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Associate Pastor & Preaching Opportunity

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Featured Positions | 0 comments

Elmhurst (IL) Christian Reformed Church, a congregation of approximately 1500 people, has begun a search for an Associate Pastor to help the congregation live into its vision of being God’s source of shining light and living water in the western suburbs of Chicago, by drawing people to know Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and serving as Jesus. The congregation has identified five activities by which it hopes to live into its vision: worship, fellowship, discipleship, service, and outreach. The Associate Pastor shall be responsible for building and nurturing the discipleship culture of the...

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We Measure What We Value

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Best Practices | 1 comment

We measure what we value and value what we measure. That is one of many takeaways from Counterinsurgency (New York: Oxford Press, 2010) by David Kilcullen. While the book is intended for “civilian and military students and practitioners of counterinsurgency,” I discovered several insights that may help leaders of the local church. Here and now I highlight this simple truth: what we measure reflects what we value. David Kilcullen writes: Organizations manage what they measure, and they measure what their leaders tell them to report on. Thus, one key way for a leadership team to shift an...

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Forming An Effective Search Team of Volunteers in Your Church

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Best Practices | 2 comments

If God has called you to lead the local church, there will come a time when you believe it appropriate to form a committee or team to accomplish a particular objective. In preparation for that moment, here are four steps to creating an effective committee or team of volunteers. First, choose your chair person. Begin by selecting the person in your congregation who you believe would best lead the committee towards the completion of its task. Undoubtedly, this person will be a person of influence in the congregation, will be respected by the congregation, and will be gifted at guiding a team to...

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Youth & Family Discipleship Pastor

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Featured Positions | 0 comments

The First Reformed Church of Friesland (WI) seeks a Youth & Family Discipleship Pastor to help them glorify God by making spiritually healthy, reproducing followers of Jesus Christ. This pastor will have the privilege of leading one of the most dynamic youth ministries in the region. These ministries, supported by an excellent facility which includes a large Family Center (gym), have been a strength of the congregation for many years and their reach extends beyond the church into the community. The new Youth and Family Discipleship Pastor will have the privilege of building on the...

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Director of Worship & Student Ministries

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Featured Positions | 0 comments

New Life Church (New Lenox, IL) has begun a nationwide search for a person willing and able to take up the responsibility of leading two vital ministries: Worship & Student Ministries. The ideal candidate for this position will be a humble and dedicated Christ-follower with a love for and desire to serve the local church. In addition, he or she will be a team player gifted in the areas of consensus building leadership, developing and implementing strategies, and recruiting and training volunteers.  The Director of Worship & Student Ministries will lead the weekly gathering of New...

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