God is speaking. Our job is to listen.

As we all pitch in to combat the spread of Corona virus, we in the Diocese of Olympia are still listening for what God would have us do. For congregations seeking clergy leaders, this listening process has been deeply impacted by:

  • Changes to the role of supply and interims while worship is conducted remotely,
  • The organizational challenge of doing work on behalf of the whole congregation when we can’t gather,
  • The shifting financial realities that will impact the compensation packages churches will offer,
  • And the inability to travel to visit prospective clergy.

In order to help us listen better, we will be pausing all search processes indefinitely until free movement is restored and/or adaptive technologies and processes are developed that help us bridge this discernment gap.

Over the past month, the Bishop’s Office has been in contact with congregational leaders to clarify what work may be finished up and how these changes will impact the timeline of each search. For congregations who experience a new vacancies (Rector/Priest-in-Charge/Vicar) our top priority is securing workable clergy coverage for the duration of the pause (and beyond as needed).

Depending on the situation, some transition work may be authorized by the Office of the Bishop if the following conditions are met:

  • The congregation has a full and active complement of leaders: Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, Clerk or equivalents able to meet regularly and remotely.
  • The congregation has demonstrated an ability to gather remotely for worship and/or fellowship during the building closures.
  • The congregational leadership continues to review their financial status, seek COVID relief if needed, submit monthly Net Disposable Income Reports, work with the Bishop’s Office to ensure that transition communications accurately reflect the financial position of the congregation, and demonstrate the ability to support compensation at the desired level of clergy effort.

Full Time Positions

Calls
Rector St. Mary Episcopal Church, Lakewood updated June 20, 2019

13%

January 1, 2017 December 31, 2021

74%
Jan 01 2017
Dec 31 2021
Rector St. Andrew, Aberdeen updated May 20, 2019

13%

March 4, 2019 December 31, 2020

84%
Mar 04 2019
Dec 31 2020
Rector St. Augustine-in-the-Woods, Freeland updated June 20, 2019

13%

April 1, 2019 December 31, 2021

53%
Apr 01 2019
Dec 31 2021
Rector St. Margaret, Bellevue updated November 12, 2019

13%

July 1, 2019 December 31, 2020

81%
Jul 01 2019
Dec 31 2020

Part Time Positions

Calls
Vicar St. Matthew - San Mateo, Auburn updated May 20, 2019

13%

November 5, 2018 December 31, 2020

87%
Nov 05 2018
Dec 31 2020
Rector St. David of Wales, Shelton updated January 14, 2020

25%

January 28, 2019 December 31, 2020

85%
Jan 28 2019
Dec 31 2020
Vicar Christ Church, Blaine updated November 12, 2019

13%

September 1, 2019 December 31, 2020

79%
Sep 01 2019
Dec 31 2020