Elder of Discipleship

Discipleship; Pastor
Full time with benefits

Grace EFC

La Mirada, CA
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Job Description

The Job

Grace is looking for a gospel-hearted man to serve as a full-time member of the staff elder (pastoral) team. The position involves general responsibilities shared by all staff elders, including Christ-centered expositional preaching and pastoral care, as well as thoughtful and timely administration. With a church-wide focus on discipleship, the specific responsibilities for this position focus on the equipping, nurturing and administrating of our Grace Group network, which we view to be the main focus of our discipleship emphasis. The job also involves establishing and developing a one-to-one discipleship ministry, training men and women in evangelism, as well as serving as the elder liaison to the Grace Partnership Committee (missions board). The full job description can be viewed at https://graceevfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Elder-of-Discipleship.pdf.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position is a man who has a formal education in Bible and/or theology, pastoral experience, as well as a demonstrated love for God’s Word, his people and discipleship. He must also be credentialed by the EFCA, a like-minded denomination or willing to undergo credentialing.

The Application

To apply for this position, please send the following to administration@graceevfree.org by November 1, 2021:

  • A completed application
  • A resume or CV
  • A cover letter that includes, but is not limited to, the names and contact information for three references, as well as the answers to these two questions:
    1. What makes you a good fit for this position?
    2. In what ways and why do you especially resonate with the vision, mission, values and doctrines of Grace?
  • A link(s) to or attachments of three sermon videos (one being from the last three months)

About this Church

Grace Evangelical Free Church is mostly comprised of young families with an average attendance of over 800 on a Sunday morning. Our 2021-22 budget is 2.1 million dollars which finances a variety of ministries, including those for children and students, men and women, as well as our community, especially through the Grace Food Bank.

Grace is over fifty years old and has been formally aligned with the Evangelical Free Church in America since 1980. In 2000, Grace made three crucial changes: First, the church adopted a shared leadership model of ministry (i.e., a plurality of elders). Second, Grace formed a preaching team that shares the pulpit ministry. Third, a network of lay-led Grace Groups (i.e., home-based small groups) was vested with the pastoral care of the congregation. After twenty years, the ethos of Grace has been shaped by these three distinctives.