Weekly Attendance: 800
Denomination: EV Free
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
About the Organization:
In Lead Pastor Drew Sodestrom’s words…
"I remember the first time our denomination approached us about church planting…it was over 2 years ago now (Sept. 2011). They shared a compelling argument for the need of more healthy churches all over the world—specifically mentioning the suburbs of Sacramento. But my simple reply was, "No Way!" To which they said, "What are the odds?" I responded, "2%, and my bride is 20% behind me, so around NEGATIVE 18!"
I had a dream job as an associate pastor in beautiful Orange County, California, I was an adjunct professor at Biola University, had the privilege of traveling and speaking at conferences, and was one of the preaching pastors at our church. I was at a church I loved, and a church that, in spite of knowing me well, loved me. In the seven years of ministry at RCC, I saw God work in amazing ways through a community of faith that believed there was more Joy in Jesus than anything else in the world had to offer and was committed to pursuing Him and that Joy above all else. Lives were being transformed, and I was able to be a part of it. My life was being transformed, and I was happier than I had ever been—IN CHRIST!
That’s when it clicked. I wanted that joy-filled community for others. My life in the seven years at RCC wasn’t perfect, or even close, by the world’s standards. Four of those seven years were filled with cancer treatment as my son battled cancer twice! But the Joy of Christ and His amazing Bride, which surrounded us like an army, changed our lives forever. Now, our greatest hope is to share this type of community where Christ, community, joy and scripture meet perfectly, in El Dorado Hills.
It took a while (beginning with that conversation in Sept. 2011) before we finally said yes to church planting. With excitement, we know we have found a community to dive into. A new joy-filled community of faith will be planted on the north end of town, where there were no churches, in this city that mirrors the community we left in Orange County.
In Sept. of 2013, we began meeting in an office space with a launch team of about 35 adults and 20 kids to lay the foundation of Vintage Grace. Not long after that, we began meeting as a church in February of 2014 in Marina Village Middle School.
A lot has changed since then and God has done immeasurably more than we could have ever thought or asked! As of the end of 2016, we’ve had the joy of helping plant Hope Church in Oak Park, we’re a part of two churches joining forces as one to reach our community, we moved into a newly renovated location positioned in the heart of El Dorado Hills, and we’ve experienced multiple stories of people growing in their ongoing spiritual transformation. Our God is so great! I can't wait to see what God does next in and through our church.
The thing that hasn’t changed is the Gospel and its power to transform lives. We believe we have been ushered by Christ, at the right time, with the right team to be a part of a special movement of God in this region. Come be a part of what God is doing. Can’t wait to see you soon!"
About the Position:
The primary role of the Teaching/Discipleship Pastor at Vintage Grace is to build a community of adults who are disciple-making disciples, wholly sold out to the ultimate joy that comes from fellowship with God, with the community of faith, and with those who would be followers of Christ but need someone to show them how to live that out.
What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Teaching/Discipleship Pastor:
A bachelor’s degree is expected, but a higher level of education, including a master’s degree or further theological training would be a plus.
The ideal candidate for this position will be a high level communicator with experience and knowledge of leading and teaching at a small group level. They will be responsible for regular speaking and teaching. They will likely have prior small group pastoral leadership experience in a church setting or similar ministry environment.
- Strong, demonstrated relationship with Jesus Christ and the local church. A deep and abiding passion for Christ is a must.
- Someone who has an intimacy, through practice, of spiritual disciplines.
- Faithfully committed to personally follow and apply Biblical principles, and possess a high level of integrity, guided by a sound set of ethical principles. Someone who is an exemplary Christian in all the various roles is essential.
- Leads their family with grace and truth, always pointing them to Jesus.
- A healthy chemistry with the leadership, members, and culture of Vintage Grace and the El Dorado Hills area.
- Excellent relational skills and an infectious love for people far from God.
- A gifted communicator who listens well and is open to instruction, guidance, and mentorship from others on the leadership team.
- Energetic and enthusiastic, yet able to exude a calming influence when needed.
- Proven skills that foster trust, fairness, and teamwork among staff, members, and volunteers, and a common focus on excellence in all areas.
- Someone who is both a visionary and a strategic thinker is a great fit for this position.
- A personality that attracts and makes leaders.
- A teachable, fun, and appropriately transparent spirit.
- Skilled in building and managing ministry systems.
About the Location:
The community of El Dorado Hills enjoys the type of location that Californians dream about; close to skiing, the ocean, wineries, and state parks. Located 40 minutes from downtown Sacramento and 90 minutes from Lake Tahoe, El Dorado Hills boasts acres of lush rolling hills with breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Sacramento Valley.
Local families enjoy the highly ranked schools, fabulous sports programs, proximity to Folsom Lake, and many community activities, ranging from the art and wine fairs to free, evening outdoor music performances.
El Dorado Hills is nestled in the scenic mountain foothills of the Sierras and is often referred to as the gateway to El Dorado County. With elevations ranging from 200 feet to over 10,800 feet, there is tremendous diversity in the landscape and much to discover. Rich in history and with various recreational choices, there is something for everyone.
The westward view opens to a vista of the Sacramento Valley and Folsom Lake. The higher ridges through the community offer spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is a community that offers visitors the amenities of shops, hotels, services, entertainment and restaurants that make their stay more pleasant. In the last several years, this area has seen great progress in business investments and employment opportunities. When existing businesses were polled, business owners stated the location, the residents and the quality of life made doing business in El Dorado Hills gratifying.
El Dorado Hills is an active community with many parks, playgrounds and sports fields maintained by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District.
This community is proud of its education and cultural advancements with multiple dance academies, a musical theater ensemble as well as home to many art galleries. The Folsom Lake College Regional Visual and Performing Arts Center and Harris Center for the Arts are located in our neighboring city, Folsom. The Center offers 80,000 square feet of state-of-the-art educational and entertainment space.
Recreational activities in El Dorado Hills include biking country roads, walking trails along small streams, boating and jet skiing at Folsom Lake, as well as hiking trails around the lake. Folsom Lake, with 77 miles of shoreline, is one of the most heavily used recreational areas in the state.
Driving up the hill toward the Sierra Mountains you see the prestigious Serrano Country Club which hosts the annual Chamber golf tournament. Continue east five miles on Highway 50 and you will come to the popular Red Hawk Casino; only 10 minutes from Folsom. Travel a few more miles east and visit the quaint, historic town of Placerville as known as “Old Hangtown.” Guests can then stop and relive the legendary gold rush days of this county with the gold panning activities at nearby Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in the city of Coloma located along the American River.
For those looking for adventure, be sure to experience whitewater rafting on the American River, or camping and fishing. El Dorado County is the heart of the most diversified recreational area in California with approximately one million acres of national forest. Desolation Wilderness area is the most visited wilderness area in the state. The greater El Dorado County area provides 10 major reservoirs and has 11,640 acres of lakes. Not only are there an abundance of lakes, the county boasts over 575 miles of rivers and streams that provide habitat for more than 20 known species of fish.
The Sierra provides guests with various ski areas; all within an hour and a half drive from El Dorado Hills. These areas offer both Nordic and alpine skiing.
Visitors to El Dorado Hills may enjoy wine tasting and exploring the delightful wineries that have become famous in El Dorado County. Nearby Apple Hill is host to various activities at fruit orchards, pumpkin farms, bake shops, craft fairs and breweries.
Interested in this job? Apply here.