Valparaiso Mennonite Lead Pastor Opening
The Lead Pastor is responsible for working with the church leadership team and staff to cast vision and lead Valparaiso Mennonite Church. The position is full-time and salary is commensurate to responsibilities with consideration given to applicant's experience, education, and previous effectiveness. The position is accountable to the Board of Elders.
Valparaiso Mennonite’s mission is to share the hope they experience in Christ. They are an Anabaptist community church that teaches, shares and does life together centered on Jesus. The church is Biblically-grounded, intimate, authentic, and engaged. Valparaiso Mennonite is a place for real friendship, service, making a difference in our community and helping people flourish. As followers of Jesus, this fellowship of believers is empowered by the Holy Spirit to be the hands of Jesus to their neighbors.
Valparaiso Mennonite has an average weekly attendance of around 50, and an annual operating budget of $95,000. It has its own building on 4 acres of land on the east edge of Valparaiso, the county seat of Porter County, in NW Indiana, 50 miles SE of Chicago, IL. Valparaiso is home to Valparaiso University and has a population of 33,000 people. It is also located 15 miles south of the shores of Lake Michigan.
The qualified candidate will be a leader who passionately loves God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loves and cares for their neighbors in ways that will draw them into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Maintain a consistent devotional life of prayer and Bible study and have an understanding of God’s word, discerning with wisdom and guarding against false teaching.
Demonstrate the evidence of both the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit and be open to all the gifts that God has promised the church (Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11).
Have evidence of God's call on their life and meet the qualifications of an elder given in 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:6-9 and 1 Peter 5:2-3.
Embody observable Christ-like behavior and humility with family, friends, and community.
Possess a personal desire and history of fulfilling Jesus' Great Commission.
Pastoral leadership experience, 5 years preferred.
Knowledge of Biblical Anabaptist theology and a willingness to commit to Evana Network's covenant.
Some training and background in leading through conflict and healing ministry.
A strong leader who models, equips, and inspires others to do the work of ministry (Ephesians 4).
Able to clearly communicate a compelling vision of ministry for the church.
Able to lead inter-generational discipleship movement in the church that empowers and mobilizes the church to fulfill its calling as the body of Christ.
Provide spiritual leadership to the church that equips people for fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Serve as primary communicator on weekend services.
Preach Biblical and dynamic sermons that draw people into intimacy with Christ and His redemptive mission in the world.
Ensure inter-generational discipleship of individuals and families.
Develop and mentor new leaders.
Provide administrative leadership to the staff.
Be accountable to the Board of Elders.
Provide support and oversight to all ministries and their Leaders.
Interested applicants should fill out an application form.
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