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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Real Life Christian Church - Lead Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

Date Posted: 03/02/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:



About the Organization:

Real Life Christian Church exists to Love God, Love One Another and Love the World, and everything the church does fits into one of these elements.  Our goal is to have people within the church and those who are just hearing about Jesus take one step closer to Him.


Real Life is a church where a person from any background is welcome, because the church believes that there’s always room for one more person who needs Jesus. With this concept as its guiding principle, the RLCC community seeks, as individuals and as a church body, to serve, love and care for those around them. Before their previous Lead Pastor returned to his home church on the west coast, the church experienced over 10% in growth and looks forward to its next season of senior leadership.

Real Life Christian Church is “staff led” and “elder empowered”. The Lead Pastor and Executive Director work with the Elders to establish vision and direction and work with the staff to make sure that the vision and direction are implemented.


  • Weekly Attendance: 700
  • Location: Border Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, VA
  • Denomination & Affiliations: Non-denominational Christian Church (Restoration Movement)

About the Position:

Real Life Christian Church seeks a Lead Pastor who will champion the church’s mission and core values, while working with the Elders and staff to shape, develop, coordinate, and communicate the vision of the church. This position will be required to lead areas dealing with evangelism and discipleship impacting the RLCC family as well as surrounding communities with a shepherd’s heart, excellent communication skills, and a deep conviction to see people draw closer to Jesus.

The ideal candidate for this role will be a visionary and collaborative leader. They will serve specifically as an inspiring, authentically biblical, grace-centered, and relational communicator for weekend services as they walk people through practical, engaging, topical, authentic, and conversational messages. By and large, this individual will be able to thrive in a multi-faceted, team-oriented, growing church culture where relationships, grace, authenticity, integrity, and loyalty are critical. Using these proficiencies (among others), the candidate will successfully offer leadership to each component of the church.

What We Are Searching For/Qualifications:

The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. A degree from a Christian college or university in particular is preferred, but not required.

  • Minimum 5+ years leading in a pastoral church ministry of 500+.
  • Excellent communication and people skills, organizational and leadership skills, and a proven team-building ability.
  • Experience recruiting, creating, developing, and deploying volunteer teams.
  • Key spiritual gifts of shepherding, teaching, leadership, and encouragement.
  • Conversant and engaging teaching that intertwines with the understanding with living in a contemporary culture.
  • Ability to manage time-based job priorities and deadlines.
  • Responsible, self-starter who completes tasks with autonomy and excellence.
  • A strong communicator who listens well and is comfortable and effective at all levels of the organization; one who thrives on providing the necessary support for others to succeed.

About the Location:

Real Life Christian Church is situated on the border of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia. The cities are known for their abundance of outdoor recreation, easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, a vibrant musical and cultural scene, historic sites ripe for exploring, shopping ranging from fine to funky, and picturesque strolls in a green and beautifully preserved environment. It boasts all the attractions, events and excitement of a larger city, nestled in the middle of the culturally diverse and dynamic Coastal Virginia region.

In addition to the many shopping, sightseeing, and cultural possibilities, you'll find Chesapeake is the perfect base camp for all sorts of outdoor adventuring, including golfing, fishing, biking, hiking, kayaking and more! All throughout the year, you could find yourself exploring amazing historical sites in nearby Jamestown and Williamsburg VA. This dynamic community often celebrates the city's heritage and culture at one of the many family-friendly events and festivals held throughout the year.

The area adjacent to RLCC is a mix of residential, commercial, and agriculture properties. The agricultural areas near the church are slated for development, making Real Life positioned to become the ‘community church.’ Both Chesapeake and nearby Virginia Beach are highly rated when it comes to public schools and they are safe and exciting places to live. Several universities and colleges like Regent and Old Dominion University also surround Chesapeake. In 2011, Chesapeake was named the 21st Best City in America by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.