Come Serve in Hawai'i Short-term
The Diocese of Hawai‘i occasionally has positions for which we need a priest to serve for a short period of time. Although these are usually in congregations that are in transition — in other words, between regularly settled rectors or vicars — they are not “typical” interim positions. These days, we rarely use traditional interims and then only in special situations, such as following a long-term pastorate or when a congregation is in conflict. When we do use traditional interim ministry, we typically draw from among our own resident clergy.
The short-term positions that we do offer can last for several weeks to several months. Often the length of time is determined by the availability of the priest and the preference of the congregation. We have had clergy from other dioceses who are on sabbatical serve for six to eight weeks in a congregation that was in transition. We have also had retired clergy come and serve for several months, in some cases with the intention to return regularly. Some of our congregations, during a transition, simply use supply clergy from among our own resident clergy; others require or desire a more constant clergy presence, without needing a full interim ministry.
Currently four churches in the Diocese are offering the possibility of a short-term stay. Note that they are in remote, rural areas. Also, please note that they may be booked well into the future.
Please contact the church directly for additional information about the short-term ministry opportunity or to inquire about availability and suitability.
The Episcopal Church on West Kaua'i (ECWK) 808.335.5533.
St. Augustine's (June 4 & 11, 2017 only)
St. Columba's Church in St. James' Parish
St. Jude's Episcopal Mission
Please note: If you have agreed on suitable dates with the ministry site, please follow the below instructions for applying for short-term permission to serve at the church from Bishop Fitzpatrick.
Please send all documents to Irina Martikainen, Executive Assistant to Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick.
For more general information about transition in the Diocese of Hawai‘i, see the Transition Ministry page.
Applying for Short-Term Permission
For clergy other than those canonically resident or already licensed in the Diocese of Hawai‘i, you must first be approved by the Office of the Bishop. The Bishop grants temporary permission to serve in a particular congregation only, for a specified period of time.
In order to grant permission, we need the following documents sent to the contact information, above: