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City Life Center

Staff Member

City Life Center
Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Date Posted: 02/12/2012
Categories: Associate Pastor
Church Size: 50 to 100
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
City Life Center of Fort Worth is searching for Staff Members of various types. All applicants will be taken seriously. Please read this entire description:

City Life Center is a creative new church plant in Downtown Fort Worth. We are affiliated with Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, and Bethesda Community Church in Fort Worth.

Our vision is to reach the heart of Fort Worth with the gospel of Jesus Christ in our rapidly transitioning and growing neighborhood. New apartments and condos are springing up all around the downtown area in the form of new construction, the remodeling of historic buildings, and the redesign of space inside of the high rises. Additional new development along the Trinity River, just blocks from our campus, is projected to double the downtown resident population in the next ten years.

As a downtown church, City Life Center has huge potential to impact the culture makers of Fort Worth. The artists, government leaders, entrepreneurs, media professionals, education leaders and more, fulfill their role in our neighborhood. The suburban, small city and rural church is virtually unable to impact the culture makers of our nation. This is primarily due to the fact that the culture created in the hearts of America's cities is exported to the suburbs, small cities and rural areas. Our responsibility as a "city center" church is to build relationships within our neighborhood, leading people to Jesus and impacting the lives of those who create our culture.

Imagine the difference that can be made when artists begin to create art from a different values base. Imagine what might happen when corporate CEO's have their lives transformed and begin to bring Biblical values into the board room. Imagine the potential when media and education professionals have an encounter with the life-changing power of Jesus. Imagine what is possible in a city when government leaders begin to pray, call on God, and envision their city as a habitation of God's presence. The impact of our ministry then becomes exponential. These are some of the dreams that motivate us to firmly establish this new work in Downtown Fort Worth.

Marketplace: We measure our success by community influence.
Substance: We value the presence of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Legacy: We value and fuel the potential of the next generation.
Covenant Relationships: We value deep relational commitments.

Last year, Fort Worth was named America's fastest growing large city, and City Life Center owns property in the heart of the city. Located at 915 Florence Street, we are nestled between Fort Worth's tallest high rise, Burnett Plaza (two blocks to our east), and the Upper West Side, a largely residential and medical area. There are 8000 residents within the one mile radius of our campus, and the weekday daytime population of that same radius is 63,000 people. Our neighborhood attracts young married couples, single adults, empty-nesters, and retired folk. Residents tend to be business professionals, artists, students and medical professionals. It is our assessment that the vast majority of the residents in our neighborhood do not attend church, and would be considered either "de-churched" or "un-churched".

City Life Center attendees come from a variety of backgrounds, but most seem to fall into the "de-churched" category. Most have been out of church for quite some time as they have distanced themselves from more traditional church experiences citing irrelevance, rigidity, stylistic narrowness, hurts and rejection. We estimate that approximately 30% of our first-time guests attend because they first visited the coffee shop in our building.

Church planting in the downtown neighborhoods of America's largest cities is considered to be the most challenging, with the highest failure rate. This is primarily due to a general inability to effectively connect with and build from the downtown neighborhood, an inability to acquire permanent real estate, and challenging parking options. At City Life Center, we believe we can overcome these statistics due to our intentional downtown neighborhood focus, the functionality of our coffee shop (attracting local residents, students and business professionals), and that we own a well-crafted facility in downtown with plenty of accessible parking.

My name is Tim Woody, and I'm the Lead Pastor of City Life Center. I grew up in a pastor's home and graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 1988. Prior to graduation, I began serving on the pastoral staff of a large church in the southern Dallas County area, Trinity Church of Cedar Hill. Today, Trinity has a Sunday attendance of approximately 4000. During my fifteen year tenure (eleven years on full-time staff) at this mini-mega church, I served in virtually every position. Feeling called to pastor my own congregation, I began ministering at Riverside Church, a congregation of approximately 1000, in the Kansas City area. During my nine years at Riverside, we developed our 25-acre property, launched a second campus, initiated a 24/7 prayer ministry, created a television ministry, enhanced ministry to the poor, and established a leadership academy. Feeling called to the DFW Metroplex to launch a new work, my family and I returned to this area in 2008 and based my ministry out of Trinity Church. As I refocused for the task ahead, I made a short-term commitment to a friend to manage his local small business whose sales tripled during my tenure. I am still partially employed by this company.

In 2010, I began working behind the scenes at Trinity Church on a future church plant / sister church project. After searching for a location for several months, I was introduced to an opportunity in Downtown Fort Worth. After much prayer and consideration, I met with a group of eight individuals in April, 2011, and assumed the pastorate of City Life Center in May, 2011. We held our Grand Opening on September 11, 2011, and as the first quarter 2012, our Sunday and Friday combined worship attendance has grown to approximately 100 attendees.

Recognizing the unique needs of our downtown neighborhood, we have launched an alternative worship gathering called Marketplace Church, serving local business professionals, on Fridays during the noon hour. We have also established a partnership with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and local businesses in addressing the needs of the hurting in our neighborhood. City Life Center continues to grow in a healthy, incremental manner.

Glancing back over the past nine months and peering forward, we expect to be holding 3-4 weekly worship gatherings by the end of 2012. Our mission will remain focused on the needs in our neighborhood, making Jesus known. Downtown Fort Worth is rapidly changing and growing, and we are a part of that growth! We're not a typical suburban church, and we attempt to keep a laser focus, not becoming burdened down with traditional dogma and dated programs.

I learned quickly that there are few if any models for a large city downtown church like ours, so our work demands a huge amount of faith, listening to God, and responding to the needs of our neighborhood. The journey has been exciting thus far, the work is challenging, and I believe the best is yet to come! This church will to continue to grow.

Unlike most church plants, we have a very nice, completely remodeled facility, and state-of-the-art technology systems. City Life Center partners with a local coffee company to provide an upscale independent coffeehouse in our facility, open 7 days a week as a private business. Also, local businesses, organizations, individuals and various ministries rent our facilities on a regular basis.

All of my ministry experience has been in the large church, multi-staffed setting, and with the growth we're beginning to see at City Life Center, it seems obvious to me this is where we will eventually be. Therefore, it's time to recruit a few ministry-minded, skilled leaders who would be willing to be a part of the Volunteer Staff of City Life Center indefinitely, with the possibility of transitioning into salaried positions at the church as we grow and as our needs require.

This means you will have the opportunity to play a huge role in the establishment of a unique, growing church. Your ministry will shape the future of City Life Center.

Currently, our leadership structure is a Core Team which directs a Ministry Team. The Core Team is a group of individuals I recruited primarily through relationships. Moving into our future, a Staff Team must soon develop. This team will work closely with me in leading, directing and implementing the ministry of City Life Center.

All applicants must be willing to go through standard recruiting steps including the following:
- Submit a resume containing a statement of beliefs, personal values, ministry giftings and passions
- Visit one or more worship gatherings
- Be required to hold an outside job in the Fort Worth area with no guarantee of a "hire date" at City Life Center

Our vision is huge.
Our favor with God and man is growing.
Our opportunities are limitless.
Our God is in the driver's seat!

If you would like to be a part of the City Life Center staff, please apply! All applicants will be responded to within one week.