The elected pulpit committee of New City East Lake is seeking applicants for a Senior Pastor position. As a church, our ministry began in East Lake in 2008 as a worship site of New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, TN, and in 2016 our petition for particularization in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was accepted by our local presbytery.
We confess boldly as a group that, “A man’s heart plans its way, but the Lord directs his steps,” and we will trust the Lord’s guidance throughout this transition.
The Pastoral Search Committee
In the candidate packet, we look forward to sharing with you our collected history, vision, and mission for sharing the gospel in the neighborhood ofEast Lake. Please download it and read through it carefully. We continue to pray as we always have as a church, that if theLord does not go before us, we do not want to go. May the Lord be ever present in all that we do and in every step we take.
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
Congregational Growth, Development, and Care through Community
- 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 other team leaders)
- Train and mobilize leaders and lay members in evangelism and ministry initiatives
- Develop strategies for seeing NCEL’s congregation become a reflection of the East Lake Community
- Counsel congregants as needed
- Commit to understanding and spending significant time in the East Lake Neighborhood in order to better understand its distinctiveness as a context for ministry
- Drive major strategic initiatives including developing ordained leaders, lay leaders, families and prayer
- Provide direction and support, in partnership with the Personnel Committee, for staff members and ministries
- Oversee and help 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
- Proven 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, communicator and relationship builder who can connect with believers and non-believers alike
- Must be dependable, a team leader and self-starter with the ability to take initiative
- Ability to mobilize and support staff, lay leaders and members in ministry and community care initiatives
Skills and Experience
Excellent administrative, pastoral, communication and interpersonal skills in a cross cultural setting. Proficient in or willing to learn Google Suite, specifically, Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Sheets. Ability to work collaboratively.
On a separate, typed sheet, please respond to the questions below and submit it along with your resume and cover letter. Please keep in mind the committee is looking to get to know you, your heart and your communication style. In other words, please do not submit a treatise in response to any one question.
- In 3-5 sentences, how would you outline your philosophy of ministry?
- What interests you in pastoring a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic church in Chattanooga, TN?
- What are some ways that you take care of yourself spiritually and what are some of your struggles in this area?
- What is your life experience in working or living with people of diversity?
- How do you balance personal life and ministry?
- What do you consider your passion in ministry?
- How do you view discipleship in the life of a church?
- How do you balance ministry to those in the church with reaching out to the unchurched?
- Assuming the congregation is made up of a diverse group of people, (racially, economically, educationally), how do you address cultural differences and choose sermon content that can meet everyone’s needs?
- What is your view of women in the church and where do you see their gifts utilized in ministry?