The Rock Church in Sparks, Nevada is seeking to hire a Senior Teaching Pastor. This position will work closely with the current Lead/Executive Pastor, church staff, leadership team and other key ministry leaders to continue and develop the vision of a grace-based, inclusionary, and affirming ministry.
The Senior Teaching Pastor will partner with the Lead/Executive Pastor, Leadership Team, and staff to establish, communicate, and implement ministry vision/mission, strategies & goals. This position will also serve as a key leader in crafting The Rock's specific service and outreach ministries.
The successful candidate must possess outstanding skills in the following areas: teaching/communicating, staff encouragement, ministry vision, and a thorough, detailed understanding of weekend service programming. This candidate will draw from the integrity and stability of his/her faith to lead by example and shepherd The Rock community.
The Role: The Senior Teaching Pastor at The Rock will champion the Vision and Values as outlined below:
Our Vision: We envision a church where everyone can connect with Christ, participate fully in its purpose, bring their friends, choose community, and give generously.
Our Values: At The Rock there are three key values that describe who we are as a unique community of Christ followers. Our values are a definition of who we are:
Wildly Inclusive: We allow people to BELONG.
Jesus was wildly inclusive, and so are we. Jesus welcomed everyone, even the misfit and the outcast. Everyone who desired it had a place with Jesus, and everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation is welcome and has a place to belong at The Rock.
Luke 5:27-32; Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11
Firmly Grounded: We give people time to BELIEVE.
The Bible is our guide as we lean into the person of Jesus. We are rooted in Scripture, which reveals the desires of God for us, and shows us that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. We are all about relational, practical and life-applicational teaching that grounds us in this life of God.
John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Collectively Growing: Growing means BECOMING more like Christ.
The Christian life is about transformation, growth, and serving. We follow Jesus and discern the Holy Spirit's call together in community. While each of us has an individual journey, the Christian life at The Rock is all about the journey . . . together.
Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 10:24-25
Lead & Teach: The Senior Teaching Pastor shall weekly lead and teach with the intent of encouraging all people to become faithful citizens of The Rock, not merely attenders or members.
Foundation & Cornerstones: The Foundation & Cornerstones of the Senior Teaching Pastor's ministry at The Rock will embrace Christ as the foundation of the church and encourage four primary Citizenship responsibilities.
I, like an architect who knows his job, by the grace God has given me, lay the foundation; someone else builds upon it. I only say this, let the builder be careful how he builds! The foundation is laid already, and no one can lay another, for it is Jesus Christ himself. But any man who builds on the foundation using as his material gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay or stubble, must know that each man's work will one day be shown for what it is.
1 Corinthians 3:10-13, JB Phillips
The Senior Teaching Pastor will encourage citizens of The Rock to implement the four fundamental responsibilities of citizenship into their personal lives:
Gather: Choosing to gather & invite friends
Groups: Connecting in community
Gifts: Expressing spiritual life through volunteering
Give: Giving generously to the vision and values of The Rock
Essential qualities of the individual fulfilling the Role and Responsibilities of the Senior Teaching Pastor of The Rock Church should be:
Character: Must embrace and exhibit the character qualities of an overseer as outlined in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
Competency: Must be able to plan, formulate, and deliver "theme-driven" messages/sermons weekly and develop teaching series' that embrace the genuine felt needs and spiritual needs of the people who call The Rock home.
Chemistry: Must be able to work with a diverse spectrum of ministry staff, volunteer leaders, and leadership team.
Collaborator: Must embody the skills necessary to operate in a consensus driven ministry. No one person sets the vision, mission, philosophy, and direction of The Rock. It's done by working as a team until like-mindedness is accomplished. Additionally, the position requires an individual who is approachable and welcoming to others.
Communicator: Must possess the orator skills to hold an audience's attention through superb planning of content, relevant context, and a relational deli