Employment Opportunities at Saint Mark's Church
Saint Mark’s, Locust Street, in Center City Philadelphia is searching for a priest to serve as Associate Rector, to share in collaborative ministry at this progressive, urban, Anglo-Catholic parish.
The parish’s dual emphasis on engaging worship of God and care for God’s people, especially those in need, has driven a period of growth, particularly among young adults and families with children. The Associate Rector provides crucial leadership in several of these areas of recent growth, and shares in the leadership of the parish with the Rector. Gifts in liturgical leadership, preaching, pastoral care, Christian formation, and administration, among others, are all important to the fruitful exercise of ministry in this context.
Saint Mark’s continues to experience a call to grow in its capacity for ministry and in its health and vitality, which includes increasing numbers of people involved in various aspects of ministry, and especially in attendance at Sunday worship. We are looking for someone who will work collaboratively with the Rector, lay leadership, and volunteers to contribute to this process of growth, and who shares a vision of the church that is hopeful, engaging, and expansive.
We are looking for a priest possessed of significant gifts for ministry, including a desire to stretch his or her self as a leader in a parish that’s engaged in a wide variety of ministries, and that strives to adopt an outward-looking focus, while attending to the pastoral needs of the parish community. The clergy at Saint Mark’s lead liturgies that are said and sung, use the breadth of the Prayer Book, and that daily require a meaningful engagement with the Scriptures for preaching, study, and instruction.
Those who find such a vocation attractive and who believe they may have appropriate gifts are asked to please express their interest to the Rector, Fr. Sean Mullen, by sending a resume and cover letter that shares some insight about their strongest gifts for ministry. Please submit materials by email to: email@example.com.
Tenor Staff Singer
Saint Mark's, Locust Street, is seeking to fill a tenor position for the 2018-2019 season. The successful candidate should be strongly proficient and experienced both as an ensemble and solo singer, with the ability to blend and sing repertoire of various periods and styles. He helps lead a section of committed, auditioned volunteers. (There are 9 staff singers at the core of the choir.) Extremely strong sight-reading skills are required, as each Sunday the choir sings a complete choral setting of the Mass ordinary, in addition to anthems, psalms, and other service music. Saint Mark's has a nationally-recognized music program in the Anglican tradition, known for upholding the highest musical standards. Saint Mark's also supports an intensive chorister program for boys and girls, who often sing alongside the adults. Pay is competitive. Further information is available here: http://www.saintmarksphiladelphia.org/choir/ Interested Candidates should contact Robert McCormick, Organist and Choirmaster.
About Saint Mark’s
Saint Mark’s is a growing, urban parish with strong emphases on the worship of God and service to God’s people, especially the poor and needy. A parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, we treasure our Anglo-Catholic tradition and outlook, joined to a Eucharist-centered, socially progressive, deeply sacramental expression of Christian faith.
Service to those in need is the one of two markers of the parish’s identity. Saint Mark’s has operated a Food Cupboard for more than 30 years that provides staples for up to 200 families a month, and the Saturday Soup Bowl feeds nearly 200 hungry people every Saturday morning. Saint Mark’s was also instrumental in the 2011 founding of St. James School – a tuition-free independent urban middle school for children from low-income families – at an abandoned church in North Philadelphia.
Ministry to and with families with children is an area of necessary growth and renewed attention in the parish. On Sundays during the school year, the 9 a.m. Family Mass is designed to be more accessible for families with young children and the continued growth of this Mass is one of the top long-term goals identified by the parish. The Family Mass also features the Saint Mark’s Choir of Boys & Girls, established in 2013. The choir provides children and youth ages seven to 17 with an outstanding after-school music education with professional choral training, music theory, and leadership development. A Summer Choir Camp is held at Saint Mark’s annually in early August.
Saint Mark’s seeks to provide opportunities for Christian formation for young and old and for people in various stages of their spiritual journey. The parish community is always aware that this kind of formation happens best when being attentive to developing the gifts of the community, and providing individuals paths to discovery and transformation in the context of an active parish.