Welcome to St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Carmel
Thank you for your interest in becoming the next rector of our growing, externally-focused church
Our parish has excitedly embraced this transition as a new opportunity for spiritual and congregational growth. Our attitude is “what can we do to help?” This resiliency and openness are the fruits of a church that is strong and ready for growth. We believe that with our steadfast trust in God, our open communication, and our service to each other and our community, we will continue to bear fruit in this time of change.
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St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church is located in award-winning Carmel, Indiana, which has seen a remarkable explosion of growth in the past 20 years, going from approximately 37,733 people in 2000 to over 95,000 in 2016. While St. Christopher’s has grown from approximately 40 families in 1956, when it was founded, to 274 families in 2018, we would like to grow St. Christopher’s to tap into the vibrant city that Carmel has become. We are looking for a rector to help us become a pillar of this dynamic community representing the Episcopal Tradition and showing Christ's love through action.
Who We Are
We believe that we are called to care for and connect enthusiastically with all people as Christ does with us. We seek to live this call through the ministries of worship, evangelism, education, service and fellowship. With an external focus on service in our community, outreach is a hallmark of our church. We continually strive to support, equip, and strengthen each other on our spiritual journeys as we create a loving and comforting congregation which reflects God’s love in our lives and in the world.
St. Christopher's began in 1956 by making use of a small space in the local high school cafeteria. Two years later, our first church building was constructed near where St. Christopher's is located today. In 2002, following a successful capital funds campaign, we began building our current, 51,000-square-foot facility. Our Education and Administration wing was dedicated in 2004, our Parish Hall and Worship Center Building was dedicated in 2006, and our Nave and Sanctuary was dedicated in 2009.
We are a friendly, kind, welcoming, generous, compassionate, fun-loving congregation that has an informal spirit and a sense of humor. We are non-judgmental, embrace diversity and are open to new ideas and changes. We have a strong sense of community with a “can-do” attitude. Our congregation and worship services are important to us. We have strong outreach programs and a variety of opportunities for serving in the church and in the community.
Our Vision for the Future
Our parishioners recognize a need for our church to grow and become a leader in this vibrant community. We have a strong foundation of outreach but are looking to multiply our opportunities to serve and inspire others by hosting various classes and/or programs at St. Christopher's. We have a beautiful building with room to host such diverse outreach. We want a strong youth ministry and to engage younger and more diverse residents of the surrounding community to join our loving congregation of faith.
We seek a rector who is: