Job Opening: Canon to the Ordinary

Job Opening: Canon to the Ordinary

The Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma serves as the primary clergy assistant and counselor to the Bishop, working to establish and maintain the healthiest and most effective systems possible to carry out the visions and programs initiated by the Bishop and the lay and ordained leadership of the diocese. The Canon accomplishes this by building strong, trusting relationships with the Bishop and staff, and with clergy and lay leaders throughout the diocese.

Canon to the Ordinary

The Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma serves as the primary clergy assistant and counselor to the Bishop, working to establish and maintain the healthiest and most effective systems possible to carry out the visions and programs initiated by the Bishop and the lay and ordained leadership of the diocese. The Canon accomplishes this by building strong, trusting relationships with the Bishop and staff, and with clergy and lay leaders throughout the diocese. 

The Canon has four key areas of responsibility:

  • Counselor
  • Administrator
  • Congregational Development Officer
  • Ministry Development Officer

Essential Capabilities: The Canon must be able to build trust with the Bishop while building effective working relationships with the clergy and laity. Achieving these outcomes will require the Canon be able to understand the needs of this Bishop and this diocese, gaining knowledge of the distinct characteristics of our people. Therefore, the Canon will need to possess expertise that includes:

  • Attention to detail
  • Technology expertise
  • Financial acumen
  • Strong preaching and liturgical skills
  • Innovation
  • Multiple task management, often with minimal direction or direct supervision.
  • Relationship-builder, in part by being approachable, especially with lay people.
  • Responsiveness — clergy and lay people must be confident they will get timely and useful responses to questions and issues
  • Effective meeting facilitation as well as management of workflow and staff productivity. Coordination of responsibilities, expectations and functionalities within diocesan structures

Required Education and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Master of Divinity degree (or higher) from an accredited Episcopal seminary.
  • Ordained priest in The Episcopal Church with a minimum of five years of experience with faith-based organizations and/or mission-driven organizations where behavior and function are driven by the Christian faith.
  • Commitment to the ministry and mission of Christ.

Position provides competitive compensation and benefits.  Interested priests are invited to contact the Rev. Michael Durning at CanonMichael@EpiOK.org with an electronic copy of the following by March 7, 2020:

  • Resume/CV
  • OTM Portfolio
  • 1-page Letter of Interest

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