Church of the Saviour - Family Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States

Date Posted: 05/31/2018
Categories: Family Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

1972. Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment. World leaders agreed to ban biological warfare. The US withdrew its last troops from Vietnam. Closer to home, just before that signal year in Church of the Saviour's history, a group of people met in the Villanova home of Art & Nancy DeMoss in December of 1971 to talk seriously about starting a new church. The guests that evening included Bill Hogan, then the northeast regional director for Campus Crusade. Six couples emerged who, in his words, "felt the call and the challenge to do something new." During one of the subsequent organizational meetings held at the DeMoss' house, attendees were suggesting names for the new church. Church of the Saviour sounded great, but the question was asked, "How do we spell Saviour?" Just at that moment, Caroline Swithinbank (the De Moss' nanny) came from the kitchen carrying a tray of coffee. Without spilling a drop, she said, "With a ‘u' of course." The name stuck.


Bill and Jo Ann Shore, to this day seen regularly at Church of the Saviour each Sunday and throughout the week, were among the original group. In 1969, Jo Ann gathered a Bible study in her own home, and a year and a half later, Bill's heart was changed as well, by what he saw in her. Together they became involved in neighborhood Bible studies, one of which began to pray about starting a church unique to the Main Line, one that would be Bible-based, evangelistic and missions oriented. Their loving focus on people remains as bright as ever, and that mindset stimulated the early church's actions and development. While not necessarily dissatisfied with their own churches, that initial group came to a firm consensus that the new church should maintain the clear goal of applying Scriptures to everyday life.

Until March of 1972, the group met on Sunday nights - an active fireplace their backdrop - in the old Haverford Hotel. Hogan, then 38, resigned from Campus Crusade to devote himself full-time to developing the new nondenominational church. On April 16th of that year, Church of the Saviour held its first Sunday morning worship service at the Strafford Elementary School for 70 people.

Longtime Church of the Saviour members Dave and Dianne Balch joined Campus Crusade that year, and began to work with the DeMosses several years later in helping organize monthly dinners for professionals who didn't know Christ (a practice they resurrected years later by coordinating the church's spring and fall outreach dinners). In a reflection of what has guided Church of the Saviour from the beginning, Dave observed "as we grew in our faith and came to understand the Bible, we grew in our perspective of people. Dianne and I felt together that we wanted to take seriously what God said."

As the church quickly outgrew its first space, the Tredyffrin-Easttown Junior High School became the next gathering spot, and within three years, the fledgling Church of the Saviour had over 400 members, who voted to pay half a million dollars for 30 acres on North Wayne Avenue. Because that money was not readily available, 10 of the original couples mortgaged their homes to guarantee the loan, an act of faith and sacrifice for which all of us at the church remain ever grateful. By the time of the new facility's debut on Thanksgiving Day in 1978, the 900-seat sanctuary was already too small and a second service had to be added.

From the beginning, the church's mission reflected a comprehensive attitude toward service, with a raft of events including Bible studies, Sunday schools and a vibrant youth ministry with 300 teens gathering every other Thursday night for music, personal testimony, games and discussions. Reaching people with the gospel of Jesus Christ has always been integral to life at Church of the Saviour. In 1973, that vision began to take wing, as the church supported its first missionary couple. By the end of the following year, Church of the Saviour had held its first missions conference and supported 12 missionaries, with a budget of $2,500. The church's mantra-His Last Command, Our First Concern-grew out of its evangelical work as reflected in the Great Commission from Christ to his disciples that they spread his teachings to all the nations of the world.

By 1981, the church's annual budget had grown to $1.25 million, which the leaders met with more than $50,000 to spare. Back then, they did not avail themselves of collection plates; rather, collection urns were placed throughout the lobby. "We want people to give because they want to give, not because someone is holding them accountable," Hogan explained. That vibrant philosophy continues to this day. During its first decade, Church of the Saviour grew from six couples to over 1500 people, an extraordinary circumstance that many attributed to Hogan, a true teacher of the Bible rather than a didactic preacher, with a selfless mix of sincerity, Biblical devotion, gratitude and humility.

In letters he sent to prospective church members, he would quote the 17th-century French physicist, inventor and religious philosopher Blaise Pascal: "There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man that cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ." Church of the Saviour continues its uncompromising focus on God's word rather than man's interpretation of it-a prescription that transcends the vagaries and sins of everyday life while reinforcing an unceasing service to God. 


About the Position:

The Family Pastor has a heart for seeing our family of faith mature as disciples of Christ and is responsible for the vision and strategic leadership of the Family Ministry towards that end. The FP ensures this large and multi-faceted ministry supports the church-wide discipleship model: encouraging and empowering our family of faith to love God, love others, get equipped and serve the world. A leader of leaders, the FP recruits, oversees and equips a diverse and committed team of volunteers providing leadership, direction, and oversight to the premarital, marital, parenting, college, young adults, singles, and weddings/funerals. The Family Pastor will be joining a healthy, multi-talented team of colleagues who enjoy working hard together to help build God’s kingdom.

The position will report directly to the Executive Pastor of Ministries and collaborates closely with relevant ministry and operations staff.

What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Family Pastor:


A master’s degree from an accredited evangelical seminary is required for this role. 


Five or more years in a related field of experience or experience leading in a church setting or family ministries setting is ideal for this role.

Other preferred experience includes agreement with the Church of the Saviour’s Statement of Faith, and being ordained or ordainable – the successful candidate for Family Pastor will meet the requirements of an elder and commits to follow the example of a biblical shepherd as set forth in 1 Pet. 5, 1 Tim. 3, and Titus 1, displaying deep Christian character and integrity of heart

Personal Characteristics

  • A personal and maturing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Filled with joy, fun-loving, and a great sense of humor
  • A demonstrated passion for sharing Christ with people of all ages, with a proven ability to communicate with anyone, regardless of their background or experience attending church
  • A heart for God evidenced by proven character and a spiritual-mindedness that understands “apart from Christ we can do nothing”
  • A Spirit-led believer, growing in personal sanctification and motivated to increase in spiritual fruitfulness
  • An approachable person of integrity, authenticity and transparency, marked by humility
  • A compassionate person who seeks to empathize and understand the hearts of others
  • A servant whose love for the gospel and heart for the lost is evident to others
  • Able to model, motivate, lead and train others in Christian maturity
  • Eager to minister in the ever-diversifying suburban Main Line setting
  • A clear and effective communicator, desiring clarity and unity
  • Collaborates well in groups: valuing people, affirming diverse gifts, and cooperating appropriately
  • Demonstrates commitment to the COS mission, discipleship process, values and team culture
  • Demonstrates passion for going above and beyond expectations
  • Is a leader of leaders – develops volunteers and lay leaders effectively
  • Demonstrates humility in words and actions
  • Works well with others: gives and receives feedback constructively and resolves conflict effectively
  • Displays flexibility and adaptability; able to pivot quickly and flourish in an ever-changing environment
  • Experience, skill and a passionate heart for working in a growing multicultural environment
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite


About the Location:

Wayne, PA

Wayne, Pennsylvania is a picturesque community centered in Delaware County, on the Main Line, a series of lovely Philadelphia suburban villages located along the railroad tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Wayne is just an hour and a half from the coast and mountains. If you love the city, Washington DC is just over two hours away with a wealth of history, culture, museums and sightseeing in the nation’s Capital.  Manhattan, New York, New York is just two hours away as well and the beautiful rolling hills of the Amish Country are less than 60 minutes from the church - Wayne truly is geographically ideal-- located to suit any weekend trip inspiration or weekday convenient and comfortable lifestyle.

Looking for a great college education or to further your learning? Wayne has it. In just a five to 10 mile radius, there are 15-20 colleges, just a short five minute walk from the charming streets of the neighborhood. Unsurprisingly, Wayne’s primary and public school system is also one of the best districts in the country, with a high value placed on quality education. 30 independent private schools make it a great place for families to call home.

Wayne is also home to many brilliant, successful business men and women, leaders, and educators. A forthright spirit exemplifies this neighborhood, with the friendliness and welcoming demeanor of the residents. Movers and shakers are always keeping Wayne a place where innovation, creativity, and progress is happening. Major employers include Vanguard Pharmaceuticals, Morgan Stanley, and all the educational institutions in the region. The medical system is also top-notch, bringing diversity and technology to the area. 


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