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New Hope First Baptist Church

Pastor of Discipleship


Cedar Park, Texas

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Snapshot

Denomination: Baptist - SBC

Weekly Attendance: 800 +

Location: Cedar Park, Texas

The Role: Pastor of Discipleship

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Meet New Hope First Baptist Church:

On October 22, 1868, God gave 9 men and women a vision to establish a body of believers committed to following Christ together, striving for the advancement of the church, contributing cheerfully to the needs of their community, and spreading the gospel to all nations. New Hope has been instrumental in the development of the Williamson County and Cedar Park, Texas area, contributing their building as a school house for free public use from 1871-1919, contributing a cemetery (first used in 1869), and contributing a permanent place of gathering, learning and growing for their community at their present location since 1879. New Hope has walked with their community through pioneer hardships, economic crisis during Reconstruction, world wars, the Great Depression and hostile social reform, and been a source of hope and support for their community and members both in the past and today.

Although we have a long, rich 151-year history, New Hope does not live in the past. New Hope continues in its mission to share the hope of Christ in our local community, the nation and the world. This body of believers provides ongoing ministry and support by meeting needs for the homeless, the orphaned (supporting orphanage homes for 126 years), the widowed, and families. New Hope has a thriving Preschool Ministry (offering a respected weekday preschool program for 34 years), Kids Ministry (offering community VBS for 75 years, plus other ministries), along with a Student Ministry for the many families moving into our community. New Hope continues to spread the gospel to all nations through international missions (student mission trips and two mission teams a year to Cuba) and weekly livestream broadcasts. New Hope is a community of genuine believers of all ages who are following Christ together, seeking to reach our neighbors, community, state, country and world with the life- changing love of Christ.

About the Pastor of Discipleship:

The Pastor of Discipleship exists to serve the church by leading the people and staff to accomplish the purpose and vision of New Hope First Baptist Church through Discipleship.

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The Pastor of Discipleship Will: 

Discover Christ

  • Establish and lead with the Discipleship Team an on-going outreach strategy through the Hope Groups and other discipleship ministries. 

  • Supervise the Next Steps Ministry aimed at helping those considering membership to discover Christ and engage in the 3D Church vision. 

  • Create and offer training for members on how to effectively share their faith. 

Develop in Christ

  • Practice and lead the Discipleship Team to practice the High Impact Volunteer process for recruiting, training and managing discipleship ministry volunteers. 

  • Oversee established Hope Groups and create new Hope Groups which have effective curriculum and training that will inspire people to grow spiritually. 

  • Establish a process to guide people into a small group experience where they can grow spiritually and develop a genuine community with other believers at New Hope. 

  • Responsible for the oversight and effectiveness of the Adult, Student, Children’s, and Pre-School ministries and their ability to grow in their relationship with Christ. 

Deploy for Christ

  • Lead the Discipleship Team in developing opportunities for members to be involved in missional efforts (current examples: community ministry efforts such as the Backpack Ministry and the Sports Camp; mission trips; The Art of Neighboring effort; ...). 

  • Make pastoral ministry visits on rotation with the ministry staff team. 

  • Assist in church-wide outreach events as needed. 

Administration Duties

  • Serve as staff liaison on committees or teams as assigned. 

  • Give direct supervision as needed to the Admin Support Staff who serve members of the Discipleship Team. 

  • Recruit, train, and supervise members of the Discipleship Team as needed. 

  • Oversee the process of annual Discipleship Team staff evaluations. 

  • To develop and administer an annual Discipleship ministry budget in accordance with the church budgeting process. 

  • Coordinate all ministry areas in the development of the church calendar and use of church properties. 

  • Perform other tasks as assigned when such tasks would enrich and enhance the mission of the church. 

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What you Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • Undergraduate degree required; Seminary degree strongly preferred

  • 5 to 10+ years of ministry experience

Personal Characteristics

  • Strong leadership skills and ability to lead a team of staff and volunteers

  • Natural love for people with an energetic and outgoing personality

  • Creative and innovative thinker

  • Knowledgeable of social media and technology

  • Sound communicator and ability to network with others

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What it's Like to Live in Cedar Park, Texas: 

Cedar Park, Texas is a suburb located twenty miles northwest of Austin, the capital of Texas. Due to its close proximity to the Austin metropolitan area, there are many events, parks, and lively entertainment available to enjoy. Cedar Park's 860 acres of park space offers a serene outdoor nature experience to those in the area. A few fun and popular activities are:

  • Exploring the Texas Hill Country 

  • Lake Travis boating, hiking and zip-lining

  • Brushy Creek Trail System

  • Austin Steam Train Adventures

  • Lower Colorado River Lake System

  • HEB Center for sports and entertainment (home of Austin Spurs basketball and Texas Stars hockey)

From hiking, water sports, zip lines, live music, sports, shopping, and great restaurants, there are plenty of activities and places for people to visit and enjoy in the Cedar Park and Austin region. The unique and growing town offers a reputable and competitive school system with exceptional public schools, private schools, and home school options. Overall, Cedar Park is a wonderful place to call home as it is a thriving community and is growing in diversity.

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