LEAD PASTOR - Maranatha Christian Reformed Church in Belleville, Ontario is seeking a Lead Pastor to preach the gospel and work with council and a staff team to minister to the congregation of Maranatha, to provide vision and direction to the church, and to reach our community for Christ. Tasks will include preaching and leading worship services, providing leadership with council to staff and congregation, directing and overseeing staff and encouraging outreach and discipleship. (see job description)
The Lead Pastor will lead a team of full-time and part-time ministry and support staff. Staff members currently have been raised up from within the congregation based on skills and gifting. At this point, the Lead Pastor would be the only ordained clergy.
The core of the congregation is the boomer generation, but the Lead Pastor must be able to understand and speak to young adults and young families of the millennial generation. He must believe that Jesus still changes lives, having experienced that in his own life. He must understand and not be afraid of brokenness in people's lives. His preaching must be solidly biblical in the Reformed tradition, led by the Holy Spirit and preached with conviction, relating it in practical ways to everyday life. He must know the reality of the Holy Spirit in his own life.
Maranatha is church home to about 800 people, including 560 members (baptized and confessing). The congregation was formed in 1953 as part of the post-war Dutch immigration, but today over half the people who call it their church home are from non-Dutch, non-CRC background, a shift that began about 20 years ago through the Alpha program at that time.
Maranatha's vision is to be a biblically functioning community through which God's redemptive purposes for the world can be realized. The church's mission is to reach the lost, restore the broken, equip the saints and release the workers.
The church emphasizes discipleship, including dealing with the deep things in our lives that keep us from being able to love God and each other.
Maranatha has a heart for the lost and the broken, strongly believing that the gospel is good news for the most broken of the broken. One of our key values is authenticity.
Maranatha also places a high value on authentic worship. The church's worship style is praise and worship, blending contemporary songs and traditional hymns but with an emphasis on contemporary worship.
Thanks to Alpha Holy Spirit weekends and hosting regional Dunamis conferences in the late 1990s, the congregation has grown in knowledge and experience of the Holy Spirit in life, ministry and prayer. We believe in the full range of spiritual gifts, including the charismatic gifts, although we practice the charismatic gifts in a low key way. We have a church culture that expects the Holy Spirit to move among us.
Our facility was built in 2008 and looks and functions like a public building - we rent to many community organizations in an effort to serve our community and build bridges to it. We currently have about 300-350 in worship on a Sunday morning with seating for about 700. Maximum capacity is 1,000.
Belleville is a small city of about 50,000 in Eastern Ontario on the Bay of Quinte about two hours drive east of Toronto. The region includes a mix of farming, light industry and commercial businesses. The population is mostly Western European Caucasian, but has been growing in ethnic and religious diversity in the last 10 years.
For more information (including a church profile) or to submit an application and/or resume, send an email to: [email protected]. Our website is maranatha-church.com. Our church profile has also been posted with the CRC Ministerial Information Service at [email protected].