Vicar Search

We’re so glad you’re interested in learning more about us!

 


Thank you for your interest in becoming the new vicar at St. Francis’ Episcopal Church in Eureka, Missouri.  This page is intended to provide you with a snapshot of St. Francis as our mission exists today, the values we hold important, the unique opportunities at St. Francis, and what we hope to find in a vicar.  This is a full-time position, with negotiable allocation of compensation between salary and benefits.  If you feel that you are an appropriate fit for our mission, we encourage you to submit your application to the The Reverend Doris Westfall, Interim Canon to the Ordinary, at dwestfall@diocesemo.org.

Who We Are

 

St. Francis is a warm, welcoming, and inviting community of Christians who hold dear the beauty and mystery of the liturgy.  Our parish consists of people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds.  We place significant importance on welcoming and embracing new members, inviting them to join with us in the celebration of the Eucharist each Sunday morning.

St. Francis is family-friendly, and includes several families with young children as members.  As such, we feel it is our responsibility as a community to help foster an understanding and love of the Lord through a Sunday school program and youth participation in parish life.  We are also home to Friends of St. Francis Childcare, a Monday – Friday licensed childcare facility.

At the forefront of our identity is “Community”.  We are a community not just of fellow worshipers, but also friends and neighbors.  Nearly 70% of our congregation have been a part of the St. Francis community for more than 10 years, and many have attended St. Francis for more that 15 years.

As a community, we feel it is important that both the vicar and laity alike take a role in building and fostering our sense of community and in growing the church.  It is imperative that we have various and open lines of parish communication.  We currently have a monthly newsletter, website, and Facebook page.  We have found that parishioners are willing to help and to serve in many different ways.

Moving forward, we hope to call a vicar who challenges and inspires us with thoughtful sermons, provides us with compassionate and loving pastoral care, and shares a strong interest in the youth.  Specifically, we desire that our new vicar continues to offer appropriate pastoral care to the homebound, and those who are sick or bereaved.

 

Qualities Sought in a Vicar

 

St. Francis is searching for an energetic vicar who is personable and outgoing with a good sense of humor.  The candidate must possess strong management and organizational skills, be accessible to members, and support our strong sense of community within the parish.

The candidate must be deeply spiritual, foster stewardship among members, and must have a desire to develop and maintain a program of Christian education for youth.

The candidate must be flexible and respectful in their decision making, have the ability to effectively arbitrate/mediate disputes and differences, and should seek to involve members in the planning and leading of church activities.

 

When we say “All are welcome,” we mean ALL – no exceptions!

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