Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Cedar Rapids Church Seeks Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Grace Brethren Church is located in a neighborhood in NE Cedar Rapids on the corner of D Ave and 29th St NE. There are approximately 13,000 people within a one-mile radius of the church building and 145,000 within a five-mile radius.

The largest age group is between 29-49 with 30% of the population. The population is 88.7% Anglo and 4.2% African-American. The Hispanic population is small but is the fastest-growing segment of the population. The population is projected to grow by 4.2% between 2010 and 2015. Education levels (high school and college degrees) are above national averages. The median house value is $91,000.

If you walk or drive around the church you will see hundreds of middle-to-lower income homes and lots of kids toys. We have a unique opportunity to be a neighborhood church that impacts lives. Our building is not large but it is convenient to the neighborhood.

We would like to reach young families in our neighborhood. In the past decade our congregation has grown older, smaller and tired. We need a fresh vision and a fresh start. We have some mature disciples of Jesus Christ that can be a valuable tool in discipling new believers.

However we do not have the evangelists or leadership to reach our neighborhood. Without this fresh start we will likely cease to exist in the next 10 years and a great opportunity to reach a neighborhood will likely be lost. We are willing to do whatever it takes as long as it is biblical and grounded in the Great Commandment.

Our future pastor will love people, have evangelistic gifts, and be able to shepherd and honor the current church family. He and his family will probably move into our neighborhood and will likely need to supplement his income with a part-time job.

He should have a solid foundation in the Word but not necessarily a seminary degree. Preaching skills are important but so are people skills and the ability to reach people for Jesus. Ours is not a heavily programmed church. There is not a lot of administrative overhead to care for. The building is in good shape. Our future pastor can enjoy a strong people focus.

If you are interested in this ministry opportunity contact &.Gene Stadtmiller at (319) 393-8548 or stadtgm@ImOnMail.com


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