The Vanderbloemen Search Group is thrilled to partner with the leadership of Mars Hill Bible Church to find a full-time Teaching Pastor to join their community in Grandville, Michigan.
With the transition of founding pastor Rob Bell this January, Mars Hill is seeking a full-time teaching pastor to join in the ongoing mission and program of Mars Hill. This person will teach 35 – 40 weekends per year and work collaboratively with the Ministry Leadership Team. The Teaching Pastor will engage actively with the Mars Hill community and participate fully in the ministry of Mars Hill.
The Teaching Pastor will be an exceptionally compelling, creative communicator of the Scriptures in ways that eliminate hurdles to Christ all the while challenging the thinking of the community. Mars Hill embraces a conversational, expository style of teaching that embraces historical context, and careful explanation of the original languages in a style that engages questions.
West Michigan and the Grand Rapids area is known for its philanthropy, strong community values and as an ideal place to raise a family with great schools and neighborhoods with a low cost of housing and living. Additionally, with access to many arts, festivals, restaurants, area skiing and snowboarding as well as the gorgeous Lake Michigan beaches, there are many activities during all four seasons to enjoy
1. It’s interesting that they are advertising
I thought that Rob had planned for Shane Hipps would be his successor – Shane arrived to be a teaching pastor before Rob left for California. We did a Skype live link with Shane for one of our DIGIMISSION events and he spoke about his book Flickering Pixels. I would have thought that for a church of Mars Hill size they would have had someone in mind rather than going through the rather anonymous search committee model. But perhaps there’s things about American employment law that I don’t understand.STOP PRESS – Thanks to @vickybeeching just sent me this link from Shane. Kind of puts a new spin on it – the teaching pastor is not leading the church – the executive director will be, that’s pretty weird. Seems like Shane was put in a really difficult position.
2. Sometimes a Job Spec says a lot about a church
I have never been to Mars Hill. I have only listened into many many of Rob Bell’s sermons and quite a few of Shane’s too. But I was intrigued that in a short job spec this statement was included “The Teaching Pastor will engage actively with the Mars Hill community.” Again, I am no expert on American large churches, but I would have thought this was given for a pastor in a church. You wouldn’t expect someone to just airdrop in for the sunday sermon? Surely the term pastor is indicative of involvement in the life of the church?
3. Why do they feel the need to “sell” West Michigan?
In a church as significant as Mars Hill, I am really surprised to see such a hard sell on West Michigan? It kind of sounds a little desperate that you need to call a prospective minister to teach the Bible in your church and you need to add in that there’s great opportunities to Snowboard near by? Again maybe this is standard practice and I am just out of touch with the US job scene and I have never been to West Michigan – but it kind of underestimates the privilege of the call to preach the Bible to a congregation.
Pray for Mars Hill
Whatever the intricacies of this job spec, let’s pray for the church as it sounds like its been through a lot of transitions recently. Rob’s ministry from what I have seen helped a lot of young adults connect with God through his passion for teaching the Bible in fresh and innovative ways. Rob’s ministry has blessed so many – this will be a very difficult job to do. May God send the right woman or man to fill this role . If you think it’s you – apply here.