To be a gospel-centered church
in the East Lake community,
representing God’s kingdom
through reconciliation, justice and mercy,
as taught by our Lord Jesus Christ in the Scriptures.
1. To surface our unconscious cultural assumptions and majority privileges and yield them in love to others.
2. To affirm and endorse the assets in our community, especially the gifts and participation of minority cultures.
3. To accept as a body our call to the discomfort and tension in cross cultural ministry and our commitment to communicate and reconcile when it arises.
4. To promote diversity not as an end in itself but as an opportunity to demonstrate the love and unity of Jesus Christ through his Spirit.
1. To be a gospel-centered church, anchored in the teaching of our Lord Jesus in the Scriptures
2. Producing joyful, cross-cultural, God-honoring worship
3. Producing disciples who know the Bible and its application to personal godliness, starting with our children
4. Producing an honest life of relationships within the church which visibly demonstrate to all the love of Jesus Christ
5. Producing servants of the kingdom of God who are instruments of reconciliation, mercy and justice in the community of East Lake and beyond
6. And by creating a healthy church model, to promote and plant like-minded congregations in our city and around the world.
“If your Presence does not go with us,
do not send us up from here.”
Preach in regular rotation with the Senior Pastor.
Collaborate with Senior pastor on teaching and preaching schedules and themes.
Gospel-centered, committed to helping the congregation develop a passion for the Bible and its application to life.
Train, encourage and motivate leaders and lay members in order to build and grow a gospel-centered, missionally driven, community/ culturally engaged congregation.
Provide support, encouragement, training and care to leaders throughout the congregation, particularly to support lay ministry initiatives
Train and mobilize leaders and lay members in discipleship and evangelism
Develop strategies for seeing NCEL’s congregation become a reflection of the East Lake Community
Oversee community formation and care through the Care Group Ministry.
Provide pastoral support and resources to Care Groups.
Provide support, care and training to Care Group leaders.
Assist the Senior Pastor and Session in major strategic initiatives including developing ordained leaders, lay leaders, families and prayer.
Advise and support the Senior Pastor and Session in areas of church administration, congregational growth and care, discipleship and evangelism training, care group formation and support.
Teach Bible studies and new membership classes.
Provide pastoral care to members.
Regularly seek relationships with non-believers.
Embrace NCEL’s vision and have a gospel-oriented heart for cross cultural, multi-ethnic ministry in East Lake and greater Chattanooga.
Candidate should be ordained or ordainable in the Presbyterian Church in America and be aligned with the core theological principles of NCEL, including its core ministry values.
Minimum 4 years of college and theological degree from an accredited seminary or equivalent.
Strong preacher and communicator who can connect with non-believers and the unchurched.
Must be dependable, team player and self-starter with ability to take initiative.
Strong administrative skills required.
Strong communicator and relationship builder.
Ability to mobilize and support staff, lay leaders and members in ministry and community care initiatives.
3-5 years of experience in multi-ethnic, cross cultural setting.
Excellent administrative, pastoral, communication and interpersonal skills in a cross cultural setting. Proficient in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.) or equivalent. Ability to work collaboratively. Commitment to understanding and spending significant time in the East Lake Neighborhood in order to better understand in distinctiveness as a context for ministry.
This position is full time and reports to the senior pastor. Benefits include health insurance, 403b retirement plan and paid vacation.
Philosophy of Ministry