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Vanderbloemen Search Group

NorthRidge Church - Discipleship Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Plymouth, Michigan, United States

Date Posted: 03/16/2016
Categories: Associate Pastor - Discipleship Pastor - Other - Other Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

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As a church, the mission of NorthRidge Church is as simple as 16 words:
Wake the World Up to Jesus.
Show them His love.
Tell them His Truth.
Involve them.

Within that mission it is the church’s vital goal to continually help both believers and non-believers grow their relationship with God and their heart for His cause. Northridge is dedicated to ‘meeting’ each attendee in their journey through empowering worship, powerful talks, community Bible studies, and range of ministries. The 16-word mission is a laser-focused refresh of what the church has been about for years. Today, the ministry of NorthRidge Church continues to grow in impact and influence, flooding its surrounding communities with a fresh culture of faith through its seven services across four locations in the Plymouth, Michigan, area.


NorthRidge Church is searching for a Discipleship Pastor who will lead, create, and align ministries to provide an intentional pathway of spiritual development for those who believe in Christ and those who don’t, while facilitating their participation in and experience of NorthRidge’s 16 Word Mission. This will include ensuring NorthRidge offers a portfolio with an appropriate number and variety of opportunities for individual spiritual growth.  Emphasis will be placed on successfully encouraging attendees to take a 'next step' in their journey regardless of their spiritual maturity, but especially in the case of those whose current level of participation is limited to attending weekend services and need to take their first step. Discipleship ministries currently include Community Groups, Women’s, Men’s, Next Steps/Starting Point, Team NorthRidge, Care, and Adult Education, with opportunities appropriated for each campus.


This individual will first and foremost have a clear call from God to lead large numbers of people with varying levels of spiritual maturity (and denominational backgrounds) into a more genuine relationship with God in a manner consistent with NorthRidge’s expression of ministry. They will be equipped with a seminary or undergraduate degree in Divinity or Bible (or a comparable), and have a minimum of five years in a ministry position involving some aspect of discipleship.


His/her key attributes will consist of a significant pastoral presence, an upstanding character of integrity guided by sound ethical principles, a contagious passion for ministry, and a continuous level of accountability in line with Matthew 18. They will possess demonstrated qualities of a dynamic follower of Christ, while being passionate about continuing to grow and live authentically for Christ. They will further show characteristics of self-motivation, with a strong ability to lead selflessly, while overcoming challenges with volunteer leaders and leadership teams. The prospective candidate should have a significant degree of humility, teachability, organization, teamwork, discernment, wisdom, and strategic agility, without requiring extensive direction from others. 


The city of Plymouth is located in Wayne County in the state of Michigan. Boasting many advantages such as location, access to major freeways, world-class industrial parks, and high quality housing development, the city is part of the charter township of Plymouth. The township that occupies 16.6 square miles was first settled in 1825, incorporated as a village in 1867, and became a city in 1932. It is a well-planned community that has developed around the ‘golden corridor’ along the freeway. This thriving city with a rich heritage is abounding with ideal lifestyle options and was recognized for the following features within the past several years:

  • #1 Place To Live In Michigan (2014, Areavibes)
  • #28 Top 100 Places to Live (2009, Money Magazine)
  • One of Relocate-Americas Top 100 (2009)
  • #37 Best Place to Live – (2007, Money Magazine)

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