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New Life Presbyterian Church

Pastor of Congregational Life


Escondido, California

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Snapshot

Denomination: Presbyterian - PCA

Weekly Attendance: 400 | 700 (pre-Covid)

Location: Escondido, California

The Role: Pastor of Congregational Life

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Meet New Life Presbyterian Church:

Welcome to New Life Presbyterian Church! One of the realities of living in Southern California is that you have many churches to choose from as you look for one to call home. The choice is a difficult one to make. We are not the biggest church around. We are not the smallest. But we are a church committed to the central and objective historical reality of Christianity–the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Everything we do here revolves around three basic principles: worshipping the God of the gospel, growing in grace together as a church, and communicating the changeless Christ to the culture.

Why is Jesus Christ the focus of all that we do? The reason is simple. It’s because we are so grateful for the gift of salvation He earned and has given to us. Before I became a pastor, I spent 20 years working in the marketplace. But success in the marketplace still leaves a person wondering, “Is this all there is?” Author C.S. Lewis wrote, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” Centuries earlier, Augustine once prayed, “You made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in you.” They were both right. You and I were made for fellowship with the living creator God of the universe. When we understand that Jesus Christ uniquely made that fellowship possible, it makes all the difference in our lives. We delight in Jesus Christ out of gratitude for this gift of a reconciled relationship to God.

Our History

New Life started in 1977 as a home Bible study in Mira Mesa. Worship services formally began in 1978 in an elementary school in Mira Mesa with eight families. In 1979, the young congregation moved to a facility in Poway. When William Rudolph, the organizing pastor, resigned in late 1979, Dick Kaufmann was called as New Life's new pastor. Dick Kaufmann pastored New Life for 14 years. During that time, New Life moved to Escondido, purchased and constructed its current facility, planted two daughter churches, and realigned its denominational affiliation from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) to the PCA. In 1994, Dick Kaufmann accepted a call to minister in New York City at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA). In 1995, Dan Deaton accepted New Life's call to be its next Senior Pastor. Dan served at New Life for four years and resigned in 1999. Dr. Dennis Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary in California and an Associate Pastor at New Life, served as Interim Pastor. In October 2001, Ted Hamilton was called and installed as Senior Pastor of New Life.

 

About the Pastor of Congregational Life:

The Pastor of Congregational Life will require a lot of assimilation. This role will need to do well with engaging people, leading/equipping volunteers, and getting people connected. It will require strong team management. The Pastor of Congregational Life will be a discipler of people and will assist in the church’s growth both numerically and spiritually. This person will also raise up other leaders under him to assist in the continual growth of the church. This role will ensure that all life groups are healthy and that church activities and involvement in those activities are growing.

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The Pastor of Congregational Life Will: 

  • Manage life/community groups of the church.

  • Disciple and train potential leaders to head up groups.

  • Improve upon an existing system to encourage spiritual growth in the lives of church members.

  • Oversee small groups and ensure numerical and spiritual growth and consistency in attendance.

  • Develop creative solutions in moving the church forward.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • Undergraduate degree is required.

  • Seminary degree is required.

  • PCA ordained or ordainable

  • 10+ years of experience with at least half of it in ministry.

  • Some marketplace experience is preferred.

Personal Characteristics

  • Has an entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Is organized but not too restricted by systems.

  • Is very relational - a people person.

  • Has a “take charge” attitude but still displays humility.

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What it's Like to Live in Escondido, California: 

Approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego and only 20 minutes from the coast, Escondido, California is home to some major attractions, unique cultural arts, delicious culinary spots, and a charming historic downtown. Escondido is in the northern part of San Diego County and is the heart of their rich culture and history. The city has one of only a few remaining authentic downtown historic districts that contain old vintage buildings, which offer unique shops and great restaurants. With beautiful weather year-round, the options are limitless when it comes to attractions and experiences!

For instance, there is the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a non-profit wildlife sanctuary just 6 miles away from downtown Escondido. It houses over 3,000 animals and represents over 300 species. The California Center for the Arts in Escondido is another cool attraction, holding a 1,500-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, a modern art museum, dance studios, and many other facilities where various events can be held. It also provides many free community events like Independence Day Festival, Holiday Tree Lighting, and Jazz Jam Sessions. If you check out downtown on a Friday night anytime between April and September, you will run into all kinds of vintage cars dating back to the pre-70s. This is an annual ongoing event called Cruisin’ Grand where people of all ages bring their American Hot Rods, Classics, and Antiques to cruise down historic Grand Avenue. 

If you are looking for a good time that is a little more laid-back, there are plenty of outdoor activities to explore! Escondido is surrounded by 3 different lakes - Dixon, Wohlford, and Hodges. So, there are options if you want to go fishing or take a swim. You can stroll, hike, or bike the trails at Daley Ranch, which is located nearby Dixon Lake, or if you’re up for an adventure, you can hike your way to the top of Stanley Peak, which offers a beautiful view of the surroundings.

There is plenty to do in Escondido, and with the beautiful weather, great community full of history and culture, and the many shopping and dining experiences, the city has a lot to offer any person. It would make for a beautiful home and a lifetime of amazing memories!

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