Bridge Church

Discipleship & Groups Pastor

Fresno, California

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    Why We Love This Opportunity

    Bridge Church is committed to continuing to grow as a family while maintaining a culture of intimacy and connectivity. No matter their size, they want to stay deeply connected in relationships and in life! The BridgeLife Pastor at Bridge Church provides someone the opportunity to help reach the Central Valley of California for Christ. Bridge Church of Fresno has a welcoming campus and its leadership leads with innovation and fun.

    Bridge Church is enthusiastic and ready to fill this role to help people connect with Jesus and each other. This will be a great place to join the team as BridgeLife Pastor.

    About This Organization

    God has strategically used the people of Bridge Church to be a blessing to the people of Fresno since their start in 1959. In September of 2016, Pastor Andrew Smith, and his wife, Megan, moved to Fresno so Andrew could fill the role of Lead Pastor of Bridge Church. Andrew brought with him a fresh perspective and new vision to not only reach the people of Fresno but to reach the whole region and become “a church for the valley helping people discover and follow Jesus!” Bridge Church is seeing new, young families joining the church and is reaching over 1,000 people on the weekends.

    Bridge Church is in California’s Central Valley. Fresno is conveniently located only a few hours from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, the Pacific Ocean, 45 minutes from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and only one hour from Yosemite National Park. The Bridge Church represents the cultural diversity of its surrounding community.

    The staff culture at Bridge is a healthy, fun environment where people don’t take themselves too seriously, but take God very seriously. Work is accomplished with a focus on grace, excellence, and progression, three of Bridge’s key cultural values. Pastor Andrew Smith is gracious, strong, and a strategic visionary. The staff is given much freedom and flexibility, as long as they are faithful, productive, and pursuing excellence in all they do.

    Position Description

    The Bridge Pastor will support the vision, mission, values, and strategy of Bridge Church by developing leaders, ministry teams, and leading BridgeLife. This person will oversee the development and implementation of all group ministries of Bridge Church, including life groups, Adult Bible Fellowships, and Women’s & Men’s Ministries. They will also provide leadership and oversight to the discipleship growth track, guest experience, and assimilation as well.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Ensure that people are moving from the initial contact into BridgeLife environments
    • Recruit, equip, and empower a team of leaders to oversee and lead LifeGroup ministry
    • Development and execution of church-wide discipleship growth track, from Beginnings thru Rooted to BridgeLife engagement via group participation and regularly serving
    • Work together with volunteers to develop the guest experience spaces into inviting environments
    •  Oversee Beginnings and inclusion of newcomers into Groups and Serve Teams
    • Oversee the Plaza Teams – Connection Center, Greeters, Hospitality, Parking, Coffee Team
    • Oversee Hospitality and the follow-up and assimilation of guests into the life of the church

    What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

    Bridge Church is looking for the following…

    • A relational leader that people gravitate towards
    • A leader that can recruit, equip, and coach leaders
    • A high capacity leader
    • Someone who likes to have fun
    • A good communicator
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