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Weekly Attendance: 135+
Denomination: Evangelical Presbyterian
Location: Plant City, FL
About the Organization:
Gracepoint Church was founded in June 1996. The founders started building from the ground up with a fresh and renewed vision for the church, which has grown and flourished under its leadership. Gracepoint Church looks forward to how God is working in and
through them in Plant City, FL.
Gracepoint Church of Plant City, FL, is a 185+ member church that loves the Lord and each other. The church is very active in both local and global missions.
GracePoint Church of Plant City, FL is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (www.epc.org) denomination and a church that is united in our love for Christ, His Word, and for people.
About the Position:
The primary role of the Senior Pastor at Gracepoint Church Plant City is to provide spiritual leadership, nurture and pastoral care for the congregation of Gracepoint. The Senior Pastor should seek to build relationships with all members to help Sheppard
individuals on their spiritual journey to grow with the Lord and equip them to disciple others. These tasks are to be performed while supervising the related professional and support staff of the church and giving administrative leadership to the various
church boards and committees that carry on the mission of the church.
What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Senior Pastor:
A seminary degree or theological training is required as it is relevant to be or become an ordained minister of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
The ideal candidate will have five years or more of ministry experience. Preferably, they will have been a senior pastor or associate pastor in the past with a pattern of growth in their ministry.
- Someone who has a strong and vibrant relationship with God and a passion to see others come to know and love God.
- If married, the ideal candidate for Senior Pastor will have a supportive and involved spouse who is active in the church and eager about the initiatives of Gracepoint Church.
- They will have a strong commitment to lead and equip members of the church to fulfill their calling in the Christian life.
- They will be intergenerational, with a passion and vision to reach every person – regardless of background, experience or age – for God.
- They will have leadership capabilities: a developer, a servant leader who inspires people to do the work, willingness to work alongside the church, emotionally strong, and excellent in interpersonal interactions.
- They will be an excellent communicator of the gospel and teaching of God’s Word.
- The ideal candidate will be gifted in counseling, communication, teaching, and preaching as their primary pastoral roles.
- They will be an inspiring, motivating, high energy leader.
About the Location:
Plant City is in central Florida along what is known as the I-4 corridor. I-4 cuts Florida like a belt with the west side anchored in Tampa, the east side in Daytona Beach, and the belt buckle of Orlando has Disney mouse ears. We are between Tampa to the
west and Orlando to the east. Plant City is one of three incorporated cities in Hillsborough County, the fourth largest county in Florida.The city limits encompass 28.1 square miles and about 40,000 people.
The city was incorporated in 1885, and named after H.B. Plant, the railroad magnate that pioneered the west coast of Florida. Plant City continues that tradition today with one of the best train spotting locations in the country and you are never far from
the sound of trains in town.
Plant City’s main claim to fame is being the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, and home to the Florida Strawberry Festival. This event, which takes over the town in early March is the tenth largest fair in the United States, attracting over 500,000
visitors and top musical acts. Many of our members are actively involved with the Festival, including both the current and previous Presidents. This also celebrates Plant City’s deep agricultural roots in farming, citrus and livestock. There are a lot of
pick-up trucks in this town.
Plant City is uniquely located to allow its residents to live as either participants in a small town or as a bedroom community of Tampa. The area, along with the rest of Florida is in the midst of strong growth in both population and business development.
This is changing the character of Plant City from a small southern town to more of a melting pot culturally as we welcome new residents from other states and a large Hispanic population.
The business focus is changing also. As development increases, the acreage in farming is declining. New business focus is centered on distribution and manufacturing, largely fed by a skilled blue-collar work force and proximity to all forms of transportation
like the previously mentioned I-4 and railroads, along with the Port of Tampa.
Plant City is also renowned for the quality and quantity of its recreational offerings, with strong leagues in all major youth sports. The area is serviced by three public high schools, one with an International Baccalaureate program. There are many private
and charter schools in the region, and home schooling also has a large presence. Collegiate offerings are varied and close, with the Hillsborough Community College Plant City campus, the University of South Florida in Tampa and Florida Southern in Lakeland,
as examples of local options.
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