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The Ridge

Connections Pastor

Columbus, Indiana

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Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 1,200

Location: Columbus, Indiana

The Role: The Connections Pastor will be responsible for building, mentoring and motivating teams of volunteers at The Ridge and serve as an integral member of the church staff.

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Meet The Ridge:

The Ridge began as a traditional Bible church in the 1950s.  The church had a rich heritage of Bible teaching and youth ministry. However, the most-recent God-led journey for The Ridge began in 2008 and was driven by the vision “to do whatever it takes to reach our community for Christ.” That vision required significant changes in values and strategy. This included a name change in 2008 and relocation in 2013. The church grew during that time from 300 to 1200. Much of that growth has been the result of the vision—reaching people who had not been going to church.  

Being a church for people who don’t like church or who have given up on church is one of the highest values at The Ridge. Connecting people to the church through groups, serving, and giving is also a high value, so that people can become more like Jesus.


About the Connections Pastor:

The Ridge is looking for a team player who embodies the work ethic and spiritual passion in doing “whatever it takes” to reach the Columbus, IN community for Christ. The ideal candidate will be a committed follower of Christ, have demonstrated leadership capacity, and be highly relational. He will be responsible for building, mentoring and motivating teams of volunteers at The Ridge and serve as an integral member of the church staff. Also important to this role is the ability to teach the Word of God with clarity, creativity, and relevance. The ideal candidate will live out the ethos of The Ridge, embodying the message that nothing matters if people don’t matter, and believe that they are the key to making that possible. 

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The Connections Pastor Will: 


  • Lead effective systems that engage the people of The Ridge in healthy life groups, including the development of leaders, coaches, and engagement in groups.

  • Oversee and develop spiritual formation tools and approaches, such as the Ridge Reading Challenge, Cultivate, devotionals, and other growth opportunities.


  • Lead effective volunteer teams inside The Ridge for First Impressions and Safety, to be measured by the numbers and quality of people volunteering.

  • Initiate and lead effective volunteer opportunities as on-ramps for people to use skills and gifts.

  • Champion all areas of volunteering, including supporting other ministry leaders and initiatives.


  • Implement and lead a functioning, effective system to care for people within the congregation, including developing healthy partnerships with counselors and ministries, benevolence team, and other care ministries.

  • Oversight and support of care groups, such as FPU, CR, MOPS, etc.

  • Manage an effective staff and volunteer structure in support of the care approaches.


  • Teach engaging, effective, biblical messages 12-18 times per year in coordination with the Lead Pastor.

  • Be a significant contributor to the planning, programming, evaluating, and implementing of both weekend and midweek teaching opportunities as needed.

Other Expectations/Working Relationships:

  • A member in good standing at The Ridge.

  • Must attend services, participate in a life group, and give financially (a minimum of a tithe).

  • Able to embrace and desire to accomplish the vision, values, and strategies of the church.

  • Participate in pastoral care as needed (funerals, weddings, hospital visitation, biblical counseling).

  • Responsible to the Lead Pastor and managed via a work plan/performance review process.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and three or more years of pastoral experience. 

Personal Characteristics

  • Character — Must be above reproach.

  • Competency — Able to develop, lead, implement, and maintain systems that help people connect with our church and grow spiritually.

  • Chemistry — Able to fit in and work within a highly collaborative team environment and have healthy relationships and seamless fit into both the church and work culture.

  • Has a great sense of humor and doesn’t take himself too seriously.

  • Possesses a high level of integrity and work ethic.

  • Consummate team player and collaborator.

  • A humble servant leader.

Spiritual Gifts

  • Primary (essential for this position): Service, Teaching. Secondary (beneficial for this position): Evangelism, Leadership, Administration.

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

Columbus is a delightful small town (44,000) about 45 minutes south of Indianapolis.  Columbus is consistently ranked as one of the top small towns in the United States.  In 2009, “Relocate-America’s Top 100 Places to Live” noted “the city’s impeccable art, lush landscaping, a first-rate park system, and of course, the outstanding architecture.”   

Experts from the Travel Channel, National Geographic, and Fodor’s helped compile the Forbes.com list, calling Columbus an “unexpected municipal gem” (March 2012).  Forbes also named Columbus as one of the “Best Small Towns to Raise a Family” in November 2010.

Columbus is known for being family-oriented and safe, yet culturally innovative and diverse.

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