WHO WE ARE http://stgeorgeswavl.org
St. George’s is devoted to social and environmental justice, creativity and the arts, contemplative practice, and building authentic community where ALL are truly welcome.
St. George’s seeks to extend the radical hospitality of Jesus Christ to ALL. Our worship is eclectic, contemplative, and joyous. We offer a peace garden for meditation, forums for open dialogue, and outreach programs for people in need. Through our Center for Art and Spirit, we provide sacred space for use by the larger community.
We are an open and affirming congregation. We welcome you whether you are young or old, rich or poor, an extravert or an introvert, a strong believer or a strong doubter, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or physical ability. And we hope you will find a home at St. George’s.
St. George’s was founded in 1950 to serve a growing community in West Asheville. Worship was held in the parish house which was built in 1951. By 1957, the church was constructed with a capacity to seat 250 people. Membership grew to 160 members strong, with multiple services, active Sunday school classes for all ages, and a strong outreach program. In addition, programs like a healing ministry, Faith Alive weekends and Cursillo became part of our ministry.
Beginning in the 1980s, St. George’s experienced the ebbs and flows of a changing neighborhood, and in the 1990s our clergy position became part-time.
Over the ensuing years, the members of St. George’s have put significant effort and work into making the church a viable and vibrant house of worship. The Montessori Learning Center now rents most of the downstairs space. Several years ago, the Center for Art and Spirit was established to offer our space as a creative and welcoming place for those in the community who needed space for spirit-affirming practices.
OUR GIFTS AND STRENGTHS
We have a strong sense of hospitality, welcome, and passion for justice with a small but very involved group of parishioners who provide for mutual ministry through altar guild, building and grounds maintenance, pastoral care, vestry participation, and volunteering with our afterschool program for at-risk children.
Creation Care Alliance, an interfaith group affiliated with Mountain True, is a new partner this year for us, and we are working to “green” our space and habits.
Thursday Lunch Group meets each week for potluck lunch, fellowship and conversation. The group raises funds for feeding the hungry by supporting various programs.
Creative Peacemakers Afterschool Outreach is a two-day a week program for at-risk children from low-income housing. It is completing its third year and provides opportunities for us to meet the needs of children who otherwise have little guidance after school. We have partnered with several other organizations for volunteers, and our funding is supported by several small grants.
Peace Week Celebration and Meditation Garden – The past three of years we have partnered with WNC4Peace and Veterans for Peace to celebrate International Day of Peace. Last year Bishop Jose dedicated our Peace Garden which is open to the public for quiet reflection. We house a World Peace Village which is on display during this week each year with special liturgies and events planned.
Our biggest challenges are related to our size. We have managed to supplement our pledge income with space rental income and take care of our physical plant with grants and loans. With gifted leadership and evangelism, we are poised to thrive and grow.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN A NEW PRIEST-IN-CHARGE
Someone who truly appreciates our approach to discipleship to share in our mutual ministry – there are several parishioners who participate in the work of the church through altar guild, pastoral care, outreach efforts, and management of our physical plant and gardens.
We continue to refine and expand these roles so that others may participate in the life of our community.
We are looking for a priest to join us in these areas of ministry:
Pastoral and Sacramental Leadership: A creative liturgist to provide new and exciting ways to worship and attract new members to our parish. Assistance with developing a pastoral care team. Dynamic preaching skills.
Administrative skills to help with the oversight of the parish and Center for Art and Spirit and ability to delegate to those who are willing and able to support the work of managing the facility and activities.
Internal Discipleship: A church developer with an eye to Christian education and faith formation.
Outreach Worker: An evangelist, ecumenical leader, and advocate for social justice to connect us to the wider community and match our gifts with the needs around us.
We are looking for a priest with the following character traits:
A person of prayer with spiritual and emotional maturity
A self-aware and self-motivated person with an entrepreneurial spirit
A stable leader/administrator who can see the big picture and prioritize; a strategic risktaker; a do-er, with fingers in various pies (flexible); and a good delegator–not a micro-manager