Lighthouse Christian Church
If you desire to serve in a multi-generational church who loves not only modern worship, but also energetic traditional hymns this could be for you.
For over five decades Lighthouse Christian Church has been advancing the Gospel in Oceanside, California. Lighthouse is a multi-generational church of 450 with two distinct styles of worship on Sunday morning. It is a part of the Independent Christian Church and Church of Christ. Lighthouse is led by Senior Pastor Mike Openshaw who is in his twenty-sixth year of leadership at the church. He led the church through a visionary relocation in 2003 to where it resides today on a hilltop with dramatic views of the mission field below.
“In our twenty-five years this town has gone through major transformations,” says Mike, “as has our church.” This regional transformation is reflected in Lighthouse Christian Church as well. This traditional church has slowly moved to being more externally focused under Mike’s leadership. “We want both of our services to be growing and reaching this community,” says Mike. This is evident by the energy displayed in both services. The earlier traditional service is just as energetic as the second contemporary hour. The services are equal in attendance, and the lobby and patio are filled with a buzz of energy after the worship services.
The Worship Arts ministry has been led by an interim leader the past year who is heading to grad school to study guitar. This past year followed a long run by a music director of over seven years. The church has made some big strides in both musical excellence as well as embracing a spirit of worship over performance.
A piano and organ lead the first hour, and a five-piece band with vocalists lead the second. The leadership desires for both services to grow in both reach and creativity. The leadership is also considering a Sunday evening service and alternative venues moving forward.
The new Worship Pastor for Lighthouse must be able to see the benefit and value of a traditional service and energetically lead it, but they must also have the ability to lead the band, and lead changes for the contemporary service as well.
The next leader must be able to:
– Build teams
– Equip and release ministry
– Understand change management as it relates to worship style
– Be a student of context, learn where Lighthouse is currently, and lay out a map towards a new vision that fits the overall picture