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Mercy Hill Church

Lead Pastor

Mercy Hill Church
San Jose, California, United States

Date Posted: 11/11/2014
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 101 to 150
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Lead Pastor -- Mercy Hill Church

For the past 25 years I have had the joy of planting and pastoring this church.  But now it looks like God is calling my wife and me to plant a church in the Middle East.


What this means is that Mercy Hill Church needs a new lead pastor.


We have around 100 people, including kids.  We are beautifully diverse when it comes to age, race, and socio-economic status.  We meet Sundays at Allen-at-Steinbeck Middle School (820 Steinbeck Drive, San Jose CA 95123).


We are Christ-centered and Word-based.  We are passionate about training every member to grow in making disciples who make disciples for the glory of Jesus Christ.  We value earnest faith in Christ, deep love for each other, and heartfelt pursuit of evangelism. 


Our church community is built around home groups, which are intergenerational communities of 6 to 15 people who gather weekly to bear each other’s burdens, study God’s Word, pray for each other, and encourage each other to share the Gospel and make disciples.


Our Sunday gatherings emphasize expository preaching, the biblical pursuit of spiritual gifts, loving and praying for each other, and passionate worship.


We are committed to missions, especially in the 10/40 window.  We support a family that was sent out from our church, who are working with an unreached Muslim people group.  And we regularly send short-term teams to North Morocco to help missionaries bring the gospel to the Rif Berber people.


We are part of Acts 29, which is a church-planting network.  We have sent out two successful church planters, have helped plant a church in downtown San Jose, and long to plant more.  (Click here to see the doctrinal distinctives of Acts 29 churches.)


It’s important that you understand the season our church is in.  Over the last two years a lot of  our people had to move out of the area.  These people are deeply missed, and as a result, our church has been grieving.  And the news that my wife and I might soon be leaving has added to this grief.


Also, we are experiencing a drought when it comes to conversions.  Our people are pursuing loving connections with lost people, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen conversions.  So our leaders are fasting and praying to see a fresh outpouring of salvations.


So this is an excellent opportunity for what might be called a church replant, where you would work with our existing leaders to develop a fresh vision for the church, and lead the church to a whole new level of effectiveness.  The reason I say this is an excellent opportunity is because our people are motivated, loving, teachable, and a joy to pastor.


Your responsibilities would be to lead and shepherd this flock.  That would include preaching and overseeing the worship gathering, training and raising up elders and home group leaders, leading a home group, overseeing volunteer and part-time staff which right now includes an administrative assistant, children’s ministry director, junior high leader, young adults leader, and worship leaders.


We are looking for someone who is passionately trusting Jesus Christ, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, committed to expository preaching, a heart-felt worshiper, a servant-leader, and who is thrilled about making disciples who make disciples for the glory of Jesus Christ


When it comes to finances, we know that San Jose is an expensive place to live, and are committed to providing a salary and benefits that will free you from financial concern so you are free to minister.


If you are interested, please fill out and submit the questionnaire found at, and email a resume, recommendation letters, and a sample sermon MP3 to




Steve Fuller, Lead Pastor

Mercy Hill Church