Denomination: Evangelical Free
Weekly Attendance: 4,100
Location: Indian Wells, California
The role: The Spanish Ministry Pastor is a humble, poised, and catalytic leader responsible for pastoring the people of the Spanish ministry, championing organizational clarity and productivity for the Spanish leadership team, and Integrating the Spanish ministry with the Senior Pastor’s vision for the church’s mission.
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.
The church sits 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!
About the Spanish Ministry Pastor
The effective Spanish Ministry Pastor will:
Pastor the Spanish congregation by teaching the Word of God while also shepherding the hearts of the people for the sake of spiritual care and maturation.
Contextualize, implement, maintain, and foster growth for the discipleship pathways of Southwest for the Spanish congregation—this will include both on-campus and small groups, among other discipleship initiatives.
Supervise Spanish Ministries team and create systems for effective volunteer recruitment and leadership growth.
What you bring:
A bachelor's degree or pastoral training equivalent is required.
Preference will be given to candidates with minimum five (5) years of proven pastoral ministry experience.
High commitment to the local church and Biblical standards, while practicing theology in line with Southwest’s Doctrinal Statements.
Meet the requirements of pastoral ministry with respect to Ezekiel 34, Acts 20:28, and 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
A Pastor’s heart that is knowledgeable of and sensitive to the Spanish-speaking community’s issues and concerns. Must have passion, energy, and capacity to see people mature in Christ, reach the community for Christ, and meet the spiritual and physical needs of others.
Proven teaching and training skills.
Excellent bilingual skills for both the Spanish and English languages.
Proven experience working with a Spanish-speaking congregation.
Proven experience of leading teams, recruiting volunteers and preaching effectively in both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking contexts.
Team player’s mindset with excitement to integrate the Spanish speaking community to the English speaking community of Southwest as much as possible.
Able to confidently use computer software and programs such as Word, Excel, Apple platforms, and easily learn web-based systems.
Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and occasionally lift up to 40 lbs. without restrictions.
Experience in ministry - ability to preach/teach God’s word and provide leadership development outlets for the Spanish team, group leaders and new leaders.
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. As of July 1, 2017, the estimated city population was 5,404.
Indian Wells is part of the Desert Sands Unified School District, which provides comprehensive educational programs and services. The highly-rated Gerald R. Ford Elementary School is located in Indian Wells. Students attend middle school and high school in neighboring communities. The Coachella Valley is also home to a number of outstanding private academic institutions. Residents can access higher education opportunities, including adult learning programs, at the Palm Desert satellite campuses of the University of California, San Bernardino California State University, Riverside University of Phoenix in Palm Desert, or California College of the Desert. Residents also have access to a full spectrum of health care services at Eisenhower Medical Center’s main campus located in nearby Rancho Mirage. The Coachella Valley is also home to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs and John K. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio, as well as physicians and allied health professionals in nearly all medical disciplines.
Explore the natural beauty of the oasis, whether at a national park, nature preserve or even a zoo. 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.
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