The website for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (www.HolytOxford.com) serves in large part as our Parish Profile. We hope that the information provided therein, along with our responses to the Questions for Faith Communities that are part of the Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) Portfolio, our Position Description, and enumeration of Challenges, communicate the vitality and ambitions of our congregation.
Holy Trinity Church in Oxford, Ohio is an inclusive and welcoming Episcopal congregation with a deep appreciation of our beautiful liturgy, pride in our history of community leadership and actions in support of social justice, and eagerness to engage in thoughtful deliberations and conversations around the critical issues of our time.
Our ambitions for our parish have always exceeded our available human and financial resources and with faith and God’s grace we continue to work to engage a broader community in helping us to realize a shared vision. We seek a Rector who will enthusiastically embrace our mission and labor with us both to energize and grow our faith community as well as to join with us in sharing Christ’s message well beyond the walls of our church building.
We seek a new Rector who will:
· Lead an engaged laity who are eager to grow the congregation, particularly through the addition of young children and teens.
· Administer skillfully and sensitively: motivating the diverse talents of the congregation, setting priorities for a small staff, delegating responsibilities, and working with the congregation to steward and enhance financial resources to meet the needs of a thriving church.
· Employ new technologies to enhance communication within the congregation and grow the awareness and knowledge of Holy Trinity within the broader community.
· Embrace a tradition of intellectual openness and critical inquiry.
· Preach to illuminate Scripture’s messages in our lives and in the world.
· Demonstrate a well-developed liturgical aesthetic and be eager to continue integrating strong music programs with the rituals and traditions of Episcopal liturgy.
· Engage in the community: enhancing connections with other churches, local organizations, and Miami University.
· Embrace the rich history of Holy Trinity as a leader in the Oxford community on issues of social justice.
· Embody the welcoming warmth, openness and non-judgmental spirit of the congregation.
· Model the joys of an active life of prayer and promote spiritual growth.
· Inspire a network of pastoral care within the congregation.
· Carry God’s Word into action by cultivating service to our neighbors in a broad range of outreach activities.
Time-line for the Search:
Dec 4 The parish materials and the diocesan application form go live
Feb 5 Application Deadline
Feb 17 Canon for Transition Lynn Carter-Edmands shares names of vetted candidates with the Search Committee
Feb 24 Search Committee discusses candidates' credentials
Feb 28-March 5 Skype interviews with long-listed candidates
March 6-April 3 Potential visits by committee members to candidates
April 13-14, 20-21 Interviews with short-listed candidates in Oxford and in Cincinnati with Bishop Breidenthal
April 26 Search Committee presents candidate to vestry