In Search of Our New Senior Pastor

Could God be calling you to Olive Grove Church?
We are OGC…
Olive Grove Church is a 100 -member, 97 year old evangelical church located in the town of Nuevo in rural Riverside County, Southern California, and we are seeking God’s provision for our next Senior Pastor.
Our property includes a 100-seat sanctuary, church office, the Annex (multi-use facility) sitting on 1.5 acres, as well as 18 acres of undeveloped land nearby.  We currently have about 80 people attending worship on Sunday morning.  Our worship style is contemporary, accompanied by guitars, drums and keyboard.  The congregation is affiliated with the Missionary Church, Western Region.
Nuevo is a rural community and most of it’s residents commute to their work.  Major nearby residential developments are in the planning stages, so our area will experience significant growth in the coming years.  Nuevo enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, sunny autumn and falls, and mild winters.  It has something for everyone:  a small-town feel (July 4th Parade), is nearby to Perris, Menifee and Hemet offering a wide range of shopping, recreational, educational and medical opportunities, and is close to mountains, deserts, beaches and major Southern California attractions.
We are seeking a senior pastor who has an authentic living, breathing, dynamic relationship with God.  That someone has a strong calling of God and is capable of bringing His presence home to our congregation.  Our PastorNext is someone who is in tune with the Holy Spirit, seeks and knows how to hear God’s voice, and practices personal spiritual disciplines.  He is a leader who desires to live out the Great Commission and the Great Commandment and is able to inspire others to join in the mission and vision of our church.  Our area is ripe for transformation and our new senior pastor should be gifted in creating a climate and environment where people grow spiritually into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
We need a dynamic person who reflects the Biblical description of a spiritual leader with a servant’s heart.  PastorNext has highly effective communication skills and the ability to connect with people both from the pulpit as well as in person-to-person interactions.  Powerful preaching is highly valued here.  We seek Biblically based messages that are delivered in a way that challenges people to respond and grow in their faith.
Our congregation has a wide range of ages and a children’s and youth ministry.  We are seeking a pastor who recognizes these young people as Christ’s future church and who shares in our love for them.  Our men’s and women’s ministries are actively striving to equip people with a real and growing relationship with Christ.  OGC has a real passion for Missions.  We support several long-term overseas missionaries as well as church members on short-term missions trips.
Our senior pastor will have solid experience in leading a vibrant church through growth.  We need a leader who can identify, recruit and develop leaders and staff.  PastorNext can articulate, communicate and implement a vision – all under the mantle of prayer and spiritual guidance.  His home life, with strong attention to family, should complement his church life.  His personal life needs to be balanced – physically, mentally and emotionally.  Our pastor will also have warm and steady character, an obvious love for people, and a real and open nature.
Olive Grove Church is looking for a senior pastor.  Are you a man of integrity and a man of vision?  Has God blessed you with the gift to teach and inspire with His Word?  Do you have a passion for families and children?  Can you picture God using you to lead a church through spiritual growth as well as through congregational growth?  Can  you imagine an entire community being transformed by the ministry of a church which believes in the power and purpose of God?
As you read through this material, please join us in asking God for His direction.  As you open your heart and mind, could God be calling you to Olive Grove Church?
If you are interested, please send you resume and sermon links to attn: James OBrien.
Our Vision
To reach people for Jesus Christ in our current and changing community.
Our Mission
Olive Grove Church exists to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ who seek God’s heart, live God’s Word, love God’s people, and reach God’s world.
Our Values
Seek God’s Heart:  We are committed to bring glory to God as our fundamental reason for living.
Live God’s Word:  We are committed to the Bible as the true and inspired Word of God that changes the sustains lives.
Love God’s People:  We are committed to value each person by demonstrating Christ’s love.
Reach God’s World:  We are committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in our world.
Pastoral Profile
Pastoral characteristics and responsibilities are classified as required or ideal
· Male- required
· Married with children- ideal
· Ordained minister- required
· Lead pastor experience- ideal
· Willing to move to Nuevo area- required
· Age 35 and above- ideal
· Masters in theology- ideal
· Works well within church’s guidelines- required
· Relates well to all ages- required
· Pastor’s wife involved and active in ministry- ideal
· Sense of humor- ideal
· Involvement in all areas of pastoral responsibilities- required
· Good oversight and supervisory skills- required
· Missionary Church affiliation- ideal
· Both topical and expository preaching- ideal
· Willing to become involved in the community- required
· Comfortable in a small church setting- required
· Dedicated/intimate prayer life with the Lord- required
· Ability to adapt to changes/needs of church- required