New Life Christian Center

Lead Pastor



Why I Love This Opportunity

Todd Clark

Senior Associate

The Lead Pastor opportunity at New Life CC is one of those dream scenarios where the staff is healthy, the congregation is passionate, the board is unified, and the current long-tenured lead pastor is going to be your biggest fan!

About This Organization

Our heart and passion is to…
“love people one step closer to Jesus.”

“We see a vast community of people… every age, every race … business owners and homeless … every spectrum of our city … smiling and laughing with true joy as they experience life as a family together. Extending love in real and practical ways. Living in truth, freedom, and grace, making Jesus known everywhere.”

On the weekends, our services combine the unchanging truth of Scripture with practical application for the challenges of life today. Our worship is vibrant and alive! Our people care deeply about our community and engage in ministry designed to connect the practical action of love with the life-changing hope of Jesus. The church and leadership are multi-generational and diverse. It is a beautiful tapestry of people, gifts, and talents.

New Life’s style is authentic and casual, and our desire is for people to experience God’s grace and love in every encounter. We want to guide every person to experience a growing friendship and relationship with God, as well as true connections and soul-friendships with those around them. We celebrate the blessing and joy of being a faith family together.

New Life’s top five strengths would be:
1. Real, authentic leadership, teaching, and ministry.
2. Extremely strong Children’s Ministry with over 400 kids in our Turlock ministry
3. Outreach-focused – we give over $250,000 to local and global missions annually. An active food bank and LoveTurlock service day also allow us to reach out in practical ways.
4. Celebrate Recovery – Weekly worship, teaching, support groups, as well as 12-step studies. Our CR Ministry also leads our weekend services once or twice a year.
5. Grace-filled communities in both Turlock and Patterson.

Position Description

Our new Lead Pastor will be a person who loves God, is growing deeper in faith and humility, and has a passion and love for God’s people. He will be a gifted visionary, a strong communicator, and a team-oriented leader.

If this is the kind of leader God has shaped you to be… you already know the details and responsibilities needed. You will bring your very best while getting to serve alongside a team of people committed to the Gospel and to God’s church. If you enjoy the challenge and the freedom of a 2-sentence job description, then this might be the right place for you.


  • Seminary Degree
  •  5+ years experience as a Senior Leader in a multi-site church of 1200
  • Proven, long-term track record of growth

Key Responsibilities:

  • Being the “next leader up” presents unique challenges and opportunities. After 30 years of faithful ministry, Pastor Dave is synonymous with New Life. Think of one, and you immediately connect them together
  • So…who would want to follow a 30-year pastor? Someone who values the integrity of leadership that allows a Pastor to stay for 30 years. Someone who values both the stability of long-term leadership and the track record of continual, healthy growth over that same period of time
  • Someone who is not intimidated by Pastor Dave’s tenure but sees it as an opportunity to establish his roots and invest deeply into a wonderful faith community used to having their leaders be a significant part of their lives.
  • If you are the type of leader who can appreciate tenure and embrace its stability while being willing to cast a God-honoring vision for the future prayerfully…then this just may be the right place for you. New Life is a church committed to seeing God do amazing things both in and through them as a faith family. They are healthy but poised to follow the next leader into a new season of growth and impact.
  • If you can articulate and cast a compelling vision for God’s heart and desires for a new season, you will find a family of volunteers and staff who are passionate about walking that journey with you!

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

Value List for Lead Pastor
  • A growing intimacy with Jesus
  • Humble, gracious, and grateful.
  • Shepherds heart that expresses genuine love and care for individuals.
  • Communicates hope and grace in Biblically focused messages.
  • Team based – honors, empowers, and care for staff and leaders.
  • A desire to care for and reach the surrounding community.
Salary Range:

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