Lead Pastor


Position Description

Sts. Clare & Francis is small parish of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. The community seeks a part-time pastor to lead our community and partner with existing volunteer lay leaders to manage its day-to-day operations.

Pastoral Responsibilities

  • Lead the community in creating a vision for the future, including:

    • Working with the Parish Council to build financial stability and security for the community in both the short-term and the long-term

    • Creating opportunities for members to live their faith outside of the four walls of our church

    • Building a comprehensive strategy to invite new members to the community centered on inclusivity

    • Rebuilding a collaborative, vibrant music ministry

  • Direct Liturgies, including:

    • Oversight of all Liturgies and assurance that they align with our community’s theology

    • Oversight of the coordination of clergy and preachers for all Masses, including weekly liturgies, Holy Days, weddings and funerals

    • Oversight and collaboration with the Liturgy Committee ensuring maximum involvement and participation by community members

  • Provide the following pastoral care to parishioners in need or coordinate clergy & members of the We Care Collective to provide the following duties:

    • One-on-one counseling for parishioners

    • Visiting hospital, nursing home, rehab patients, and homebound parishioners

    • Prepare and offer members sacraments

  • Attend all Pastoral Team meetings and Parish Council meetings

  • Oversee the business operations of the parish

  • Attend most SCF events

  • Have general knowledge of the working of systems at Peace UCC, Mead Center and Eden (e.g. HVAC, sound systems, cleaning supplies, key contacts)

  • Participate in community organizations for clergy and build relationships with other faith communities

  • Serve as delegate to ECC House of Pastors & ECC Mid-America Diocese

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The pastor we seek is:

  • Spiritually centered

  • Passionate and able to generate passion and dedication among the community

  • Able to help set a collaborative vision for rebuilding our membership

  • Welcoming of people with divergent views, gender identities, sexual preferences, races and ethnicities

  • Able to deal fearlessly and effectively with conflict

  • Collaborative, a team player and problem-solver

  • A good listener and effective communicator

  • In possession of a caring and loving soul

  • Living a life of integrity and able to follow through on commitments to the community

  • Grounded, emotionally secure and sensitive to the needs of parishioners

  • An effective administrator

  • Theologically compatible with the principles of Sts. Clare & Francis and the larger ECC

Education and Experience

  • Masters of Divinity or Theology degree or equivalent

  • Intention to be ordained as a priest in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion

  • Previous pastoral experience preferred

  • Previous supervisory experience preferred

Salary Range and Benefits: Negotiable

To apply: Interested candidates may send a cover letter, resume, and a link to their audio/video sermons to:

Mary Vonderheide

Co-Chair of Sts. Clare & Francis Selection Committee