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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Polaris Church - Senior Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Columbus, Ohio, United States

Date Posted: 04/04/2016
Categories: Other - Other Pastor - Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


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Polaris Church (Polaris) found its roots as “Christ the King Lutheran Church” nearly 50 years ago. The church dropped their Lutheran affiliation years past, and since, has experienced decades of growth and impact in the surrounding community. This growth influenced and birthed Polaris Christian Academy, a K-8 school, as well as an Early Learning Center—where both function as wholly owned and highly valued ministries of the church.


With an innate desire to show people that true life begins with knowing Christ, and being part of His church, Polaris makes a priority to reach out to those who feel disconnected from God and disillusioned with church. They are committed to walking the journey together with such individuals, until they ultimately find their purpose in Christ. Polaris Church is located within the parameters of the Polaris Centers of Commerce in northern Columbus, which consists of over a hundred commercial and residential developments. This strategic placement, across the street from a destination mall, provides untapped opportunities for the church. Furthermore, Polaris Church’s potential for impact is heightened because it is the only church in this thriving part of the community surrounded by tens of thousands of homes. 


Polaris Church seeks a Senior Pastor who will lead the church, the academy, and the preschool in reaching their potential to impact the local community and the world. The Senior Pastor will serve as the primary leader of these organizations and will bear responsibility for the success of each entity. The ideal candidate will be a values-based leader and a masterful encourager, who portrays spiritual, moral, and ethical integrity in their passion for serving the Lord and teaching others about the Word of God. He/she will strive toward living a life that demonstrates a personal relationship with God.


The next Senior Pastor will champion the church’s desire to ignite a passion for Jesus in the hearts of people that is so contagious, that it will change the course of the lives and families at Polaris, its surrounding community, and the world. Furthermore, this individual will effectively steward the church’s mission to lead people into a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ. They will lead and facilitate the creation of environments where participants are encouraged and equipped to pursue three vital relationships—intimacy with God, community with people within the church, and influence with those outside the church. 


The educational background an the set of required skills and experiences will consist of, but will not be limited to:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably from an accredited seminary or Bible college; a Master of Divinity or its equivalent is preferred.
  • 8-10 years of pastoral experience in a vibrant church setting, with a proven track record of growing the church is desired.
  • A proven history managing in a multi-staff setting.
  • Leadership experience in a complex ministry environment, such as a church with a school or a comparable entity, will be a plus.
  • Multisite or church planting experience will be a plus.
  • Ministerial License and Ordination is required.


Polaris Church (along with Polaris Christian Academy and the Early Learning Center) is blessed with a prominent high-powered locale in a thriving suburban area north of Columbus, the capital city and the largest city in the state of Ohio.


This prominent location, also known as the land of opportunity in Columbus, is the Polaris Centers of Commerce. Employing over 30,000 people in a 1,200-acre development, the vicinity serves as a vibrant backdrop to Ohio’s fastest growing county. Its rapid progress in the northern sector of the city has drawn, and continues to attract, thousands to the area. Consisting of dynamic surroundings, countless services, and staunch neighborhoods, this beacon of expansion offers Polaris Church great potential for catalytic growth over the forthcoming years. Modern Columbus has emerged as a technologically sophisticated city with the world's largest private foundation. A highly scholastic community that values intellectual capacity, the city is also home to Ohio State University, the nation's third largest campus. Defined by progress, Columbus is a city that is growing and thriving with young churches, young professionals, and young families. Columbus ranked #1 as an Opportunity City, #11 among Best Places for Business and Careers, and #35 in National Job Growth, on Forbes.


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