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Pastor Opportunity (Pella, Iowa)

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Featured Positions | 0 comments

The Second Christian Reformed Church anticipates the arrival of a new Pastor to lead her into a new chapter of ministry. This person, motivated by a love for the Lord and His Bride, will lead, nurture and maintain a structure and environment for faithful and effective ministry in the name of Christ. His primary responsibilities will be preaching, leadership, pastoral care, and outreach. The ideal candidate will have benefited from theological training and pastoral experience. He will also fulfill the biblical qualifications for elder and be ordained or be ordainable as a pastor within the...

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Associate Pastor (Youth & Worship) Opportunity

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Featured Positions | 0 comments

American Reformed Church (DeMotte, IN), a healthy congregation of nearly 300 weekly worshipers, has begun a nationwide search for an Associate Pastor willing to assume leadership responsibility for two vital ministries: youth & worship. The Associate Pastor, if so gifted and inclined, will also have the opportunity to preach occasionally. The ideal candidate for this position will be characterized by devotion to Christ and His Church, as well as be gifted in the areas of discipleship and worship. The Associate Pastor will have the privilege of exercising the gift of discipleship with...

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Pastor of Small Groups & Adult Discipleship Opportunity

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Featured Positions | 0 comments

River Valley Church, a vibrant and growing congregation serving the South Bend – Mishawaka (IN) region, looks forward to adding a new member to its ministry team: a Pastor of Small Groups & Adult Discipleship. This person will provide leadership for the development and implementation of a dynamic ministry of assimilation utilizing small groups wherein members of the church are growing as disciples of Christ as they participate in community through mission and mission through community. River Valley Church is a healthy, twenty-five year-old, multi-generational, non-denominational,...

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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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