Wednesday, April 10, 2019
With the support of the Bishop’s Committee and our Bishop, I have decided that in moving forward with our staff structure it is best for us not to try and replace our present Parish Administrator position. To try, with one employee, to replace all that our Parish Administrator has done would be to grossly underestimate the unique gifts, prodigious skills, and 27 years of experience with which we have been blessed. It would also set up the new person for frustration and the congregations for disappointment.
Instead, our plan is to break up the many roles and responsibilities between a new and specialized part-time staff position, independent contractors, increased duties for lay leaders, and new volunteer opportunities. We will restructure our parish staff and lay leadership around four key areas:
Bookkeeping. An independent contractor will provide us bookkeeping services. They will report directly to the Vicar and the Treasurer and continue to provide a professional-level of attention to our financial systems. We can announce that we have already hired this position and are working to make sure the transition is seamless for our operations.
Communications. We will be advertising a part-time position that will focus on communications. Our hope is that this person will help us both maintain our current communications systems and increase our social media presence, as this is becoming a vital need for all churches. Here is a detailed position description. We invite all members and friends of our congregations to reach out to those you know who might be interested. Parishioners are welcome to apply.
Ministry Support and Building Administration. Lay leaders and clergy will work together to plan for and support our many ministries. Volunteer coordination will fall to designated leaders to organize. Supplies ordering will be planned for by ministry leaders and ordered through the Vicar. Building monitoring and maintenance will be overseen by the Building Team and the Vicar.
Public Presence/Receptionist. To provide a public presence in our buildings and a human voice on the phone we will turn to volunteers. Father Matthew and interested individuals will work to create a volunteer receptionist system whereby individuals can staff our phone, answer common questions, take messages, and most importantly provide a loving presence to all who call or stop by.
All transitions come with difficulties and opportunities. Please speak with Father Matthew with any concerns or ideas that you have as we move forward together in pursuing Jesus’ call to follow him, inviting all around us into his Way of Love.