Preaching of the word

  • Preach in regular rotation
  • Collaborate with the Session on teaching and preaching schedules and themes
  • Gospel-centered, committed to helping the congregation develop a passion for the Bible and its application to life


  • Train, encourage and motivate leaders and lay members in order to build and grow a gospel-centered, missionally driven, community/ culturally engaged congregation
  • Provide support, encouragement, training and care to leaders (Elders, Deacons, Small Group and Care Team leaders) throughout the congregation, particularly to support lay ministry initiatives
  • Train and mobilize leaders and lay members in evangelism
  • Develop strategies for seeing NCEL’s congregation become a reflection of the East Lake Community
  • Counsel congregants as needed

General pastoral

  • Drive major strategic initiatives including developing ordained leaders, lay leaders, families and prayer
  • Teach new membership classes
  • Provide pastoral care to members
  • Regularly seek relationships with non-believers


  • Embrace NCEL’s vision and have a gospel-oriented heart for cross cultural, multi-ethnic ministry in East Lake and greater Chattanooga
  • 3-5 years of experience in multi-ethnic, cross cultural setting
  • 3-5 years of pastoral ministry experience
  • Candidate should be ordained or ordainable in the Presbyterian Church in America and be aligned with the core theological principles of NCEL, including its core ministry values
  • M.Div or equivalent from an accredited seminary
  • Strong preacher and communicator who can connect with non-believers and the unchurched
  • Must be dependable, team leader and self-starter with ability to take initiative
  • Strong communicator and relationship builder
  • Ability to mobilize and support staff, lay leaders and members in ministry and community care initiatives


  • Bi-lingual (Spanish) 

Skills & Experience

Excellent administrative, pastoral, communication and interpersonal skills in a cross cultural setting.  Proficient in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.) or equivalent. Ability to work collaboratively. Commitment to understanding and spending significant time in the East Lake Neighborhood in order to better understand in distinctiveness as a context for ministry.


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