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Worship Pastor
Christian Life Center

Dayton, Ohio
Church Description *
Since it’s beginning in 1968 Christian Life Center (formerly called Northwest Assembly) has been a place that has taken bold steps to reach its community. It’s largest campus sits on Little York road on the north side of Dayton, Ohio, but there is nothing little about this church or its future. Senior Pastor Stan Tharp has been at CLC since 1983, and serving in this role since 1990. He often speaks of a “God-sized vision.” The God-size of CLC’s vision has led it to relocate, build facilities, go multi-site, and plants churches in places like Africa and Turkey. The church also has engaged their city through their HopeNetwork, which seeks to come alongside churches and help revitalize them.

This church of approximately 2,500 is affiliated with the Assembly of God denomination. Over the years as the church has become more extrinsically focused, the differentiators of what it means to be “AG” have diminished. “Honestly, I don’t know that most of the people who’ve come to Christ here even know what AG is,” says Luke Hesher, Weekend Services Producer. “CLC is about reaching people for Christ, and empowering them to change their world.”

Luke Hesher oversees all aspects of the Weekend Experience. His team consists of about six roles currently that oversee all creative elements, music, and technology. “Pastor Stan is a guy who knows what he wants, and I know it’s my job to help put legs on that vision every weekend,” says Luke. Luke has slowly been implementing changes over the past couple of years, and raising the excellence of the ministry.

Position Description *
The new 2,000 seat auditorium is fantastic. Moving lights, multiple screens for IMAG and graphical content, and a high performing audio system support the powerful worship from stage. “We still are learning and we still are growing, but the team has really risen to the challenges,” says Luke.

While not cutting-edge the church is thoroughly modernized with today’s playlist of worship songs, and yet all ages are sprinkled throughout the room. This church is not only diverse in race, but age. “We are always talking about engagement. Our goal is to see the Body of Christ engaged and in worship of God, and also relatable to the un-churched in our community,” says Luke. The leadership is leaned in to engaging millenials and know that it’s future depends on engaging the current and next generation.

The worship ministry is poised to take a step forward, and the church is looking for their next level leader to do just that. “We’re yet to open pipelines of development for future worship leaders and I believe this is a must if we are to move forward,” says Luke. “We need that team builder who can look in to our young adult, college, high school, and begin to cultivate a process by which the future leaders can be raised up is our next level.” The team also has a full-time worship associate, and a key staff member, who can be deployed in a variety of areas as worship leaders, and they too are in need of guidance, leadership, and grooming.

The successful candidate will have experience as a worship pastor not just in leading worship. Pastoring, building, coaching, and growing people are must-haves in this position. The excellence and creativity that surrounds this position makes focus in these areas possible.

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