Candidate Profile for
Pastor/Director of Next Generations Ministry
The mission of Lake Center Bible Church is to make new disciples to impact our community and world.
That mission started 75 years ago when a group of people began to meet in a home together for Sunday School. Since then, Lake Center has continued to grow to what now is a Church with an average weekly attendance of 850 people. Our continued growth
through the years has allowed Lake Center to change facilities four times. We have recently moved to our fourth location in November 2014 to a 33,000 square foot facility located in the center of our city, Portage, Michigan.
Portage Michigan is located in Southwest Lower Michigan, approximately one hour from Lake Michigan, and about two hours to either Detroit, MI or Chicago, IL. Portage has a lot of outdoor activities ranging from walking and biking trails to several lakes
where water-sports and fishing are very popular. The city of Portage also has many restaurants and places to shop where you will find almost anything you may need. Portage also has an outstanding public education system which includes 8,700 students throughout
eight elementary, three middle, and two high schools. Among the school system’s awards are Washington Post’s “Best High School” ranking, which includes Central High and Northern High Schools. Along with the public school system, Lake Center is also located
within five miles of Western Michigan University (24,598 students), Kalamazoo College (1,403 students), and Kalamazoo Valley Community College (11,395 students).
At Lake Center, our mission is the driving force behind what we do. As we work to accomplish our mission, we filter everything we do through what we call our DNA. These are the things we believe God has said our ministries must focus on as an organization:
Faith, Love God, Love Others, and Healthy Relationships.
We also have a certain way we do things as a staff team to uphold our DNA. These are our values, what drives us, and what we push toward as a group. We strive to do everything we do with Excellence, Creativity, Purpose, Team, and Action.
The Pastor/Director of Next Generations Ministry at Lake Center will need the following qualities:
- Must have a definite calling to full-time ministry within the Church
- Must be a high capacity Leader of Leaders for 6th grade through college
- Must have a proven record of being able to work within a fast-paced team environment
- Must possess excellent communication skills
- Will have a thorough understanding of God’s Word and how to apply it to life
- Must demonstrate alignment with the Mission, DNA and Staff Team Values of the church