Holy Cross is searching for a full time Rector. We offer a complete compensation package with full benefits. We do not have office staff and rely on volunteers, however we do have updated tech services and a comfortable office environment.
Holy Cross has a total of 49 communicants in good Standing with 24 pledging units. Our average Sunday attendance is 18 to 20 and 12 on line viewers. We are striving to overcome the changes in our worship and community outreach that Covid19 caused.
Our operating income is generated from the pledging units and substantial earnings distributions from ever-increasing investments and restricted endowments. The overall financial foundation is very strong. The Sanctuary seats approximately 105 people comfortably, there is a lounge, kitchen, large multi-purpose room for fellowship and separate offices for the Rector/Pastor. Because we share our building with the United Methodist Church our Sunday Morning Eucharist is at 9:00 a.m. and their service begins at 10:45. We have been fortunate enough to rent a portion of our property to a cell tower company which provides us with substantial income to maintain our campus.
We draw parishioners from several local communities and have some seasonal attendees who spend winter months in warmer climates. In the past we have connected with the Sunday tourist population and the J-1 students (students from various countries that work in the Dells), however Covid greatly impacted these interactions and we are trying to rebuild those connections.
In 1970 St. Paul’s, Wisconsin Dells and Holy Cross, Lake Delton Episcopal churches and the United Methodist churches in the Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton area made the decision to purchase land and create one campus for both congregations to share. The church building was finished in September of 1972 and we will be celebrating 50 years of sharing this year.
Updates to our campus:
1991-a new bell tower erected with four bells signifying the four congregations that came together
2004-a prayer garden and labyrinth on the grounds
2005-new stained glass window installed in the Sanctuary
2018-Bible path added to the grounds
2019-finished a complete update of the kitchen
Further plans include updating the Sanctuary
We recently resumed music as part of our liturgy having both an organist and electronic music available.
Holy Cross is located in south central Wisconsin about 50 miles from the State Capital of Madison. We are in the Diocese of Milwaukee and we are 120 miles from Milwaukee. The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee is Bishop Provisional and the Canon for congregational development is Rev. Scott Leannah. For more information about Holy Cross you can find our web page at www.holycrosswisdells.com. and our Diocesan web page at www.diomil.org.
Joint Special Services with the United Methodists.
Feast Day and Holy Day Services
Our community can best be described as spirit-led, empathetic, committed to outreach, and welcoming to all who walk through the red door.
We are seeking the following in a Rector
An energetic leader active in our community.
Grounded in tradition but open to seeking new opportunities and worship sytles to grow our parish.
A preaching style that connects with all age groups.
Please contact Jan Pauc, search chair at email@example.com if you are interested.