About the job
MinistryHub is honored to partner with Atlantic Shores Baptist Church in their search for a Discipleship & Community Life Pastor. Please direct all applications through MinistryHub and any inquiries to [email protected].
Founded in 1981 by Dr. George Sweet, Atlantic Shores Baptist Church grew from one family to a large church with an emphasis on outreach, discipleship, strong family values, and community. Today, this 34-year-old independent Baptist church occupies 8.72 acres at one of Virginia Beach’s busiest intersections. Atlantic Shores has over 1,000 people that call it their church home and has recently called only its fourth Lead Pastor in its 34-year history. Atlantic Shores has a strong vision and track record for reaching the community and the world. The church has a long-standing reputation for large scale outreach events that have impacted the community for the better. Its history and this heart to make a difference in the community continue today. In 36 short years ASBC has seen God reveal His glory; from the building of the first worship center in 1985 with multiple services, to the creation of Atlantic Shores Christian School, to the ministries and facilities in existence today.
Dr. Ron Jones serves as the fourth Lead Pastor of Atlantic Shores Baptist Church. Ron’s life-changing Bible teaching is featured daily (M-F) on Something Good with Dr. Ron Jones, a nationally syndicated program on nearly 200 radio outlets across the United States (somethinggoodradio.org). The broadcast airs five times daily in the Virginia Beach area as an outreach tool of the church.
Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia, as well as the 39th most populous in the United States. Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. This area, known as "America's First Region," also includes the independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as other smaller cities, counties, and towns of Hampton Roads.
Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along its oceanfront. Every year the city hosts the East Coast Surfing Champions as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championship. It is also home to several state parks, several long-protected beach areas, three military bases, a number of large corporations, and two universities. The city is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. It is located at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longest bridge-tunnel complex in the world.
Virginia Beach is only a three-hour drive to Washington, DC, and within a day’s drive or less from two-thirds of the U.S. population. Recently Virginia Beach was named the top overall mid-sized city in America by Di Magazine. Virginia Beach is internationally recognized as one of the best places to live, work, and do business. This strength comes not only from the city’s strategic location, but also from its diverse mix of industry attractions and people. The area is also home to three Naval bases, providing a rich population of America’s finest heroes.
Programming at Atlantic Shores Baptist Church
Atlantic Shores offers three Sunday morning worship services to fit the needs of individuals and families in the Tidewater and Hampton Roads area.
8:00am Classic Worship (Fellowship Hall) This service is the perfect place for those that enjoy traditional hymns and/or need an alternative time for worship. Message by Dr. Ron Jones.
9:15am and 11am Worship Service (Worship Center) God-centered, participative worship draws from a rich heritage of songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, including many that are new to the body of Christ. Supported by a contemporary band and for special occasions, a modern choir. Message by Dr. Ron Jones.
• Shores Nursery (birth to 2 yrs old)
• Preschool large and small group
• Shore Kids & Kid’s Thang (k through 5th grade large and small group)
The Discipleship & Community Life Pastor Position
Believing life change happens best in the context of authentic, biblical community as described in Acts 2:42-47, the Discipleship & Community Life Pastor at Shores oversees all aspects of discipleship as it happens through life groups and the Shores Bible Institute. Life groups are smaller gatherings of the church that organically S.E.R.V.E. together. The Discipleship & Community Life Pastor recruits, equips, encourages, and empowers life group leaders and coaches to fulfill the mission of the church to “glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ who go and make disciples.” The Community Life Pastor also oversees the Shores Bible Institute by recruiting faculty, developing and scheduling courses, launching semesters seasonally, and teaching in the Institute. The Shores Bible Institute integrates the Christian faith into everyday life by equipping followers of Jesus to think theologically, develop a biblical worldview, and put truth into practice.
Discipleship & Community Life Pastor Reports to:
Supervises: Associate Pastor of Community Life
Goals and Expectations
Be the resident “community life champion” and disciple-maker
Multiply the number of life groups from 50 to 75 or more by recruiting, equipping, encouraging, and empowering life group leaders.
Meet regularly with your life group leaders to encourage their personal growth and the growth of their life groups.
Recruit and equip life group leaders that lead their life groups to S.E.R.V.E.
Conduct regular life group leader training sessions.
Lead your own life group. Oversee the assimilation of people into the Life of Atlantic Shores beginning with Discovery Classes and also into Life Groups.
Oversee the implementation of the standardized curriculum taught by the life group leaders. Teach the weekly lesson to the life group leaders as a way of equipping them.
Oversee the development and schedule of classes for the Shores Bible Institute. Recruit and develop trained faculty. Also, teach within the Shores Bible Institute.
Participate in pastoral duties, including weddings and funerals.
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Community Life Pastor position.
The successful Community Life Pastor candidate will have earned, at minimum, a degree from an accredited Bible college or seminary and will be able to articulate biblical theology well. The successful person will demonstrate a passion for lifelong learning as well as personal and professional development toward a biblically informed theology of discipleship in the local church.
• Experience and Skills
The successful candidate is a leader of leaders and will have a proven track record of working in a setting committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ with a high degree of creativity and passion. The candidate will possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills in order to recruit and shepherd volunteers, recruit and build teams, and develop lay leaders.
• Personal Characteristics
Strong and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, guided by a passion to follow the principles found in Scripture for living a life of service to God
Meets the qualifications of an elder found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9
Demonstrates a high level of integrity and is guided by a biblical set of ethical principles
A servant-leader who can embrace the unified mission at Shores to “make disciples of Jesus Christ who go and make disciples,” the vision, and the strategy in place related to the 5Gs – Gather (worship), Grow (discipleship), Give (ministry), Go (evangelism), Grace (fellowship) “
Can-do” spirit who works well on a team
Chemistry with the people of Atlantic Shores that “fits”
Capacity for leadership commensurate with a large church
Practice the personal stewardship of your finances consistent with Scripture
High relational skills and an infectious love for people and God’s church
A doctrine and philosophy of ministry that matches that of Atlantic Shores
A high loyalty to Jesus, the local church, and the community