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Associate Pastor for Multi-Site Discipleship-Focused Church/Nonprofit in CO & Asia
Seoul USA/.W Evangelical Church
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 04/23/2012
Categories: Church Staff - Missions/Int.
Job Type: Full-Time
The ".W" in .W Evangelical Church stands for DOTW, or Doers of the Word. This is a reference to Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 7:24, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock."
The .W Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Church of North America (http://theevangelicalchurch.org/), a Wesleyan-Arminian holiness denomination. In the spirit of the early Methodists, our church focus is on equipping member families to become "living Bibles" in their own individual spheres of influence through hearing and doing the word. Our weekly gatherings combine extemporaneous and traditional worship, monthly "do the word" training events, extensive Scripture and hymn memorization, and a family-focused system of tithing wherein each household is equipped and held accountable to distribute the majority of their tithe themselves (rather than giving it to the church to manage and distribute).
The .W Church is both a Colorado congregation and, through the aegis of nonprofit Seoul USA (www.seoulusa.org), a church planting and disciple making ministry that establishes and oversees a growing network of similar congregations in South Korea, China, and North Korea. Seoul USA serves as the North Korea program office for Voice of the Martyrs organizations around the world, as well as John Maxwell's EQUIP ministry.
The Associate Pastor/Partner Manager assists in the oversight of the .W Evangelical Church congregations, responds to discipleship training and project partnership requests from individuals, churches, and ministries around the world, and helps develop and disseminate curriculum to support these aims. Areas of responsibility include research, writing, design, discipleship, preaching, teaching, strategy, media relations, curriculum development, and administrative support. Extended international mission service is a definite plus.
Because of this three-part focus, it is essential for the candidate to be able to function equally well in a parish setting, an office environment, and in the mission field. The ideal candidate will see administration as as much a ministry as teaching and preaching, not just a necessary evil that has to be done.
It is important to emphasize that we are not an American organization operating in Asia. We are an Asian-American organization with legal organizational structure, staff, and physical offices on both continents. It takes significant cultural aptitude to work with our partners in the U.S., the Koreas, China, Russia, Europe, South Africa, South America, and Canada. The ideal candidate will be a humble learner of other cultures. So if cross-cultural learning and conflict resolution tires you out, or if a work environment that’s only partly American makes you uncomfortable, this is not likely the place and people for you.
If you feel like God may be leading you to consider the position, please:
• Submit a resume and a cover letter indicating why the position is of particular interest to you.
• Include writing and preaching samples (must be submitted electronically) that you feel best represent your work in relation to the requirements of this position.
• Share information on your background in field work, international mission work, and cross-cultural experience.
• Share a statement of your competency in project management and office work.
• Share a statement of your competency in electronic media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, project management and office productivity software).
An inquiry form inquiring about personal ministry background and spiritual maturity will be sent to qualified candidates. So, in other words, candidates who are casually interested ought not to apply. This is serious work, and we believe that even the application should be a part of a serious process of spiritual discernment wherein only those who sense a genuine ministry calling to this kind of work should apply.
We are seeking to have the Associate Pastor/Partner Manager in place in early summer.