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Sugar Grove Church

Lead Pastor

Goshen, Indiana




Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 1,000

Location: Goshen, Indiana

The Role: Lead Pastor


Meet Sugar Grove Church:

Sugar Grove Church is a non-denominational church that is known in our community as biblically sound and with a strong relational emphasis. Originally founded in 1849 as a part of a pioneering evangelistic denomination, the congregation of Sugar Grove faced severe testing of their theology and teaching in 1961 when the denominational leadership tried to steer them towards theological compromise. Sugar Grove persevered and restructured as a non-denominational church, even buying back their building from the denomination that had padlocked the doors.

Today, Sugar Grove maintains the faith of the generations that preceded us and now thrives as a church of about 1000 committed believers. We are a biblically grounded church with a strong commitment to the preaching and application of the Word of God. We emphasize helping each other grow towards greater faith and knowledge while showing love for one another through both words and deeds.


About the Lead Pastor:

The role of the Lead Pastor meets the biblical qualifications for an elder as outlined in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. This position works with the Elder Board to discern God’s vision for the church. The Lead Pastor will lead, and collaborate with, the pastoral team, boards, staff, individuals, and the congregation to accomplish that vision. He is a gifted communicator to effectively exposit the Word of God with relevant application to a multi-generational congregation.


The Lead Pastor Responsibilities Include: 

  • Equip members and attenders for their work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12). The main method is through public preaching and teaching of the whole counsel of God as the spirit of God gives direction. He is responsible to devote time to prayer, thought, and study to teach the word of God correctly and effectively.

  • Shepherd believers, along with the elders, through personal counsel, visitation, and rebuke when necessary. He should have an attitude of loving concern for the members and attendees.

  • Along with the elders and working with the Executive Pastor provide visionary, strategic, and collaborative leadership to the staff and congregation.

  • In collaboration with the Executive Pastor help lead, equip, and provide accountability for the staff as they carry out their ministry responsibilities.

  • Work collaboratively with the Worship Arts Team to provide creative and strategic direction for the weekend services.

  • Lead and model to the congregation a personal spiritual growth of evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral care.

  • Provide pastoral care to individuals, couples, families, and groups.

  • Attends all meetings of the Board of Elders.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Other Requirements

  • Work special events including Christmas, Easter, and other important church-wide events.

  • Attend staff meetings.

  • Attend prayer meetings whenever possible.

  • Be available on Sunday mornings and other days/evenings to help and work as needed.


What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • 10+ years of vocational ministry experience is required.

  • Some lead pastor experience would be helpful.

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree is required in the area of biblical studies, theology, or pastoral ministry.

  • It is required that the educational training is from a school with comparable doctrinal beliefs to our church. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Ability to lead well and be a team player.

  • Desire to collaborate.

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

  • Appreciation of an Elder-led church with final authority vested in the congregation.

  • Humble, honest, and authentic.

  • Good character, filled with the fruit of the Spirit.

  • High emotional IQ and self-awareness.

  • Approachable, winsome, and relatable.

  • Outward-focused and a heartbeat for missions.

  • Fun with a sense of humor.

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What it's Like to Live in Goshen, Indiana: 

The Goshen/Elkhart area has a small-town Midwest aura that feels safe and vibrant. We have a number of outdoor amenities for hunting and fishing, as well as biking and walking trails. Big-time football, basketball, and other athletic events are played nearby at the University of Notre Dame. Mishawaka and South Bend are two larger cities that are just 30 minutes away. Those cities, as well as Elkhart and Goshen, host many arts, music, and cultural events. Residents can buy locally grown food at our local farmers’ markets. The area has a number of great restaurants. We are midway between Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit, where big-city experiences are all just two to three hours away.

The Goshen/Elkhart area has a large Hispanic community, as well as a large Mennonite and Amish population. We are one of the top manufacturing spots in the country, with our manufacturers providing tens of thousands of jobs. We have some of the better school systems in our state, great Christian school options, as well as several homeschool co-ops for families.

Goshen is a thriving community and makes a great place to raise a family and call home.

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