Christ Church of the Ascension
Associate Priest/Rector Position
Christ Church of the Ascension is set in one of the most beautiful spots of the Valley. With views of Camelback Mountain to the East and the Phoenix Mountain range to the North.
Our Sunday average for all three services is 225. On high holy days we swell to fit 400 into the sanctuary. We are a traditional worship parish with broad church liturgy, Rite I and Rite II, with formation and service being important components to our life together.
We serve a variety of members - with young families to retired but active and engaged individuals and couples. We have an active Family Ministries program, choir, and pastoral care and service groups.
An important Mission of the church is Christ Church School. CCS serves approximately 140 families, some of which are members of our parish. We continue to work toward a more collaborative, positive relationship between church and school.
Currently there is a Rector, Administrative Assistant, Family Minister, Sexton, Choir Director, Finance and part-time Secretary. Lay leaders and volunteers. We are in need of an associate priest to join us in both administrative and pastoral work.
- What are the duties?
- Assisting the Rector in religious services and daily operations of Christ Church.
- Responsible for sharing in liturgical planning, preaching and presiding at our many and varied worship services.
- Working collaboratively with volunteers and staff.
- Sharing with other clergy and lay ministers in pastoral care, including being on call for pastoral emergencies and hospital visits.
- Developing and leading a newcomers program.
- Leading confirmation classes and Bible studies.
- Attending meetings.
- Help in assisting in collaborative connections with Christ Church School.
- Masters of Divinity and ordination.
- Strong liturgical leadership and preaching that is alive and prayerful.
- Someone with a strong personal faith, excited by the Episcopal tradition.
- A commitment to the Daily Office and regular spiritual direction and care.
- An organized team builder, collaborator, consultative and flexible.
- We expect a two-year commitment.
This position is full-time; compensation and benefits will be in accordance with the guidelines of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Arizona. We are making a two-year commitment for this position. There is an employee review semi-annually.
We offer health benefits and retirement with the Church Pension Fund. We offer four weeks of vacation after the first year. You will have one week a year for continuing education and an allowance to go with it. Housing is not included, but you can elect to allocate a portion of your compensation as non-taxable housing allowance.
We will support you with our prayers, our friendship and our commitment to your success in ministry with us. We will support you in finding opportunities for your own self-care and spiritual growth, and we will support you should you seek new opportunities for ministry beyond your time with us.
How to apply:
Please submit all documents in PDF file format, if possible:
- Cover letter
- OTM profile (send in .pdf format)
- Spiritual autobiography (three pages maximum)
- Three sermons (text if possible, and preferably with links to audio or visual presentations)
- Written answers to three questions below:
- What is your passion in life, faith, and ministry?
- How would you approach this position as we have described it, including what you would find most challenging?
- What does a mature Christian faith look like and how does the local church help to develop it?
Part Time Sexton
Christ Church of the Ascension has a job opening for a part-time sexton. The position is 14 hours per week and requires open availability primarily in the mornings on Friday, Sunday, and Monday. Occasionally, additional time may be needed for special events. The work mainly involves setting up rooms, general maintenance, and cleaning.
Consistent with the mission of the Episcopal Church to encourage and nurture the God-given abilities of our young people and their families, the Arizona Episcopal Schools Foundation seeks your help.
Each year, the Foundation strives to assist families seeking an Episcopal School education. In a day and age where all would agree that a quality education is the “soul” difference in the life of a child, it is more important than ever to share a message of opportunity for those attending Episcopal Schools.
Take the Credits! Contributions to AESF may qualify as Arizona state tax credits and as a federal tax deduction. Detailed information about donations and tax credits is currently available on the AESF website – www.az-esf.org.
Please consider selecting Christ Church School as your preferred school of choice. Your contribution will directly go to help students attending school right here on our Parish campus.
Thank you for supporting Episcopal schools!
Please visit these websites for more information:
Building your Legacy at Christ Church of the Ascension
What is Planned Giving
Planned giving encompasses a variety of ways that gifts can be made to the church from accumulated resources. It usually involves financial or estate planning; however, it is not reserved for the wealthy. Planned giving is a means by which anyone concerned with the wise use of his or her personal resources makes a considered choice about their ultimate disposition.
In general planned gifts are made through:
- A Bequest in a Will
- A Life Income Gift such as a pooled income fund, a charitable gift annuity, or a charitable remainder trust
- Gifts of Special Assets (real estate, closely held stock, life insurance)
Planned giving establishes a way for you to provide for family members while also remembering the church. It enables you to provide more for your heirs, to make a larger gift than thought possible, and even reduce taxes.
Planned gifts can be designated for CCA’s general funds or specific ministries. Planned gifts are either outright gifts (i.e., gifts of appreciated securities, real property, personal property, etc.) or deferred gifts (i.e. bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts).
Set your alarms now! Beginning June 7th – this weekend – we’ll move to our annual summer schedule. Sunday services will take place at 9am and 6pm, and the church office will be closed on Fridays until September.
Wednesday Healing Services at 10am, Second Saturday Family Services at 5pm, and Evening Prayer on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5pm will continue as usual throughout the coming months.
Thank you for completing the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) survey. Having your voice heard is a critical element in our self-assessment as we search for our new Rector.
Please encourage each adult and young adult (16 and older) to complete their own CAT survey.
SAVE THE DATE on Sunday April 19th for the second half of our church wide self-assessment, a Parish Summit. Your participation in the Parish Summit is equally as important as the CAT survey so make sure your calendar is clear and you can attend:
Parish Summit Meeting
Sunday, April 19th
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
There will be a Eucharist service at 9:00 AM, followed by the Parish Summit meeting. Child care AND a catered lunch will be provided.
If you have questions about the Parish Summit please visit www.ccaaz.org/search
Additional details about the CAT Survey