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Grace Church Bethlehem

Next Generation Pastor


Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Snapshot

Weekly Attendance: 900

Denomination: ECO Presbyterian 

Location: Bethlehem, PA

The role: The Next Generation Pastor will grow and develop a comprehensive ministry for the next generation, being the primary leader of the High School Ministry and having oversight of the Kids’ and Student Ministries at Grace.  

 

students 3 Meet Grace Bethlehem Church:

WHO ARE WE?

Grace Church Bethlehem is an all-generations church deep-rooted in our community.  We exist to glorify God and love our neighbors, powered by the good news of Jesus Christ. Throughout our history, we have been a church built on a legacy of Jesus-centered and biblically-based ministry, strong leadership, and compassionate outreach.

OUR ORIGINS

Over 140 years ago, 23 people gathered at the YMCA in Bethlehem to dream a God-sized dream about a new Presbyterian church.  The church has had many foundational moments in its growth over the years, including a move to the Center Street Campus in the 1950s, a spiritual revival under the leadership of Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie, and a campus expansion in the early 1990s. In 2016, after a yearlong discernment process, an overwhelming majority of the active membership voted to move into a Presbyterian denomination more consistent with our church’s history and our theological commitments.

To learn more about our growing ECO Presbyterian Denomination, click here: http://eco-pres.org/who-we-are/.

In January of 2018, we learned that our former location and its assets were tied to our former denomination. We now worship in our new interim Sunday morning location, Bethlehem Catholic High School.  BCHS been a welcome host and partner in ministry in this transitional period. Utilizing Portable Church, the setup has become efficient, and the equipment is state-of-the-art. About that same time, God opened the door for us to purchase and renovate our midweek campus, located strategically between Liberty High School and NorthEast Middle School.  Our Locust Street campus provides office space, Next Generation space, choir and band practice space, Bible study space, and meeting space, including a 250 seat sanctuary for weddings and funerals.

A NEW NAME FOR A NEW SEASON

On Easter Sunday, in April 2018, with much anticipation, we announced our new name.  We see God doing a new thing at Grace Church Bethlehem that builds on the DNA of our rich history, but also positions us for an exciting future. There is a sense of joy and recommitment to our calling that is obvious to all who visit our growing congregation. On Sundays, 1,000 people gather to worship and grow in our faith.  We continue to receive new members of all ages who join in our commitment to know, grow, and show God’s grace.

We believe God has called us out into our neighborhood to show the grace that we have experienced in Jesus Christ.  In our interim worship space, we have hosted special guests from Bethlehem, including Mayor Robert Donchez and Chief of Police Mark Diluzio to continue to learn and partner in the love our city, Bethlehem. 250 of us recently scattered around the city on a Saturday to serve our city in schools, parks, shelters, and ministries.

Over the next year, the entire congregation will be a part of praying and dreaming for our new future.  We anticipate that, as God leads, we will move to a new, permanent location in the next five to seven years.

students 2-1About the Next Generation Pastor:

The Next Generation Pastor will grow and develop a comprehensive ministry for the next generation, being the primary leader of the High School Ministry and having oversight of the Kids’ and Student Ministries at Grace.  

Championing the unique needs of the next generation, this leader will be a part of the senior staff in a strategic season as we look to build a new campus in the next three years and continue to grow, inviting people throughout the Lehigh Valley to find and follow Jesus Christ.

The Next Generation Pastor will: 

  • Champion the priority of “reinvesting in the next generation” at Grace throughout the church’s mission and ministry.

  • Vision and lead a vibrant High School Ministry, inviting students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Preach weekly at Sunday night student worship.

  • Bring an outward focused, “go to where the kids are” passion to the ministry

  • Supervise the Kids’ Ministry and Student Ministry staff, creating a comprehensive ministry and discipleship path from birth to college at Grace.

  • Inspire and engage staff and volunteers as disciples and leaders in the ministry.

  • Be a contributing part of leadership team.

  • Participate regularly in Sunday morning worship and other church events.

What you bring: 

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Next Generation Pastor:

Education

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Although it is not required, a master’s degree or further theological training is a bonus.

Experience

The ideal candidate will have one to three years of experience in a related field, such as Children’s Ministry or Youth Ministry. If they have not worked in a church setting, teaching or working with youth would be a potential fit.

Personal Characteristics

  • Has a strong, demonstrated relationship with Jesus Christ, guided by a commitment to following biblical principles for life and ministry.

  • Possesses a pastoral heart, a love for students, and a gift for creating community.

  • Has chemistry with our people and our place.

  • Is energized by the mission and vision of Grace Church Bethlehem and of ECO.

  • Is a team player and team builder who focuses on the good of the entire organization.

  • Can inspire others to work together to achieve ministry excellence.

  • Is energized by a fast moving and collaborative environment and an energetic Senior Pastor.

What it's like to live in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: 

Located just 1 hour and 45 minutes from New York City, and just over one hour from Philadelphia, PA, Bethlehem has all the historical town charm with large cities an easy drive away.

Enclosed within the boundaries of rearing large stone edifices and richly interspersed wooded masses stood a charming village, which positioned itself on a majestic, gradually rising frame, with the setting sun forming its unprecedented and sublime background.

This was none other than the village of Bethlehem, which was originally discovered and settled in 1741 by a religious group of the Moravian Church, who named it after the biblical town. Today, the once hidden gem is fondly acclaimed as “Christmas City, USA,” offering the perfect blend of a captivating past, and a colorful future to the cosmopolitan character of Pennsylvania and its regions.

The city remains a valued historical treasure, with its prominence being identified in six National Register Historic Districts, as well as a variety of historic sites and museums. Its longstanding active, growing, and thriving arts and culture scene has dubbed Bethlehem as one of the 100 Best Places to Live in the US (Money Magazine, 2008).

Following an authentic landscape of trade history, Bethlehem has sustained a very diverse base of technology and industrial parks, with two located within the city limits. The city’s steel capital once, upon a time, bustles with tech and biotech startups thanks to resources stemming from Lehigh University and health centers in the city’s vicinity today.

Abound with racial diversity, a vibrant lifestyle, and a strong demographic of college-educated professionals, the city was ranked in the Top 100 Best Place for Young Adults to Live by The Business Journals Organization in 2013.

In addition to the public schools, at the educational epicenter of the city is Moravian Academy, which has encouraged sound innovations to meet contemporary challenges while recognizing the permanence of basic human values among school aged students in the community since 1742. Higher education needs are primarily served through Moravian College, America’s sixth-oldest undergraduate institution, and Lehigh University, a premier residential research university, ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year. There are several other colleges in the Lehigh Valley area including Lafayette College, Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest College.

Known for its rich colonial and industrial history, the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is  experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance that promises a future as bright as its past.

Major concerts are accessible at the PPL Center in Allentown, along with triple-A baseball (the Ironpigs) in Bethlehem and AHL hockey (Lehigh Valley Phantoms)in Allentown. Bethlehem is also home of the largest free multi-day music festival, called Musikfest.  GRACE hosts a worship service each year at Musikfest.

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