Canon for Discipleship at The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
Richmond, Virginia

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

Canon for Discipleship


The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (EDoV) is a faith community of more than 62,000 members and 576 clergy in 38 counties and several cities of central, northern, and northwestern Virginia. Organized in 1785, the diocese consists of 174 congregations, six schools, and two diocesan homes. Our mission is to serve Christ and the world in unity and diversity.



The Canon for Discipleship will have primary responsibility for accompanying congregations, diocesan bodies, and individuals in EDoV as they deepen their journeys of discipleship and lifelong formation. The person called to this role will be a joyful, relational evangelist who can comfortably and knowledgably proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and empower others to do the same. This position is open to both ordained and lay candidates.



The incoming Canon will have experience with or knowledge of each of the areas identified below or demonstrate a willingness and capacity to develop such expertise:


Visionary Leadership for Discipleship and Lifelong Formation:

In close collaboration with the EDoV Bishops and colleagues, articulate and proclaim a vision for discipleship for all orders of ministry in the Diocese. Accompany the people of EDoV to embody this vision by engaging the following:

·      Discern, articulate, and evangelize an EDoV vision for lifelong formation and discipleship. This ministry would take place in partnership with:

-  Children and family ministry.

-  Youth ministry, including Shrine Mont camps and Parish Youth Ministry.

-  Young adult ministry, including Campus Ministry.

-  Adult formation.

·      Convene and accompany formation professionals throughout EDoV.

-  Engage in deep and prayerful listening to lay leaders and clergy engaged in lifelong formation.

-  Amplify current ministries, strengthen and expand networks of formation professionals.

-  Identify and strengthen opportunities for pastoral care for formation leaders.

-  Share stories of lifelong formation and discipleship with all of EDoV.

·      In collaboration with EDoV staff and leaders, support and strengthen robust vocational discernment for the laity as well as empower and

accompany clergy to engage innovative approaches for forming faithful, loving, and engaged disciples.


·  Utilizing Asset Based Community Development and other strengths-based modalities, expand the toolkit for laity and clergy to form

authentic and Christ-centered disciples.

·  Identify or facilitate professional development opportunities for laity and clergy to engage effective strategies and practices for forming

faithful, knowledgeable disciples.

·  Collaborate with and support BIPOC communities/congregations (especially our existing African American, Indigenous, Korean, and Latino

congregations) as they engage culturally and linguistically specific approaches to lifelong formation and discipleship.

·      In collaboration with the Canon for Racial Justice and Healing, incorporate racial healing and justice-making in all elements of formation.

·      Partner with seminaries to leverage their offerings for all of EDoV.


Routine Meeting Commitments: Reporting to the Assistant Bishop, the Canon will serve as a member of the Leadership Team. The Canon will meet regularly with laity, clergy, congregations, and diocesan bodies throughout the EDoV.



·      Ability to work independently, set timelines, and hold self and others accountable for productive, timely processes and outcomes.

·      Knowledge and understanding of the polity, structure, programs, and theology of The Episcopal Church, and ability to interact successfully

with all entities of EDoV.

·      Commitment to embodying the Baptismal Covenant with a commitment to personal spiritual formation, transformation, and discipleship.

·      Sufficient evidence of Christian Theological Education.

·      8+ years’ experience in faith-based settings leading ministries in support of forming faithful, thoughtful, and engaged disciples.

·      Experience, facility, and confidence in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to diverse audiences.

·      Experience working with clergy and lay leaders to identify, articulate, and implement effective ministries for lifelong formation and


·      Commitment to engaging racial healing and other justice ministries as integral elements of lifelong formation and discipleship.



A successful Canon would embody or be willing to become the following:

·      Curious, pastoral, and empathetic listener.

·      Courageous innovator who can foster and amplify new ideas.

·      Relational confidante who can build trust and community.

·      Skilled facilitator, teacher, public speaker, and preacher.

·      Organized and detail-oriented practitioner who can thrive in ambiguity while engaging complex tasks.

·      Collaborative colleague with excellent oral and written communication skills.

·      Demonstrated ability to thrive in a collaborative working environment.

·      Joyful disciple grounded in Christian theology and scripture.


Job Type: Full-time, with some evenings and weekends

Travel: 25-30% primarily within EDoV

Reports to: Assistant Bishop

Salary Range: $100,000 - $115,000 commensurate with experience


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and two references to Nerissa Crockett at [email protected]


Priority consideration for applications received by July 28, 2023.



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The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
110 W Franklin St
Richmond, Virginia 23220


The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
(804) 643-8451
[email protected]



Richmond, Virginia
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
$100,000 - $115,000
Ordained position
Exempt status
Not Exempt
Church Ministry