Associate Preaching Minister
BridgeWay is a nondenominational church planted in 2006 by Art and Holly McNeese. The McNeese’s felt called to plant a missional church–a church that would reach out to the unchurched and de-churched. After receiving training in church planting from Stadia, small groups were formed to communicate the vision and mission of the church. About 40 people began meeting in the Flower Mound Town Hall, followed by the first public worship service in a banquet facility. The church continued to meet in this location until March of 2010, when a move was made to the current address. The church purchased seven acres of property and took possession of a small existing facility. In 2013, BridgeWay expanded with a new worship center on the existing site. Currently, about 550 people join in worship each Sunday.
BridgeWay is an outstanding opportunity for ministry and church leadership. The church has grown rapidly in its brief 10-year existence. The staff and elders are visionary and collaborative. The Associate Preaching Minister will step into an extremely healthy community of faith, and will assume the role of Senior Minister within one year of employment with the church.
The church is blessed with an extraordinary staff. BridgeWay staff includes an Associate Minister, a Worship Minister, a Student Minister, a Children’s Minister, and an Administrative Assistant. In addition, the church is served by other part-time ministers: a Student Ministry Assistant and a Facility Coordinator.
BridgeWay’s vision is to be “a church without walls.” This means at least two things. First, that the church is not defined primarily by what happens on Sundays. Instead, the church is defined by what happens during the week, as members move into the community with the love of Christ. Second, this means that BridgeWay seeks to eliminate “walls” that may be barriers to faith.
The church is seeking a candidate who has a passion for reaching lost people, the ability to articulate our vision and motivate members to pursue that vision, and a demonstrated skill for communicating the Word of God. He must exhibit a consistent walk with the Lord and be Christ-like in his character.
The candidate will share one-half of all preaching responsibilities for a period of one year. After that time, our expectation is that he will assume the role of Senior Minister. The remainder of his responsibilities during the first year at BridgeWay will be determined by existing church leadership, and will be tailored to the candidate’s training and spiritual giftedness.
The candidate will have responsibility for preaching each week, after the initial period of shared preaching of one year.
At the one year anniversary of his tenure at BridgeWay, the (now) Senior Minister will assume responsibility for the following:
- He will lead and work with the staff to maximize the effectiveness of the team. This includes developing agendas for all staff meetings and leading these meetings.
- He will lead the process of staff evaluations, providing such evaluations at least once each year.
- He will work with the elders in all major decisions related to the church. The day-to-day operations of the church will be carried out under his auspices.
- He will be responsible for catalyzing the vision and mission of the church, in concert with the elders and staff. He will be a vision-caster and will seek to motivate the church to consistently be a ‘church without walls.’
- He will assist in leadership development at all levels of ministry. That is, he will encourage each elder, each staff member, and all ministry leaders to identify their gifts and to use those gifts in the appropriate roles of the church.
- He will be available for pastoral responsibilities, such as hospital visitation, counseling, weddings, funerals, etc. as needed.
- He will seek to promote spiritual formation and discipleship in the members of the church, through whatever means are deemed most appropriate, given his own set of spiritual gifts and passions for ministry.