St. Paul, Salem, seeks a full-time Curate

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Call for a Full-time Curate
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 
1444 Liberty Street SE,
Salem, OR 97302
St. Paul’s Salem
Phone: 503-362-3661
Diocese of Oregon

About St. Paul’s
We are a large, healthy church, active in community service, in worship, and in fellowship. We are best known for having a remarkable music ministry, which is one way we serve the community of Salem. Salem is the capital of Oregon, located in the Willamette Valley about an hour south of Portland.

Effective: 05/31/17

Reports to: Rector

Supervisory role with: Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministries

Status: Full Time

FLSA: Exempt

Job Summary
The Curate position is designed to provide ongoing and sustained formation and growth for newly ordained clergy in the Episcopal Church, and to create a vital role in support of the life of the parish.

The Curate will

  • Share with the Rector in the ministries of ordained leadership, including worship, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care.
  • Provide dynamic leadership and oversight to four main areas of ministry: children’s ministry, youth, adult formation, and outreach.
  • Evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the various areas of ministry oversight.
  • Develop, implement, nurture, and participate in outreach opportunities both within the parish and the community.
  • Meet regularly with the rector for mentoring, goal setting, planning, and review.
  • Maintain a flexible attitude and a good sense of humor.

The Curate will have responsibilities and duties in the following ministry areas:

  • Administrative: Participate in weekly staff meetings, and monthly Vestry meetings. Write articles for the monthly newsletter. Co-ordinate childcare staffing with our English language program for refugees.
  • Liturgical: preach every third week, share preaching and (eventually) celebrating at mid-week Eucharist on Wednesday evening, and monthly retirement home Eucharist.
  • Pastoral Care: assist the rector in the ongoing pastoral ministry of the parish. Serve as clergy liaison to Eucharistic visitors.
  • Christian Formation and Education:
  • For children: Collaborate with lay staff and volunteer leaders to insure excellent, engaging offerings for Sunday School, Vacation Bible School (1 week), and Arts and Music Summer Camp (1 week).
  • For youth: Serve as primary clergy liason to parish youth programs. Collaborate with staff and volunteers. Help design and implement programs for middle school and high school youth. Co-teach Confirmation Class with the rector.
  • For adults: Serve as clergy liaison in support of adult formation programs.
  • Other Parish Ministries and/or Responsibilities: This list is based on the understanding that specific responsibilities will evolve over time.
  • Participate in diocesan events, activities, and programs as may be required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Div. degree from an accredited seminary
  • Must be a candidate for Holy Orders, a Transitional Deacon, or a priest in the Episcopal Church.
  • Demonstrated leadership and small group facilitation skills

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to move freely in and out of different small, medium, and large group settings (homes, church, businesses, etc.)
  • Able to speak in a public forum

Core Competencies:

  • Mission Ownership: Demonstrate understanding, full support, and ability to articulate the mission, values and beliefs of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
  • Biblical Knowledge: Able to discuss and interpret scripture, and connect Christian teaching to life situations. Guides others in the exploration and discovery of new insights for ongoing spiritual growth and maturity. Encourages and designs avenues for others to engage in ongoing study of scripture.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates spiritual maturity, and the ability to build warm relationships in the parish. Demonstrates leadership ability. Productively engages and resolves interpersonal conflict. Engages people positively, and joyfully.
  • Team Building Skills: Guides leaders in the process of sharing best practices, and identifying and solving common problems. Works with leaders to regularly assess the health of teams and groups. Helps to create and communicate vision, direction and goals for the team.
  • Management Skills: Demonstrates commitment and flexibility in scheduling regular meetings with staff and volunteers in areas of oversight. Strong organizational and project management skills, i.e., an enthusiastic self-starter.
  • Leadership Development: Affirms and supports the ministry of the lay membership.

To Apply:
Please send a letter, CV, OTM profile (if available) by email to:, Attention: Ms. Kati Arp, Parish Administrator. We look forward to hearing from you.

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