In recent years St. John’s has been undergoing several transitions that have challenged the operation and administration of the parish. Certainly the completion of the Parish Life Center in 2013 has brought many more guests and programs, both congregational based and by outside groups and ministries, to our campus. Our communications needs have been met with a growing use of our website and internet communications.
The new Jesus Center Farm at St. John’s will provide opportunities for Jesus Center interns, our parish, and our neighborhood to come together to provide healthy produce for those in need. Our Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack have enriched our lives and our grounds with both their presence and the new Stations of the Cross and Labyrinth in the Prayer Garden. All these combined with our existing programs and groups make for a very rich parish life.
Over the last few years the administration of our life has become more complex. Sometimes we have had trouble keeping up with all that is going on. After many conversations among the clergy, leadership, and vestry, a decision has been made to introduce Parish Administrator as a paid staff position beginning in 2018. The person filling this position would not only be responsible for the regular duties of office management, but would be overseeing the facilities and their use, be the hub of parish communications, and serve, as needed, as a project manager for certain projects around the congregation.
At this juncture we are still not entirely sure what should be in the job description for the Parish Administrator. We have decided to begin with an Interim Parish Administrator, who knows our congregation and its programs and systems, and who will be tasked in the months to come in crafting the specific job description for presentation to the Vestry this fall. The Rector and the Vestry will then begin the search for a permanent Parish Administrator.
Therefore, beginning immediately, Russ Van Patten will assume the role of Interim Administrator, assisted by a committee appointed by the Rector and Wardens to oversee this transition.
This does mean that after almost five years our current Office Manager, Jo Ann Thurman, will be leaving us, as her duties will be subsumed into the Administrator role. Jo Ann will be with us through the next two weeks to assist us as we move into this transition. We are grateful for Jo Ann’s gifts and service to our congregation. We will miss her.
In the meantime, we know that there will be adjustments and a few missteps as we move in this direction. We ask for grace and patience as we enter into this transition. We are confident that this new position will help us manage our increasing participation in Christ’s mission through the ministry of St. John’s.
Yours in Christ,
Richard Yale, Rector
Brad Pierce, Senior Warden
J.T. Thompson, Junior Warden