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Vanderbloemen Search Group

International Christian Center - Small Groups Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Brownsville, Texas, United States

Date Posted: 03/30/2017
Categories: Small Group Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

ICC strives to make every person a believer, every believer a disciple and every disciple a minister.

Pastor Bob Ordeman is the founding pastor of International Christian Center.  After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, he moved to the Rio Grande Valley to work the medical evaluation of a federal nutritional program.  He was mentored in a local church and became the assistant pastor.  In 1991 he and his wife and family launched the then-named Christian Fellowship Church in Brownsville. Today, the church has 2,500-3,300 people attending on three different campuses, including one in Northern Mexico, and the congregation continues to grow and expand exponentially.


Driven by a vision to build up ministries, disciple believers, and duplicate leadership, ICC uniquely strives to merge both Anglo and Latino cultures through its ministry in the Brownsville region and beyond, in partnership with the ARC church network.


  • Weekly Attendance: 2800
  • Location: Brownsville, TX
  • Denomination & Affiliations: ARC 

About the Position:

The Small Groups Pastor of International Christian Center will provide leadership, oversight, and coordination of small groups and will also manage day-to-day affairs for each core group including all small groups’ related activities and pastoral care issues. This position will develop leaders in order to grow the small group ministry, with indirect involvement of the assimilation process to plug in new attendees at ICC alongside the current attendees of the church, so as to ensure all members have a place to belong, and are able to develop relationships that lead to spiritual growth and meaningful membership. 

The successful candidate for this role will be an exceedingly strong builder of both people and processes. Utilizing this skill set at its maximum capacity, this person will work towards an increase of 5% (by 2018) in both the number of small groups and the people plugged within small groups. They will additionally build a sustainable leadership pipeline that not only disciples people, but also equips and raises the next generation of leaders both in the small groups ministry and the church at large.

What We Are Searching For:

The next Small Groups Pastor of ICC will be an experienced leader and administrator. They will have a strategic thought process in managing new initiatives, dealing with ambiguity, identifying effective solutions and envisioning future state. The ideal prospect will be people-centric with interpersonal relational intelligence, alongside an essential skill set that contributes to a highly intuitive style of leadership.

Ideally, this individual will possess a 3-year background in small group management, at minimum, displaying the ability to disciple, coach, and develop leaders in a large, growing church environment.


  • Preferably an undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • Leader, team builder.
  • Spanish/English bilingual preferred.
  • Embrace the Latino background and culture of ICC/Brownsville.
  • Preaching and teaching skills and experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, Outlook).
  • Willingness to learn new software programs.
  • Possess outstanding verbal and written communication skills with both immediate and extended teams.
  • Preferable experience in missional, evangelistic, and community impact.
  • A proven track record of being a self-starter, entrepreneur, and goal-oriented worker, with an unusually strong work ethic.

About the Location:

Steeped in a rich South Texas heritage and located in the South Texas tropics, Brownsville is a perfect two-nation location where one will find plenty of exciting adventures, many historical sites, a thriving community, and a bicultural ambience that’s representative of Mexico. As the seat of Cameron County, the city is rich in history and one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. Today, Brownsville is the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley with a population near greater than 175,000. With an assessed valuation of more than $5 billion, the city has nearly quadrupled its wealth in the past 15 years. Brownsville is proud of its past and annually hosts thousands of tourists who not only take in the history, but the climate and proximity to Mexico as well.

Brownsville is a business-friendly area clustered with small towns, agriculture, and commercial and manufacturing interests tied to Mexico and free trade status. It serves as a major trading center and ‘maquiladora’ or border zone manufacturing center for U.S. companies and an international seaport. The city has a large Hispanic population and a sizable Hispanic middle class. The intersection between the Hispanic and Anglo cultures adds interest to this region. The University of Texas at Brownsville, a consolidation of previous higher education institutions, has 11,500 students. The city also contains good K-12 schools with reasonable home prices. There are several cultural or recreational amenities outside of watersports and cross-border shopping, with the border culture coming alive with festivals and events throughout the year in Brownsville.