The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida announces its search for an Associate for Outreach and Development. The Associate leads all of Bethesda’s outreach ministries and stewardship and fundraising efforts. This position offers great potential to have a lasting impact on the parish and to work creatively with congregational leaders who are eager to learn and grow in both these areas of ministry. The right candidate may be either a lay person or a priest, depending on qualifications, skills, and experience.
The Associate for Outreach and Development works directly under the supervision and leadership of the Rector. Bethesda’s outreach ministries are evolving from primarily a grants-based program to more hands-on service to people in need. These hands-on initiatives include mentoring at-risk high school students, a significant hunger initiative called Feeding in February, mission trips, as well as regular work at the nearby St. George’s Center and at Holy Redeemer church. Outreach funds primarily come from the proceeds of Bethesda’s retail operations and average around $450,000 per year. The Associate leads a passionate Outreach Committee learning together how to involve a significant number of parishioners in hands-on service and to continue to build supportive relationships with service agencies in the county.
The Associate for Outreach and Development also works closely with Associate for Administration and directs a significant portion of the work of the Outreach and Development Coordinator. Bethesda is searching for an experienced professional to help not only with fundraising but also with formation as a community of joyful, generous stewards. A growing group of volunteers who are passionate about stewardship are ready to learn and to work under the new Associate’s leadership to execute effective, ongoing stewardship education, an annual campaign, planned giving, and capital/major gifts.
Bethesda-by-the-Sea is the largest parish in the Diocese of Southeast Florida, with an average Sunday attendance of 465 and an annual operating budget of $3 million. The staff consists of a (lay) Associate for Music and Liturgy, a (lay) Associate for Administration, an (ordained) Associate for Christian Education and Pastoral Care, a Director of Children and Youth Ministries, several non-stipendiary clergy, and twelve additional full-time staff. A beautiful, English-gothic church and large building complex provide a venue for rich worship, superb music, and excellent ministry. Strong parish leadership through the Vestry and active committees shapes direction, priorities, and policies. Myriad ministries draw parishioners into worship, education, and service to the wider community and the world.
Bethesda-by-the-Sea is in a phase of renewed focus on strategic growth in mission and ministry following the calling of a new Rector in 2011. The Associate for Outreach and Development will be integral in growing a culture of stewardship and service and providing the resources needed for mission and ministry.
Bethesda is located a block from one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast in the Town of Palm Beach—a barrier island. Across the bridge, West Palm Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County offer all the big city amenities.
More information about Bethesda-by-the-Sea can be found at www.bbts.org
Complete Job Description can be found at http://www.bbts.org/about-us/employment/
More information about the Diocese of Southeast Florida can be found at www.diosef.org
More information about the town of Palm Beach can be found at www.townofpalmbeach.com
More information about West Palm Beach can be found at www.wpb.org
The parish will be accepting applications up to Wednesday, May 31. Interested clergy may send a cover letter, resume, and Ministry Portfolio to email@example.com.
The Rev. James Harlan, Rector
ATTN Associate for Outreach and Development Search
Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea
141 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480