Posts by Sam Hamstra

Lead Pastor Opportunity (Bellevue, WA)

The Bellevue Christian Reformed Church (Bellevue, WA) awaits the arrival of our next Lead Pastor, a woman or man of God who will passionately and boldly guide our congregation as we seek to be the heart and hands of Jesus in a changing and often challenging cultural context. We envision a pastor gifted in three areas:…

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Youth Pastor – Director of Student Ministries

Redeemer Church (Niles, MI) awaits the arrival of a Youth Pastor (Director of Student Ministries). The person who fills this full-time position will provide teaching, oversight, and pastoral care to all middle and high school student ministries at Redeemer Church. The ideal candidate for this position is a humble and teachable disciple who loves the…

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Associate Pastor Opportunity (Algonquin, IL)

Light of Christ Lutheran Church (Algonquin, IL) has begun a nationwide search for the woman, man or couple God has prepared to serve as its next Associate Pastor. Perhaps that person is you? This is an excellent opportunity for a pastor who desires to serve the local church as a member of a pastoral team,…

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Is it time to close our doors?

The leadership of Grace Church was facing a pastoral vacancy, a recurring challenge in the life of a congregation. They were also challenged by declining worship attendance, the absence of new members (by birth or profession), insufficient resources to call a full-time pastor, and a tired but dwindling core-group of dedicated members who felt an…

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Request #1: On Worship Attendance

Can we stop claiming it’s not about numbers while at the same time advertising our worship attendance? Have you ever asked the same question? Perhaps you were at a conference featuring the pastor of a large church. The short bio in the program informed you of the thousands attending the church. The host who introduced…

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Solo Pastor opportunity on the banks of the Mississippi

The First Reformed Church of Fulton, IL looks forward to discovering the woman, man or couple God is preparing to serve as its next Pastor. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced general practitioner, a pastor who loves planning and leading worship, preparing and delivering sermons, providing pastoral care and spiritual direction, working alongside…

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What is the mission of your church?

It was hard to admit but after several weeks of conversations with congregants, Grace Church was forced to acknowledge that their mission as a church was maintenance. They discovered that their entire purpose boiled down to keeping the church running and paying the bills.  Now there are people who get excited about maintenance, auto mechanics…

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Worship Leader Opportunity

Parkview Community Church (Glen Ellyn, IL), a nondenominational church serving the western suburbs of Chicago, is seeking its next Worship Leader. Each week this gifted artist will be responsible for creating and delivering an inspiring gathering through words (both spoken and sung) which encourages 750-800 adults who gather weekly to join their hearts and voices…

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What is the Mission of God?

What is the mission of God? Much has been written in recent years in response to this question, especially among those in the “missional movement.” From this impressive pile of literature we find agreement on, at least, this much: The mission of God is to create a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a chosen people…

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A Pastor Who Affirms But Doesn’t Agree With Every Jot or Tittle

What is of more value to the local congregation? A pastor who wholeheartedly and unreservedly believes in, agrees with, and subscribes to the doctrines of a particular church and its denomination? Or a pastor who promises to affirm wholeheartedly and not publicly contradict the doctrines of a particular church and its denomination? Granted, a congregation…

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