Associate Rector for Worship and Discipleship Full Time

@ St. Columba’s Episcopal Church
  • Washington, D.C View on Map
  • Denomination: Episcopal
  • Job Category: Associate Pastor, Discipleship Ministry, Music & Worship Ministries
  • Date Posted: 9 November 2022
  • Application closes: 4 January 2023
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    Job Description

    Job Description

    St. Columba’s is a church on a mission to live God’s love. We are “an inclusive and welcoming Christian community of all ages that encourages spiritual curiosity, celebrates children and youth, and embraces the world in the spirit of God’s justice and love.”

    Life and ministry at St. Columba’s is dynamic. With a compelling vision, we’re making changes both small and large – driven by our own vision and plan, and in response to changes in the world and society around us. We’re embracing this as a season of holy opportunity.

    St. Columba’s is a large, multi-staff church with an engaged and very active congregation, an average Sunday attendance of 400 in person and 175 on line, and annual operating budget of $3.2 million. We operate a nursery school for 100 children, 20% of whom have learning differences. Principal worship on Sunday is celebrated with all ages in four or five services in a variety of liturgical styles. Lively, participatory, innovative, musically rich and diverse with a balance of traditional and new, worship is at the heart of our common life in Christ. We are committed to becoming an anti-racist church, operating a zero waste campus, partnering with others to end family homelessness in the District, and we are currently hosting three Afghan refugee families. Many households have been – and continue to be – drawn to St. Columba’s vibrant ministries with and for children, youth, and their families. Across all ages, participation in small groups is increasingly the norm as we seek to equip one another to practice faith in our daily lives.

    The next associate rector will have primary responsibility for worship and will help us

    • Nourish the bonds of relationship and community within and beyond our doors
    • Develop and deepen our practices of prayer and discipleship
    • Further our commitment to becoming an anti-racist church
    • Develop a digital community among those who worship and participate with us online

    We seek to live into the future God has for us, and to incarnate our God-given potential as individuals and as a congregation. Visit our website


    The Associate Rector for Worship and Discipleship (ARWD) is a full-time position sharing – with the rector, other clergy and core staff – in the leadership of this church. She/he/they functions under the direct supervision of the rector, and leads or participates in a number of staff teams to insure coordination of all ministries. The ARWD is a pastor, prophet, teacher, and evangelist who works collegially with staff and parishioners to develop and implement offerings and programs that serve the overall mission of the church. The ARWD is expected to function at a very high level of personal and professional creativity, take initiative and responsibility for specific areas of ministry, and work collaboratively with others.



    The ARWD will lead in the design and coordination of inspiring worship for all services for all ages in person and on line, within and outside our walls:

    • Lead the worship team to collaborate with clergy, musicians, and children’s ministers to design and lead liturgies
    • Lead and guide the congregation and staff in discerning and implementing changes as needed
    • to carry forth our commitment to becoming an inclusive and anti-racist church
    • to create meaningful on-line worship
    • to engage the younger and next generation of Christians
    • Provide support and leadership for all liturgical ministries; oversee coordination of numerous lay ministers, e.g., lectors, vergers, altar guild, et al.
    • Support and guide lay ministers and staff as we navigate the shifts we’re all experiencing as a result of pandemic; e.g., rebuilding or sunsetting ministries based on need, interest and the movement of the Spirit; making adjustments in response to worshippers’ patterns
    • Preside and preach in the liturgical rotation
    • Oversee bulletin preparation; provide direct oversight to bulletin assistant


    The ARWD will work with the Associate Rector for Evangelism and Discipleship and others in the design and coordination of spiritual pathways that enable entry, nourishment, and life-long growth in the way of Christ:

    • Develop and lead a team for spiritual practices to support all who seek to discover the contemplative life and put their faith into practice
    • Recruit and support parishioners to share their stories of faith through Sunday “faith stories” and weekday “daily bread”
    • Share with clergy and others in teaching, and in leading small groups or spiritual retreats
    • Share with other clergy to provide ongoing pastoral care; e.g., counseling, home and hospital visits, marriages, funerals, etc.
    • Share in the clergy leadership and support for a number of lay pastoral care ministries and fellowship groups, e.g., Stephen Ministers, the Mothers’ Group, et al.

    CORE STAFF LEADERSHIP (shared by all core staff)

    • Nurture health in this congregation, the body of Christ
    • Call forth the gifts of others and support them in the exercise of their ministries; nurture capacity for growth; lead by calling, equipping, supporting, and raising up the leadership of others – not principally by doing
    • Provide hospitality and participate in newcomer events
    • Nurture disciples of Jesus Christ
    • Carry St. Columba’s ministry to the broader Washington region


    • Work with communication staff to insure that offerings are compellingly shared/marketed with the congregation and community
    • Be a good steward of finances and resources; prepare and work within budget; seek and develop resources within and beyond the congregation
    • Continue professional and personal growth; participate in Diocesan activities


    We seek a priest who

    • will inspire others through love of Christ and personal gifts;
    • takes initiative, is innovative and entrepreneurial;
    • is deeply committed to nourishing souls and passionate about helping people grow in faith;
    • is a creative liturgist with sensitive leadership to integrate ancient tradition while introducing contemporary & relevant expressions of faith that is joyful and, at times, playful;
    • is highly organized and detail-oriented to effectively choreograph and coordinate all the various aspects of liturgy;
    • is a compelling communicator and excellent preacher;
    • is eager to be with our youngest, oldest and everyone in between;
    • is an enthusiastic and engaged partner with staff and other parish leaders;
    • has ability to work in a large system with many moving parts; ability to function well up, down, and in teams;
    • can see the big picture, develop plans, and attend to the details;
    • is a person of prayer committed to justice;
    • is on fire with the Spirit eager to help this congregation grow into the fullness of our potential as children of God and as the body of Christ.

    A competitive compensation package including full benefits is offered. Anticipated start date is early 2023.

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, OTM profile, and recording or text of a sermon given in the last six months to the Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin, Rector, St. Columba’s Episcopal Church by email or by mail 4201 Albemarle St. NW, Washington, DC 20016. We will review all materials as they arrive and respond to all applicants. No phone calls, please.

    Application closes: January 4, 2023

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