Lead Pastor

Date Posted: May 17, 2024
Hours Per Week: 40
Bella Vista Church
Rockford, MI, USA
Job Type: Lead/Head/Senior Pastor
Other Details

Bella Vista Church (Rockford, MI) – Lead Pastor

The Big Picture

Bella Vista Church (Size 250) (https://www.bellavistachurch.org) is seeking a full-time Lead Pastor.


Bella Vista Church is an established, non-denominational church which has been in the community for 50 years.  To usher in the next 50 years, we are seeking a visionary leader to help revitalize the church.  BVC has a dedicated staff who are united with the church leadership to lead the church family in reaching into our community.  We have a strong focus and involvement in local, national, and international missions.  We have a commitment to the Authority of Scripture and expect strong Biblical preaching.  We are looking for a Lead Pastor who has experience and passion for church revitalization and growth.  Who is able to mobilize and equip people through God’s Word while helping to establishing new opportunities for the church to change and grow.  Currently, 70% of the congregation is over the age of 55 years old, but church members are resilient and persevering and desire to reach into the Rockford community.  The church leadership and congregation is currently going through a revitalization process with a consulting group.  The church has a large and well maintained facility (with gym) on over 25 acres in a prime Rockford location (Northeast side of Grand Rapids, MI). 


  • Meets the Biblical qualifications of a pastor (1 Tim. 3, Titus 1, 1 Peter 5).
  • Formal Education in ministry, theology, or related field. 
  • Experience with Church Planting, Church Revitalization or Church Growth.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide Biblical and relevant preaching. 
  • Leadership skills and leadership gifting will be needed. 
  • Ability to develop and provide spiritual formation processes to help people grow in faith and spiritual maturity.
  • In agreement with the doctrinal statement of Bella Vista Church:  https://bellavistachurch.org/who-we-are/story-beliefs.
  • Willing to locate in the Rockford, MI area and engage with the community. 
  • If just looking for a job in ministry, this will not be it – this will be a calling and a challenge.


  • Provide Biblical and relevant preaching and teaching at Sunday services.
  • Plan the pulpit calendar and schedule speakers for all corporate worship gatherings.
  • Provide vision and leadership for the ministries of the church.
  • General oversite and support for the BVC staff. 
  • Oversee the implementation and execution of church events, programs, and activities that engage the community and create opportunities for serving and ministering to others.
  • Serve as an Elder and attend Elder meetings. 
  • Assist the Staff, Elders, and Deacons in providing Pastoral Care. 
  • Demonstrate hospitality, generosity, and approachability to those in the BVC family and the community.
  • Oversee the annual strategic planning processes and involve Staff, Elders, and the Administrative Council.


Salary: $80,000

Medical & Dental

Retirement 403B – 3% matching

Life & Disability Insurance

Business or Education Expense Acct.

How To Apply

The Process 

Please look over this job description and the church website. Along with your resume please answer these three questions:

  • Why do you believe that you might be a good fit as the Lead Pastor at Bella Vista Church?
  • Describe your experiences in ministry and how you may be qualified to serve as the Lead Pastor at Bella Vista Church?
  • In just a few sentences please give a summary of your theology and how that is in line with the doctrine of Bella Vista Church?

Please send your resume and the answers to these questions to [email protected].