Transitions

Transitions

For Clergy: Why consider serving in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma?

The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma is an exciting place to follow Jesus, with many opportunities to use your gifts to help God change lives in the love of Christ. We have a supportive Bishop and diocesan staff, and we have significant financial resources committed to encouraging creative and innovative ministries and removing obstacles to following Jesus. Empowered by the Holy Spirit and responding to the call of Jesus, we aim to be the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in Oklahoma.

We are always looking for clergy who are Christ-centered, energetic leaders who want to advance the Jesus Movement in Oklahoma—through outward-focused ministries, relational evangelism, community engagement, and building healthy, vital congregations that embody Christ-like love. As a diocese, our faith and practice are grounded in the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom, and shaped by our Baptismal Covenant.

Oklahoma Episcopalians come from diverse cultural backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. We are united by our love for Jesus and our desire to follow his ways and build life-giving communities of faith, where all sorts and conditions of people are welcomed and encouraged to grow spiritually. We are looking for faithful, visionary clergy who will partner with our lay leadership to do great things for God.

Our diocese is blessed with many committed and gifted lay leaders, and we also enjoy an exceptionally high degree of collegiality and collaboration among our clergy. We like being together and see each other as partners in a shared mission. The people of Oklahoma are known for their generosity, honesty, welcoming attitude, and can-do spirit.

Some of this spirit came to national attention in the overwhelming response of many Oklahomans, rooted for many in their deep Christian faith, to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. Many of our congregations, especially but not exclusively in the Oklahoma City area, include survivors and first responders and those who helped demonstrate the exceptional generosity and resilience of the people who call Oklahoma our home. People from all walks of life came together to bury the dead, care for one another, and, ultimately, rebuild a stronger community. Today, the virtues of service, honor, and kindness are celebrated as “the Oklahoma Standard,” to which many local businesses and organizations pledge themselves. Click here to read more about the Oklahoma Standard.

We are experiencing both spiritual and numerical growth. If you are the type of priest who is excited by the adventure of following Jesus with some of the best people in the world and changing lives with the Good News of his love, we would love to talk to you about opportunities for ministry here in Oklahoma.

Congregations in Transition

Trinity Church in Tulsa
Status: Forming profile committee and search committee
Important Dates: Current Rector retires December 31, 2018

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St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City
Status: Priest-in-charge in place; self-study and profile work have not yet begun

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All Saints’ in McAlester
Status: Receiving names; click here to view the profile

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Grace Church in Ponca City

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Status: Revising profile and forming search committee, should be receiving names soon

All interested candidates should submit a resume, OTM portfolio, and cover letter to Canon Bill Carroll via email at canonbill@epiok.org or to Diane Ellsworth dellsworth@epiok.org. If the congregation is not yet receiving names, we will keep the application materials on file.

If you have any questions, please contact Canon for Clergy Transitions & Congregational Life, The Rev. Canon Dr. Bill Carroll, directly via email at CanonBill@epiok.org or via phone at: (405) 232-4820.



924 N. Robinson I Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 232-4820

dioceseofoklahoma@epiok.org


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