Ordained ministry in Hawai‘i is a special call. Any location has its challenges, but serving in Hawai'i brings an additional set of advantages and tradeoffs that must be given serious consideration.
What You Need to Know About Serving in Hawai'i
We are on islands in the middle of the Pacific living in completely multicultural surroundings. Some congregations began to serve a particular ethnic group, but have since evolved to include a mix of people of, perhaps, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Samoan, Hawaiian, Filipino, Mexican, and European descent.
Though small, with 37 worship sites, and rural, with miles of open spaces on the five islands where we have congregations, we also reflect urban life. Approximately 80% of Hawai‘i’s Episcopalians live in the metro area of Honolulu. As such, with more than 800,000 people, urban ministry is a major factor for many congregations in this missionary setting.
For all inquiries about discerning ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i, unless the position specifies otherwise, please contact to the Rev. Cn. Alexander Graham.
Visiting Clergy Program
A clergyperson (deacon, priest, or bishop) is given temporary permission to serve at a particular congregation for anywhere from a week to three months. The responsibility is typically just Sunday supply. See the page "Come Serve in Hawai‘i Short-Term."
How to Apply: To apply for any Visiting Clergy opening, please see the Short-Term page for the required documents. If you have any questions regarding the Visiting Clergy program, please contact Irina Martikainen.
All applications and packets are received in the Office of the Bishop.