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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Southwest Church - Student Community & Outreach Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Indian Wells, California, United States

Date Posted: 05/11/2016
Categories: Other - Other Pastor - Outreach - Youth Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

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Southwest Church is an Evangelical Free Church that derived from humble beginnings combined with a bold vision.


In 1973, a group of eight people started a small church called Desert Evangelical Church with their purpose being “to establish and maintain an evangelical Christian Church and to provide a place of public worship.” Decades and a few church names later, that same pursuit ignites the people of Southwest today. Southwest offers dozens of ministries, with thousands of residents in attendance each week, in the relentless pursuit of the vision that ‘every resident of the Valley will be a Jesus-follower.’


Ministry Strategy

Focus: Reaching 10,000 high school students and 10,000 middle school students within a 5-mile radius of the church.

Phase I: Implement a high school community/outreach model that extends to 10,000 high school students.

Phase II: Integrate the proven community/outreach model in Phase I, and employ its methodology reach the 10,000 middle school students.

Scope of the Position

The Student Community & Outreach Pastor will be responsible for exposing over 20,000 students to Jesus, by implementing, managing, and overseeing vibrant campus ministries for local high schools within a 5-mile radius of Southwest Church. This endeavor will be the ‘outreach arm’ of the Student Ministry, and this individual will champion and transfer the DNA of the Southwest into this ministry vision.


The Individual

The next Student Community & Outreach Pastor of Southwest Church will have an insatiable heart towards lost students with an unyielding passion to reach them, alongside an ability to multiply, build, and propel the capacity of the ministry in which they possess oversight. He/she will be a strategic contributor, and an appealing relater, with an entrepreneurial spirit at the core of their work ethic. This individual will carry an attitude and disposition that states they are “in it” to “win it” while doing life with those they encounter along the way.


In essence, this individual will be a maximizer, a forward-thinker, a developer, an organizer, an inspirer, and an exceedingly skilled communicator. They will ideally possess a seminary degree, although a bachelor’s degree would fulfill the minimal requirement. 


Southwest is located in the heart of the Coachella Valley, California, which is populated by nearly 600,000 people with another 2.5 million in annual tourists. It is a fast-growing region of Southern California that comprises nine cities. Sitting on 45 acres of one of the ten busiest intersections of the Valley, Southwest Church is easy to access and uniquely positioned. 99% of the church community derives from the adjacent areas of Palm Desert, Indio, and La Quinta. 


Palm Desert is the geographic center of Coachella Valley. The city has evolved into a vibrant small city that today is the educational, retail, and cultural hub of the Valley. With an abundance of resources available to residents, from relaxation to recreation alongside incredible art and architecture, Palm Desert is an oasis in the heart the famed region.


The oldest and largest city in Coachella Valley is Indio. Hosting a variety of festivals known around the globe, the city is fondly known as the “City of Festivals” in the region. The 5th fastest growing city of the state in 2013, Indio living includes a diverse array of families and a growing working class that call it home. Equipped with quality schools, a strong economy, and an affordable real estate value, Indio was recently ranked in the top 20 Best Cities forYoung Families in California by


Known as the “Gem of the Desert” among the cities of Coachella Valley, the city of La Quinta is a premier location for active living; with patio dining, boutique shops, resort escapes, world-class golf, top national retailers and the charm of the La Quinta Village. La Quinta is known for its pristine surroundings showcasing picture perfect views. The community inspires art and culture, health, wellness, and serenity among its visitors and residents. 


Through these diverse municipalities, Coachella Valley offers both a vibe and a lifestyle ideal for its residents.


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