Connections Church of the Nazarene
Connections began in 2010 as a desire to connect people with God, focused on ‘doing church differently’ so those who didn’t previously know Jesus would feel welcome to explore a relationship with Him. We strive to do this through theologically-sound teaching, small groups that promote discipleship environments for all ages, community engagement, and service to others. We have built relationships with the community and local non-profit organizations through service and outreach; and have created global awareness through local and international mission trips. Through a variety of changes and outside influences we have endured typical struggles; and while the struggles continue, we work and attempt to grow through them as we focus on reaching those who God brings to us.
We are looking at this transition as an opportunity to refresh our vision and how we accomplish it. It needs to be a time to revitalize our structure, improve our communication, and reinvigorate our staff. We have long-term serving ministry leaders who need a clear vision of unity. We also need to move beyond the church plant mentality, and move to the next chapter of our story.
Connections wishes first and foremost to follow God’s leading in our future as His church. We are good at connecting with the community in culturally appropriate ways but must improve discipleship. We began as a portable church but have not yet been able to realize our dream to have a space of our own; with this comes week-in-and-week-out set up and storage challenges but we have an accommodating relationship with the school in which we meet. We would like to have an even greater presence in the community and impact outside our walls, and to be an environment that encourages personal spiritual development. We also recognize that organization, structure, and communication must be improved.
We are seeking a Lead Pastor who has a heart for connecting people with God, through engaging and encouraging our staff and congregation. He or she should be confident of their call and giftings, and in tune with God’s desire for them, their family, and our church. We need a leader who:
· Can balance solid, clear theology with engaging the community culturally
· Knows his/her strengths and weaknesses, and how to leverage others’ strengths, in order to equip others to follow their callings
· Can sustain organization and structure with the flexibility of meeting the needs of the church
He or she should model and promote teamwork, effective communication, and healthy conflict resolution; it wouldn’t hurt to be approachable and have a sense of humor!
Creativity, dependability, compassion, empathy, patience, and ingenuity will all be needed to learn our culture, community, staff, personalities, likes/dislikes, all the good and all the bad – and lead us down the path we know God has laid out for us, in obedience and faithfulness.