Associate Priest for Outreach Ministries – Episcopal News Service

Who we are
St. James Cathedral sits in the heart of downtown Chicago and is the oldest Episcopal parish in the city. It is home to a vibrant and diverse multi-generational community with a strong heart to participate in God’s mission. We are looking for a clergy member who is adept at mobilizing volunteers and equipping teams to help develop the various outreach ministries of the parish. This is a full time position with benefits.

Position Summary
The appointee will act as a senior member of staff overseeing the various outreach activities undertaken by the Cathedral and will be the first point of contact and advice on social justice issues. They will also have a full role in the liturgical and pastoral life of the cathedral and, where appropriate, will also be the senior pastor in the parish’s important work with young adults.

The associate for local ministries:

  1. Be a full member of the clergy team, participating in daily and Sunday worship, pastoral care, and teaching ministries.
  2. Join the Dean, Chapter and staff in developing and advancing the Cathedral’s vision, mission and strategy.
  3. Oversee, support and encourage the Cathedral Meals Ministries, working alongside lay volunteers and liaising with staff and the Chapter as needed.
  4. Be the lead staff member responsible for all aspects of the Cathedral’s annual summer camp, summer in the city.
  5. Maintain high visibility for these ministries within and beyond the Cathedral, actively encouraging and training new volunteers

The appointee will be able to demonstrate experience and a deep commitment to teamwork and collective decision-making and possess an ability to allow their insights and insights to inform but not dominate discussions on the mission and ministry of the cathedral. They should be biblically literate, rooted in Church prayer, able to maintain an appropriate work/life balance, enthusiastic about the gospel, and able to share its values ​​in word and deed.

Capacities and skills
The appointee should communicate well with adults, youth, volunteers and staff and possess strong communication skills, both verbal and written. They will need to have a high level of administrative and organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and competing needs in a high-energy environment while meeting deadlines. Strong preaching and pastoral skills, supervisory and leadership skills, and an ability to cultivate a network of volunteer leaders will all be essential for the appointee to be successful in this position.

Clergy in good standing who wish to be considered for this position should email/write to the Cathedral’s Director of Finance and Administration, Canon Robert Black at

Applicants should send a copy of their resume and a cover letter explaining their interest in the position. They are also asked to provide a link to a video of a sermon preached that calendar year, or, if that is not possible, an audio file or written text of a sermon. They must also provide the names and contact details of three references, including an ordained person and a lay person. If the candidate is currently serving in a parish as an associate/assistant/vicar, the ordained arbiter should be his or her rector. It will be helpful if their lay reference has a good knowledge of their ministry.

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