Job: Missionary Priest
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Trinity on the Border began its work in the Rio Grande Valley in July 2015 when Fr. Michael and Erica Jarrett were sent to develop an Anglican response to some of the issues that are specific to our southern border. We are a chapel and outreach ministry serving primarily among the vulnerable (migrants, immigrants, and the poor). Our ministry includes: a free medical clinic, working with an immigrant shelter and an organic farm, a kindergarten, a weekly healing service at the free-clinic, a weekly communion service with the staff of a mission to the deaf in Mexico, and occasional Holy Day services.
We are looking for someone to assist Fr. Michael in conducting our various chapel services as well as to help us to begin planting the first Anglican church here in the Rio Grande Valley. We are supported by churches in the Missionary Diocese of All Saints, Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast, and our own diocese, C4SO. These are the dioceses closest to us and a priest would need to be licensed in one of these.
We have a small group of people who do gather occasionally for Anglican worship. We have a “high” theology of worship and the Church with a missionary practicality.
Currently there are no ACNA churches in the Rio Grande Valley. There is a small ACNA community about 2 hours away and then the next closest would be in San Antonio (nearly four hours away). Probably starting in Harlingen, TX (our base), we would like to plant ACNA churches along the border who grow out of a culture of service and outreach work with the vulnerable.
This is a missionary position. An applicant should be very aware of that. Outside of the team, there is not an Anglican community anywhere nearby. As a missionary, you are joining a mission culture more so than simply filling a job role. A missionary priest must be flexible, adaptable, and a self-starter.
We are on the Mexican border. Someone with affection, experience, and/or desire for Hispanic ministry would be ideal. That said, we work with people from all over the world down here. It is a very international place.
A candidate that is able to be bi-vocational would be greatly desired.
Time and Compensation
Our current missionaries are all bi-vocational. The missionary priest position could be either part-time or full-time. All of our missionaries raise their own salary but the mission is currently working to raise a portion of our budget for church planting. The amount of pay will be decided in conversation with your bishop and dependent upon experience and estimated hours “on the job” (you’re a priest, you’re never off the job).
Harlingen is a town of about 75,000. We are approximately 15 miles from the Mexican border and around 30 miles North of the southernmost part of the continental U.S. (we’re about the same latitude as Miami). We are about 45 minutes from South Padre Island and within 30 minutes from some of the best coastal fishing in America. We’re one of the top retirement areas in the country with another 100,000 “winter Texans” coming down for the months of December – April. If you’ve never been to the Rio Grande Valley – it’s a whole other world.