Two days per week the incumbent will provide ministerial support to the pastoral charge. This entails: leading worship once, sometimes twice, a month; administering sacraments; fostering lay leadership growth in the pastoral charge. The administrative requirements are limited to those required by ‘The Manual’, essential pastoral charge responsibilities, and participation in Regional duties. Participation in weddings and funerals will be decided on a case by case basis and may be conducted by others as appropriate.
Three days per week the incumbent, as Community Spiritual Companion (CSC), will create, support, and guide community connections that will help people of any faith or no faith explore life’s meaning and purpose. This may be done through participation with other faith organizations, membership in social action and community committees, involvement in special events and/or individual companionship. It requires great “listening” skills. It includes mentoring lay members to become CSCs in their own spheres of life.
As a companion, guide, and fellow seeker (Community Spiritual Companion), this person works collaboratively in the community to promote spiritual well-being which includes love and justice. The goal is to empower others to do the work of theological reflection in their own lives, encouraging wisdom in response to questions of meaning, purpose, and hope for the future. This includes fostering lay leadership growth that links personal spirituality with life in our communities.
We are willing to experiment with new ways of doing ministry!
This report is available here: 2019 April MPSR