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Valley Bible Church

Senior Pastor


Hercules, California

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Snapshot

Denomination: Nondenominational

Weekly Attendance: 900

Location: Hercules, California

Vanderbloemen is honored to present this role.  www.Vanderbloemen.com/jobs

The role: The next Senior Pastor will be a strong visionary who will take Valley Bible Church to the next level of making disciples who love God wholeheartedly, build relationships with other Christians, obediently follow Jesus, and influence their world. This individual will be an excellent team leader who is marked by innovation and creativity that’s necessary to effectively cast vision and develop the staff of Valley Bible. 

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Meet Valley Bible Church: 

Valley Church is an anomaly in many ways. They are 47-years old, and yet have had only one pastor. They are strong in Bible teaching, yet filled with grace in their practice. They are charismatic in their roots and passionate in worship, yet reformed in their theology. Valley is deeply committed to helping Christians grow in their faith, but also highly evangelistic in their DNA.

Take a bit of Brooklyn Tabernacle, sprinkle some Dallas Theological Seminary, Evangelical Free, and Baptist into the bowl -- put it in a strategic location with great land and facilities and unlimited potential, and you have something that begins to look like Valley Bible Church.

After leading for 48 years, Pastor Phil Howard is stepping out of the senior pastor role to make room for the next leader. This is a church that sees itself as a people, not a building. They are an imperfect people seeking to glorify God--a place where the Bible is taught and answers to difficult questions can be found. People visit Valley and stay because it feels like a place to belong from the very first day.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a leader who is deeply committed to the Word of God, and also innovative and creative in ministry approach.

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About the Senior Pastor: 

The next Senior Pastor will be a strong visionary who will take Valley Bible Church to the next level of making disciples who love God wholeheartedly, build relationships with other Christians, obediently follow Jesus, and influence their world. This individual will be an excellent team leader who is marked by innovation and creativity that’s necessary to effectively cast vision and develop the staff of Valley Bible. As a gifted teacher and preacher, he will be authentic and relatable to diverse generations. People will walk away both challenged intellectually and motivated toward personal change.

The Senior Pastor will: 

The effective Senior Pastor at Valley Bible Church will lead the congregation toward the purpose of making disciples. With the elders, the Senior Pastor will cast vision and lead the church into the next season of effective community impact and congregational growth. He will be a strong Bible teacher and will have proven shepherding gifts. The reach and influence of Valley Bible Church will grow in breadth (numbers) and depth (spiritual growth) and will become more effective than ever at reaching the next generation and young families.

What you bring: 

Education 

The ideal candidate will have a seminary background and theological training. A doctorate is a great bonus, but is not required. 

Experience

The ideal candidate will have seven or more years of experience in a leadership position. It is likely this individual has had experience as a senior pastor, or in a key associate position at a large church. 

Taken from the pastoral epistles of Timothy and Titus, certain skills or competence levels are important for this role at Valley Bible:

  • He must be able to preach (2 Timothy 4:2) and exposit the Word of God. Topical preaching is useful at times, but the church has been built upon preaching the “whole counsel of God.”

  • He must be able to manage or care for the flock (1 Timothy 3:4-5).

  • He must be able to teach (1 Timothy 3:2; 5:17).

  • He must know the major doctrines (1 Timothy 4:16).

  • He must possess the wisdom and gentleness that knows how to refute false teachers (2 Timothy 2:24-25).

  • He must lead by being an example to the flock (1 Peter 5:1-4).

  • He should be a person of prayer.

  • He is a servant leader (John 13 and Philippians 2:5).

  • Submissive suffering (1 Peter 2:21)

  • Showing love (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Personal Characteristics

  • Is a man of faith

  • Has a sense of calling from God

  • Loves the Word and knows the Word

  • Loves people

  • Has a grace philosophy of life and ministry

  • Is in doctrinal agreement with Valley Bible Church

  • Has a wife who embraces her husband’s ministry and has an equal love and passion for the local church.

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What it's like to live in Hercules, California: 

Valley Bible Church is located in Hercules, California, which is part of East Bay in the greater San Francisco Bay area. The area has an abundance of great weather, and is close to both the ocean and the mountains for all kinds of outdoor adventures, sports, and experiences. Locals love Hercules for the great multicultural food, the excellent school systems, and the affordability compared to other similar areas nearby. The cities closest to Valley Bible Church include  Rodeo, Pinole, and Crockett. As a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 25,260, Hercules retains a small town feel in close proximity to the big city of San Francisco. Living in Hercules offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Hercules, there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Hercules. 

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