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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Lighthouse Christian Center - Pastor of Small Groups & Teaching

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Puyallup, Washington, United States

Date Posted: 06/28/2017
Categories: Small Group Pastor - Teaching Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

Lighthouse Christian Center (LCC) attributes its humble beginnings to weekly meetings around a kitchen table that included praying, planning, and dreaming of birthing a church that would reach out to people of the community with God’s love in an understandable way. The heart behind this vision was for Lighthouse to be a church where people could be real, accept each other regardless of their past yet, urge one another to grow more like Jesus. What began with 10 families in 1991 has burst into a vibrant community of more than a thousand today.


Lighthouse values community transformation, grace-filled relationships, hands-on ministry, God’s plan for the family, faithfulness with resources, and the passionate discovery of God’s Truth. These values are exemplified through its leadership team and embodied by its ministry programming and outreach endeavors. The ministry of Lighthouse Christian Center is stewarded under the capable leadership of Lead Pastor Dr. Art Hunt, who is known to be a passionate shepherd, gifted communicator, and all-round fun and expressive. His leadership has been key in taking the church from a group of 30 with one staff member to a rapidly growing church of 1,400 with 27 staff members. An accomplished author with a love for communication of all forms, he focuses his leadership at LCC on developing the capacity of the pastoral leadership on staff, while giving them the freedom and encouragement to operate in their calling and gifting.

Size - 1,400
Denomination - The Christian & Missionary Alliance
n - Puyallup, WA


About the Position:

The Pastor of Small Groups and Teaching will be largely responsible for overseeing group life consisting of home groups, The Haven apprentice community, fun groups, and learning groups at Lighthouse Christian Center. In addition, they will be part of the weekend teaching team, preaching approximately 25% of the time, depending on calling, gifts and bandwidth.

The ideal candidate for this role will be a strategic entrepreneur and an initiator, offering direction and implementation into the ministry areas overseen. This person will be a highly-gifted communicator with strong conflict resolution skills who values a micro-centric perspective and collaborative ministry endeavors. This individual will be marked by relatability, teachability and humility, with the capacity to identify, challenge and develop leaders.

What We Are Searching For:

  • A collaborative leadership style that functions well at all levels of an organization.
  • Marked qualities of a strategic leader as well as a follower.
  • Works well with a team in collaboration with key leaders.
  • A background in coaching, managing and developing lay leaders.
  • Ability to think, plan and act both strategically and relationally.
  • A strong sense of articulation alongside verbal and written communication abilities that compel people.
  • Capable of connecting in a multi-generational setting.
  • An understanding of best practices for small group ministry and a commitment to the value of small groups as a critical part of the disciple- making process.
  • A willingness to be accountable and own areas of ministry that are assigned.
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt quickly and function in an integrated ministry in a medium-to-large church setting.


A seminary education or a master’s degree in a related field that informs strategic thinking about spiritual formation, leadership, preaching, etc. 

A minimum of 5 years in church ministry leadership, in a pastoral role.

Willingness to be licensed by Christian & Missionary Alliance within 3 years of hire.


About the Location:

Situated in the heart of the valley with Mount Rainier as its backdrop, Puyallup is a city of scenic beauty and rich history. Located in the Puget Sound region, 10 miles east of Tacoma and approximately 35 miles south of Seattle, its earliest days, were associated with alluvial soil optimal for agriculture, the Western Washington State Fair, and the tribe of “the generous people.” Today, championed by a well-preserved and appreciated heritage, the city’s progress pays tribute to its unique past, and vibrant future.

From local farms and a wide variety of restaurants, to unique consignment shops and an array of antique dealers, Puyallup's businesses bring character and life to its community. Fueled by the helping hands and gracious hearts of local volunteers and staff, Puyallup's nonprofits serve the needs of the valley and beyond. 

In its early years, Puyallup was an agricultural community. Farmers grew hops, berries and flowers and the city continues to pay homage to its agricultural roots. The spring is celebrated with the annual Daffodil Parade and in the fall the now Washington State Fair continues to be a favorite destination for visitors. Over the years, the city gained prominence as a regional commercial and service center for eastern Pierce County. Puyallup continues to serve its residents and neighbors with a strong, diversified economy.

Puyallup has a unique downtown antique district. There are also lots of shopping opportunities on Puyallup's South Hill. The city boasts cinemas, restaurants, a two-year community college, parks and recreation, good K-12 schools, nice residential districts and a lot more. With almost 60% of the city’s land area devoted to residential areas, Puyallup contains numerous distinct neighborhoods with a variety of housing types and choices. The City of Puyallup is entirely contained within the Puyallup School District, which has an excellent reputation for its K-12 schools. It is also home to the Cascade Christian School District, Pierce College's Puyallup campus, and provides easy access to nearby four-year colleges UW-Tacoma, Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound.

Puyallup became the first city in the state of Washington to receive an AARP/World Health Organization “Age-Friendly City” designation (in 2016), as well as the second city in the state of Washington to receive an official "Bee City" designation from Bee City USA, a not-for-profit organization committed to developing and maintaining sustainable habitats for pollinators such as native bees and honey bees. It has additionally been honored for its preservation of trees for three years in a row, and was once again recognized as a “Tree City USA” in 2017.