The Archbishop of the Diocese of New Westminster is seeking to appoint a Rector for the Parish of the Church of the Holy Trinity, which is situated in the City of White Rock, BC. This is a full-time, permanent position. The Parish is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Semiahmoo First Nation.
The Parish Mission statement reads: “In Christ we are a caring Christian community seeking and welcoming others to join us in our journey of faith.” The parish profile goes on to say that the Church of the Holy Trinity “is an exciting and life-giving church…proud of our Anglican Culture, the quality of our liturgy and worship and…. our caring for one another.”
The parish profile both identifies accomplishments and strengths as well as the challenges. They are equipped with dynamic leadership, a unified congregation, and committed to Christ and each other. They recognize they are an aging congregation with a decrease in giving which challenges their financial sustainability.
The Profile states clearly “The Church of the Holy Trinity is committed to facing our challenges head-on.” It goes on to enumerate some practical strategies the leadership is working on to provide new sources of income.
They want someone who will partner with them, provide sound leadership and direction. To accomplish this the Parish is looking for a Rector who will live in the parish and make a long-term commitment.
The Parish seeks a priest who will:
- Have new ideas and a fresh perspective
- Have a good understanding of financial development and sustainability and who will speak clearly and courageously about stewardship
- Chant the liturgy especially on feast days
- Preach skillfully and deliver a strong, accessible, theological sermon
- Be a servant leader with excellent communication skills, collaborative, consultative
- Gifted as a pastor, liturgist and administrator
- “….honour our likes, help us to manage our concerns and work with us to achieve our wishes.”
There are two liturgies on Sunday: an 8am Eucharist using the traditional language of Book of Alternative Services (BAS, page 230) and a Choral Eucharist at 10am (BAS, page 185 and on combined Sundays page 230) with a volunteer choir. A weekday Eucharist (BCP) is celebrated on Thursday morning at 10:30 am. Services are also held on Holy Days and other festivals.
Various guilds and groups support the Parish in its ministry: Anglican Church Women, Choir, Altar Guild, and Pastoral Care are some of them.
An array of ministries is provided from the parish in addition to outreach including: the Surrey Food Bank, PWRDF and A Rocha.
The property includes the Church, administrative offices and a large church hall which are in good repair. The Rectory is a 3-bedroom home, with a den and two-car garage just minutes from the Church. Elementary and Secondary schools are within walking distance.
The profile’s appendices include financial information and demographic data of the Parish.
The complete Parish Profile and the required diocesan application form are available linked below as .PDF downloads. Applications for this position will be received until close of business on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Please email your cover letter, application and, if you are not from the Diocese of New Westminster, a letter from your bishop, indicating you are ‘a priest in good standing’ to [email protected]
For further information contact Bill Siksay, Executive Assistant to the Bishop’s Office at 604-684-6306, ext. 228 or by email at [email protected]