Christ Cathedral/Diocese of Western Kansas
Christ Cathedral, in the Diocese of Western Kansas, is creating a three-year curacy program for a newly ordained priest or transitional deacon. Working in close collaboration with the Dean, the Curate will be responsible for sharing in the overall ministry of the cathedral for worship, formation, pastoral care, and administrative leadership.
This position will offer a unique opportunity to prepare for further ministry by providing significant experience in parish ministry and exposure to the ministry of Saint Francis Community Services (www.st-francis.org). Saint Francis is a large, faith-based social service organization headquartered in Salina, Kansas where the cathedral is located. Saint Francis provides a variety of services to children and families in five states and in El Salvador and Honduras.
Christ Cathedral and Saint Francis have maintained a relationship for many years, clergy from Saint Francis serve regularly at the cathedral, and the Dean is the President of The Saint Francis Foundation (www.thesaintfrancisfoundation.org). There will an ongoing opportunity to work with the executive leadership, clergy, and other employees of Saint Francis to gain experience in areas of administration, finance, chaplaincy, major gift fund raising, marketing, etc.
Salina is a vibrant community of 50,000 in central Kansas and the cathedral is located in the downtown area which is currently being revitalized as part of an extensive public/private initiative. Adjacent to the cathedral is Ashby House, a program that provides a variety of services to homeless families, and is named after the seventh bishop of Western Kansas. The cathedral also has a relationship with St. John’s Military School which uses the cathedral for various services and events throughout the year. Cadets from the school regularly serve as acolytes.
Currently, the cathedral has two weekend services (Holy Eucharist, Rite II) and a mid-week service on Wednesday afternoon (Holy Eucharist Rite II with prayers for healing). The average Sunday attendance is 100. Additionally, data is compiled and reported that reflects the “average weekly impact” that includes the several hundred who participate in and are part of the various ministries of the cathedral on a monthly basis.
- The Curate will be under the supervision and direction of the Dean, but will work largely independently, will be expected to manage his/her time and resources, and to maintain office hours
- The Curate will meet regularly with the Dean for supervision and coordination of ministry
- The Curate will work with the cathedral lay ministry staff to oversee the day-to-day management of the cathedral
- The Curate will be expected to be a presence in Salina and work to cultivate and build relationships within the community
- At the end of the second year/beginning of the third year, the Curate, with the support of the Dean, will begin to discern a call to a more specific ministry.
- Regular participation in and planning for all liturgies, presiding and preaching on a regular basis, teaching, and preparation of bulletins
- Provide pastoral and sacramental ministry for hospital and home visitation, funerals, baptisms, and weddings
- Participate in weekly clergy/lay staff meeting
- Develop and support specific parish groups and ministries
- Interface with staff in fulfilling pastoral service and seek staff participation and support in the performance of tasks
- Attend diocesan clergy gatherings, annual retreats, and ecumenical events
Terms of Employment
-Full-time position for a period of three years
-Compensation: cash salary/housing allowance and automobile allowance totaling: $64,000 plus SECA reimbursement
-Benefits: Church pension, health, dental and life insurance, four weeks of vacation, continuing education allowance, and reimbursement for ministry expenses
Please send resume or make inquiries about this opportunity to:
The Very Rev. David Hodges