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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 planning and research for how to plant 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.
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.
In the coming year we plan to begin regular Sunday services. However, Fr. Michael has to travel often for fund-raising for the mission. The curate would be responsible for leading Morning Prayer (or Eucharist if ordained) on those Sundays when Fr. Michael is traveling. Additionally, the curate would be responsible for assisting (or conducting in Fr. Michael’s absence) a weekly chapel at the elementary school and a weekly healing service as well as implementing other opportunities for Christian formation for our community (book study, other formal Daily Office services, etc.).
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 curate 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 curate position could be either part-time or full-time. All of our missionaries raise their own salary but the mission may be able to contribute a portion of the missionary’s salary. The total amount of pay will be decided in conversation with your bishop and dependent upon experience and estimated hours “on 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.