About the Organization:
The Ridge Community Church is a non-denominational church located in the heart of the Woodlands, TX. After nearly 20 years of ministry in various capacities, it’s Lead Pastor stepped into launching a church that is highly relational and firmly rooted in God’s Word. The church is characterized by a strong family focus, evangelism through outreach, excellent service programming, and community impact.
Families are a core emphasis at The Ridge, and a part of its DNA. Each child and student is known and invested in, through the church’s quality children and student ministries. The heart of The Ridge is also seen in its service in both local and global capacities. Moreover, driven by the belief that one is never more like Christ than when they serve, the church encourages each person to embrace The Ridge’s heart and DNA for service, embodying it through regular service opportunities at The Ridge.
At its core, The Ridge Community Church is a church planting church and believes God uses the local church to change people, and in turn, the world. Championed by this overarching vision, the church desires to duplicate its model for the purpose of planting like-minded churches across the nation.
About the Position:
The Associate/Teaching Pastor will in many ways be the right hand to the Lead Pastor. They will serve as a primary leader for the church outside of the Lead Pastor, as they help, guide, and develop many of the systems and processes at the church. This role will require a personality that enjoys building and recruiting with a vision in mind.
The prospective candidate will be an exceedingly proficient communicator with solid theological training, ready to step into consistent speaking opportunities during Sunday morning services. They will also have the strengths to shepherd and minister in a pastoral care capacity, with the capability to assist in weddings, funerals, and hospital visitations.
In addition to the aforementioned areas, several key roles this person may be responsible for are as follows:
- Small Groups & Assimilation – Finding key leaders and getting them connected into the community
- Family Ministry – Overseeing and implementing effective ministry departments for children and students
- Outreach and Service – Developing paths to encourage people to capture the vision and serve both internally and externally
- Weekends/Tech – Oversee graphic design, web support, video, sound, etc.
What We Are Searching For/Qualifications:
Formal theological training is strongly preferred. A Master of Divinity (or its equivalent) is desired, but not required.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of growth in their previous ministry experiences. They will first and foremost be a gifted and relatable communicator, and second, understand how to build teams and develop people. They will show a high degree of drive and self-motivation, yet, a maturity and humility that is ‘teachable.’ The candidate should be able to work towards meeting, achieving and exceeding all set goals and understand the importance of consistent communication at all times.
About the Location:
The Woodlands is a master planned community just north of Houston. 44-square miles of ‘the bubble’ (as it’s affectionately called) offers many entertainment venues including two movie theaters, over 150 restaurants, a publicly accessible waterway, dancing waterfalls with music, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, the summer home of the Houston Symphony.
The Woodlands is in a heavily forested area, and much of the community has retained trees for shade and decoration. The Woodlands Waterway is more than 1/2 mile long, reaching from The Woodlands Mall around to Lake Woodlands and with wide, lighted sidewalks along both sides and Waterway Taxis. Other attractions include Market Street, an old style ‘Main Street’ pedestrian shopping district, a movie theatre and a variety of shops and restaurants. The Woodlands Mall borders the waterway and is adjacent to Market Street, forming a large pedestrian-friendly shopping district. Each of the ‘villages’ in The Woodlands has its own shopping center with a core grocery store and shops, banks, gas, restaurants, etc.
The city was largely unaffected by the ups and downs of the economy due to its diverse corporate clientele. Hospitals, major oil companies and retail make up a large portion of area businesses. Area schools consistently rank in the top of the nation and many local events such as the Insperity Golf Tournament, Ironman Texas and the Children’s Art Festival call the Woodlands home.
Many consider The Woodlands as one of the best areas in Houston. Those who seek to relocate to a place that offers a quality lifestyle to raise a family with great amenities should not have to look further. The Woodlands offer a great option for this, as well as a great environment to plant a church and reach individuals and families for Christ.
Interested in this position? Apply here.