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Rockharbor Church

Lead Pastor

Costa Mesa, California

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Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 2,000-2,500

Location: Costa Mesa, California

The Role: Lead Pastor


Meet Rockharbor Church:

Rockharbor was founded with the vision of being an authentic, genuine, spirit-filled community of Christ followers.

Rockharbor was launched in 1997 by a small team of ambitious church-planters. In the early years, the church gathered in a community center in Costa Mesa, CA. In 2004, we opened the doors to our first permanent meeting space, a warehouse in East Costa Mesa. This would become the launching pad for many new church communities that shared the same vision. In 2009, we began commissioning leaders to plant new Rockharbor campuses throughout Southern California.

Since the very beginning, we have been a church marked by volunteerism, hospitality, generosity, mission, and creativity. We desire to be an expression of God’s radical love to all people, rooted in prayer, Bible reading, and the spiritual disciplines, seeking the reconciliation and restoration of all people and creation in alignment with God’s kingdom, and joyful carriers of God’s presence to the ends of the earth.

We continue to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit as we seek to reach every community.


About the Lead Pastor:

Rockharbor believes three stories need to come together: The story of the Lead Pastor, of the church, and of the community. The Lead Pastor of Rockharbor will be key in creating and executing the vision of the church. He will have strategies and vision for reaching the community of Costa Mesa and growing the church in both number and spiritual maturity. He will bring clear direction and new life which will breathe excitement and expectation into the staff culture. Both mission work and volunteering are central to Rockharbor so the Lead Pastor must have a heart for this as well. Rockharbor is deeply invested in the community, so the Lead Pastor will encourage involvement and develop relationships with other churches and pastors.


The Lead Pastor Will Achieve the Following Goals: 

As a Leader

  • Mentor and assist other pastors, staff, and church leaders responsible for ministries such as youth, kids, mission work, fellowship, etc. 

  • Supervise, manage, and develop the church staff.

  • Encourage all organizations and ministries of the church to carry out the mission work of Christ as supported by the church.

  • Build relational equity in the community.

  • Create and communicate clear vision and direction which can drive and create cohesion between all teachings and ministries within the church. 

As a Teacher

  • Preparing teachings in a team setting for purposes of accountability and alignment with Rockharbor’s theology. 

  • Diligent preparation of teachings, creating space to hear God's voice for our church.

  • Teaching that takes a developmental approach, with the goal of life change, and every message fitting into the larger vision and direction of Rockharbor.

  • Teaching will be done with vision and discernment, which compel the church forward in action, not simply provide knowledge. 

  • Communication of teachings must be clear, dynamic, and accessible. Teachings will contain a spiritual depth that allows entrance into it from a diverse population of people with different backgrounds and levels of spiritual maturity.


What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree is required with a Seminary degree preferred.

  • Must be theologically sound (MDiv would be highly preferred).

  • Must have 10+ years of ministry experience with at least 3 of those being in a leadership role.

  • Must have large church experience.

  • Bilingual would be a bonus.

Personal Characteristics

  • Fits culturally with Rockharbor Church.

  • Has a compassionate and servant-hearted attitude.

  • Understands team building and is able to mentor and equip others. 

  • Has a good work ethic and is passionate about God and serving others.

  • Is personable and approachable.


What it's Like to Live in Costa Mesa, California: 

Costa Mesa, California is beautiful. Culturally diverse, a hub of creativity,  and with a reputation for its vibrant and distinctive culture, Costa Mesa is a city with a close-knit community feel in the middle of Orange County.  A multigenerational city,  it is composed of mostly college students, young professionals, and families.  It is a place full of new life,  with small businesses, restaurants, and coffee shops popping up regularly.  

Costa Mesa’s communities are diverse. Each home and street has a unique feeling of its own. With plenty of parks and access to beautiful walking trails like Back Bay and the beach, there are plenty of opportunities to spend your time outdoors. The city itself has near-perfect weather, making events in the community like farmer’s markets, live music, athletic events, and the fair common year-round.

Costa Mesa’s location provides nothing but opportunity. Close to the beaches, mountains, and desert, as well as big cities like Los Angeles and San Diego, Costa Mesa’s location lends itself to leisure and adventure in every way you can imagine. It has unique shopping sites, like the retail campus The Camp, and an abundance of restaurants to try, as it is considered the culinary capital of Orange County. The dynamic nature of its location and establishments gives you the ability to spend your time in any way you desire. 

Costa Mesa is a wonderful place to root and grow. It is a place with a supportive community and much to explore and enjoy.

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