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Valley Grace Church

Family Pastor


Hagerstown, Maryland

About the Organization:

Valley Grace Church exists to encourage believers in their private and public worship of God, to help them grow both personally and in community with Christ, and to help provide opportunities to serve Christ in His church and the world. It is a Grace Brethren Church, which is a local assembly of believers in Jesus Christ who are a part of the larger network of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

The church is defined by its uncompromising biblical teaching. It is uniquely known for its acceptance of all who enter through its doors, and for exuding a family-friendly feel both within the walls of the church, and outside during its community outreach endeavors. With a strong foundation in teaching, Valley Grace seeks to continue its history of impact through missions-minded efforts, scripturally conservative teaching, generosity in giving, and effective weekend services.

Snapshot:

  • Weekly Attendance: 250
  • Location: Hagerstown, MD
  • Affiliations: Grace Brethren Fellowship

About the Position:

Valley Grace seeks a dynamic and gifted Family Pastor to join the team, bringing fresh leadership and vibrancy to the children, student, and young adult ministries. The Family Pastor will be a strategic, visionary leader who will oversee ministry for birth through young adults/families. He will work to build healthy families by recruiting, developing, and leading the children, student, and young adult ministry leaders and teams, as well as coordinating engaging and energetic biblical teaching and worshipping environments.

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What We Are Searching For:

The successful candidate will be a visionary leader and communicator. He will possess a proven history of work in a setting committed to reaching children, students, young adults, and families. This individual will lead with a high degree of innovation, and have the potential to thrive in a setting much larger than the current size of Valley Grace.

The ideal prospect for the position will possess the capability to successfully reach the following benchmarks:

  • Maximize reach in families evidenced by increased numbers and baptisms.
  • New energy and excitement in children's, students, and family ministries.
  • Outreach programs of the church significantly impacting the local community and student bodies.
  • Developing Discipleship and mentoring opportunities for area of responsibility
  • Strong parental involvement in the family ministry.
  • Increased number of volunteers serving in the ministry.
  • New small groups that emerge to serve the “young families” population.
  • An effective and functional curriculum implemented in the family ministry.
  • Serve as a part of the Missions Team
  • Increased family ministry event programming.

Qualifications:

5-10 years of proven leadership in children’s ministry, student ministry, or a church ministry is essential. A bachelor’s degree, with a ministry emphasis, is required for this position, although experience may be substituted for the educational qualification (having completed or progressing toward a Master of Divinity degree is preferred.) If not licensed, prospective candidate must be willing to obtain licensure within the first twelve months of employment.

About the Location:

Hagerstown lies at the gateway to the Western Maryland region and the Shenandoah Valley to the south. It serves as an entryway to the Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. areas as well as the “hub” of government, commerce, and recreation for the tri-state area. Based on the census from 2006, the city was one of the fastest growing in the country.

Historically, it was an important transportation center due to its location along major east-west and north-south routes and near a passage west through the Cumberland Gap. Today, Hagerstown is a pleasant mix of old and new with a notable downtown historic area and an unusually large concentration of pre–Civil War row homes. With close proximity to Washington D.C., there are attractive new suburbs mostly surrounding the northeast region, which differs to the working class areas that are closer to the main city. It is a very established community that is highly diverse in both age and race.

Entertainment includes minor-league baseball, the Hagerstown Speedway, and the nation’s oldest farmers market. Because of its strategic location, attractive cost of living, good labor force, and tax incentives, the area has developed a good base of light and medium industry. The city is home to The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, Kaplan College, and Hagerstown Community College.

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