Weekly Attendance: 575 - 600
Denomination: Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)
Location: Prescott, AZ
About the Organization:
Cornerstone Church was started in 1989 as First Evangelical Free Church at Prescott. Started
by a small group of people that wanted a different church in Prescott, the early years weren’t
easy. By the mid-2000s, the church dwindled to about 50 people. After considering the potential
of closing their doors, Cornerstone made the decision to give it one more shot, calling a young
and inexperienced pastor named John Dickerson.
Over the next 3 years, the church exploded, growing from 60 to 500 regular attenders. In 2012,
they outgrew the Rosser property for their Sunday services. Through some divine connections,
they started meeting on Sundays at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center and became a
mobile church on the weekends. The Rosser property became the Rosser campus where
Cornerstone Ministries continued to function throughout the week.
Currently, Cornerstone is running about 600 people on Sundays and has over 40% of their adult
attenders involved in community groups and serving within the church. In the last two years, the
church has broken records for holiday attendance on Christmas and Easter. With several
months to go in 2018, the church has already exceeded their number of baptisms from 2017.
Lead Pastor Scott Savage joined the team in July 2016. He resonated with the church’s simple
approach to ministry and introduced the language of a Map, not a Menu, in terms of the
approach to programs. He also gave language to the church’s desire to be known as a church
that is For Prescott and For the World. This fall, Cornerstone will embark on it’s first
#ForPrescott Week, including community service projects with local partners.
Cornerstone focuses on four key habits, which it encourages all participants to engage. Gather
in worship, Connect in a group, Serve where you’re gifted, and Engage your circle. The Big 4 is
the focus of ministry programming and marks the simple focus of church leadership.
The church’s desire to bring cohesion and depth to their Community Group Ministry, Connection
Volunteer Teams, and First Impressions Experience has led to the creation of the Connection
and Groups Pastor role.
About the Position:
The role of the Connections Pastor is to oversee the connection and spiritual growth strategy of Cornerstone Church, under the direction and leadership of the Executive Pastor. This will require a firm grasp of the beliefs, values, and strategy of Cornerstone Church and the ability to align staff and key leadership teams with its mission, vision, and values. The Connections Pastor will lead guests to a genuine sense of belonging, involvement and spiritual growth at Cornerstone Church by meeting people where they are and leading them to next steps. They will facilitate relational connections and spiritual growth of adults through weekend guest services, groups, volunteer teams, and assimilation of new members.
What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Connections Pastor:
An undergraduate degree is required. A Bible or seminary degree is a plus but is not required.
Two to five years of business and/or church leadership experience is expected. Experience leading multiple teams is a must.
- A devoted, faithful believer in Jesus.
- Strong relational skills and a high emotional intelligence (EQ)
- Relationally accepted and connected with the church body and team at Cornerstone Church.
- A motivated leader who empowers others to lead – a leader of leaders.
- Organized and highly detail-oriented to create processes and systems in place for serving, groups, and making first impressions on visitors.
- Respected leader by their team.
- Someone who is passionate and excited about his or her job and loves coming to work.
- Builds and maintains healthy and strong personal relationships with their spouse and family, exercising a good ministry and life balance.
About the Location:
Ask nearly anyone what it is they like about Prescott and you are bound to hear about the historic character of downtown and the neighborhoods that help preserve the history of the city.
Prescott is a city in central Arizona, with a population of about 40,000 people that is a part of the “Quad Cities” with a total population of over 140,000. Downtown is a picturesque scene, with historical Whiskey Row is known for its bars and live music venues . The Sharlot Hall Museum documents the region’s pioneer-era history. To the northeast, Watson Lake is home to hundreds of bird species and a circuit of trails runs among the granite boulders and the Granite Dells dotting its shore.
Nestled at an elevation of 5,200 feet above sea level amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S., Prescott's perfect weather provides an average temperature of 70 degrees with four beautiful and distinct seasons. The landscapes are breathtaking and complete with granite mountains, lakes, streams, and rolling meadows filled with wildlife.
Prescott is an outdoors mecca, where you’ll be find abundant opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, fishing, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, golfing, and kayaking. A selection of local breweries, and restaurants give off a strong, hometown feel that keeps our visitors, young and old, coming back year after year.
Prescott, Arizona offers incredible shopping from local independent stores to the Prescott Gateway Mall. You'll find one-of-a-kind boutiques, galleries, and even charming thrift stores throughout downtown Prescott. You'll find great deals on clothing, antiques, jewelry, fine art, Western wear, American southwest furniture, crafts, Prescott area collectibles, gifts, and more.
Once the territorial capital of the state, Prescott is rich with history embodied in its world-famous Whiskey Row and abundant historical landmarks. You can relax in a natural environment filled with beauty and wildlife, or take in the history of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and cowboy forays in the most famous saloons of the Old West. Don’t forget to check out the True West and Real Adventure.
Aside from the fun cultural and entertainment aspects of Prescott, it's also a great place to raise a family: it's a moderately sized city with a small-town feel. Known as Arizona’s Christmas City, Prescott transforms during the holiday season. Residents and tourists enjoy day and evening parades, music festivals, light shows, and many festive traditions. Enjoy a family-friendly environment with parks and green spaces, or venture into nearby Phoenix for all that the city has to offer. And in a few hours, you can easily get to mountains and ski resorts.
Families in the Prescott area send their children to a mix of public, private, and charter schools, and there’s an abundance of different housing options that work for many family dynamics. Overall, with cooler weather than expected in the Southwest, proximity to both cities and mountains, and stable business opportunities in healthcare, manufacturing, or mining, Prescott is a great place to live and a fun place to explore.
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