We are in the process of selecting a new Rector for Christ Episcopal Church Tashua. In the interim, our Vestry has arranged for wonderful Supply Priests to lead our worship services on Sunday mornings. In the Fall of 2018 we have been led by a wonderful rector, Jane Jeuland, who is also a palliative care chaplain at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Keep checking back to see our progress in obtaining a new Rector at Christ Church Tashua. In the meantime, come and enjoy the fellowship of our community at “the little church on the hill.” Join us in moments of reflection, silent prayer, and the opportunity to hear the sermons offered by our Supply Priests who come and pray with us each Sunday.
Our regular Sunday worship schedule is a spoken service at 8:00 a.m. and a choral service at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome! God bless you.
Below is a job description for our open Rector position.
About Christ Church Tashua:
Christ Church began in Stratford, CT, as an offshoot of the Church of England in 1760 (a Bible and Prayer Book from that date is still on display in the rear of the church). The present church building was erected in 1846 and the Carpenter Gothic interior as well as the interior architecture has been well maintained over the years. We were proud to be named to the National Register of Historical Places in 2001, a rare distinction for a church. In 2008, we dedicated the Edna Ives McLean building, constructed to house Sunday School classes, and improve parish office, library, and parish hall space. The new building’s architecture complements the antique church while enabling us to upgrade utility systems and become handicapped-accessible. Today, the faithful congregation cherishes its 250 years of service and continues its commitment to be a vital church in Trumbull, as we minister in Christ’s name in the community and beyond, and welcome all to God’s table. One thing we know about our “little church on the hill,” as it is fondly described: it was built with love and purpose, but mainly it was built to last.
The Rector Position:
The Rector position is that of Missional Priest, called by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese for parishes whose capacity and future objectives align with a less than half-time clergy. The Rector will seek to help the congregation envision its faithful future in God’s mission.
The primary duties and responsibilities include (as appropriate, within the anticipated time constraints and priorities of a ¼ time or ½ time priest):
- Leading weekly Sunday services at 8am and 10am (latter service includes music and church school)
- Preparing weekly sermon based on lessons and delivery
- Support and motivate the parish through outlets such as bible study, newsletter, social media, community outreach, discussions on
enhancements to services and music, et. al.
- Training of lay assistants and acolytes; support for confirmation of youth
- Recommendations to music director on weekly hymns
- Guidance for church school and encouragement of parents/children to participate
- Some pastoral care and home visits, as requested
- Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals
- Services on major church holidays that may not fall on Sundays, such as Christmas Eve/Christmas
- Contribute toward Vestry discussions on church operations and strategic planning; advise parish administrator as needed
- Support Vestry in stewardship campaigns with aligned messaging and encouragement
- Clergy representative on matters related to Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut
Desirable Qualities of a Rector:
These are considered to be essential qualities of a rector, per the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.
- Grounding in a relationship with Jesus Christ
- Abiding commitment to and leadership in God’s mission of restoration and reconciliation
- Career or vocational skills outside of traditional parish setting
- Commitment and focus
- Compassion and humility
- Courage and empathy
- Facility in communications
- Flexibility and risk-taking
- Sensitivity to the uses and abuses of power; moral compass
- Linguistic and cross-cultural competency
- Penchant for Shared Leadership
- Ongoing discernment rooted in the communal exercise of ministry
- Passion for discipleship and evangelism
- Bachelor’s degree
- Appropriate advanced degree from theological seminary
- Successful completion of ordination and discernment process
- Basic Safe Church training
- Background check
- License to Officiate in CT
Location of Position:
Christ Church Tashua
5170 Madison Ave.
Trumbull, CT 06611