MISSION: The mission of Canterbury School is to develop the whole child by challenging the mind and nourishing the spirit in a diverse community guided by Judeo-Christian values.
SUMMARY: Faculty members at Canterbury are passionate, innovative, and dedicated members of the Canterbury community who embrace the unique philosophy and traditions of the School while always striving for excellence. Faculty members are committed to growth as professionals and individuals, and value and respect every member of the community. Faculty members are committed to helping students achieve success and to the mission and values of Canterbury School.
The Chaplain is the spiritual leader for the Canterbury School community. The primary ways this is exercised is through leading regular chapel liturgies, teaching spiritual formation/theology classes, and service learning. The chaplain is also expected to provide pastoral care to all members of the Canterbury School community, including students, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, and family members.
The Chaplain is directly accountable to the Head of School as well as being accountable to each Division Director regarding material taught in the respective division and student/parent issues in the division. The Chaplain also needs to be able to collaborate effectively with the school’s Director of Student Life, its school counselors, and the Admissions, Advancement, and Communications offices.
Canterbury School celebrates chapel on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. The Chaplain is responsible for designing, planning, and officiating the liturgies. The Chaplain is expected to provide chapel liturgies that are developmentally appropriate for all members of the community, from kindergarten to parents. The Chaplain is to work together with the musicians to provide a range of musical offerings familiar to people from many traditions.
The Chaplain is also responsible for designing, planning and officiating various special liturgies throughout the year, including All Saints’ Eucharist, Ash Wednesday’s imposition of ashes, Holy Week liturgies, Easter Eucharist, and End-of-Year Eucharist. The Chaplain also will be present and assist with final assembly and graduation.
Spiritual Formation and Theology Classes
The Chaplain is the head of the religion department at Canterbury School. Working in collaboration with another teacher, the Chaplain oversees the entire religion curriculum for grades PK-8. The Chaplain ensures that age- and developmentally appropriate lessons are being taught, and that the students are being given the opportunity to explore all areas of their faith, and that a variety of religious viewpoints are offered.
Currently the Chaplain teaches grades 4-8, with the second teacher responsible for grades PK-3.
Ministry of Presence
The Canterbury School Chaplain will provide a “ministry of presence” to the school community. This will be exercised by participating fully in all aspects of school life, including but not limited to, carpool, field trips, attendance at athletic and arts events, et al. Additionally, the Chaplain should recognize student achievement at these events both during the event itself, and after the event has concluded.
The Canterbury School Chaplain will provide pastoral care to all members of the community as needs arise. The Chaplain will contact individuals and families that have experienced a death, birth, job loss, move, or other significant event that requires pastoral care. The Chaplain will provide prayers for people as well as officiate at liturgies that are needed to mark these events, such as funerals, weddings, and baptisms.
The Canterbury School Chaplain will assist the Director of Student Life. Under the Director’s lead, the Chaplain may help to set the dates for Middle School service learning days, determine which sites are appropriate for students, coordinate transportation, train the 8th grade leaders, and be an active participant.
As needs and opportunities arise, the Chaplain is expected to offer pastoral care for all members of the community. The Chaplain:
- is expected to be present at all Administration Calendar meetings
- is expected to participate in open houses and other enrollment-related events
- participates in the oversight of the Fund for Christian Ethical Living
- serves on the middle school student support team. This team meets biweekly to support middle school students and develops themed activities that address age-appropriate topics for middle school students and that culminate in middle school sermon topics
- supports the middle school Director of Student Life as he/she directs the service learning program
- is expected to be an active participant in the life of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina
Attributes of an Effective Chaplain
- Ability to relate to all ages of people, with a particular gift for children
- Strong oral and written communications skills
- Ability to multi-task
- Ability to remain calm
- Ability to anticipate needs
- Knowledge of a broad range of worship and music styles
- Good sense of humor
- Must be an ordained Episcopal priest