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About the Organization:
A Timeline History of Monticello Christian Church
1887 - The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) began at a revival meeting in White County.
1903 - The second church building was a grand brick structure built on Bluff St. This building served the congregation until 1968.
1927 - The building was expanded with a large state-of-the-art Christian Education wing for the quickly growing children’s ministry and Sunday School.
1940 -The church recorded its largest adult Sunday School class as the Men’s Class had 156 in attendance on Easter.
1968 - The congregation moved to the current facility at 105 Gordon Road and renamed the church the Monticello Christian Church.
1982 - 5.5 acres of land five miles northeast of the town was donated to the church to be used as a campground, Centarbor.
May of 2000 - Rev. Chris Dodson arrived following Rev. Don Arterburn who had served the church faithfully for 15 years.
2000 - Present - The congregation has grown from a worship attendance in 2000 of 175 to the current average attendance of 300.
2006 - A daycare ministry and preschool began with 65 children currently enrolled.
2011 - With the concern that the denomination, the Disciples of Christ, was not asserting loyalty to the Holy Bible, the congregation withdrew from the denomination and is now an independent congregation.
2014 - Completed the building of a youth facility adjacent to the church building and paid it off May 2018 making the church debt free.
The beginning of Monticello Christian Church dates back to 1887 when Rev. J.O. Smith held meetings to organize a local church. A total of 134 members made up the early Monticello Christian Church which was located on the corner of Marion and Main street
in Monticello Indiana.
After a fire destroyed the first church building in 1901, a new church was built in 1903 which was located on Bluff Street. The building still stands but has since been converted into apartments and is currently known as the Tower Apartments. By 1915, the
church reached a membership of about 250.
Because the church continued to grow, a decision was made to relocate the church to a new location for expansion. The Monticello Speedway Track ground was purchased, and a new facility was built in 1968 on the corner of Gordon and Airport Road. This location
is where the present church stands, and membership has grown to currently over 400 members.
Monticello Christian Church members are a cross-section of the White County area. People of many backgrounds and theologies gather here in a church with the basic belief that every person must follow Jesus the Christ as he or she is personally led by the
Bible and the Holy Spirit.
We celebrate weekly Communion in our services in keeping with the book of Acts. Church membership is not required to take part in the communion service.
We baptize through “believer’s baptism” by immersion. This understanding is the baptismal candidate makes a conscious decision of his or her own free will to follow the lordship of Jesus. Though we practice baptism by immersion, we accept into membership
those whom have experienced baptism by a different tradition.
We also believe in congregational autonomy whereby the individual local congregation makes all decisions concerning the life of the church body.
About the Position:
Monticello Christian Church is seeking an exceptionally gifted and talented Associate Pastor. This individual will have a heart for a true community pastoral ministry, with the ability to shepherd, lead, mentor and guide others. He will have demonstrated
experience in effectively relating to and building trust with the church and community. The candidate will have experience in growing ministries and teams, collaborating with and working effectively with those in leadership. They should be experienced in building
ministries that relate to all ages, including youth and children. The candidate must effectively communicate the Word of God in relevant and impacting ways. He will be a visionary, yet humble leader who can work well with the Senior Pastor.
What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:
A bachelor's degree (e.g., bachelor’s in religious studies) from an accredited Christian university is required. Master of Divinity or comparable graduate degree from an accredited university or seminary is strongly desired.
Candidates should have three to five years of experience in a ministry position.
This ideal candidate for this position will also have full time church ministry experience
- Feels called to fill an Associate position at Monticello Christian Church
- A visionary leader yet humble leader who can work well being in the 2nd chair
- Able to clearly communicate God’s Word
- Excellent communication and people skills
- Evangelistic and passionate
- Strong in organizational leadership and team ability
- Rock solid Integrity
- Spiritually and relationally secure
- Demonstrates physical, emotional, and spiritual discipline
- A proven track record and can work independently
- Loyal to church and current staff
- Self-motivated and a motivator
- Life experience that lends well to their position as a pastor
- Someone who relates well with people of all temperaments.
- Someone with a gift of high degree of pastoral care
- Someone who is able to shepherd and lead a church of varying sizes
- Able to build teams and delegate
- Pastor to the community with a heart for outreach and missions
- Someone who takes care in their appearance and impressions
- Dynamic personality
About the Location:
Equal distance from Chicago and Indianapolis, Monticello, Indiana, allows the community to draw on those major markets for both visitors and businesses. Residents prize their small-town feel and visitors love the appeal that this safe, hospitable community
holds. The city's leadership is led by Mayor Ken Houston, who has a reputation of "making things happen" and bringing a positive outlook to the community.
Lakes Shafer and Freeman provide both relaxation and endless activities for both residents and visitors including public beaches, boating, fishing, cruises, and more.
Indiana Beach, the major amusement park, brings about 750,000 visitors annually to the city and has a strong positive reputation within the state and in major visitor markets like Chicago and Indianapolis. There are a number of locally-owned restaurants
for a town of Monticello's size. The array covers various cuisine styles and price points.
Tippecanoe Country Club and Pine View Golf Course provide an alternative to water-based recreation. Tippecanoe is considered one of the top ten courses in the state. From camping to Bed & Breakfasts, to the Pine View Resort and the Best Western Conference
Hotel, there are accommodations for every type of traveler.
In addition to the abundance of recreation opportunities, the city also provides a few complementary activities including the historical drive-in movie theater, Whyte Horse Winery and the White County Historical Museum.
Although tourism is important to Monticello, it is not the only economic driver. The city is buoyed by a diverse economic base including manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare. Opportunities for business growth exist on the north, south, and west sides
Residents have diverse backgrounds, hardworking Midwestern values, and now have an opportunity for enhanced workforce training due to the addition of an Ivy Tech Campus in town.
The Ivy Tech campus provides higher education options for locals and workforce development for employers. Both Ivy Tech and IU Health White Memorial Hospital augment Monticello's standing in the state as both are strong business assets.
Monticello is a wonderful midwestern town to call home!
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