“The feeding ministry has outgrown the building!”
Even global pandemic has not slowed down the faithful Christian parishioners of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Athens, Tennessee. Their commitment to reducing food insecurity and addressing human suffering in many forms in McMinn County Tennessee is as strong as ever. In the past month, they have received local and governmental support and distributed as much food as they did in all of 2017 when this particular ministry was nascent. Their commitment to caring for their community and thriving throughout a challenging time is rooted in a deep spirituality that continues to be nurtured in their weekly study and worship, now transitioned online.
Their search committee observes:
“We prepare for the Church of the future by participating in the life of our community, both inside the church and beyond the front doors. We are very focused on building intentional relationships, knowing our neighbors, and showing up in the civic and social life of Athens and McMinn County. In this time of hyper-partisanship, social division, and increased awareness around racial disparities, St. Paul’s looks for ways to serve, to heal, and to reconcile all things in Christ. Our food ministries, Love, Period, and recent conversations about starting a bail and bond ministry are rooted in a desire to practice Christ’s love in the world around us. The current pandemic has offered real opportunities and challenges to our efforts to show up in the community.”
This remarkably thriving “small town” parish is looking for a rector to partner with them in developing structural support for their booming ministries, deepening their faith, and growing to meet the needs of the future in their community. The people of St. Paul’s Church seek a creative, enthusiastic, compassionate rector to partner with them in continuing the tradition of lived liturgy in the Athens area. The next rector of St. Paul’s will be an Episcopal priest who is prepared to nurture and serve a healthy church that lives beyond the doors of the church building and believes the good news of the Gospel is for everyone. Applicants must be an ordained priest in the Episcopal church with demonstrated service in leadership of mission-oriented Christian community.
Parish Website: https://www.stpaulsathens.org
Parish Profile: https://www.stpaulsathens.org/seeking-a-rector
Interested priests will please send a letter of interest, resume, updated OTM profile, along with links to audio or video recordings of 2-3 recent sermons to the Rev. Canon Michelle Warriner Bolt (gro.teoid@tlobwm) by Tuesday, September 30, 2020.
St. Paul’s is also home to an extraordinary ministry called Love, Period. We interviewed the members of the Love, Period. team. Listen in to what inspired their ministry to those who need period products the most.