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Christ Church Easton

Assistant to the Rector

Christ Church Easton
Easton, Maryland, United States

Date Posted: 05/18/2016
Categories: Associate Pastor
Denominations: Episcopal
Church Size: 251 to 350
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Christ Church St. Peter’s Parish is an active Episcopal church located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the small town of Easton. An important presence in the community since its founding in 1692, the church has experienced more than a tripling in its membership since the current Rector commenced his ministry here in 1999. In the last seventeen years the parish ASA grew from about 100 at worship to about 330 three years ago. Since then the church has seen a great deal of change.  As of the end of 2015 the parish was seeing something closer to an ASA of 290.  


The church offers a full and vibrant worship schedule in three Sunday morning services as well as a contemporary and casual Saturday evening service. It has had a strong Christian education programs in the past, which we intend to reestablish. Our goal is to excite and nurture our parishioners in their lives as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Without a doubt we understand our community as a critical and evangelistic mission, recognizing that as the parish’s faith, hope, and love grows, it will naturally reach out to bring others into the knowledge and love of God and Christ.

We are in the process of reconfiguring our Staff to be more effective in our fundamental calling in Jesus Christ.  The Assistant to the Rector (Curate) will combine the traditional roles of an Assistant to the Rector with an eye toward contemporary Family Ministries.  In addition to the general responsibilities of a clergyperson, this position will intentionally develop, pursue and support church growth and development strategies.


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 and also with young adults (20’s-30’s).  We also believe that intergenerational experiences strengthen the whole congregation.  The best candidate will also have the organizational skills, experience, ability, and enthusiasm for Christian formation, teaching, and program development.


  • In conjunction with the Rector, design, organize and offer inspiring worship services.

  • Assist with every sacerdotal ministry: baptisms, weddings, Holy Eucharist and funerals.

  • Preach the Gospel with hope, clarity, conviction and grace.

  • Train and support the ministries of Acolytes, the Eucharistic Ministers and the Lectors.



  • Develop a compelling and holistic small group ministry and equip lay leadership to lead.

  • Develop, grow and expand “Family Ministries” in concert with the goals of the church.

  • Co-lead corresponding justice/outreach ministries and retreats.

  • Teach/lead/organize a special CE program/seminar two times a year.

  • Offer baptism and membership/confirmation classes for teens and for adults.



  • Organize a comprehensive Newcomer Ministry.

  • Develop an effective Greeter ministry as part of the Newcomer Ministry.

  • Develop a program to encourage and support church membership (Membership Classes), community belonging, and strengthen faith development of new members.

  • Team with the Communication and Evangelism efforts of the Parish.



  • Engage active parish visiting and pastoral calling in hospitals, hospice and homes.

  • Be available for, and responsive to, pastoral needs.

  • Partner with Stephen Ministry leaders and ministers.



  • Build an intentional connection with the Christ Church Day School and Board.

  • Additional related responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

The compensation package includes a competitive compensation, health and life insurance, and the Episcopal Church pension plan.  Those interested in applying for consideration should provide a resume, any ministry profile, and a brief statement of your ministry. Please address inquiries to