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2 Jan 2016

Full-time Associate Pastor

Faith River Christian Fellowship – Posted by Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Job Description

Faith River Christian Fellowship
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Church Profile

Lead Pastor – James Penner, on staff at 1.00 FTE since August 2014
Administrative Assistant – Kaylee Falk, on staff at 0.75 FTE since September 2014

Age – Faith River Christian Fellowship has been a church since 2005 (10 years)

• Number in the congregation: 198 (active members: 94, active non-members: 104)
• Weekly average attendance: 133
• Age profile:
o 15% – 0-11 yrs
o 4% – 12-18 yrs
o 11% – 19-24 yrs
o 21% – 25-34 yrs
o 12% – 35-49 yrs
o 25% – 50-64 yrs
o 12% – 65+ yrs
• Occupations:
o 10% – Business
o 20% – Professional
o 30% – Trades
o 5% – Stay-at-home parent
o 5% – Agriculture
o 15% – Retired
o 15% – College/university students
• Educational level of adults:
o 5% – Some high school or less
o 20% – High school
o 65% – College/university
o 10% – Graduate school
• Ethnic composition of congregation:
o 8% – Asian
o 92 % – Caucasian

Community Setting
We are located in south-east Saskatoon but have members who come from as far away as Hanley to the south, Clavet to the east, Warman to the north, and the west side of Saskatoon. The area immediately around the church is largely residential and composed of a mixture of single family rental and owned units with a large nearby concentration of high rises that are retirement condos and assisted living units. According to research done within recent years, this area has the highest population of seniors in Saskatoon. There is a substantial commercial area 1km to the north (8th Street) and we are bordered on the east and south by Circle Drive, the main highway around Saskatoon. We are 2.5km from the University of Saskatchewan and the Royal University Hospital. The area south of Circle Drive is a rapidly growing commercial and residential district with mixed singly family and multiple family dwellings.

Pastoral Profile
In our search for an associate pastor, we are looking for a seasoned, humble, servant leader who is passionate about raising others up to serve and follow Jesus. They are a person with life and ministry experience and are natural “capacity builders” marked by the following characteristics:

In Personal Life:
1. Dependent on God
• experiences a healthy relationship with God and understands the heart of spiritual disciplines as a way to hear from God
• motivated by a surrender to his call rather than by personal ambition or neediness
• seeks times of personal renewal where perspective can be restored and God can be heard

2. Personally Balanced/Healthy
• enjoys friendships outside of ministry
• has outside interests and hobbies – beyond work
• knowledgeable and comfortable with who they are – as a result they know their limitations and are able to set personal boundaries
• if married, enjoys their spouse’s full support (i.e. They share a love for the church and have agreement on their respective roles and involvement in ministry). They model wholesome (not perfect) family life and deliberately protect their time so as to maintain healthy balance
• a self starter (comes with batteries!) who experiences set backs without defeat and in adversity acts with integrity

In Leadership
1. Coaches, Equips and Empowers
• equips and releases people to lead and carry out ministry (formal and informal leadership development)
• intentionally seeds and develops our DNA
• oversees the development and implementation of intentional discipleship relationships
• matches the gifts of people with ministry needs and opportunities and encourages others to do the same
• delegates effectively particularly in areas of personal limitation
• encourages

2. Mobilizes for Vision
• shares our vision
• continues to shape and develop our ministry model
• approaches challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles
• believes in God’s capacity to do great things
• makes right decisions, not necessarily popular ones

3. Builds Team
• works well with lay leaders and staff
• engages others in meaningful ministry
• monitors the morale of people
• leads by example
• utilizes groups effectively
• depersonalizes dissent
• deals with conflict assertively, constructively, and tactfully

4. Values and Utilizes Functional Structures and Systems
• implements organizational structure that supports our mission and vision and resonates with our ministry model
• effectively plans, so that as the church grows structures also grow
• is comfortable working through others to lead and care for the body

In Relationships
1. Relates to “People”
• values people where ever they are on their journey and has a passion to see them take their next step with God
• recognizes that, people whether believers or unbelievers, fundamentally have the same needs
• moves and functions in the “personal space” of the unbeliever without fear
• is a safe person to all on the journey – recognizing that loving people is the greatest contribution to empowering them to change

2. Responsive to Community
• takes interest in the community and has a heart for it
• responds to community needs on a priority basis such that resources are most efficiently used
• openness to partner with other churches, groups in reaching and discipling people for Christ

3. Builds Relationships
• is approachable and encouraging
• gets to know people (particularly leaders) on a personal basis
• makes others feel secure and comfortable in their presence
• willing to move toward his critics, grace-filled in demeanor

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume to Gord Schroeder (Search Team Chair and Faith River Moderator) at

Job Categories: associate pastor. Job Types: Full-time. Job Tags: Saskatchewan.

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