Associate Pastor at Bradenton CRC

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The Bradenton CRC has deep roots in the Bradenton area, and we anticipate that God blesses us with a vibrant future in Southwest Florida. We are praying that God sends a disciple of Jesus Christ to assist us in our 500+ member church. We have a blend of young and old, our worship is not strictly traditional or contemporary, and we are a creedal and confessional church in the Reformed tradition.

Since we have a variety of ministry opportunities, primarily youth, small groups, and discipleship, we are not trying to find someone who has gifts and abilities in all these areas. Instead, we ask that you pray whether the Holy Spirit is prompting you to come to Bradenton after which the search committee, with your help, determines how your gifts and talents may benefit the ministry of the Bradenton CRC.

Basic Education and Skills:

  1. M.Div. Degree / Ordained Pastor
  2. Strong Discipleship approach
  3. Relationship driven

Basic Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Reports to the Chairman of Council 
  2. Direct/Implement Education Programs: 
    1. Evaluate and allocate resources for church ministry programs

    2. Train, Motivate and Supervise volunteers

    3. Encourage and direct the formation of small group Bible studies

  3. Be the Director of Youth Education 
    1. Lead junior and senior high youth ministries 
    2. Teach Sr. High Catechism 
    3. Lead service projects 
  4. Pastoral Care 
    1. Preach an average of two sermons per month 
    2. Support the Senior Pastor duties as called upon 
    3. Serve on Consistory and Education Committee 

Core Beliefs / Basic Premises:

  1. Corporate Worship is the most important activity of a Christian
  2. We will stay true to our historical Reformed beliefs
  3. 100% Biblically based. The Bible is still 100% valid for today – New interpretations are not needed
  4. We will use the historical Creeds and Confessions to help us understand the true, inspired word of the Bible
  5. Discipleship is a command to Christians, not a program
  6. Evaluations must be done using Spiritual Maturity as the measuring stick - Focus on People not programs
  7. The 2 Holy Sacraments are Communion and Youth Baptism
  8. The “5 Solas”
    1. Sola scriptura ("by Scripture alone")
    2. Sola fide ("by faith alone")
    3. Sola gratia ("by grace alone")
    4. Soli Deo Gloria ("glory to God alone")
    5. Solus Christus or Solo Christo ("Christ alone" or "through Christ alone")
  9.  The 5 Points of Calvinism (TULIP):
    1. T - Total depravity
    2. U - Unconditional election
    3. L - Limited atonement
    4. I - Irresistible grace
    5. P - Perseverance of the saints
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