Rise City Church

Lead Pastor



Why I Love This Opportunity

Ernest Smith


I love this opportunity for so many reasons. First, Rise City Church is a healthy, growing congregation. They are 10 years old and already have a major footprint in the community. The NextGen ministries of the church are exploding and the staff are hungry for the next season of ministry. All signs are positive, including a debt-free building that was given to them, healthy finances, healthy staff, and a congregation that is seeking Jesus. I also love how healthy the staff is. They love one another and have a true unity with one another. They are looking forward to what God has next for them and anticipate His continued move in the church. Lakeside is a great location, as it is surrounded by incredible amenities. You can get to the mountains or the beach within 30 minutes and the weather is incredible year round. This is a truly incredible opportunity for the right next leader.

About This Organization

Rise City Church is a 10-year-old church that was planted in the East County of San Diego. Rise City is a highly relational church that values authenticity, generosity, and vulnerability. The staff and congregation take Jesus seriously, but not themselves. They love to laugh, poke fun at each other, and truly live out a healthy community as they pursue Jesus together. Although the East County region is primarily conservative, the congregation is a great diversity of people as it pertains to age, theological and philosophical beliefs, and economic status. The church has a really healthy focus on the next generation and truly believes that the way to impact the world, raise up more pastors and missionaries, and plant more churches is through empowering the next generation (kids, students, and young adults). Although they are walking through a healthy transition of their lead pastor, the staff describe themselves as hungry, ready, and expectant for what God will do in this next season of Rise City Church.

Position Description

Rise City Church is looking for their next Lead Pastor. The Lead Pastor will help continue to move the church forward in its vision of bringing hope and healing in Jesus’ name. The new Lead Pastor will be the primary communicator to the church, lead the staff from the executive level, and work with the elders and nav team (executive team) to further the vision and mission of the church.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Cast vision and direction for the entire church while safeguarding its culture and stated values.
  • Lead the staff to ensure a healthy and effective work environment.
  • Teach and preach the Word.
  • Work to ensure the church is focused on both outreach & internal spiritual growth.
  • Participate in the life of the church outside of Sunday morning

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • The next lead pastor of Rise City will have had at least ten years of ministry experience in roles that have shown growth and the ability to cast vision and lead people forward toward a common goal and mission
  • This person also has a Bachelor’s Degree and, preferably, a Master’s Degree in some type of ministry field.
  • When looking at how this person prefers to spend their week, the next Lead Pastor of Rise City spends 55% of their time on Leadership, 25% of their time preaching/teaching, and 20% of their time in pastoral care.
  • This person has to have a heart for the lost and the broken, the willingness to listen and learn, and the ability to empower the staff and volunteers to do the work of the ministry.
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