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Junior High Pastor

Bakersfield,

California

The Bridge Bible Church is looking for a passionate and creative Junior High Pastor to join their growing team. The Bridge is centrally located in California giving you access to both Northern and Southern California. This is a great opportunity for the experienced or just starting out candidate.

Church Description

In 2003 Laurelglen Bible Church planted a new church and called Jeff Gowling to Bakersfield as the church’s lead pastor. Jeff and Tracy, along with their two preschoolers, arrived with a passionate vision to launch a church to reach the city and beyond for Jesus. Fifteen years later, this remains the heart of The Bridge—for God to use this Body for broad-reaching Gospel impact in the lives of the families of Bakersfield and beyond.

A church plant that started as a gift of 75 families and 25 acres of land, has grown to thousands of people with a huge potential for growth in the next few years. Pastor Gowling, who has raised his children at the Bridge says, “I’ve seen firsthand the impact our church can have on families—I’ve lived it!” The Bridge is poised to expand the Kingdom in this community.

From 2003 to present-day, The Bridge has experienced rapid growth. The church has grown to four gatherings Sunday, added three buildings and a balcony to the Worship Center, and has launched a Capitol Campaign in fall 2019 to fund a 40,000+ sq ft children’s facility and will include multiple upgrades in our student ministries spaces.

Position Description

This is an ideal opportunity for someone committed to investing in students and leaders, while working in a team ministry approach. The Bridge is looking for a mature, systems minded leader, with a pastoral heart. The Bridge student ministries is thriving and is looking to continue to grow and reach more teenagers. Student ministries receives tremendous support from the church, with a full-time Student Ministries/High School Pastor, full-time Junior High Pastor, a full-time Missions and Small Groups high school coordinator, part-time administrative assistant, multiple apprentices/interns and designated budgets.

The Bridge provides a great opportunity for a leader who loves students and who is called to serve the local church. The most successful candidate is one who can love leaders, build teams, supervise interns and create systems. The resources within The Bridge, in both talent and tools, are immense and the ministry is primed for growth.