Bethany Church of Sierra Madre, California is seeking someone who is willing to take on the challenge of leading our church into the next chapter of fruitful ministry. It is our desire to find the candidate of God's choosing. The candidate should have a desire to serve God and the Church while being true to the primacy of Scripture. He should strive to communicate the Good News of Christ to the Church, our community, and beyond.
While the congregation skews to an older congregation, we have an active children’s program. We are looking for a pastor who is willing to build a church with younger families and children. In the past we have been a missionary-sending church and we continue to support those missionaries in the present.
Bethany Church of Sierra Madre is situated in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains. Sierra Madre is a small town of 11,000 people. However, along with Pasadena, it's neighbor to the west, is part of the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, with a population of over 18 million people.
Currently Bethany Church has one Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. with approximately 80
to 100 people in attendance. We are being served by an interim pastor, associate pastor, youth and worship pastor, part time children's director and many volunteers who lead adult and youth ministries on Sundays and throughout the week. More than half of Bethany attendees are involved in the ministries of the church.
Bethany Church with its 100-year history has had its challenges in ministries. We experienced challenges in the 80s over types of music. We have had times of financial struggle. We continue to be known as a congregation that loves one another and is a strong supporter of global missions.
Bethany Church is also home to Bethany Christian School. The school is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International & Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school is serving over 150 students from pre-school through middle school. We partner closely with the school. It is considered an important ministry outreach of Bethany to the churched and unchurched. The church staff partner with the head of school to offer support and consult.
The church has a 3-acre campus including a main sanctuary, office building, school buildings, and a gym/ministry center, which includes a kitchen. We are debt free.
Bethany Church is looking for a candidate who has a personal love for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who loves, studies, teaches, and applies the inspired Word of God. He understands and explains God's Word and promotes a passion in the hearts and minds of the congregation. He upholds sound doctrine and agrees with the Evangelical Free Church of America Statement of Faith. He is humble, willing to submit to authority, and admit his shortcomings.
He trains and equips the members of the congregation to identify and use their gifts for the glory of God. He has a vision to reach and minister to those outside the current borders of Bethany church. He lives out of his burden for the Lost, both near and far.
He has a shepherd's heart for the congregation. He is a listener who empathizes with the hurting, having wisdom and discernment into life's struggles. He is a peacemaker, adaptable, able to cope with changes in plans and unexpected developments.
He is accountable with the Elders for the leadership of the congregation and respects and serves within the boundaries of guiding documents. He maintains a collegial relationship with the Elders. He leads in his areas of responsibility and effectively delegates work and authority to others capable of accomplishing them.
He meets the biblical requirements for Elder and a background check. He is a mature man and it is preferred that he has experience as a Lead pastor. He is ordained in the EFCA and has a Master of Divinity degree (preferred). If not ordained in the EFCA, he must become ordained within 3 years of the start of his ministry, under the supervision of the Elders. He participates in district and national affairs with the EFCA. He is respectful of the 100-plus year history of Bethany Church.