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Pequea Church

Discipleship Pastor

Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Weekly Attendance: 450

Denomination: Brethren in Christ (BIC)

Location: Lancaster, PA

The role: This position will provide leadership and oversight to our adult ministries. This staff member will be key in implementing a discipleship process that engages individuals in spiritual growth opportunities, mutual care, and missional investment.

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Meet Pequea Church:

Pequea Church started in the late 1800s as a Brethren in Christ Church.  During the 1920s to 1940s, the church had become stagnant and isolated from the world.  

In the mid 1950s, a change in culture took place that transformed the church.  A desire to reach the community produced growth in the church that led to building the present-day auditorium in 1974.  This addition more than tripled the space of the church, which led to a flourishing of both the Children’s and Youth Ministries.

In 2000, the worship service relocated to Marticville Middle School for eight months while the old meetinghouse of the church was torn down to make room for the present facility. Jerry Clonch became Pequea’s Lead Pastor almost three years ago, and the church has grown and continues to flourish under his leadership.

Pequea Church is excited to see how God continues to move in the church as they seek a new Discipleship Pastor to add to their team to lead the congregation, members and visitors to a deeper relationship with Jesus and worshipful connection as they see how He is working in and through them.

FullSizeRenderAbout the Discipleship Pastor:

Pequea Church is looking for a motivated leader to serve as our Pastor of Discipleship. This position will provide leadership and oversight to our adult ministries. This staff member will be key in implementing a discipleship process that engages individuals in spiritual growth opportunities, mutual care, and missional investment.

The Discipleship Pastor will:

  • Develop and execute a strategic plan for the discipleship, care, and mission ministries of Pequea Church

  • Guide and expand the small group ministry of Pequea Church

  • Lead and develop the care teams of Pequea Church

  • Coordinate Pequea Church’s regional and global mission’s activities

  • Create objective assessments of the church’s progress in disciple-making

  • Work closely with volunteers in the discipleship, care, and mission ministries to develop and implement systems for produce growing, caring, and world-minded followers of Jesus

  • Recruit, train, and support volunteer leaders, and team members in each of these three key ministry areas

  • Build intentional relationships with team members, congregants, and the local community

  • Attend staff meetings and other meetings as needed

  • Provide clear and regular communication with church staff and ministry team members

  • Other duties as assigned by the Lead Pastor

What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of five years’ experience as a staff member in a ministry leadership capacity

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in ministry or related field

  • A commitment to continuing education

Personal Characteristics

  • A vibrant faith, knowledge of the Bible and a strong public discipleship

  • A solid commitment to Southern Lancaster County

  • A passion for the spiritual growth, mutual care, and missional impact of Pequea Church

  • The ability to work effectively, positively, and cooperatively as a member of a staff team

  • An ability to teach effectively in small and large groups

  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • A passion and drive for evangelism and reaching the unchurched

  • The willingness to take risks

  • A “whatever it takes” attitude

  • The ability to interact enthusiastically, graciously, and responsibly with people of all ages

  • A high commitment to the local church

  • The ability to creatively develop and lead programs and events

  • A teachable attitude, with a desire to grow in character, faith, and skills

  • A working knowledge of adult development and current cultural trends

  • Organizational and administrative skills

  • The willingness to be a giving and connected member of Pequea Church

  • Strong verbal and written communication skill

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

Historic Lancaster County’s first cities and towns were founded in the early 1700’s. So, for over 200 years since its establishment, it has been described as an area of small and tranquil farming communities with a vibrant city center. The topography and proximity to suitable farmland and transportation helped to stimulate a stable rural economy at the edge of the City of Lancaster. The character of the communities has changed gradually over the last five or six decades from its original rural farming to include rapidly growing suburban “bedroom” communities for Lancaster City and nearby Harrisburg, the state capital.

The convenient access to the major cities adds to the desirability of living in Lancaster County. Visits to New York City (2.5 hours), Philadelphia (1 hour) and Washington DC (2 hours) are all within a short drive or train ride.  

Lancaster County has had a long history of population growth, with a current population of about 59,322 people. Convenient access to the City of Lancaster and surrounding communities has added to the desirability of living in Lancaster County, which has also contributed to the growth and trends for residential and non-residential patterns of development.

Intermingled with small streams and wooded corridors, Pequea Township continues to look for ways to manage its rapidly developing areas, while preserving some of the rural character that makes the community unique.

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