The Southern Heights Christian Reformed Church (Kalamazoo, MI) has begun a search for a Lead Pastor to succeed Pastor Dan Sarkipato who retired in April after 22 years of faithful ministry to the congregation. The Lead Pastor will help the congregation further the development of its vision, guide its spiritual development through preaching and teaching, and provide pastoral care for the church family as it journeys together.
The ideal candidate for this position will be a gifted communicator, strategic thinker, and experienced team builder. In addition, he or she will be characterized by a deep devotion to Jesus Christ, dependence on the Holy Spirit, and a commitment to biblically-based congregational life and ministry.
Southern Heights is a multi-generational family that worships God with 150-180 people each week. “I AM THE CHURCH WHEREVER I AM” is the vision and passion of the congregation. It serves as a reminder that the church is a body, not a building. It also encourages the congregation to represent Christ wherever they go. The end result is a positive, Christ-centered influence with those they meet. Looking ahead, the church hopes to expand its influence in the community and throughout the world.
Kalamazoo is a lovely city of over 75,000 in the southwest region of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County and the hub of the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of early 350,000. Kalamazoo is famous for a lot of things. It’s a major international pharmaceutical and life sciences center; it’s the original home of the Upjohn Co., Stryker Corp, Gibson Guitars, and Checker Motors, among many others; the Kalamazoo Gazette is the second oldest newspaper in Michigan; and a century ago, Kalamazoo was so famous for one crop, it was known throughout the country as the Celery City. Kalamazoo is also a center of higher education. In addition to Western Michigan University, it is home to Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and the Kalamazoo Christian Schools.
For more on this opportunity or to apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Southern Heights is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Preference will be given to candidates ordained or willing to be ordained by this fellowship. Consideration will be given to those ordained by other Reformed bodies, such as, but not limited to, the Reformed Church in America, and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.