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Northwest Church

Life Groups Pastor

Fresno, California


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Denomination: Non-Denominational (Converge) 

Weekly Attendance: 1,080

Location: Fresno, California

The role: The role of the Life Groups Pastor (LGP) is to recruit, train, and care for Life Group leaders as well as monitor all groups and sign-up processes while providing pastoral care to those within this ministry. 


Meet  Northwest Church

At Northwest Church, our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus.

What does this mean?

Well, a couple of things. It means that our desire is for you to come to know and follow Jesus Christ, not a set of rules or rituals. We hope to create a space that is comfortable, welcoming, and engaging for you to be able to do this. Every Sunday, we gather to connect to God and each other. We offer a variety of musical styles so that everyone can feel comfortable. We also have a time of teaching from one of our pastors. The environment is casual and laid back. If you don’t consider yourself a religious person you will probably fit right in, because we don’t consider ourselves “religious people.” 

If you don’t consider yourself a follower of Jesus and are just exploring the idea of faith, there’s no pressure, and you are in the right place! It’s a big decision. We would love for you to spend time with us as you explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus. We would consider it a privilege to be able to help you along in your faith journey.

If you have crossed the line and do consider yourself a follower of Jesus, then you are also in the right place. We want to come alongside you and encourage you. We have a wide range of ministries and programs designed to give you the support and tools you need to experience the life that Jesus has to offer. We also hope that you will partner with us in our mission to reach other people. The gift of salvation is too good to keep to ourselves!


About the Life Groups Pastor:

The role of the Life Groups Pastor (LGP) is to recruit, train, and care for Life Group leaders as well as monitor all groups and sign-up processes while providing pastoral care to those within this ministry. The LGP reports to the Executive Pastor, working closely with him and with the Senior Pastor. The LGP serves as a member of the lead team and assists in carrying out the objectives of the church.

This requires a firm understanding of, and agreement with, the church’s mission statement, core values, and strategic objectives.

The Life Groups Pastor will: 

  • Participate fully as a member of the pastoral and ministry staff.

  • Participate fully as a member of the lead team for vision casting, ministry direction, and planning.

  • Serve as a member of the pastoral care team, on rotation.

  • Participate in various parts of the worship services and events.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Pastor.

  • Give announcements on a regular basis. 

  • Potentially oversee the Connection Ministry on Sunday mornings.

  • Recruit, train, equip, and disciple Life Group leaders.

  • Actively and intentionally connect people interested in getting into Life Groups.

  • Develop consistent and relevant Life Group leader training in various forms.

  • Shepherd and provide pastoral care to Life Group leaders.

  • Develop and coordinate church-wide Life Group launches. IMG_2248

What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree. A seminary degree is preferred for this position. 

They will also preferably have at least three years of experience in directing an Adult Life Group Ministry or Student Ministry experience with small groups. 

At least five years of ministry experience overall is required. 

Personal Characteristics

  • Has an active and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, evidenced by action, attitude, speech, and behavior.

  • Has an agreement with and affirmation of Northwest Church’s statement of faith.

  • Is a proven leader as demonstrated by past experience in building teams, managing people, and creating systems.

  • Is detail-oriented and organized.

  • Is a self-starter with a strong work ethic.

  • Has the ability to shepherd and develop leaders.

  • Is adaptable to changes in roles and responsibilities.

  • Is relational and personable.

  • Is humble and teachable.

  • Has a demonstrated ability to speak to and instruct a group of people.

  • Has a demonstrated ability to recruit, train, and lead volunteers.


What it's like to live in Fresno, California: 

Set in the hub of California, Fresno County abounds with one-of-a-kind experiences and adventure. . To experience Fresno County is to see the most outrageous views, eat the freshest farm-to-fork cuisine, behold nature’s most inspiring miracles, and to explore the most curious underground dwelling, the Forestiere Underground Gardens.

Fresno County is located in Central California. It boasts approximately 300 days of sunshine a year. It is the only metropolitan hub in California centered between three national parks, with Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia only a 90-minute drive from Fresno and Clovis. Known for its agricultural bounty, it is home to 1.88 million acres of the world's most productive farmland.

For families, great public education and affordable housing top the list of why Fresno is a great place to live. Triple A baseball is big, and it’s also within just a few hours of both the beach and skiing opportunities, for those who love the outdoors. And in the off-season, enjoy hunting and fishing in one of Fresno’s many beautiful state parks, rivers, and recreational areas. 

Fresno, a diverse community with great job opportunities and excellent education, offers a small town feel - many residents have lived in Fresno their entire lives. It’s a big town, but it feels small, and you can call it home. 

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