Incumbent

Lake of Bays and St. Thomas (Bracebridge)

The Anglican Churches of Lake of Bays and St. Thomas’, Bracebridge, in the picturesque Deanery of Muskoka, are looking for their new Incumbent. This alignment came into place as a result of the reorganization of the Deanery of Muskoka at the end of 2018.

This is a full time position which includes a stipend, housing and travel allowance. Archbishop Anne Germond is looking for an experienced cleric who is equally at home in an urban (Bracebridge) or rural (Lake of Bays) setting and who has a love for excellence in preaching, teaching and liturgy, and an interest in the spiritual formation of God’s people.  At this time of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Archbishop Germond is only accepting applications from duly qualified Canadians.

The Parish Profile, which a small committee in this recently reconfigured area have been working on over the last few months, is available here – LOB and St. Thomas Bracebridge Final Concurrence Report.  It includes an accurate description of the towns and villages incorporated in the many points of these churches and has captured the mission and ministry of each very well. All of the points describe their worshipping life as being central to who they are as followers of Jesus, and very community oriented. They regard themselves as being inclusive of all people, regardless of age, sex, economic status, ethnicity, race, or sexual orientation, and desire this quality in their new Incumbent.  It would be beneficial if the individual also possessed gifts of team-building.

Of particular note is that over the last several years St. Thomas’ has placed an emphasis on discipleship formation resulting in a number of small group Bible Studies which have been central to their spiritual life. Every year the Incumbent and board members have gone on a retreat to reset their mission and ministry for the following year. In addition, they have a vibrant monthly Messy Church, facilitated by lay leaders with input from the Incumbent. Over the years this has reached numbers of churched and unchurched families in the community and beyond. This ministry continued during the COVID-19 lockdown.

St. Ambrose (Baysville) is the only year-round congregation in Lake of Bays. St. James (Port Cunnington) and St. Mary Magdalene (Dorset) are seasonal points.  St. Mary Magdalene has been officially closed and the building deconsecrated.  Although there are several ‘points’ in this charge, the churches have supportive lay ministry teams in place. The Rev. Margaret Morrison serves as the Deacon for Lake of Bays and assists regularly with Service of the Word and Bible Studies. She also leads a monthly service for individuals with developmental disabilities which takes place at St. Thomas’s. They have an active ‘Winter Pantry’ which provides much needed assistance to families in need. This ministry has been ongoing during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The qualities these churches hope to find in their new Incumbent are found on pages 18-19 of the profile. They have included ‘Universal qualities’ (those things which are equally desirable in non religious occupations) as well as the qualities that are desirable for ministry in the church. There is a strong emphasis on excellence in preaching, liturgy, and ongoing spiritual formation, as well as the ability to shepherd the diverse membership and congregations in the new Incumbent’s charge.

If you are discerning a call to this ministry and believe that God might be calling you to serve in these congregations please submit your application. Your application should include a response to the profile and why you believe that you are a good match for this ministry.

Interested applicants from outside the Diocese are urged to learn about the Diocese of Algoma by visiting our website (www.dioceseofalgoma.com) and by reading the Bishop’s Charges from previous Synods.

Applications are being received by the Archbishop’s Administrative Assistant, Liz Hamel (adminassistant@dioceseofalgoma.com) Only suitable candidates will be considered for an interview with the Concurrence Committee.

Please ensure that you provide the following information with your application:

  • If you are resident outside of the Diocese of Algoma, a signed statement confirming that you have received permission from your bishop to make application to this diocese;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of application introducing yourself and describing your “Vision For Ministry” at the Parish of Lake of Bays and St. Thomas’, Bracebridge, and why you think you are suited to this position based on your knowledge of the parish and careful reading of the Parish Profile; and
  • The names and contact information for three references. As a matter of courtesy and due diligence, we will be contacting the existing or former bishops of those who have been short-listed.

You will be notified to confirm that we have received your application but regret that we cannot provide information on the status of your application while the process is underway. We would ask you not to contact the parish directly. You will be informed when an appointment has been made.

 

 

 

 

 

Parish of West Thunder Bay

(Murillo and Rosslyn, Ontario)

July 2020

The Archbishop of Algoma is receiving applications for the Parish of West Thunder Bay. This is a full time position with the new incumbent serving St. Mark’s (Rosslyn) and St. James (Murillo) which is located in the west end of Thunder Bay about 16 kilometres from the city centre. The parish motto of “Country Warmth in Christ” describes how they see themselves as being hospitable to visitors and caring of one another. West Thunder Bay Parish has a rich history in the community and traditions are important to them, but noting that their parish is in a ‘season of change’ they are also ready to explore new endeavours. If you believe that God may be calling you to lead this parish through a liminal season then you are warmly invited to apply.

The package includes the Diocese of Algoma minimum stipend with pension and benefits, travel allowance, as well as the provision of a very comfortable three bedroom rectory next door to St. Mark’s. Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Archbishop will only be considering applicants from within Canada.  Applicants are asked to respond to the parish profile (2020 WTB profile_2) provided by the Concurrence Committee by describing how your gifts of ministry will be a good match for West Thunder Bay.  The profile describes the shared ministry of the two congregations and their outreach and service in their communities.  This year’s Annual Vestry Report is available upon request.

The parish is seeking an incumbent who has the necessary gifts and strengths to lead them to the new future God is calling them to as disciples of Jesus. The parish would like to find meaningful ways to reach out to those who only have a nominal connection with the parish and to make their presence more visible within their local communities. Worship is vital to this parish and it is hoped the new incumbent will be an effective preacher and teacher and have strong leadership and management skills. Like so many parishes in our church, West Thunder Bay is eager to rejuvenate their Sunday school and youth programs.

Interested applicants from outside the Diocese are urged to learn about the Diocese of Algoma by visiting our website (www.dioceseofalgoma.com) and by reading the Bishop’s Charges from previous Synods.

Applications are being received until January 1, 2021 (or until an appointment is made) by the Archbishop’s Administrative Assistant, Liz Hamel (adminassistant@dioceseofalgoma.com) Only suitable candidates will be considered for an interview with the Concurrence Committee.

Please ensure that you provide the following information with your application:

  • If you are resident outside of the Diocese of Algoma, a signed statement confirming that you have received permission from your bishop to make application to this diocese;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of application introducing yourself and describing your “Vision For Ministry” at the Parish of West Thunder Bay and why you think you are suited to this position based on your knowledge of the parish and careful reading of the Parish Profile; and
  • The names and contact information for three references. As a matter of courtesy and due diligence, we will be contacting the existing or former bishops of those who have been short-listed.

You will be notified to confirm that we have received your application but regret that we cannot provide information on the status of your application while the process is underway. We would ask you not to contact the parish directly. You will be informed when an appointment has been made.