Weekly Attendance: 3,400
Neighborhood: Vancouver, WA
The role: The Lead Pastor at New Heights Church will be a highly gifted teacher, communicating God’s Word in a compelling and relevant fashion while maintaining integrity to the text, championing the mission of New Heights Church, and offering a strong foundation of leadership, strategic foresight, and a spiritual perspective to the future of the church.
Meet New Heights Church:
The people of New Heights are passionate about “making more and better disciples.” As you walk into New Heights, you can’t miss their take on how to do that: deliver “Help, Hope and Home through Jesus Christ.” Giant letters spell out the phrase on the wall, it’s repeated in the worship folder, and heard often from those up front. And, as you spend time with the people of New Heights, you’ll find they make good on this offer.
New Heights’ approach of living out this mission is centered on meeting the unique needs of Clark County, WA. The goal is to pull people into an atmosphere of love so they can hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Each weekend, about 3,400 people attend one of its 12 services for practical teaching from the Bible that leans heavily on “how-to” over “ought-to.” The teaching pastor is live at New Heights Main, and broadcast to the other campuses, with the exception of the Latino congregation which is taught by a Spanish-speaking pastor. Each location is served by a campus pastor, and has live, modern worship. The campus pastors are regular contributors to the teaching ministry.
With a heart for the unchurched, New Heights understands stepping through the front doors of a church can be intimidating. It has designed its ministry structure with many “side-doors” to ease the entry into the New Heights family. A free health clinic, and groups like Single Parents and Alcoholics Victorious seek to provide support. Community outreach events like Race for the Homeless (5k/10k race), Backpacks for Kids, and Thanksgiving Table share God’s generous love with the county. And dozens of life stage and small groups provide encouragement and community along the discipleship path.
All of this is made possible through staff and lay leaders who embrace their roles as ministers of the Good News. During his 27 years as senior pastor, our senior pastor has fostered a work culture that attracts and retains highly gifted staff. Currently at about 52 in number (both full and part-time), these paid staff leaders, in-turn, develop and support volunteer leaders, thereby multiplying ministry and discipleship efforts throughout the church body.
As our senior pastor transitions out of his role, New Heights is actively praying for its new senior leader. They are seeking someone who can provide a fresh vision for this spiritually mature congregation as they reach out to grow younger generations. This leader will find a seasoned, and diverse in age, staff eager to support this vision and a healthy, stable church family that is ready to grow.
About the Lead Pastor role:
The Lead Pastor at New Heights Church will first and foremost be a highly gifted teacher. Communicating God’s Word in a compelling and relevant fashion while maintaining integrity to the text is job number one. He will be supported by a gifted teaching team, at his disposal. In doing so, he will strive to champion the mission of New Heights Church, while offering a strong foundation of leadership, strategic foresight, and a spiritual perspective to the future of the church. This man will be skilled in leveraging the influence of the leadership, staff, and volunteer teams, to further the mission of making more and better disciples.
The prospective candidate will have proven experience, either as a senior pastor or an executive level staff member from a larger church. They will ideally have a history of leading healthy teams and growing churches. They will possess a natural eye for excellence and lead with a player-coach mentality. The successful candidate for the position of Senior Pastor will carry a disposition of authenticity, which will be evidenced through their life, leadership and teaching.
What you bring:
An undergraduate degree and further theological training, such as an M.Div. or seminary degree is required for this position.
The ideal candidate will have ten to 15 years of ministry experience as a lead pastor, senior pastor, or in a similar position of leadership.
- Good Bible teacher.
- Visionary leader.
- Theological match with the church and a chemistry that “fits” with the culture of New Heights Church.
- Someone who is a leader of leaders.
- Someone who is motivated and excited by the goals for growth in ministry
- Someone who lives out the mission of creating “More & Better Disciples for Jesus”
- Someone with a passion for the lost.
- A strong long-standing spiritual journey with God, evidenced by a regular devotional life.
- His depth of connectedness with God is reflected through what flows out when teaching, speaking, and leading.
- A commitment to maintaining a high sense of integrity in doing “what is right” regardless of what it may cost.
- An ongoing, lifelong learner.
- Commitment to the sufficiency of scripture in handling everyday situations.
- If married, a spouse who is vested in the ministry of New Heights Church. She doesn’t just tolerate her husband’s ministry, but celebrates it in every way.
- Invests in personal growth and fosters this growth within his family unit.
- Values the leadership and staff culture of the church.
- Leads through consensus and collaboration.
What it's like to live in Vancouver, Washington:
Whether you look to downtown Vancouver, the surrounding suburbs, or one of Clark County’s more rural, outlying communities, you’ll find a high-quality life. Good schools, abundant outdoor beauty and recreation, a strong economy, and mild weather with equally mild people are hallmarks of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area.
Clark County includes the cities of Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, La Center, Amboy, and Yacolt. Most people who attend New Heights live in the suburbs of Vancouver. It’s the fourth largest city in the state of Washington with a population of 174,826.
Vancouver sits on the north bank of the Columbia River, the seventh longest river in the country. To the east, you see the Cascade Mountain Range with snowcapped Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood. Drive 90 minutes west and you reach the Pacific Ocean. Cross the bridge over the river to the south and you’re in one the country’s most vibrant cities Portland, Oregon. Culture, dining, shopping, the arts, fishing, skiing, hunting and so much more are all within reach.
Vancouver is a mix of relaxed, west coast vibes with family focused values. Many folks move up from Portland because Clark County schools have a solid reputation, Washington doesn’t have income tax, and homes are more affordable. You’ll find friendly neighbors, abundant parks and endless recreation. All in all, Vancouver, Washington is the ideal place to live for any couple or family.
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