Weekly attendance: 2500
Neighborhood: Chino, California
The role: The primary responsibility of the Lead Pastor is to oversee all aspects of ministry throughout IHC. It is expected they will help identify, recruit, develop, and shepherd the staff so the church thrives in all areas as an effective Great Commission church. The Lead Pastor serves as the chief under-shepherd of IHC and is the primary “face” and leader of the church.
Meet Inland Hills Church:
The dream began when founding pastor, Dave Stoecklein, and his wife, Carol, decided to put action to the vision they couldn’t get away from. That vision was planting a contemporary, relevant church for unchurched people in Chino Hills and the surrounding areas. After serving as Associate Pastor for seven and a half years in nearby Chino, Dave and Carol accepted God’s call to plant a new church. A core group of 13 adults began to pray, dream, study, and strategically prepare for the launching of Inland Hills Church.
With minimal financial funding and a few people, but with a strategic vision, Inland Hills Church began services on February 3, 1991, with 266 people in attendance. As a passionate community of faith and with a missional purpose to fulfill the Great Commission, IHC went forward to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. They were reaching seekers and building believers. The Ecclesia, the church called Inland Hills, was on all cylinders with an Acts 2 desired purpose.
At the end of one year, the church grew from 15 members to 500. God continued to use His church to lead people into a real and growing relationship with Himself. In September of 1991, the staff office moved from Dave’s one-car garage to 6600 square feet of office space in an industrial complex. Weekend services were held at Ayala High School, demographically located at the center point of Chino Hills. In the summer of 1999, they achieved their dream of building their own facilities and moved onto a 22.5 acre campus, which included a temporary auditorium with classrooms and modular structures as additional classrooms and offices.
A few years later, they were able to build another phase of the facility plan which included: The Studio (a 300 seat facility used for multipurpose needs), more temporary space for the Children’s Ministry (which will one day be called The Gym), and a two-story office structure. All this was made possible due to the faithful giving of the members of IHC. Future campus plans include an outdoor amphitheater, a chapel, and a main auditorium.
Now into their third decade as a church, Inland Hills has literally seen thousands of people come to know Jesus Christ in a personal relationship, and they have seen changed lives that only God and His church can produce.
Although the church is grieving the loss of their beloved lead pastor who died this summer, they are hopeful about the future. They are committed more than ever to impacting the world for the redemptive cause of Christ, to be salt and light in the world, to be fishers of men and women, to equip God’s people for works of ministry, and help them grow to full maturity. They believe the Church is the hope of the world. Their primary goal is to continue reaching out to people who are spiritually lost and help develop people by plugging them into small group relationships where real biblical community and life-change occurs.
Inland Hills is ripe for a pastor who will build on an amazing legacy, and help lead a healthy church to become even more impactful in the years ahead.
About the Lead Pastor:
The primary responsibility of the Lead Pastor is to oversee all aspects of ministry throughout IHC. It is expected they will help identify, recruit, develop, and shepherd the staff so the church thrives in all areas as an effective Great Commission church. The Lead Pastor serves as the chief under-shepherd of IHC and is the primary “face” and leader of the church.
The Lead Pastor will:
Fulfill the calling as primary weekend preacher/teacher and vision caster as well as demonstrate other ministerial gifts so that IHC is prevailing in its mission, vision, strategy, and structure
Oversee everything concerning the internal and external controls of IHC
Uphold and operate within the established bylaws of IHC
Uphold and operate within the established Board of Directors handbook
Be involved in the hiring and firing of staff on an as-needed basis
Be the main voice in the raising of all monies necessary to allow the church to live out the vision
Pastor the staff and their families
Be mindful of, measure, and fill their spiritual, emotional, and physical tank
What you bring:
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Lead Pastor:
A bachelor’s degree is required, and a seminary degree or further theological training is preferred for this role.
The ideal candidate for this role will have prior experience as a Lead Pastor.
Is a strong leader and visionary.
Is relatable and approachable, and a good listener.
Is a highly gifted communicator.
Is relationally healthy and understands the important balance of transparency and confidentiality in sacred spaces.
Is not afraid to trust the staff and leadership.
Is comfortable delegating, and leads with a collaborative spirit.
Encourages people, loves to help people win, and equips them to try things and learn from their mistakes.
Lives in a spirit of authenticity and has a realness about who they are and their life.
Can develop leaders of leaders, and equips others to speak, lead, or teach.
Has a heart for students and a passion to see students come to Christ.
Shows humility when it comes to their leadership and their spiritual gifts.
What it's like to live in Chino, California:
Best known for its small town charm and prime Southern California location, Chino is nestled in the western Inland Empire in San Bernardino County. It borders Los Angeles and Riverside Counties and is only two miles from the border of Orange County. This location offers access to international shipping ports, large fulfillment centers, private and international airports, and access to major freeways. Chino is a community rich in tradition, culture, and diversity. Today, Chino benefits from a well-balanced landscape with established residential and commercial areas, beautiful neighborhoods, quaint hometown charm, and a diverse business foundation. Chino has been awarded the prestigious “100 Best Communities for Youth” three times since 2008.
Nearby Chino Hills is well known for its high quality of life and beautiful rural atmosphere. The community has a population of 83,159, and boasts 3,000 acres of publicly-owned open space, 43 parks, and 48 miles of trails. Chino Hills is ranked number 34 on the "100 Best Places to Live" list by Money Magazine, thanks in part to its strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime, quality health care, a variety of activities, and true sense of community.
Recreation is a priority in Chino Hills and Big League Dreams Chino Hills Sports Park is definitely a recreation destination! This 33-acre multi-use sports facility attracts tournaments, visitors, and new commercial ventures to Chino Hills. Chino Hills is also home to the McCoy Equestrian & Recreation Center.
Hundreds of Inland Hills members drive from Eastvale--one of the newest cities in Western Riverside County. Eastvale was incorporated on October 1, 2010 and has an ever-growing population of over 63,000 residents, making Eastvale one of the fastest growing cities in the State of California. Eastvale is centrally located to major interstates and travel routes, making access easy for residents, visitors, and businesses alike. Residents and visitors find the proximity of Ontario (California) International Airport to be a metropolitan advantage yet enjoy the small-town, neighborly charm of the young community.
The landscape of the community has changed over the years from a former dairy enclave to a diverse, well-appointed community with highly desired amenities. With eight newly constructed, modern, award-winning schools and 13 beautiful parks, Eastvale stands as the premiere location to raise a family and enjoy business success. The variety of the surrounding communities provides for a diversified consumer base and a culturally enriched experience.
Known as one of California’s “best kept secrets,” the communities surrounding Inland Hills are a great place to visit and an even better place to live for any family or young professional.
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