St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Rochester, Minnesota is an energetic, multi-generational and diverse Faith Community committed to welcoming everyone, without distinction. St. Luke’s looks to the future with faith, hope and enthusiasm. While we honor and live our lives as Episcopal Christians in the Anglican Communion, we continue to be open to new ideas and opportunities to engage God’s mission of reconciliation and restoration.
About St. Luke’s
Worship: St. Luke’s provides several weekly services with different liturgical styles. Our Sunday morning services provide a traditional liturgical experience. The 8 AM service is held without music, while the music led by our choir and music director plays a major role in the 10 AM service. Both services are Rite 2 liturgies. Our 5 PM Saturday service is liturgical but informal, and is held in our chapel. We also offer a monthly service at a local retirement living center, Charter House, and a healing service on Wednesday at noon.
Children’s Education and Ministry: St. Luke’s has committed significant resources, both financial and in time and effort, to our Faith Formation program and children’s music ministry. This includes budgeting for a director of Faith Formation and expanding the children’s music ministry in 2017. We recognize that building a strategy for growth is an area where we need effective leadership from our new rector.
Outreach: At St. Luke’s, we believe that we define ourselves by our acts of service, and that actively reaching out to meet the needs of the community, our neighborhood and city, and the wider world is critical to our mission as Christians. The following video (prepared for our Annual Meeting) highlights some of the activities led by our Outreach Working Group.
Church Body and Stewardship: St. Luke’s has a total baptized membership of around 470 individuals, with an average attendance of 100 people per week in 2016. We support an annual budget of slightly over $300,000 with 107 pledging units for 2017. We have always met our financial obligation to the Diocese. Moreover, we are nearing completion of a capital campaign to replace our HVAC, add an elevator and update our kitchen. With more than $625,000 raised, we have completed the HVAC work, and are proceeding with the elevator construction.
About Rochester, Minnesota
Rochester is the third largest city in Minnesota, behind Minneapolis and St. Paul. As the home of the Mayo Clinic, we have a population estimated at 112,225 in 2015. Due to a major investment by the state and private entities called “Destination Medical Center” Rochester expects dramatic growth over the next few years. Rochester has also seen a significant growth in our immigrant and refugee community in recent years.
Rochester has been featured many times on Money magazine’s lists of best places to live, was listed in the top ten best places to grow up by US News and World Reports and has won many other awards related to our quality of life.
Our Aspirations For a New Rector
We’re seeking a rector who will:
- Support our mission to create an inclusive, welcoming worshiping community to help us share Christ’s message of hope, joy and salvation
- Show a passion for preaching and teaching, providing insights to shape our lives and spiritual growth
- Demonstrate flexibility, with a willingness to innovate and adapt
- Have a clear commitment to music and its role in worship
- Leverage the power and uses of liturgy in vibrant worship
Further Informational References
How to apply:
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter articulating your sense of call and fit for the position, along with your resume and Transition Ministry Portfolio by April 6, 2017 to:
Canon Karen Olson
Missioner for Ministry
Episcopal Church of Minnesota
1730 Clifton Place, Suite 201
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(electronic submission preferred)