Senior Pastor

Cover Letter

*Note: Applications will be accepted through June 1st, 2018. Please submit your application before then!

Dear Candidate,

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.

In the following packet, we look forward to sharing with you our collected history, vision, and mission for sharing the gospel in the neighborhood of East Lake. We continue to pray as we always have as a church, that if the Lord 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.     

Thank you,

The Pastoral Search Committee

  • Eunice Mendoza
  • Michael Lane
  • Greg Davick
  • Tom Horne
  • Amy Smith
  • Laini Huffine
  • Aner Navarro

Who We Are

New City East Lake is a special place. 

If you want to get the heartbeat of this congregation, you need to look no further than our name. 

I. NEW CITY. OUR MOTHER CHURCH. OUR DNA.

In the 60s, Chattanooga was like most southern towns – hot in the summers, conservative and Christian, and severed along racial lines. In 1968, New City Fellowship moved into the Glenwood neighborhood with a mission of radical racial reconciliation through Jesus. Ministry started with the underserved kids of Glenwood via a tutoring program, but soon entire black, white & Latino families from the neighborhood were calling this “new city” home. 

The Gospel went out with power from the pulpit. Joyful, spirited, eclectic worship came to be expected – in English, Spanish, and sometimes Swahili. Ministries sprang up for every conceivable need in the community. Sometimes our reach exceed our grasp. But year by year and by the Spirit’s grace, our church family grew in wisdom and love.

II. EAST LAKE.  “O BABY IT’S THE PLACE FOR ME.” 

In 2008, a root went out from New City Fellowship and planted itself down the road in the East Lake neighborhood. 30 or so members set themselves to the task, with the leadership of Pastor Jim Pickett and the blessing of our mother church and presbytery. Members began moving into the neighborhood. 

Caught between the heights of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, East Lake contains at least three primarily Spanish-speaking auto shops, its own schools through eighth grade, shocking crime statistics, the city’s most beautiful park, a large undocumented immigrant population, government housing projects, and Mr. Philly’s Pizza & Cheese Steak shop. 

White, black, and Latino populations share East Lake’s sidewalks and convenience stores (though the neighborhood only boasts 10,000 people, there is room for both a Big Daddy’s and a Big Poppa’s, neither of which takes cards). Southern courtesy and honest goodwill can shape interracial relations, but so can historic evils and mistrust. Walking down the street, you may be hollered at, shied away from, enjoined in conversation, or ignored.

You’ll find our church in the middle of all that – where the neighborhood and the new city meet – at the corner of 37th & 12th. 

III. OUR VISION & VALUES

In keeping with our history and the call of Jesus, our vision is:

To be a gospel-centered church
in the East Lake community, 
representing God’s kingdom
through reconciliation, justice and mercy, 
as taught by our Lord Jesus Christ in the Scriptures.

When it comes to racial reconciliation, we strive after these cross-cultural values:

To surface our unconscious cultural assumptions and majority privileges and yield them in love to others.

To affirm and endorse the assets in our community, especially the gifts and participation of minority cultures.

To accept as a body our call to the discomfort and tension in cross cultural ministry and our commitment to communicate and reconcile when it arises.

To promote diversity not as an end in itself but as an opportunity to demonstrate the love and unity of Jesus Christ through his Spirit.

Finally, in all our labor, we pursue the following church goals:

To be a gospel-centered church, anchored in the teaching of our Lord Jesus in the ScripturesProducing joyful, cross-cultural, God-honoring worship

Producing disciples who know the Bible and its application to personal godliness, starting with our childrenProducing an honest life of relationships within the church which visibly demonstrate to all the love of Jesus Christ

Producing servants of the kingdom of God who are instruments of reconciliation, mercy and justice in the community of East Lake and beyondAnd by creating a healthy church model, to promote and plant like-minded congregations in our city and around the world.

IV. OUR HOPE

From the beginning, we have put our hope together into Exodus 33:15: 

“If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” 

We hang onto the Spirit for every breath this church takes. God alone establishes the work of our hands. Christ Jesus is the head of this Body, and will present us blameless. He is faithful and will surely do it!

Job Description

Preaching of the Word

  • Preach in regular rotationCollaborate 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 congregationProvide 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 evangelismDevelop 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 prayerTeach new membership classes
  • Provide pastoral care to membersRegularly seek relationships with non-believers

Qualifications

  • ‍Embrace NCEL’s vision and have a gospel-oriented heart for cross cultural, multi-ethnic ministry in East Lake and greater Chattanooga3-5 years of experience in multi-ethnic, cross cultural setting
  • 3-5 years of pastoral ministry experienceCandidate 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 seminaryStrong preacher and communicator who can connect with non-believers and the unchurched
  • Must be dependable, team leader and self-starter with ability to take initiativeStrong communicator and relationship builder
  • Ability to mobilize and support staff, lay leaders and members in ministry and community care initiatives

Preferred

Bi-lingual (Spanish) 

Skills and 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.

Questionnaire

On a separate, typed sheet, please respond to the questions below and submit it along with your resume and cover letter. Feel free to copy the questions from this Google Doc (tip: click "make a copy" to start a new google doc you can write your responses in).

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. 

  1. ‍In 3-5 sentences, how would you outline your philosophy of ministry?
  2. What interests you in pastoring a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic church in Chattanooga, TN
  3. What are some ways that you take care of yourself spiritually and what are some of your struggles in this area?
  4. What is your life experience in working or living with people of diversity?
  5. How do you balance personal life and ministry?
  6. What do you consider your passion in ministry?
  7. How do you view discipleship in the life of a church?
  8. How do you balance ministry to those in the church with reaching out to the unchurched?  
  9. 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?
  10. What is your view of women in the church and where do you see their gifts utilized in ministry?
How to

Apply

Please send the following to apply.ncel@gmail.com

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