Posts by Sam Hamstra

Lead Pastor Opportunity (Edina, MN)

Calvary Christian Reformed Church (Edina, MN) awaits the arrival of a Lead Pastor (LP), a person responsible for preaching, shepherding, and leadership. As a preacher, the LP will prepare biblically relevant sermons, as well as planning and leading engaging worship services. As a shepherd, the LP will express love for the flock by providing spiritual…

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Children’s Ministry Director – South Bend/Mishawaka Region

River Valley Church, a vibrant and growing congregation serving the South Bend – Mishawaka (IN) region, looks forward to adding a a new member to its ministry team: a Children’s Ministry Director. In this full-time position, the CMD will provide leadership and direction for a dynamic and spiritually formative ministry to hundreds of children linked…

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GRIP Outreach for Youth: Opportunities for Ministry in Chicago

GRIP is one of the best things going in the city of Chicago. Plus, its ministry to high school youth is unparalleled. Founded in 2004 with the mission to “break the fatherless cycle through Christ-centered, Life-on-Life relationships,” this growing non-profit offers signature programs such as SLAM (over 100 youth gather each Monday in a gymnasium…

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Rosewood Church (Jenison, MI) Lead Pastor Opportunity

Rosewood Reformed Church (Jenison, MI) awaits the arrival of a Lead Pastor (LP) with a heart for God, mind for truth, good communication skills, and a sense of humor. The LP will have the privilege of preparing and delivering biblical and relevant sermons to the gathered community, as well as planning and leading inspiring worship…

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Seminaries 200 Years Later & Beyond

American Protestant seminaries have been around for just over 200 years. Andover (MA) Theological Seminary was the first, established in 1807. Many followed shortly thereafter. Today, few would bet money on American Protestant seminaries surviving this century. The seminary model is simply not suited for our post-modern and post-Christian context. In short, the numbers just…

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What We Measure = What We Value

While Counterinsurgency (New York: Oxford Press, 2010) by David Kilcullen is intended for “civilian and military students and practitioners of counterinsurgency,” I discovered some insights that may help leaders of the local church. Here is one that seems helpful: what we measure reflects what we value. So, as David Kilcullen writes: Organizations manage what they…

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Pastor of Preaching, Worship and Pastoral Care Opportunity

River Terrace Church (East Lansing, MI) anticipates the arrival of a new Pastor of Preaching, Worship and Pastoral Care. This person will primarily be charged with planning and leading worship services, as well as providing spiritual care for the congregation. He or she will partner with Ken Bieber, Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship, and a…

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Forming Your Pastor Search Team

Leaders of local congregations have discovered that a strategy is but words on paper until they appoint and expect a person or group to make it become a reality. When assigning responsibility for an initiative congregational leaders usually take one of three options: the assign it to an employee or to a volunteer or to…

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Lead Pastor Opportunity Kalamazoo MI

The Third Christian Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, MI anticipates the arrival of a Lead Pastor, a person of God who will lead the congregation into a new chapter of ministry in the name of Jesus Christ. First and foremost, the Lead Pastor shall be a gifted communicator and leader characterized by a deep and growing…

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Pastor Opportunity (Pella, Iowa)

The Second Christian Reformed Church anticipates the arrival of a new Pastor to lead her into a new chapter of ministry. This person, motivated by a love for the Lord and His Bride, will lead, nurture and maintain a structure and environment for faithful and effective ministry in the name of Christ. His primary responsibilities…

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