Dear Pastoral Candidate:

The elected pulpit committee of New City East Lake is seeking applicants for an associate pastor position. As a church, our ministry began in East Lake in 2008 as a worship site of New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, TN, and in 2016 our petition for particularization in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was accepted by our local presbytery.

Since particularizing, our founding pastor and present-day leader, Jim Pickett, has been in conversation with the session regarding a transition plan for the leadership of New City East Lake. From the beginning of that conversation, it has been Jim’s desire to work in partnership with an associate pastor over a stated period of time to transition leadership roles. Our goal as a congregation is to call our new associate pastor as our new senior pastor at the end of that time period. We believe that this type of transition is in the best interest of our congregation, the gospel’s continued advance in East Lake, and you as a candidate for this position. Still we confess boldly as a group that, “A man’s heart plans its way, but the Lord directs his steps,” and we will trust the Lord’s guidance throughout this hopeful transition.

In the following packet, we look forward to sharing with you our collected history, vision, and mission for sharing the gospel in the neighborhood of East Lake. We continue to pray as we always have as a church, that if the Lord does not go before us, we do not want to go. May the Lord be ever present in all that we do and in every step we take.     

Thank you,

The Pastoral Search Committee:

Tom Horne
Amy Smith
Laini Huffine
Aner Navarro
Eunice Mendoza
Michael Lane
Greg Davick


New City East Lake is a special place.

If you want to get the heartbeat of this congregation, you need look no further than our name.

NEW CITY. Our mother church. Our DNA.


In 1968, a group of Covenant College students and faculty felt convicted about the racial divide that existed in Chattanooga. This conviction led them to begin a Sunday School for inner city children that met in the heart of downtown. As this ministry grew, and parents of the children started attending, they began to meet for worship services. In 1976, the Sunday school that began with just 15 kids, became a particular church. God blessed the church and it continued to outgrow its spaces, until December of 1989, New City Fellowship Church purchased a building in the predominately African American community of Glenwood. Soon, entire black, white, and Latino families from the neighborhood and city were calling this "new city" home.

East Lake.


In 2008, a root went out from New City Fellowship and planted itself down the road in the East Lake neighborhood. 30 or so members set themselves to the task, with the leadership of Pastor Jim Pickett and the blessing of our mother church and presbytery. Members began moving into the neighborhood.  Caught between the heights of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, East Lake contains at least three primarily Spanish-speaking auto shops, its own schools through eighth grade, shocking crime statistics, the city’s most beautiful park, a large undocumented immigrant population, government housing projects, and Mr. Philly’s Pizza & Cheese Steak shop.  White, black, and Latino populations share East Lake’s sidewalks and convenience stores (though the neighborhood only boasts 10,000 people, there is room for both a Big Daddy’s and a Big Poppa’s, neither of which takes cards). Southern courtesy and honest goodwill can shape interracial relations, but so can historic evils and mistrust. Walking down the street, you may be hollered at, shied away from, enjoined in conversation, or ignored. You’ll find our church in the middle of all that – where the neighborhood and the new city meet – at the corner of 37th & 12th.

Who We Are

Our Vision and Values

In keeping with our history and the call of Jesus, our vision is:

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.

When it comes to racial reconciliation, we strive after these:


Cross-cultural values

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.

Finally, in all our labor, we pursue the following:


Church Goals

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.

Who We Are

Our Hope

From the beginning, we have put our hope together into Exodus 33:15

“If your Presence does not go with us,
do not send us up from here.”

We hang onto the Spirit for every breath this church takes. God alone establishes the work of our hands. Christ Jesus is the head of this Body, and will present us blameless. He is faithful and will surely do it!


Regular Attenders
Members Live in east lake (16%)
21 - 30 Year olds
31 - 40 year old
50+ year olds
41 - 50 year olds



Preaching of the word

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.

General Pastoral

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.

Bi-lingual (Spanish).

Skills and Experience

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.

Additional info

This position is full time and reports to the senior pastor. Benefits include health insurance, 403b retirement plan and paid vacation.


Preparing your application

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Cover Letter

Philosophy of Ministry

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Application Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Ideally, our new associate pastor will begin serving at New City East Lake no later than Summer 2018. To learn more about New City East Lake, please visit