Ecclesia Hollywood, Hollywood, CA
In the spring of 2005, ten people decided to take a risk. They were certain that God was telling them to go, but they did not know where or how. The “founding families” of Ecclesia Hollywood pooled their resources and hosted a service at the American Legion Hall on Highland Avenue. It was clunky and unprofessional, but there was a need and people came. Threaded in the very fabric of the church is a passion to demonstrate the love of God at home and all over the world. Within the first year, Ecclesia launched global partnerships with ministries working with the homeless on Skid Row and in Hollywood. As the church has grown, they’ve gained a clear sense of their mission to help people find family, and consequently, community groups have developed all over Los Angeles.
Ecclesia Hollywood's vision is, "Connect. Discover. Live." Their missoin is, "Helping people find their place in God’s family where we can discover and live God’s purpose together." Ecclesia provides many opportunities that allow the church to grow deeper in their faith, connect in the community, and serve both inside and outside the church. Community Groups provide a way for people to connect and experience family living on mission together. Community Groups are held in multiple locations all over Los Angeles during various days and times of the week. Children’s services for birth through 5th grade are also provided during the Sunday morning gatherings.
To continue fulfilling their mission and vision, Ecclesia Hollywood is searching for a Lead Pastor. The Lead Pastor will be the primary communicator and Biblical teacher for Ecclesia. The successful candidate will be responsible to teach culturally relevant, Biblically accurate messages during weekend services. The Lead Pastor will be responsible for effectively sharing the gospel and communicating the vision of the church, as well as leading and developing the staff and lay leadership. He will work in partnership with the Board of Elders to establish and implement the vision of the church.
The Lead Pastor will have a strong, demonstrated relationship with Jesus Christ and the local church. While education is not a predetermining factor in the selection of a new Lead Pastor, the successful candidate must be one who has demonstrated several years of professional development and oversight in full-time ministry. A bachelor and/or master’s degree from an accredited Bible college or seminary is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of working closely with church boards and staffing a team-oriented environment. The candidate should have five years or more Lead Pastor experience, optimally in urban churches of approximately 300 regular attendees or greater, as well as some direct ministry experience with young adults.
The city of Los Angeles is composed of varying major regions: Beach Cities, Beverly Hills, Downtown, Hollywood, Pasadena, Santa Monica, The Valley, West Hollywood, and Westside. Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, where over 200 different identified languages are spoken. It is also known as the entertainment capital of the world. Hollywood is a notable neighborhood in Los Angeles as the home of the entertainment industry, including several historic studios. It is also a highly ethnically diverse, densely populated, economically diverse location. Geographically, Hollywood is flanked by the nearby communities of Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, East Hollywood, Larchmont and Hancock Park, Fairfax, and West Hollywood. Nicknamed “Tinseltown,” this neighborhood is known for historical landmarks and glittering tourist attractions, such as the Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.