AR – Mountain Home
Young Families Pastor
First Baptist Church, Mountain Home, Arkansas is accepting resumes for a Young Families Pastor. This position is primarily responsible for all adults ages 22-40, and children 6th grade and under. Any married adults or adults under the age of 22 with children are also included. The focus of this position is on reaching and discipling young families. More info…
FL – Celebration
Director of Connections Ministry
Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration, FL is seeking a full-time Director of Connections Ministry. This Director will facilitate the assimilation and integration of church members and visitors into church activities. Responsibilities: Recruit, equip and mobilize volunteers, develop leadership teams and build structures for maximum participation and engagement in the church family; Help develop life group vision incorporating curriculum and a missional component; and Collaborate with existing church leadership to plan, coordinate and grow existing and new programs. More info…
FL – Clearwater
Director of Contemporary Worship
First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, Florida is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Contemporary Worship (DCW). Applicants must have a deep love for Christ and a desire to express his or her faith leading worship in a contemporary format. Experience in leading a praise band and leading worship is required. Two job descriptions are attached in that this position can be either full time or part time depending on the gifts and circumstances of the applicant. If full time the applicant must be able to pair this ministry with leadership of another needed ministry within the church (e.g. Evangelism, Childrens Ministries, etc.). More info…
IL – Wheaton
Director of Worship
First Baptist Wheaton (located in a suburb of Chicago) is seeking a full-timeDirector of Worship to engage and lead by challenging, motivating, and guiding the congregation in their fellowship, discipleship, and evangelism journey through creative means of worship. The Director of Worship is responsible for leading worship, developing worship teams, planning long-term worship objectives and coordinating worship services with the Senior Pastor and the Director of Communications & Technology. They will perform vocally and/or instrumentally as a worship leader in our two Sunday morning worship services. Candidate must have two years of experience and be comfortable with both traditional and contemporary worship, managing a budget, and administering a large roster of volunteers. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. More info…
MD – Leonardtown, MD
SouthPoint Church is a growing (avg attendance ~1000), non-denominational church in Leonardtown, MD. Located about an hour south of DC, this Chesapeake Bay community offers the best of suburban life with a small-town feel. The music ministry is an integral part of the Sunday morning experience and is valued as more than simply the warm-up act for the message. The purpose of the worship team is to “engage a diverse church to engage God through musical worship.” SouthPoint embraces variety in worship and sets freely move between Hillsong, Israel Houghton, Jesus Culture, William McDowell, and revised hymns. More info…
MI – TROY
High School Director
We’re looking for a high school director who will pour into the lives of students. Create genuine biblical community that transforms students into fully-devoted followers of Jesus. Must have proven experience in leadership, building teams, vision casting and excellent communication skills. Undergraduate degree in related field preferred. Two or more years of a proven track record leading high school students in a church of 2,000 + is preferred. Experience in executing a weekly creative environment is required. Training in leadership and management helpful. Must be able to develop, implement and oversee biblically-based, relevant, engaging and attractional programming for high school students. Build relationships with students throughout the week and establish ongoing presence at major high school campuses. Organize & plan camps, retreats, local & overseas missions experience with current partnerships. Aggressively pursuing personal, spiritual & professional growth. Must have affinity with Kensington Leadership and affirm mission, vision & values of Kensington Church. More info…
MN – Little Canada
Men’s Discipleship & Leadership Facilitator
Discipling and developing men into leaders of undeniable conviction. To advance the mission of RESOLUTE. This position has full facilitator responsibilities as it relates to Cohorts and the administration of the full mission of RESOLUTE. More info…
NJ – Pompton Plains, NJ
Cornerstone Church in Pompton Plains NJ is in search of an intern to fill a part time position as a director for their music team. This is a great opportunity to join the leadership of a growing church replant and provide creative and artistic vision through the further development of our contemporary/progressive musical expression. We are seeking someone who is passionate, responsible, and teachable. He/she must be someone who loves Jesus, loves his church and has a desire to see churches planted through making disciples whose lives are transformed by the Gospel. More info…
NV – Henderson
We are a growing church in Henderson, Nevada. We are connected with a Christian school and so this position could potentially be closer to full time if the applicant was willing to work in the school as well. More info…
NV – Las Vegas
Spanish Ministries Pastor
Freedom Life Grace Church is a new church launching on September 20th in Las Vegas, NV. Our mission is to create engaging environments where people who may feel far from God can learn, trust and follow Jesus. We are looking for passionate people that want to be a part of what God is doing in Las Vegas. If you are interested in making a difference and finding your life’s calling, you may want to consider joining our launch team. We believe that being a part of what God is doing is a calling, it’s a privilege. And above all, it’s a chance to be empowered. More info…
OR – DALLAS
We are looking for a full-time youth pastor with experience leading middle school, high school, and college age students. An energetic and passionate person/couple who love God, love people, and desire to impact a church and community for Christ. We are located in Dallas, Oregon approximately 12 miles outside the capital city of Salem and 45-minutes from the Oregon Coast. Dallas is the seat for Polk county. The population of our city is approximately 15,000 (including surrounding areas over 35,000). We are a church with an average Sunday morning attendance of 225. More info…
PA – Beaver Falls
Pastor/Director of Family Life and Worship
Seminary or equivalent degree preferred. 3-5 years lay or professional ministry experience preferred. Gifts of Leadership, Administration, Teaching, and Evangelism. Excellent relational and interpersonal communication skills. Excellent verbal and written skills. Agrees with the theology and polity of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and CAC bylaws. Willing to enter the Licensing and Ordination process with the Christian & Missionary Alliance. More info…
PA – Pittsburg
Bible Baptist Church of Pittsburgh is seeking a Pastor. Our current pastor is retiring after over 20 years of ministry in our church. We are an independent, fundamental Baptist church of about 40 members in the Pittsburgh suburb of Scott Township. We are a strong bible-believing church which worships God in a traditional worship service with sacred music. We seek a pastor with at least a bachelor’s degree from a Bible College and three years of pastoral experience who will provide strong leadership and a bold vision. More info…
TX – Corpus Christi
Pastor of Worship
Trinity Church of the Nazarene is a church in Corpus Christi, TX located minutes from the various beaches around the city. We are located in a great area of Corpus and have a great opportunity for growth. We currently run around 45 for Sunday worship. We are looking for someone who can successfully lead our congregation into a place in which they experience and encounter the presence of the Holy Spirit. This would be a volunteer position. More info…
TX – Frisco
Hope Fellowship is a multi-site Church with campuses in Frisco and McKinney Tx. Hope is looking for someone to lead the Adventure Kidz ministry on our Frisco East Campus. This position will lead all areas of Children’s Ministry from birth to fifth grade on the campus; overseeing the Early Childhood staff as well as coordinating and ministering to the elementary kids during weekend services. If you are passionate about training the next generation, have experience as a Children’s Pastor, are a high capacity, self motivated leader who can rally a team of staff and volunteers to make a difference in the lives of over 900 children each weekend, we want to talk to you. More info…
TX – Justin
Associate Student Minister
To serve as an associate minister, alongside Senior Student Pastor, to teenagers in 7th through 12th grades. POSITION HOURS: Salaried. Part-time, including Sundays, Wednesday nights, a few days a week in office, as well as other times as required by ministry schedule (occasional weekends, etc.). Summer availability a necessity. Average week would be approximately 25 hours a week. More info…
VA – Fairfax
Full-time Youth Director—Fairfax United Methodist Church in Fairfax, Virginia a suburb of Washington D.C., is seeking a faith-filled individual to foster the spiritual growth of the youth of our congregation and community. This is a growing and multi-faceted ministry that includes mission trips, drama, fellowship, music, and spiritual growth thru study. We desire an experienced candidate who exhibits spiritual leadership, maturity and poses good communication as well as organizational skills. Candidate should have an understanding of United Methodist faith and practice. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and qualifications. More info…
VA – Virginia Beach
Courthouse Community United Methodist Church (CCUMC) in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is seeking a person to direct a large, active and mission focused team of youth and adult volunteers who desire to grow deeper in relationship with Christ and the world. This ministry actively supports the vision and goals of CCUMC to “transform the world” and impact the community with the love of Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through large group and small group experiences at the church as well as regular outreach to the most vulnerable in the region and across the country. More info…
WA – Kennewick
The Living Room Community Church was planted in January of 2007. The church is a non-denominational Christian church. We have grown to a weekly atendance of 700 – 1000. We are driven by the passion that we have, to share the great news of Jesus with as many people as possible using culturally, creative and contextual ways. We love what we do and are seeking staff members that are passionate, self-starters and are hungry to help us discover the depth of God’s calling for loving and serving the families and children of our community. More info…
WI – Racine
Harbor Rock Tabernacle is looking for an Associate Pastor to help prayerfully lead and spiritually guide our congregation to love and praise the Lord. He will do this by having a humble, Godly character, and will provide primary pastoral oversight of all aspects of the Worship and Tech Ministry, by giving leadership in the worship services, by training and developing people, and by expanding the growth of Worship Ministry. He will also have primary responsibility for church administration. In cooperation with the Senior Pastor and Elders he will set up administrative systems necessary to advance the church’s mission as well as specific ministry priorities set by the Senior Pastor and Elders. As is necessary in a small growing church, he will also be called upon to use his gifts in other areas of ministry as needed. More info…
My heart hurts whenever I hear stories like this. (And it seems to be quite often).
Many of you have probably heard about Pastor Bob Coy’s resignation from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale within the past week for ‘moral failures’. Bob Coy was the founding pastor of CCFL. It’s a huge church (20,000+ attendees, 10 campuses). His impact has been huge in the Calvary Chapel movement, in Fort Lauderdale, and really all over the country through his radio and TV ministry.
I always hate to hear stories of moral failure. This one, for me, hit a little more at home. My oldest son has been attending CCFL’s School of Worship for the past year. It was an especially tough weekend for him and his community. I have many feelings on the subject (and the full range of emotions, as I usually do… anger, sadness, etc.). My friend Ron Edmondson does a great job of summing up my thoughts here (We think alike, Ron).
Would you do me a favor? Would you pray for CCFL today? Pray that the church would remain strong and follow Jesus (I have every hope that they will. CCFL is a great church). Pray for Bob. that there will be full repentance and longing for restoration. Pray for his wife Diane, who has to be under extreme duress during this time, and for their teenage kids (I can’t imagine). Pray for the nearly 1,000 employees of CCFL who have been sucker punched and last their pastor of nearly 30 years.
And if you have time to pray even more specifically, pray for the teachers and students at the school of worship. Many are preparing for full-time places of ministry. While this is a horrible thing, it’s also a practical thing that they will have a front-seat for… (I realize that sounds very academic… but they will see first-hand the power of sin, and how a very large organization (or even a small one) has to deal with the consequences of such sin. And pray for my son in particular as he sorts out all of this mess.
God truly is in control. But that doesn’t make news like this any easier to bear. Ever.
Last week a Wisconsin Federal District Court judge ruled that the pastoral housing allowance violates the establishment clause of the first amendment. This news can be quite upsetting for church leaders across the country as they try to figure out how to fairly compensate their pastors, and for pastors who need to rethink their monthly budgets now that a major tax benefit has been ruled unconstitutional.
Yesterday morning, Matt Steen and I had a conversation with Mike Batts, managing partner of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee. Mike and his team work exclusively with churches and pastors, and have served as trusted advisors to members of congress on policy issues related to church finances. We asked Mike about the ruling and what church leaders need to know about it. In a nutshell, here is what you need to realize now:
Click below to watch the entire conversation in order to gain a better understanding of what this means for your church:
OK… time for a little Todd-vent.
In the past two days, I’ve received a few separate emails from people selling stuff to pastors and church leaders.
And it about makes me want to hurl. Literally.
For a couple reasons.
#1 – Their claims to church leaders are, at least to me, unbelievable.
#2 – The approach comes across, at least to me, as product-driven, money-grabbing hype.
I don’t want to be ‘that guy’.
Fact is… my friend Matt and I have been telling you about our new Ministry Briefing for the past few months. And, of course, I’d like every church leader in the world (including you) to purchase a copy each month.
But what I don’t want to be is someone that is seen in the Christian community as a salesman or a huckster, constantly trying at all costs to make that money transaction happen between your pocket and mine.
But that got me wondering.
What WOULD it look like if I decided to take that approach?
Based on the emails I’ve receive from others this week, I think it would probably look something like this (written to my co-author Matt Steen, who STILL hasn’t purchased a copy of Ministry Briefing to my knowledge)…
Frankly, I’m a little frustrated with you.
I’ve emailed you a few times in the past week telling you about Ministry Briefing, and yet I’ve never heard back from you, and you’ve never ordered. Are you ok? Should I call 911?
Regardless, I have a new problem that I need your help with this morning. As Hurricane Chantel speeds it’s way toward the Miami Coast, it will make a direct passover of the island of the Bahamas.
I received a frantic call from our IT network administrator, Rico, telling me that the hurricane would most probably be a direct hit at our main Ministry Briefing data center. The problem is, we have 50,000 copies of the latest version of Ministry Briefing stored in that data center.
“What should we do?” Rico asked.
“We have only one option,” I replied. We have to sell each and every copy before the hurricane hits the data center.”
That’s why I’m emailing you today, Matt.
As a church leader, you NEED to read Ministry Briefing. In fact, I’m not sure how you’re leading without it.
I know a pastor from Connecticut that lost his church because he wasn’t reading Ministry Briefing. And he never saw it coming.
Another friend has an elder’s meeting tonight. He called me at 4:30 this morning and begged me (yes, literally begged me) to rush him his copy of Ministry Briefing TODAY, or else he would most definitely be fired.
Don’t let this happen to you.
The hurricane is set to hit the data center at 5:02 pm EDT today. We need to get all 50,000 copies off the server by then.
UPDATE: Just got a call from Rico. We only have 42,000 copies left, so you must hurry.
If you order in the next 30 minutes, I’ll throw in this special bonus: a full loaf of sliced bread.
That’s right… you’ll be able to enjoy two of the most innovative inventions in the past two-hundred years if you order today: sliced bread AND Ministry Briefing.
Use the code SERVERDUPE to get this special offer.
And if I don’t hear from you, I’ll contact one of your elders to come over to your house to make sure you’re ok. (Because no sane person would not respond to this tremendous offer).
I’m on a plane (with my wife) to the Bahamas right now to make sure each and every copy is off our server before the hurricane (now a tropical storm) hits. Please pray for our safety.
My best to you.
Honestly… that’s how outlandish a couple of the ‘pitches’ I’ve received came off to me.
Like I said, I never want to take that approach.
Evidently it works… at least from the follow-up emails that I receive from these folks. Their product is flying off the shelves.
Maybe I’m just jealous.
But I don’t think so.
Truth is… I just don’t believe all the hype.
So… back to Ministry Briefing. No hype here. Just a simple link for you to check it out a couple of sentences earlier in this paragraph.
Matt and I have put together a resource that we hope will help (eventually) thousands of church leaders each month… and we’d love to have you join us for the ride. But we won’t guilt or hype to get you on the bus.
Christianity Today recently asked more than 1800 church leaders how much cash reserves they keep on hand. Here are the results:
How does your church match up?
Nigerian pastor Chris Oyakhilome has painted himself in a bit of a corner recently when he said that he thought that masturbation was not a sin.
He was forced to respond to the controversy on one of his recent TV shows.
Nigerian evangelists have LOTS of influence.
See if you can follow his rationale here.
How would you respond to the question: Is masturbation a sin?
Here’s how Perry responded a few years ago. (You’re welcome, Perry, for bringing this up again).
How would you respond?
Daphne Daly writes:
The fact is that yes – the Bible does say that it is wrong for two people of the same sex to be together. However, it also says that it’s wrong to take the Lord’s name in vain. The Bible is very clear on what is sin is and what sin isn’t. It is also clear that there are no levels of sin. If someone commits murder, engages in sex outside of marriage or even lashes out in anger – it is all the same. Sin is sin. The Bible clearly states that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead for our sin. He asks for very little in return. He has asked us to be Born Again. Once we have become Born Again, we are “covered by the blood” as it states. We are washed clean in his eyes. It is pretty cut and dry without religion to jumble it up… It takes love, tolerance and acceptance for people to find their path. It is certainly not our place to judge anyone because of who they have sex with any more than it is our place to judge someone for any other decision they make. If a gay couple were to sit down next to me in church holding hands, I would just be glad they were there to hear a good word. I would open my arms to welcome them just as I would anyone else. Married or not, it is none of my business. I have yet to see any picketing going on about a man and woman living together before marriage- and that is sin, isn’t it?
Ready. Set. Go!
(That means: leave a comment below on what you think of the above paragraph!)
My friends William Vanderbloemen and Tony Morgan are planning a special one-day event on how to develop healthy leadership teams at your church. Here’s the scoop:
One of the questions both Tony and William are often asked by churches is, “What are other churches out there doing?”
Bring your church staff to this one-day gathering where Tony and William will coach you through best practices of effective church leaders across the country.
We’ll be discussing leadership development topics including:
Your team will be empowered, encouraged, and receive practical leadership development tools to help grow your ministry and build the Kingdom.
Cost: $10/person – includes Chick-fil-A lunch
You can RSVP here. It all happens Thursday, February 28 at Ecclesia Church in Houston.
Hats off to Community Bible Church in San Antonio for donating $100,000 to Childress Memorial Church of God to help replace their building after a devastating fire last week.
Actually, the church has been the scene of six fires over the past two months. All are suspicious in nature.
Here’s how it went down, according to a news report:
After seeing reports of the fire that destroyed the Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ Saturday, Pastor Robert Emmitt of the Community Bible Church knew he had to help.
“I came into church and one of my pastors…said, ‘What’s going on?’ I said, ‘Well, sit down and close the door, here’s what the Lord put in my heart,’” said Emmitt.
Earlier that day, the pastor contacted the elders in his congregation to get their blessing on his idea. Once he got it, he wrote a check for $100,000 and gave it to Bishop Samuel Iglehart just moments before he led his church in its first service since Saturday’s fire.
EXCELLENT. EXCELLENT. EXCELLENT!
It’s the little things that make a difference and grow customer loyalty. That goes for business and for the church. Church first impressions make a huge difference with new people walking through the doors of your church.
Is your church going out of it’s way to give a great experience?
Matt Steen and I discuss and example of how a great business (Southwest Airlines) went out of their way to give one of their customers this kind of experience:
(Length: 6 min 31 sec)
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