The Archbishop of the Diocese of New Westminster is seeking to appoint a Rector for the Parish of St Paul situated in the West End and Yaletown neighbourhoods in the City of Vancouver, BC. This is a full-time, permanent position. The Parish is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples.
The Parish Mission statement reads: “Healing, Worship, Reflection, Hospitality. In Christ’s Name for All People.” The mission statement reflects both the current and aspirational ministry of St Paul’s.
The Parish had begun to discern clear goals and direction through “Deep Talks”—a series of Parish conversations but this was not completed before the previous rector resigned. It will be a key piece of work for the new rector to undertake to clarify immediate goals. Priorities that have been named are worship, outreach and engagement within the parish bounds, and social justice initiatives.
St Paul’s has listed ‘open-hearted, open-minded and loving’ as the key characteristics the new rector must possess. Additionally:
- A traditionalist (appreciates Anglican tradition) and a visionary (creative, flexible, willing to take chances)
- Deeply committed to spiritual growth and congregational development
- Good listener
- Unafraid of provoking change—able to ‘stand your ground’
- Good teacher, well-informed, willing to learn
- Good management skills—personnel and financial
- Good preacher – follower of Jesus who loves the Word
- Musical, sincere pastor, sense of humour
There are two liturgies on Sunday: a 9:00 am Eucharist using the Book of Alternative Services (BAS) with an interactive reflection following the sermon, and a more traditional Eucharist (BAS) at 11 am with a volunteer choir. Weekday Eucharists are celebrated on Wednesday evening at 7 pm and Thursday morning at 11:15 am. Services are also held on Holy Days and other festivals.
Various guilds and groups support the Parish in its ministry. The choir, the Healing Guild and Home Communion, Altar Guild, and Haro Park Worship Team are some of them.
An array of ministries are provided from the Parish and include: St Paul’s Advocacy Office that provides information and support to those who experience difficulties in day-to-day living; Labyrinth at St Paul’s is a replica of that in Chartres, painted on the parish hall floor and used by many in the community; ministry by and with LGBTIQ2S+ within the parish bounds -- a deliberate focus for St Paul’s; The Pendrellis, a residential tower adjacent to the Church containing 87 studio and one-bedroom apartments for elders which is owned and operated by Pendrellis Society; and Our House West Coast Society – a drug and alcohol recovery programme.
The Church, administrative offices, gathering spaces and a caretaker’s apartment are in good repair.
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 below for downloading. Applications for this position will be received until close of business on Thursday, September 27th, 2018. 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 the Venerable Douglas Fenton, Executive Archdeacon.
For further information please contact Bill Siksay, Executive Assistant to the Archbishop’s Office or by phone at 604-684-6306, ext. 228.