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Christ Church Easton

Assistant to the Rector (Curate)

Christ Church Easton
Easton, Maryland, United States

Date Posted: 06/26/2015
Categories: Associate Pastor
Denominations: Episcopal
Church Size: 251 to 350
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Assist the Rector in all work needed to minister to this parish and lead this parish to fulfill its calling in evangelism and church growth and development.


The Curate will:

  • Develop, grow and expand “Family Ministries” in concert with the goals of the church.
  • Assist with every sacerdotal aspect of the worship life of the church.
  • Perform baptisms, weddings and funerals.
  • Take responsibility for newcomers (welcoming/integration).
  • Assist with pastoral responsibilities and coordination.
  • Provide support for the Christ Church Day School.
  • Support parish activities.
  • Develop intergenerational activities.
  • Train, recruit and coordinate Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors.
  • Work with Rector and Youth Minister(s) to develop Family Programming to promote the Gospel and the growth of the church.
  • Develop Saturday Evening Worship opportunity.
  • Build an intentional connection with the Day School
  • Work with our Justice Ministry and continue to involve the families and children, teens and young adults in Mission Trips (local, regionally and international)
  • Develop and lead Christian Formation for young families and children of all ages.
  • Direct or facilitate First Communion Classes; Confirmation Programs for Teens.
  • Assist with Christian education programming for adults.
  • Lead or facilitate First Communion and Confirmation classes (Teens and Adults).
  • Work with the staff to develop Christ Church as a parish that welcomes and helps young families in their spiritual development in every way to the degree that the parish is known as such in this community.
  • Program Development, Planning and Budgeting (includes fundraising).
  • Support Sunday Christian Education Program for Nursery through Middle School.  This will include assisting the Youth Minister.


Worship -- The Curate will play an important role in our evangelistic pursuit of the strategy of “building churches.”  For the sake of our organization, every worship service is considered a “church.”  On Sunday morning worship services are at 8:00am, 9:15am, and 11:00am.  In the office we discuss this as the three “churches.”  Our current goal is the growth of the fourth worship service on Saturday evening which began in January 2012. The Saturday evening worship is a more contemporary and by design a comfortable format and program.  While it is still small, it also has some significant opportunities for the future.  It has been a positive experience so far, even as it is developing its style and “voice.”


Christian Education and Evangelism -- The Curate will be expected to work with the Rector and Youth Minister(s) to plan and execute learning opportunities and experiences that will nurture the ministries and faith of our children, teens, and their parents as well as young adult parishioners.  We desire the development of what would amount to a school of Christian discipleship.


We understand this to be a comprehensive program of education for those seeking to learn and to mature intentionally in the faith.  This will include, but is not limited to, organizing presentations, seminars, seasonal classes, small groups, and on-going home/prayer groups, and mission trips, as well as the raising up and training/supporting of teachers, facilitators, and assistants.  At this time in our development, the youth ministry and Christian education programming will be focused on children from nursery through the middle school ages, with events and missions trips for young people (High School) and adults.


The discipline of study and prayer is important to who we are as an informed, rational, and Biblically-grounded congregation.  The Scriptures are essential to our identity as Christians.  We do not observe a literalist reading of the texts; however we are theologically orthodox and do believe that the narrative and the teachings the foundation of our faith and our principles.


Concurrent with the commencement of the youth program was an identified goal of breaking down the cliché limitations and expectations of what constitutes “youth ministry” and “Sunday School.”  It has been slow going, with some meaningful accomplishments and some nagging difficulties.  One particular area that has yet to find success has to do with parental involvement.  This is not a unique difficulty; but it is one that is essential for us to address more effectively.


Therefore the Curate will create and build a program that is intentional about supporting parents, which may well also include other young adults, in their own lives as Christians and it will be conducive to developing that community in the church.


The Curate will support a number of popular programs and events developed for children and teens over the years, including the “First Communion,” “Confirmation” and CORE programs. 


New vision, changes and additional programming is anticipated, expected, and welcome.


Pastoral Care -- The Curate will address pastoral matters that arise in the course of his/her ministry.  This is a team-effort.  He or she will work with the Rector to increase the depth, breadth, spirituality and reach of the general pastoral care presence of the church.

Church growth – In all aspects of the Curate’s work, we will strive to grow the church.  We are in the process of trying to move outside the current limitations of our ministries; and we know changes are coming.  How we apply the time and assets of the church will depend on the effectiveness of our efforts in growing the congregation on every level.


Administration -- The Assistant to the Rector will be responsible for the organization and implementation of those programs he or she is involved in directly.  Other responsibilities will be assigned by the Rector as the needs arise.



Required: A Master’s of Divinity degree and either currently ordained or in an ordination track recognized by the Episcopal Church. While educational background matters, we take into account a person’s heart as well as their experience, talents and gifts and the enthusiasm to learn and grow.



We are most interested in candidates who have a calling and a fire to serve as a priest in the particular mission field of families with young children, teens and also with young adults.  The best candidate will also have the organizational skills, experience, ability, and enthusiasm for Christian formation, teaching, and program development.


The person invited into this ministry will have an appreciation for, an inclination toward, and an unbridled enthusiasm for the fundamentals of these particular ministries.  He/She should therefore demonstrate conviction, capacity and talents in these areas of ministry.   This is not a place for the unmotivated, ineffective or the timid.  The world is changing; and the world is changing fast.  We are not daunted by it; we see it as the way things really are and count it as an opportunity to advance the Gospel in a new mission field.