Our Hopes for a New Rector
As Grace Episcopal Church moves into the next chapter of our shared ministry, we seek a rector who is:
- Spiritual and Christ-centered.
- A willing problem solver equipped to guide the Vestry in decision making.
- A receptive listener.
- Has a strong commitment to pastoral care within the parish and the greater community.
- Is able to delegate responsibility.
We hope that our new rector will help us move to address the challenges we see in our future:
- An aging congregation.
- The need to attract and keep new pledging members, especially young families.
- Modernizing our worship service music, with guidance from the Diocese.
- Continuing to make our presence known throughout the community through such ministries and events as Mass in the Grass, Kids’ Club, VBS, Loaves and Fishes, and Grace Gardens.
To apply for this position, please complete the Clergy Information Form for Transitions found on the Diocesan website. For more information about this position, please email Andrea Mysen, Director of Ministries, or call 847-372-1716.
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Situated along scenic Rock River in northwestern Illinois, Sterling enjoys all the charms of quiet, small-town living, yet is only a two hours’ drive via I-88 to bustling downtown Chicago, the location of our Diocesan Cathedral and administrative offices. Our local population is about 25,000 when combined with the town of Rock Falls, which is located on the other side of the ri…Read More »
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