St. Stephen the Martyr, Burnaby

The Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster is seeking to appoint a Rector for the Parish of St Stephen the Martyr in the City of Burnaby, BC. The Parish is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. This position is full time and without term.

“We are servants on a journey – Looking Up, Reaching Out – gathering fellow travellers along the way as we follow the Gospel of Christ in transforming lives.” It is in this context that the parish profile begins.   The content of the profile continues to underline this commitment as it uses the Five Marks of Mission to describe the ministry that is done from St Stephen the Martyr.

The ‘The Priest We Seek’ section begins with two questions:  Can you say ‘hello’ in at least eight different languages? and Will you enjoy kimchi and sip Caribbean sorrel with us? The clear message is that the parish is a multi-cultural/multi-ethnic community which appreciates its wonderful diversity.

Some of the attributes they are looking for in their next priest include:

  • gifts in financial development and sustainability
  • skills in achieving numerical growth
  • ability to redevelop stewardship strategies
  • strong in preaching and liturgy

Growing the parish in numbers, faith and finances is a recurring theme throughout the profile.  Having these skills and a willingness to continue to enhance them are critical qualities they seek in their priest. The congregation size has remained relatively stable and in order to continue with a full-time priest growth in numbers and financial sustainability will be crucial.   

A 10am Sunday Eucharist using the Book of Alternative Services is accompanied by music and a small volunteer choir.  A Church School is staffed by a coordinator and four teachers rotating throughout the year.  A trained pastoral care team is in place to assist the priest in providing support to those in need of visits at home or in hospital.

As part of their stewardship a five-year plan is in place to address various building maintenance projects while acknowledging the costs buildings have on the finances of a parish. A major development project adjacent to the Church may have a positive impact on parking availability and a daycare playground.

A strategic financial plan is outlined at the conclusion of the profile; note the step-down in withdrawals from their investment portfolio as the parish grows in numbers and financial giving.     The profile has appendices attached and they include an historical sketch, comprehensive financial statements from 2010-2016 with current budget figures, a five-year building maintenance plan, lists of ministries and user groups and an overview of the Diocese of New Westminster and the cities of Burnaby, Coquitlam and Port Moody.   

The complete Parish Profile and the required Diocesan application form are available as downloads below.  Applications for this position will be received until close of business on Thursday, December 14th, 2017.  Please email your cover letter, application and, if you are not from the Diocese of New Westminster, a letter from your bishop, indicating you are ‘a priest in good standing’ to

For further information contact Bill Siksay, Executive Assistant to the Bishop’s Office at 604-684-6306, ext. 228 or by email at

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