Our Mission

To celebrate God through worship, study, and fellowship and to reach out to our church family, to the members of our community, and to a world in need of God’s love.

Our Vision

Building on our history and Episcopal traditions, Trinity continues to be called to participate as fully as possible in God’s mission.

Trinity Episcopal Church has a 155-year history in the community. Our beautiful building is not only a home for our ministry, but also an important historic place. Trinity seeks to revive its history of community leadership while growing in spiritual connection and numbers.

It is important to maintain the core components that represent who we are as a parish, while also embracing change. Our vision calls us to:

  • Provide a vibrant spiritual home that inspires, befriends and nurtures our members
  • Help new families looking for a spiritual home find their place in our community
  • Nurture, develop and strengthen children as good Christians and develop meaningful programs that integrate them into parish life
  • Strengthen pastoral care
  • Increase our focus on outreach and turn ideas into actions

 Ministry/Parish Life

Trinity sponsors, hosts, and encourages a wide variety of activities. The goal is to include all members in some way. Numerous events, activities, classes and groups appeal to a broad spectrum of our church members.

Worship Services

  • Sunday
    • 9:00 a.m. Rite II. Eucharist, with Sermon
    • 10:30 a.m. Rite II. Eucharist with Sermon
  • Wednesday
    • 5:15 p.m. Informal Eucharist in Parish Hall
  • Monday – Thursday
    • 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer

Ministries of Trinity

Adult Learning

  • Adult Christian Formation 8:00 a.m. Sunday
  • Men’s Prayer Breakfast – Meets second and fourth Monday of each month
  • Women’s Coffee – Meets monthly
  • Building and Grounds
  • Fall and spring campus “cleaning” days
  • Hanging of the greens: Decorates the Sanctuary for Christmas

Children and Youth Ministries

  • Christian Formation for children 10:30 a.m. Sunday, September to May
  • Youth Group – Provides opportunities for youth fellowship through a variety of youth events
  • Pre-School – A full day program serving 3 and 4 year old students
  • Children’s Choir – Provides music for special occasions
  • Canterbury provides programs for students who attend the Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts as well as Northwestern State University.

Fellowship

  • Coffee hour after Sunday services
  • Bi-monthly Pot-Luck lunches
  • Bi-monthly Pancake breakfasts
  • Women’s Coffee gatherings

Outreach

  • Supports CASA- A group of volunteers who advocate for the abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.
  • Supports Kairos prison ministry with volunteers and cookies.
  • Provides a meeting space for Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Sponsors a Red Mass seeking guidance for all those who work for justice, including judges, attorneys, first responders, and government officials.
  • Participates in Soles4Souls, providing shoes for those in need.
  • Hosts an annual gift fair benefitting international missions
  • Provides scholarships for choir members and hosts recitals
  • Hosts Lessons and Carols: An annual Christmas event highlighted by special readings and music.

Prayer

  • Daughters of the King: International women’s order committed to prayer, Bible study and outreach.

Worship

  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers: Chalice bearer at the altar. Takes and serves communion to church members unable to attend services.
  • Lectors: Read Old Testament and New Testament readings during worship service
  • Acolytes: Assists clergy at the altar (2nd – 12th grade)
  • Ushers: Greet worshipers
  • Altar Guild: Prepares altar and sanctuary for worship services

Music

  • Children’s Choir: Performs special music throughout the year.
  • Adult Choir: Sings at the 10:30 service and other special events such as Lessons and Carols.

What We Seek In a Rector

Past Experience:

  • Have three to five years Parish experience as Rector or Assisting Priest/Curate.
  • Have a demonstrated leadership, with both organizational and administrative skills.
  • Have experience with spiritual leadership of a school.

Personal Theology:

  • Be well-grounded in Biblical theology, respecting differences in opinions and lifestyles, while honoring the traditions of the Episcopal Church.
  • Be able to relate the word of God to people of all backgrounds.
  • Have a visible prayer life.

Liturgy and Style:

  • Be equally at home with traditional and contemporary services, respecting and valuing the liturgical styles of each.
  • Recognize the importance of music in the liturgy.
  • Be able to connect with all generations through creative and flexible worship opportunities.

Leadership and Relationship Qualities/Behaviors:

  • Believe it is important to lead and equip the parish, focused on its mission, values, and vision, while helping us to live towards God’s will for our church.
  • Be open to new ideas, listen to others, and objectively consider all ideas and opinions.
  • Build and entrust teams, empower others, and delegate appropriately.
  • Be present and involved with staff, lay leaders, and the congregation in an outgoing manner.
  • Have both strong pastoral and listening skills, in order to be nurturing and accepting of all people.

Decision Making Style:

  • Work collaboratively with vestry, lay leaders, and staff when making decisions
  • Seeks consensus to effectively develop and maintain mission and vision.
  • Be decisive.
  • Be open to discuss new ideas.

Communication Style:

  • Be open to everyone in the congregation.
  • Develop a consistent message in a clear voice.
  • Protect confidentiality, yet be honest in all things

Spiritual Life:

  • Have a personal relationship with God and a disciplined prayer life.
  • Be an example to us all, recognizing that we are all on a personal journey of faith.
  • Do not be afraid of expressing your walk with God.
  • Use sermons to preach, inspire, and teach.

Pastoral Specialties (priority order):

  • Preacher/Worship Leader: Preach with clarity and challenge minds. Make the Scriptures relevant in people’s lives.
  • Leader: Make decisions and motivate others. Delegate when appropriate.
  • Pastoral Care: Care for people so they are nurtured and challenged to grow within the community of faith. Reach out to those who are not able to attend services.
  • Educator: Help people read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest scripture.
  • Administrator: Manage the affairs of the congregation, in conjunction with the Vestry.
  • Theologian: Demonstrate application of Biblical knowledge to everyday life.

 In summary:

Our new Rector should have the ability to lead the church while also being actively engaged with the congregation. This should be someone who can model our mission statement with enthusiasm and energy while caring for us all.