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Southwest Church

Discipleship Pastor

Indian Wells, California

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Denomination: Evangelical Free

Weekly Attendance: 2,500

Location: Indian Wells, California

The Role: Discipleship Pastor

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Meet Southwest Church:

A Gospel-centered, Multiethnic, Intergenerational church. We LOVE Discipleship! Nestled in the heart of the Coachella Valley in Southern California, Southwest started with humble beginnings in 1973. Eight believers launched a church in hopes of becoming an outpost for the gospel of Jesus Christ for the community in the desert. Decades later that inaugural momentum remains the core of our church’s vision to be a church that is centered upon the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are a multiethnic church that believes that the gospel unites all people for the glory of Christ. We are excited about the gospel exchange that should take place from generation to generation. Our mission is to make disciples and unleash believers in the world to champion the gospel in their everyday lives. 

Sitting on 42 acres that shares a property line with the famous Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. At one of the busiest intersections in the Valley, Southwest stands poised to minister to the 600,000 residents and an annual 3.5 million tourists that have made our region famous around the world!


A gospel-centered, multi-ethnic, intergenerational church. We love Discipleship.


Southwest Church is focused on discipling people to become committed followers of Jesus Christ. We desire all members of Southwest to be:

  • PLANTED (the call to salvation)
  • ROOTED (the call to foundation)
  • GROWING (the call to maturation)
  • GOING (the call to multiplication)

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About the Discipleship Pastor :

Southwest Church is seeking their next Discipleship Pastor. This leader will support the Senior Pastor’s vision by making our mission REAL in the lives of our people. As a vital member of the Discipleship team, the Discipleship Pastor will work closely with the Executive Pastor to support the Discipleship team. At all times, the Discipleship Pastor is thinking about how to get people PLANTED, ROOTED, GROWING, & GOING!

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The Discipleship Pastor's Responsibilities Include:

  • Leads and scales Small Groups & Leaders, Rooted Experience & Leaders, Compassion through Small Groups & Outreach Collaboration, and Pastoral Care (Benevolence, CR, Funerals, & Weddings, etc.).

  • Partners with Leadership Team to execute signature events that connect into small group life for: Men, Women, Marriage and Seniors.

  • Demonstrates leadership as a developer of People and Teams. Disciple the people who disciple our people by leading our discipleship team.

  • Creating systems that foster a discipleship culture at Southwest, and recruiting an army of leaders in the ministry.

  •  Establish and communicate metrics that help Southwest assess our success at being on mission. 

  • Promotes ministry programs and events as a compliment to discipleship (life on life engagement in the gospel).

What You Bring:

The following describes the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Discipleship Pastor:


  • Must be aligned with the Mission, Vision and Leadership model at Southwest Church.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading and scaling discipleship models in a variety of ministry contexts.

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have received 3-5 years of formal or informal ministerial or pastoral training.

  • Able to lead and influence people to collectively meet deadlines while managing multiple projects. Strong influencing, communication, and presentation skills. Able to work collaboratively with other ministry teams to support the ministry of Southwest Church and receptive to coaching. Must be a proactive self-starter, creative problem solver and team player. Understanding of confidentiality and proper care of personal information.

  • Knowledge of computer applications such as Word and/or Pages, Excel and/or Numbers, PowerPoint and/or Keynote, etc.

  • Physical requirements: Must be able to communicate clearly. Must be able to frequently sit, stand, walk, and stoop. Must be able to occasionally lift up to 15 lbs.

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What it's like to live in Indian Wells, CA : 

Indian Wells is a city in Riverside County, California, in the Coachella Valley. Incorporated in 1967, it lies in between Palm Desert and the resort town of La Quinta. The city hosts the sixth-largest tennis tournament in the world, the Indian Wells Masters tennis tournament, presently known as the BNP Paribas Open. The valley also hosts the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals, drawing a multitude of visitors on an annual basis.

The area is great for exploring the natural beauty of the oasis, whether at a national park, nature preserve, or even a zoo. Another uniquely Greater Palm Springs experience is a visit to a date farm—especially when paired with a date shake, a local favorite. The many museums of Greater Palm Springs offer a look at everything from historic airplanes to contemporary art. You can enjoy recreation options including ice skating, baseball, and swimming. Many Greater Palm Springs restaurants are founded on the concept of family, so you’ll find no shortage of kid-friendly eateries and dining spots in the oasis. Take Las Casuelas Terraza in downtown Palm Springs, for example; the restaurant has been serving family recipes, like Grandma Maria Fajardo's creamy guacamole, for four generations. And if you wander inside Brandini Toffee, a local family-owned sweet shop once featured on Oprah’s O List, you may even find one of the original founders working behind the counter or greeting customers.

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