New Horizons Community Church is seeking to fill a full time, salaried, ministry position focused on the strategic development of programs and leadership within the church. Titled the Ministry Development Pastor (MDP), an ideal candidate is an experienced people leader who demonstrates Biblical leadership in order to help staff and congregation identify, grow and carry out their spiritual gifting to see the Gospel reach Spokane, the Pacific Northwest and the world.
The Ministry Development Pastor must be a gifted and skilled leader who can mobilize people to execute the Vision and Ministry Strategy of New Horizons Community Church. It is essential that the MDP possess a demonstrated ability to lead others to use their gifts to serve in ministry, and has a proven track record of effective identification and mobilization of individuals from the congregation and the community at large into meaningful service for the Kingdom of God. A foundational belief of New Horizons Community Church is that the local church is most effective when all of its members are serving in their God designed SHAPE (Spiritual Gifts, HeartFelt Passion, Proven Abilities, Personality, and Life Experiences). Therefore, the MDP must embrace this as a core belief. It is understood that the MDP should know the Heart, Mission, Vision, and Goals of the Lead Pastor. The MDP should possess the skill-set to take the skeleton vision provided by the pastor and put flesh on it. Finally, the MDP is to be a steward of the church’s resources and the pastor’s vision.
MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT PASTOR – PRIMARY FOCUS
The Ministry Development Pastor, in line with the vision and ministry strategy as directed by the lead pastor and elders, is accountable for the strategic planning and leadership development for the following ministries:
Women’s and Men’s Ministries
MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT PASTOR – KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Support the lead pastor to facilitate the church’s annual strategic planning process:
Evaluation of staff ministry performance.
Review of church mission, vision and core values.
Development of key objectives and strategies to accomplish ministry goals.
Accountable to build an atmosphere of holiness, achievement, and the assurance of hope through the shepherding of leaders via regular prayer, encouragement and feedback.
Champion the development of leadership capabilities for ministry leaders and provide infrastructure for ministry and support areas that are effective in promoting healthy, long-term growth of the church.
Responsible for leadership development in their assigned areas through identifying and engaging high capacity community leaders in the congregation, and outside the congregation.
Ability to communicate spiritual truth in compelling and transformative ways to non-Christian guests, new believers, and maturing Christians. Cooperative and collaborative personality enabling effective teamwork.
Broad knowledge of and value for differing forms of spiritual formation and discipleship needed for a diverse spiritual community of new and maturing Christians, including small groups, mentoring, and varied forms of Christian discipleship.
Will at times speak on weekends as assigned by Lead Pastor (~6/year)
Has a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Is committed to personal growth, servant leadership, healthy relationships, and being one in spirit with the Leadership Team
Strategic Thinking – Creativity in implementing our church’s vision, mission, and values. Proven ability to organize theoretical ideas into actionable and measurable processes. Wise decision making regarding human and financial resources in a constantly growing church
Is energetic, self-motivated, and thrives on being challenged.
Has a passion for doing the work of the evangelist, the discipline of discipleship, with the Great Commission in focus
Demonstrated record of strong communication, team building and interpersonal skills
Has the needed educational training and proven experience to accomplish responsibilities of position (college degree or 4-5 years relevant professional experience)
Experience leading ministry teams (staff or volunteer)
Can demonstrate previous success and an ongoing ability in completing the responsibilities listed above, preferably in a church beyond the size of New Horizons Community Church (250+ members)
Experience adhering to and developing yearly budgets
Administrative – Professional and capable management, administrative, and leadership skills. Excellent problem-solving skills.
Commitment to ongoing personal and professional growth
About New Horizons Community Church
Situated on a fifteen acre plot of land on the southwest corner of Five Mile Prairie in Spokane, WA, New Horizons Community Church (NHCC) has been impacting lives for Jesus since 1995. “Loving Jesus, loving others, and serving our world”. That’s the ending phrase of the NHCC Mission Statement. Everything we do, every ministry we launch, every person we welcome, is approached from that perspective. We love Jesus, and through His love for us, we are able to love and serve the people around us.
Who We Are
NHCC is an evangelical Christian church, with a Wesleyan-Holiness heritage affiliated with the Churches of God of Anderson, IN and is best described as a family and community centered congregation. The largest demographic of the church’s ~250+ members are families with children in grade school or slightly older. However, there is a strong culture of generational worship at NHCC - in fact, there are multiple families which have at least three generations worshiping, serving and ministering together at NHCC. Our members come from very diverse economic backgrounds - from blue collar to established business owners and everywhere in between - all united in their love for Jesus and commitment to see Him glorified. There is a vibrant children’s ministry which draws many new families from Five Mile through events like our annual Summer Sports Camp. Our value for deep community is reinforced through our Small Group Ministry where we study God’s Word, share our lives and minister to our neighbors through “doing life” together.
Sunday mornings bring us all together through corporate praise and the study of the Bible. It is not uncommon to see members show up thirty minutes early and stay almost an hour after service in order to connect with people they haven’t seen throughout the week.
We believe that we are called to be a light in our community, not just by having a presence, but by engaging with and meeting the needs of those around us. To that end, we sponsor multiple outreach events every year. Here are a few examples:
The Holmes Sweatshirt Project: Raises funds to pay for the design, purchase and distribution of sweatshirts to every child and staff member at Holmes Elementary. For many children at Holmes, these sweatshirts are the only piece of new clothing they get every year to keep them warm through the cold Northwest winters.
Community Garden: NHCC is blessed to sit on some of the most fertile land in the Pacific Northwest. We have taken advantage of this by building and operating the Garden of Eatin’ - a community garden where church members can interact with the surrounding community while growing a wide assortment of produce.
Summer Sports Camp: NHCC’s unique take on Vacation Bible School - the Sports Camp teaches athletic fundamentals to elementary aged children while focusing on the redeeming power of Jesus.
Trunks of Treats: We annually invite the community to this event on the Sunday preceding Halloween. Besides decorated cars with candy, we have a cake walk, several games, food, and animals for the children to enjoy.
We are an elder-governed church which fully acknowledges:
“The Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate authority in the church. He exercises His authority through the instrument He Himself ordained for that purpose - the eldership. The task of elders is not to run the church themselves, but to determine how the Lord in their midst desires to run His church. In the day-to-day decisions that face the church, elders are to seek and find the mind of the Lord in any and all decisions, reached after thorough and biblically related discussion and prayer. Thus, ultimate authority in the day-to-day operations of the church is vested in the Lord and no one else.” (Excerpt from NHCC bylaws)
Our Mission and Vision: Reaching our world for Jesus and becoming His fully devoted followers through loving Jesus, loving others, and serving our world.
At New Horizons, this is at the heart of everything we do. Jesus has demonstrated His love for us in such rich grace, that we cannot help but want to impact the entire world with that same love and grace. While we are not able to speak face to face with every person across the world, we are committed to reaching out to every person we meet with message of hope and grace.
We believe that coming to a saving knowledge of God’s love through Jesus is the beginning of a lifetime of learning and growing in one’s faith. Our mission then, is to “share the journey” with believers as they grow in their faith in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus. Discipling is the process of helping one discover God’s principles and purpose for a mature faith and life. Jesus modeled the process for us and we seek to follow His example.
The Great Commandment: Jesus said, “Love the Lord you God with all of your heart soul and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40.
The Great Commission: Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20
The Essentials We Believe:
About God: God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Gen 1:1, 26, 27; Ps 90:2; Mt 28:19; 1 Pet 1:2; 2 Cor 13:14)
About Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Mt 1:22, 23; Isa 9:6; Jn 1:1-5; 13:10-30; Heb 4:14; 15; 1 Cor 15:3, 4; Rom 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
About The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. As we claim (through faith) His infilling, He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He is the giver of spiritual gifts to every believer, according to His will and purpose. As believers, we seek His wisdom, as we seek to live under His control and daily empowerment. (Jn. 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1Cor. 2:12, 3:16; 2Cor. 3:17; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 1:13)
About the Bible: The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth and authority for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired (lit: God breathed) by God, it is the truth without any mixture or error. (Ps. 12:6, 119:105-106; Pr. 30:5; 2Tim. 1:13, 3:16; 2Pet. 1:20-21)
About Humanity: Each person is made in the image of God, to be like him in character. People are the supreme object of His creation. Although every person has the potential for good, we are all marked by an attitude of disobedience toward God, called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God and causes many problems in life. (Gen. 1:27; Ps. 8:3-6; Is. 53:6, 59:1-2; Rom. 3:23)
About Salvation: Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it for it to be effective. We can never make up for our sin through good works, or earn forgiveness through self-improvement. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as God’s provision for our sin and His offer of forgiveness, can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. We demonstrate our acceptance of His offer when we turn from our self-ruled life to obedience to Jesus, in faith. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith. (Jn. 1:12, 14:6; Rom. 5:1, 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9)
About Eternity: People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally united in union with Him. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of existence. (Jn. 3:16, 14:17; Rom. 6:23, 8:17-18; 1Cor. 2:7-9; Rev. 20:15)
About Unity: We are called as a church to be in unity. This demonstrates God’s character of commitment, as He has demonstrated His commitment to us; we are to respond in the same way to one another. We are taught to be of “one heart and one mind.” Unity is not conformity, we will not allow disagreements of our essential beliefs to create division or take us off our focus. We have made it our mission as a church to be unified in the ESSENTIALS. We want to give liberty and grace in the non-essentials and to love as Christ did in everything. (1Cor. 1:10; Jn. 17:20-22)