs and ministries of those communities in collaboration with nearby communities, agencies, etc.
Region Leadership Team & Region Convocations: to participate as a team member, manage the budget, help generate/develop team-wide leadership opportunities, support a communications plan within the Region (which includes a regularly-published online Region-focused newsletter).
ECCT Staff Member: to participate in a monthly staff meeting, uphold office norms, and manage onsite meetings as appropriate.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Episcopalian in good standing
Basic project management oversight
Collaborator and community builder (some knowledge of Asset Based Community Development desired, not required)
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Able to navigate shifting roles and responsibilities
Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-moving environment
Certificates and Licenses:
Valid driver’s license with safe driving history.
Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, Adobe, and should be proficient with navigating the Internet.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and government regulations. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from individuals or groups of managers, church leaders, members, and others.
Ability to speak/ read Spanish and/or Haitian is a plus.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to calculate figures and amounts.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule formats.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, or lift; and/or move up to 10 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
The Region Missionary will live and work within the geographic bounds of the Region. Most duties are fulfilled “on the road,” visiting and consulting with the various parishes, individuals, partnering agencies, meeting with local clergy within their particular setting, etc. Production facilities at The Commons are available, as well as a limited budget for professional expenses to help maintain a home or parish office.
The Region Missionary will report to the Canon for Mission Collaboration and coordinate their work closely with other Region Missionaries, the bishops, the Canon for Mission Collaboration, the Assistant to the Canon for Mission Collaboration, and other members of ECCT staff.
A full day will be spent at The Commons each month, as well as other regularly-scheduled meetings that support the life and ministry of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (Quarterly Leadership Gatherings, annual Mission Council Work Day, Annual Convention, etc.)
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full time, exempt position. The hours of work are 40-50 hours per week. There is an expectation that some of these will be in the daytime, evening, and/or weekends. The ability to have flexible hours is essential. Work by the Region Missionary beyond 50 hours in any given week will not result in additional compensation or compensatory time, placing the burden of managing work hours on the Missionary.
Initially, the Region Missionary will commit to two full years (24 June through 30 June); subsequent commitment is year by year for the duration as noted above.
Significant travel throughout the Region is required in order to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Reliable transportation is required. Mileage and expenses will be reimbursed according to ECCT policies.
Minimum of a four- year degree from an accredited institution; and /or equivalent experience working with non-profits.
Non-profit experience desirable, but not required