Jobs: Outreach Missionary Chaplain

Updated: 02.20.2024
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Ministry Overview
Trinity on the Border began its work in the Rio Grande Valley in July 2015 when Fr. Michael and Dr. Erica Jarrett M.D. 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 mission of the ACNA serving in various capacities along the South Texas border.

As a "chapel and outreach" ministry we are organizationally a hybrid of a conventional "parish/church" and a "non-profit service ministry."

Our ministry serves among the vulnerable (migrants, immigrants, and the poor) through our free clinic and our work with our partner immigrant shelters, but our ministry also includes Morning Prayer, Sunday Eucharist, Mid-week Community group and Compline, and occasional Holy Day services.

Our mercy ministry work is supported by individuals, foundations, and churches across the USA and Canada. Our church partners span many dioceses of the ACNA and also include non-Anglican churches.

Our congregation began gathering regularly for worship in 2018. We are demographically diverse but all English speakers. Currently we are about 16 adults and 16 children on any given Sunday with ages ranging from 1 - 83 years old.

Job Overview

We have a small but growing and engaged congregation, as well as, a responsive outreach service ministry that offers pastoral services and assistance through and to several partner ministries here on the Texas/Mexico border. Fr. Michael founded Trinity on the Border and will continue to be the Senior Director of the larger organization but his ministry has grown beyond what is done here locally. The Outreach Missionary Chaplain will “take over the reins” of the local mission splitting his time between working with our mercy ministries and serving as the pastor for our congregation.

Some of that work includes:

  • Leading Morning Prayer 2-3x week
  • Occasional Evening Prayer (certain Holy Days and other special occasions)
  • Chaplaincy work at our free-clinic
  • Pastoral and general service availability at immigrant shelter
  • Pastoral care of a growing congregation (currently 30 +/- )
  • Sunday services
  • Mid-week Community Group (w/ compline)
  • Youth and adult catechesis

This position could be filled by a priest or by a deacon with pastoral gifts and experience.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a missionary job of a growing ministry. Contact Fr. Michael to better understand how it works organizationally. Our chapel is in the Missionary Diocese of All Saints.

Our Vision
Our desire is to be a compelling expression of Christianity for the 21st century. We would like to see the Anglican Church grow here along the border out of our culture of service, outreach work with the vulnerable, care for our community, care for God’s creation, and commitment to historically Christian beliefs and practices. We take a lot of our cues from the positive aspects of New World missions in Texas and California.

Ideal Candidate
This is a missionary position. An applicant should be very aware of that. Although you will be among very engaged Christians, from a “team” perspective you will generally be working on your own. That said, you will be doing most of your work among other people: immigrants, the poor, the staff of our partner ministries, our volunteers, etc. The Outreach Missionary Chaplain must be organized yet VERY flexible, adaptable, and an independent worker.

As said above, we will consider priests and deacons for this position. The candidates should be able to demonstrate gifting and experience working pastorally with a church congregation as well as working in service/mercy ministry.

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 job. The main thing we need is a good attitude and willingness to work outside of your comfort zone. Our congregation, though small, is demographically diverse but all English speaking.

Fr. Michael will provide training for any qualified applicant to thrive in all aspects of the job.

Time and Compensation
This is a full-time job. Pay is dependent upon experience starting at $65,000.

About Harlingen
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.

How to Apply

  • Look over our website and get a good feel for what we’re up to.
  • Review this document which describes our general missionary ethos and is our best attempt to cover all the bases for discerning whether you would be happy and fit well in our ministry.
  • Connect with Fr. Michael to discuss the job further.
  • Honestly and humbly spend time with the Lord in discernment.
  • Fill out our job application here.
  • Send Fr. Michael a CV and 2 or 3 sample sermon recordings.

What Will Happen Next

  • Our Mission Council will review your information.
  • We will conduct Zoom interviews with our second round candidates
  • We will have final round candidate(s) come visit the mission. This will include:
    • Visiting our partner sites
    • Worshiping with us
    • Preaching at worship
    • Q&A with the congregation