Job Title: Priest-in-Charge (Can Become Rector)
Following on the departure of our rector, the departure of our music director, the habit-disrupting pandemic constraints, and our conversations with the parish about the desire to broaden our worship and music styles, we see this time of transition as an inflection point–a unique opportunity to marry our past with something unknown and yet exciting. And while we’ve embraced our traditions and past, today we are ready to explore a broadening of our liturgy, music, and media so that we can still honor our tradition while we expand our horizons.
We are deeply committed to worshiping, working, and gathering together; and we seek a priest-in-charge to help us make this journey together:
- We seek a Pastor: a spiritual guide who opens up, builds upon, diversifies, and broadens our love for beautiful liturgy, excellent preaching, and quality music in order to experience the holy in our midst.
- We seek a Facilitator: a priest who builds relationships inside and outside our community, with a vocation for connecting people to each other, and will help us attract, welcome, and incorporate newcomers, seekers, and new Christians.
- We seek a Partner: a priest who can bring out the best in others, who can inspire and energize, without needing to be at the center.
Additionally, being so close to Stanford University, as well as being in the center of the young adult world of high-tech, we hope to call someone with a heart for, and understanding about, ministry with young adults. And since the parish is located in the vibrant downtown of Palo Alto, we have access to not only the joys of urban living — such as foot traffic, restaurants, small businesses, and parks — we also have access to the many challenges of urban living, and therefore, the opportunities of urban ministry. We gather, work, and worship together as a community so that together we can face these challenges and welcome these opportunities, all the while giving thanks for the infinite variety of God’s creation. What holds us together across all of this is our belief that the gathered community is more powerful in meeting our mission than any one of us alone — our priest will see this every Sunday when we pass the Peace. As we learn from the extremely diverse community that surrounds us and grow into our vision of being a cornerstone of this dynamic corner of the kingdom, we seek a partner who can guide us as we explore new ways to put these callings into action — both in our church and across our broader community — and be our pastor as we make this journey together.
We are a dedicated congregation. We have a lean but balanced budget. We have a strategic plan and we have accomplished most of its facility-improvement projects. But we have more yet to accomplish in our spirit-building projects: to get us where we’re called to be, we seek a priest with skills and experience as a pastor, a community organizer and a partner.
To apply or for more information, please contact or send your application materials to the Rev. Canon Martha Korienek by email.
Your application materials should include these items:
– Cover Letter
– Candidate Profile from the Office of Transition Ministry
– Response to All Saints’ two additional questions (below)
Two additional questions from All Saints’ for candidates’ response:
1.) One of the key characteristics in a Priest-in-Charge (PIC) that All Saints’ is looking for is an embrace of partnered ministry, with the congregation becoming a true partner alongside the priest. Please describe your experience with sharing decision-making and implementation authority with members of a congregation, or equivalent experience working with another organization. What approaches have worked well, and which have not? Please provide specific details. Are there any areas where you feel it is not appropriate for the PIC to consult/partner with parishioners?
2.) All Saints’ church has been shaken by three separate events in the last two years. One is the loss, under disruptive circumstances, of a beloved music director. Another is clearly the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down the church and forced parishioners to worship virtually for 16+ months. Finally, our rector of ten years departed with less than six weeks notice. How have you used your skill set in working with a congregation that has suffered loss? Please describe a situation when you helped a group transform significant transitions into a growth process. How could you transfer your skills to doing the same at All Saints’?