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Downtown Community Fellowship

Lead Teaching Pastor

Downtown Community Fellowship
Seneca, South Carolina, United States

Date Posted: 08/27/2015
Categories: Teaching Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 101 to 150
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Established: 1995

Denomination: Non-Denominational

Worship Style: Contemporary/Blended

Government: Elder rule

Community: Small City, adjacent to a college town

Size and Demographics: 150 (during the school year, approximately 50% college students, about 40-50 people during the summer months)


DCF is located between Clemson and Seneca, SC, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a short distance away from thriving Clemson University, Tri County Technical College and Southern Wesleyan University. We are 45 minutes from Greenville, SC and Anderson University in Anderson, SC.


DCF history

DCF began in 1995 as a new church with the mission of connecting with university students. Many individuals in their late teens and early twenties step away from their faith as they enter adulthood; our hope was to offer the message of Jesus in the university context, living out the gospel story in practical ways and creating a safe place where those distant from God could connect with Him and His people. Eventually, the Sunday ‘Night Church’ became a large event with well over 700 in attendance.  


Founded to be an expression of the Church, the Bride of Christ, people were not attending as a church home, but as a place of upbeat and entertaining worship, speakers and events.  God’s love was being demonstrated, but God was calling the leaders to something more than entertainment.  After prayerful consideration, the night service was cancelled to intentionally step into intimate house church communities. Numbers fell, but the depth began to grow.


The house churches came together for a Sunday morning Gathering to celebrate God in corporate worship in a space in downtown Clemson, still maintaining the intimacy, integrity and autonomy of the individual house church communities. The Sunday morning congregation has since grown and expanded to include families and individuals beyond those in the house churches. Currently about 40% of those who attend on Sunday are involved in house churches related to DCF, which also include individuals who do not attend the Gathering. In January 2015,  the DCF Gathering space relocated across the lake between Clemson and  Seneca. Here our diversity has continued to grow, with a greater number of families and older individuals balancing the college population.  This multi-generational trend has added richness to our body and the need for a kids and youth ministry.


DCF in the present

That is where we began and where we continue, striving through honest relationships and practical worship to live out the Gospel in intimate and holistic ways using the giftings of all. Locations and models have changed and with each semester new students and families arrive and others depart to continue their investment in God’s Kingdom elsewhere. In the midst of change, the following consistent themes have emerged:

  • Worship—a God-centered life where His glory is our deepest desire

  • Family—a connected life, immersed in the context of deep relationships

  • Kingdom—a bold life, committed to joining God’s work on the earth, invading the darkness and living the story of the Gospel

These ideals reflect the two greatest commandments and the great commission. Each of the three forms an individual thread braiding together a community centered on Emmanuel, the stitches and loops of our lives anchoring us together to reveal a richly knitted tapestry of God’s grace in this broken world.


House churches remain a fundamental means of living out these themes. This is where many are equipped in the faith and identify and cultivate their gifts as they dive into the Word and wrestle with questions about life, faith and our culture; sharing, celebrating and growing together; supporting and encouraging one another in the struggles of everyday life.  


Sunday morning we meet for the Gathering, a time of corporate worship and building up of one another; we strive to be inclusive of everyone and open to the needs of one another. We regularly spend the Gathering time praying for each other in small groups. We begin with a general order of service, but our elders seek to be sensitive to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our presence. Sometimes, God calls us to change our agenda, to seek Him in some way other than what we had planned. In those times we desire to be flexible, always keeping in mind the edification of the body; our yearning, above all, to stand in the presence and will of God.


We recognize that God gives gifts to all in His Kingdom, without favoritism, and that each individual’s gift is necessary to the building up of the body of Christ. Accordingly, we place no limits on gender or age but rather seek maturity and evidence of God’s spirit in calling individuals into service and leadership. Our community is made up of Jesus followers from many backgrounds. We have a creed, a statement of what we consider the essentials of the faith, but we consider ourselves to be multi-denominational, coming together in unity around the essentials to do his work and build His Kingdom. We pursue the value in diversity, accepting the tension of holding differing perspectives in many questions of faith– trusting the Holy Spirit within each of us to lead us to His truth. We endeavor to approach questions together in ways that honor God and one another.


The Bride of Christ spans both time and space. Knowing that, we delight in pursuing things that bind us to the larger community of faith.  We pray for and seek to serve our brothers and sisters, locally and globally. During the Sunday Gathering we include elements of liturgy that remind us of our unity in Him. We say the Lord’s Prayer together and read scripture from the Common Lectionary. We sing ancient hymns, contemporary songs, even original songs. We pray for one another, pass the peace of Christ, and observe the Lord’s Supper weekly. These practices connect us with our Father and the Body of Christ throughout the ages, and across the globe.


Who are we looking for?

DCF is looking for a pastor who is a gifted shepherd and teacher to join with us as we explore and implement a vision for a holistic body, operating in every area of the faith, using the gifts of each member and living out real-life relationships that model the kingdom to each other and to the world.



Lead Sunday Gatherings and House Church Ministry

  • Teach the majority of Sunday mornings; facilitate the use of other teachers

  • Coordinate Sunday morning events working with existing ministry teams and elders

  • Share in the leadership of a house church

  • Ensure equipping of house church leaders and raising up of new leaders

  • Promote the networking of house churches and the unity of DCF as a body

Mentor / Disciple Members of the Body

  • Spend time mentoring and being mentored

  • Invest in members finding and developing their gifts

Oversee Church Administration

  • Ensure day to day operations of the Church are managed with excellence

  • Oversee management and usage of the building

  • Oversee any additional staff (currently a part-time Community Director)

  • Lead or facilitate leadership of monthly deacon meetings

  • Serve as member of the Board of Elders


Required Minimum Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Deep spiritual walk and deep knowledge of Scripture

  • Undergraduate degree in ministry, theology or similar degree

  • Experience/Strong interest in intimate fellowship ministry models (house/cell churches)

  • Engaging teacher with experience communicating in various size groups

  • Personal practice of mentoring and being mentored

  • Familiarity with balancing multi-denominational and theological tension

  • Equipper of all believers to fully use their gifts

  • Experience with/Strong personal interest in multi-faceted leadership--shared elder leadership and individual member’s participation in accordance with their giftings

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills

  • Advanced degree in ministry, theology, or related degree

  • Experience in inductive Bible study methods or similar approaches to Scripture

  • Experience with ministry to college students

  • Missions or overseas experience

Personal Characteristics:

God creates us in a myriad of wonderful ways, each with our own individual gifts and strengths; these are some personal characteristics that we would like to see in our leader(s):

  • a reader...thinker...questioner

Someone who appreciates deep questions, loves to dig deep in God’s Word, and is excited about learning and seeking new truths, together.

  • prayer led

Someone with mature life experience, who has learned to seek answers in Scripture, and on their knees before the Lord; someone who has walked through the valleys and mountains of life and is willing to share the stories of their life and journey with us.

  • discipleship minded

Someone who has a heart for shepherding the people of God, is willing to be available when needed to love, encourage and pray with members of the body, and desires to lead and be part of “the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ “ Ephesians 4:12

  • appreciates art and creativity

Someone who recognizes that God can be found in, and worshipped through, many expressions: music, painting, film, writing, etc.

  • proactive

Someone who is willing to jump into things and get involved, put forth ideas, and roll up their sleeves for the work before them and willing to embrace a non-traditional vision for the body/Gathering as we explore living out God’s purpose for us together at DCF.

  • loves the big C church

Someone who loves the body of Christ, both the brothers and sisters we share daily life with, and those scattered around the world.

  • loves college kids

An unusual percentage of our body will always be young adults in a unique and exciting place in their life, needing mentoring, encouragement, and opportunities to stretch themselves and learn to serve their brothers and sisters as responsible adults.

If interested, please submit your resume and a link to examples of your teaching to: