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Canyon Ridge Church

Lead Pastor

Canyon Ridge Church
Tacoma, Washington, United States

Date Posted: 10/03/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Canyon Ridge Church was originally founded in 1961 as Bethany Open Bible Church. After meeting in temporary locations for the first few years, the church was able to purchase property and build a modest facility at 84th and Waller Road, where the church still meets today, though in a facility that has since been expanded 3 times and then remodeled in 2010, when the church was relaunched with a fresh vision as Canyon Ridge Church.

Since its inception, this church has only had three lead pastors. Pastor John Sims has been the Lead Pastor since October of 2008 and he and his family desire to remain at Canyon Ridge and to continue to serve God there, so long as the new pastor is amenable. The church also has a robust staff of leaders, most of whom who are volunteers or close to it, including an executive pastor, a teaching pastor, directors for children’s, youth, and young adult ministries, and a faith community nurse. In 2016, CRC launched its first missionaries to serve in Papua New Guinea, aiding Wycliffe Bible Translators with bringing God’s Word to people groups who do not have access to a Bible in their heart language.

Approximately 175-225 people call CRC their home church, and on any given Sunday, about 90-130 of them are in attendance. In addition to Sundays, CRC has a strong emphasis on Community Group participation, with about 75 people currently signed up to meet in smaller groups during the week. 2016 was an incredible year for Canyon Ridge Church, with all staff members agreeing that it was the church’s best year yet. In 2016, CRC truly became a praying church, launching and continuing a church-wide initiative to start each morning (during the week as well as on Sundays) with Bible reading, meditation, and prayer. As of the end of the year, over 70 individuals in the congregation had reported that they were practicing this discipline!

Canyon Ridge Church is located in a rural portion of Pierce County that has grown into a bedroom community for the etropolitan areas of Tacoma, Puyallup, and the greater Puget Sound area. Though the church itself is in a rural separator, over 400,000 people live within just a few miles of the church’s address. A population study of the immediate area around the church found a high level of ethnic diversity (61% Anglo, 12% Hispanic, 9% African American, 9% Asian, 8% Other), lower-than-average income, and a very low commitment to faith or church attendance.

The church is less than 15 minutes from downtown Tacoma or Puyallup (home to the Washington State Fair in April and September), and 45 minutes from downtown Seattle. Within 3 hours’ drive you can be in a temperate rain forest, the Pacific Ocean, Puget Sound, glacier-covered Mt. Rainier, or the semi-arid sage brush of eastern Washington.
Quality housing is available for $250,000 to $450,000 depending on location and acreage. Many of the area homes are on 2-5 acre lots with several high-density apartment complexes and housing developments (both existing and new-construction) nearby. The area school districts are good, with some schools being rated as excellent.

CRC is looking for a pastor whose life is a model for the congregation and staff to follow, and one who is gifted enough in leadership to help them do just that.

What we’re looking for in a pastor:
-A provable, strong, active, and disciplinedrelationship with Jesus Christ that shapes their life and ministry
-Gifting in teaching/preaching, backed by biblical education
-Demonstrated, successful experience in a church leadership role
-Successful experience in raising up leaders and building teams
-A commitment to continually improving how we serve God and His people
-A passion for reaching the lost in our community, and beyond

Finally, we are looking for someone who will fit with our particular culture. CRC’s vision is to be a church where everyone is welcome to explore faith and grow at their own pace. In the past several years, we have worked hard to become a safe and welcoming place for Christians and non-Christians to be able to explore faith in Jesus Christ together. Because of that, we dress more casually, we speak more plainly, and we evaluate many of our choices based on how well they will communicate to an “unchurched” person. We’re okay with breaking from church traditions, but not with breaking from biblical commands. In fact, we have a saying: We take our faith seriously, but we don’t take ourselves very seriously. We believe the Christian life should be rich, satisfying, and not boring, and that our church experience should reflect that!

This is a full-time position.