A very practical challenge for many of our graduates, especially those who are not already in some diocesan ordination process, is to find that first opportunity to begin fulfilling their calling to spread the Gospel.
Fortunately, a surprising byproduct of the recent highlighting of the aging congregations in mainline churches has been a noticeable trend toward new initiatives variously described as “missional”, “fresh expressions of church”, or even “evangelistic”. Interested congregations can often access funding which has been raised or earmarked for such purposes.
One example in Toronto, partly as a result of the Our Faith, Our Hope capital campaign, is the intention of Christ Church St James to add a Church Mission Support Coordinator to their ministry team, specifically to enhance the breadth of ministry in the catchment area. As in many such initiatives, this energetic parish is searching for someone who “is committed to bringing others to a living relationship with Jesus” and “appreciates working in a wide demographic range including the marginalized, seniors, young families, and professionals.”
As in this example, many of these missional opportunities are halt-time postings, but this can be supplemented by part-time secular work, other kingdom employment, or even further studies, and they do provide a great way to get started.
In any case, these are intriguing possibilities that are arising at an interesting moment in the life of the Church.
By the way, if you’re interested in the opening at Christ Church St James mentioned above, feel free to contact Luisa at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.