CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SEXTON APPLICATIONS!
We currently have 1 male space in a triple room available for move-in beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Please be sure to read the Sexton Manual and FAQs below to see if you qualify. Submit applications (below) to email@example.com by Dec. 1, 2015 for consideration. Only completed applications received before the deadline will be considered for interviews – adding your name to the callback list is not a valid application.
NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, prior submissions to our wait list have been lost, so no individual notices of opening will be sent. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The sextons are the heartbeat of the chapel. Their hard work and dedication to serving Christ inspire us and keep our ministry running! On this page, both potential and current sextons can find useful information related to the program and their duties. Note that the sexton manual (available below) contains the most detailed information.
Sexton Program FAQs
Q: What is required of “sextons”?
A: If you google “sexton,” you’ll find it can mean a variety of things. At ULC, it means a young person who lives at the chapel, donates between $200-$280 per mo. and 10 hours of labor per wk. (doing all kinds of tasks, from secretarial work to gardening), and commits to attending a weekly sexton meeting (which counts toward the 10 weekly hrs) and a minimum of 8 “events” per UCLA quarter (things like Sunday services, or bible studies). Utilities (heat, water, electricity, &internet) are provided. Food is not. Currently, each sexton who owns a vehicle can have a free parking spot.
Q: Who is eligible?
A: Since we are a Lutheran church located just off of the UCLA campus, Lutheran UCLA undergraduate students are given priority. However, we fairly consider applicants of all religious and philosophical backgrounds as long as they agree to comply with the requirements of the program and not obstruct the mission of the Lutheran church.
Q: By what criteria are sextons selected?
A: Our program offers a religious community, residence, and job all in one. The ideal sexton is an asset to the chapel, both in terms of being a participating and visible member of our community and in terms of the tasks he/she elects to do to fulfill his/her hours and the degree of competence he/she displays in fulfilling them. The best sexton is versatile, possessing and/or willing to learn a variety of skills, and also a good roommate and housemate (good interpersonal skills, cleans up after oneself, respectful of people and property, etc.) Applicants who are qualified but may have trouble fulfilling their duties (too busy, gone every weekend, etc.), who do not wish to stay very long, or who do not exhibit financial need may be turned down even they are otherwise qualified.
Q: What are the room arrangements like? What do I need to bring?
A: The max. number of sextons is seven: Two triples and a single. Roommates are of the same gender. The triples are very spacious, and, currently, each bedroom comes with a full-sized fridge (except the single; it has a smaller fridge). Generally, we can provide sextons with a bed (often an IKEA loft), desk and dresser, or they can bring their own. We cannot store a sexton’s belongings on the premises other than in that sexton’s room. The kitchen is stocked with dishware and appliances, and there is a limited amount of space in the cabinets & pantry for sextons to store personal appliances and food.
Q: What is the application process?
A: We don’t take applications unless a space is available, but we keep a running call-back list of people who would like to receive an email when that happens, and be asked for an application. To be added to that list, fill out the very simple form above. If we ask you for an application, you should fill it out and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and wait to hear if you’re called in for an interview. If you have questions that this page doesn’t answer, email email@example.com and we’ll be happy to give you more information!
Q: When do spaces typically open up? When can I move in? Is there a deposit?
A: We try to establish in SPRING the roster of sextons for the upcoming academic year + summer, making it hard to get in at other times, but we also take applicants on a rolling basis (if spaces open up). Move-out/move-in generally occurs at the end of the academic year or summer, or at least at the end of a quarter or summer session. There is a $500 deposit.
Q: Are there any special rules I need to know about?
A: This provides all the crucial application information, but you can find the full details about the program in the Sexton Manual.