Pastor of Teaching and Communication

Life Church is seeking an individual to serve as our Pastor of Teaching and Communication.

LIFE CHURCH AT A GLANCE:

Life Church is located in beautiful Lancaster County, centered between the town of Lititz (named “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel in 2013) and the historic and hip downtown of Lancaster City (named in “Top Ten Coolest U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018” by Forbes). Both walkable areas offer many delicious eateries, parks, and small businesses/shops, surrounded by a rich cultural heritage. Lancaster offers a peaceful area for relaxing or participating in outdoor activities, while also being just a quick drive or train ride from the bustling cities of Philadelphia, NYC, and Baltimore.

  • Life Church is a church-plant that has served the community of Lancaster, PA since 2010 purchasing our current 8000 square foot building in 2018.
  • Approximately 150 people call Life Church their home church.
  • We aim to be a church centered around the person of Jesus, rooted in the historic Christian tradition, and actively engaging the challenges and dynamics of living a life of faith and love in the 21st century. 
  • We are unique to Lancaster County, as a non-denominational church with contemporary worship, that also stands in full affirmation of LGBTQ+ individuals and supports the leadership roles of all, regardless of sexuality, sex, or gender identity. 
  • Currently, we meet in-person for two services, as well as streaming the second service online every Sunday morning. 
  • We offer Family Ministries programming focused on creating safe, relationship oriented environments for newborns through high schoolers to grow in authentic faith.
  • We offer Volunteer opportunities to invest in our church community and the wider community that we live within. 
  • We offer Group experiences to cultivate the building of supportive and more personal relationships.
  • The adult demographic of Life Church is primarily between the ages of 25-45 years.

OUR VALUES AND BELIEFS:

We strive to be a safe place to explore faith. 

We aim to see a growing population of people experiencing a meaningful connection with God and authentic spiritual growth.

We welcome questions in a life-giving community.

We recognize we each come to the table with our own unique stories, spiritual backgrounds, and views. We work to hold tension around differing ideas and perspectives. We know we don’t have all the answers about God, the Bible, or life and we are eager to continue seeking as a community.

We believe all people are made in the image of God and are encouraged to serve the church and community with their God-given gifts.

We value collaboration, support, and fun in ministry. 

We affirm the biblical support for full participation and belonging of all LGBTQ+ individuals. This includes all levels of leadership and service. Pastors must not decline to marry LGBTQ+ individuals based solely on their sexuality or gender identity.

We affirm the biblical support for women in all levels of leadership and in all areas of the church.

We recognize the need for anti-racist teaching and leading of the community toward racial-reconciliation.

We want to be a church where people with disabilities are more highly valued and empowered to impact change, as our understanding of ableism is growing.

We believe that if you want to know what God is like, look at the life of Jesus. 

We believe that Jesus has the power to change lives.

We believe in cultivating the opportunity to create authentic and supportive friendships. 

We believe church should be an environment able to support the exercise of worship, lament, laughter, and celebration.

Teaching & Preaching

  • Serve as the majority communicator in the weekly Sunday church service; approximately 2-3 Sundays per month
  • Craft sermons, co-create sermon series and spiritual studies that shape the spiritual direction of the church community.
  • Develop a team of preachers (internal and external) who can serve the church and provide diverse voices to the congregation.
  • Equip, empower, and work closely with the Director of Worship Arts to plan, design, and produce weekly worship services. 

Communications

  • Coordinate with staff, board, and key volunteers to create compelling and timely content for and manage Life Church’s online presence and social media outlets which include Life Church Lancaster website, weekly emails, Facebook, and Instagram 
  • Design and implement effective communication strategies to keep Life Church attenders informed and engaged in the organization
  • Manage the updating of existing brochures and other print, online and graphic materials as needed
  • Manage the organization’s website
  • Building upon the existing stewardship programs to create a robust and sustaining group of donors who financially support the church
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and G-Suite required
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, Planning Center Online, MailChimp, and/or HTML, preferred

Leadership, Direction & Vision

  • Co-Provide overarching spiritual & organizational leadership to the staff & congregation.
  • Co-Develop direction, themes, and focus of the church.
  • Co-Discern the spiritual and organizational health of the church and leading the church into health & ministry impact.
  • Co-Prepare and manage church budget, make decisions regarding facilities and use of church resources with input and partnership of the staff team and key volunteers
  • Co-Serve as a rotating member on the Board of Directors.
  • Co-Lead weekly Staff team meetings and other staff training events.

Pastoral & Shepherding Congregation

  • Offer pastoral support to individuals in the congregation during times of need.
  • Provide encouragement and wise council to congregation members as needed.
  • Administer the sacraments of baptism & communion.
  • Perform weddings & funerals as needed.
  • Creates a feeling of belonging and positive morale, fosters open dialog & collaboration among leaders, and personally invests in the staff team.

Personal Responsibilities

  • Maintain healthy work-life balance with a focus on personal emotional health.
  • Invest in relationships outside the church community.
  • Committed to personal growth & development through avenues of life long learning.
  • Give sacrificially of your income to support the vision of Life Church.
  • Keep personal relationships healthy and above reproach.

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