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Reality SF

Discipleship and Formation Minister

San Francisco, California



Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 1,800

Location: San Francisco, California

The Role: The Discipleship and Formation Minister will be responsible for leading through Reality SF's desire to be “a community following Jesus.”


Meet Reality SF:

The dream of Reality San Francisco began in 2007 when Dave Lomas and his wife Ashley moved from Bakersfield to Carpinteria to begin the process of planting in the Reality Family of Churches. Two years later, they moved to San Francisco with a core team of 13 people.

Our initial prayer meetings in Hayes Valley were full of dependence upon God and anticipation of what He might want to do. Public gatherings began at the Swedish American Hall in the Castro on January 10, 2010. Due to rapid (and unexpected) growth, we eventually hosted four services there before moving to Everett Middle School in 2014. Currently, over 90 Community Groups meet during the week throughout the Bay Area. God has been so kind to our church community, and we love being a part of what He’s doing here in San Francisco.

San Francisco is one of the least churched cities in the nation and by God's grace, RSF has grown from a few dozen people to over 1,800. Although communicating the gospel to a diverse, progressive, and creative city like San Francisco has been one of the most challenging, yet inspiring endeavors, RSF continues their mission as a community of people who have been renewed by the gospel of Jesus with the purpose of making Him known. It is their desire to communicate the unchanging truth of the person and work of Jesus Christ in a way that everyone in the city and culture can comprehend.

We are a community following Jesus, seeking renewal in our city.

We are a community of people who have been transformed by the gospel of Jesus and have devoted our lives to following Him. It is our aim to communicate the unchanging truth of the person and work of Jesus in a way that everyone in our city can understand.

Reality SF is part of a family of churches held closely together through relationship, a shared philosophy of ministry, and a deep commitment to the gospel of Jesus.


About the Discipleship and Formation Minister:

Reality SF is a community following Jesus, seeking renewal in our city. The Discipleship and Formation Minister specifically leads our desire to be “a community following Jesus.”


The Discipleship and Formation Minister will: 

The effective the Discipleship and Formation Minister will bring leadership to that vision in their role by: 

  • Leading the creation, development and implementation of a Discipleship Pathway for Reality SF. This will be a comprehensive ministry discipling people from their first steps in faith to a mature follower of Jesus.

    • The creation of this pathway will be in line with the vision given from the Lead Pastor, the elders, and the Executive Director.

    • This pathway will be a key ingredient in Reality SF being a church that is focused on people becoming rooted locally and equipped to be sent outwardly.

  • Leading, managing, and developing the newly created Discipleship and Formation Team which includes staff from the Newcomers, Community Groups, and Prayer Departments.

    • There is currently five staff leading:

      • Newcomers.

      • Community Groups Leadership Support and Care.

      • Community Groups Leaders Support and Care and Cohorts.

      • Community Groups Leadership Training, Content, and Courses.

      • Prayer Ministry.

  • Ministering to the people of Reality SF individually and in group settings.

  • Teaching courses, leadership trainings, and at Reality SF Sunday gatherings.

    • Courses and leadership trainings will be self assigned.

    • Teaching in the Reality SF Sunday gathering will be assigned by the Lead Pastor.


What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have a seminary degree and ten or more years of proven leadership experience. Experience leading and developing people and/or a team is a must. 

Personal Characteristics

  • Is a passionate follower of Jesus with a desire to fulfill Jesus’ command to make disciples.

  • Is a developer and discipler of people.

  • Can build on and improve existing systems with organization and confidence.

  • Is a leader who raises up leaders. 

  • Has an evident passion for learning, growing, and discipleship.

  • Possesses strong ministry and theological intelligence.

  • Has excellent teaching and communication skills. 

  • Is a team player. 

  • Has a proven ability to create and implement churchwide Discipleship and Formation Ministries and strategies.

  • Has a proven ability to work well with other staff to fulfill the mission and vision of the church. 

  • Has a proven ability to lead, manage, and develop staff (will start with at least five direct reports).

  • Is proven to be a team player with a unique ability to communicate clearly, works with great initiative, and thrives within the empowerment given.

  • Feels called to do ministry in San Francisco, to the people of San Francisco.


What it's like to live in San Francisco, California: 

Perched atop hills and filled-in marshland at the entrance to one of the Pacific’s largest natural harbors, San Francisco has had an outsized influence on the history of California and the United States. Originally a Spanish (later Mexican) mission and pueblo, it was conquered by the United States in 1846 and by an invading army of prospectors following the 1848 discovery of gold in its hinterland. The Gold Rush made San Francisco a cosmopolitan metropolis with a frontier edge. Over the years, the metroplex has proven itself to be a center of wealth, military power, progressive culture, and high technology.

San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination, and the industry itself has become the backbone of the San Francisco economy. The city is renowned for a number of its unique characteristics like its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, and eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. Its notable landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and Chinatown are just a few of its recognizable features. The city is also a principal banking and finance center, and the home to more than 30 international financial institutions, helping to make San Francisco rank 18th in the world's top producing cities and 15th place in the top 20 global financial centers. The city is home to the University of California, San Francisco, which is entirely dedicated to graduate education in health and biomedical sciences as well as the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco State University, the City College of San Francisco, and the University of San Francisco.

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