McKenzie Bible Fellowship (Vida, OR) – Lead Pastor
The Big Picture
McKenzie Bible Fellowship (mckenziebible.org)(100) is seeking a Lead Pastor to preach the Word, equip the congregation and reach the lost for the glory of God.
What’s first to know about us Jesus followers here in Oregon’s McKenzie River Valley? That which is closest to our heart: “Glorifying God through lives changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.” This mission statement, hanging on a wall in the church’s sanctuary along Highway 126 near Vida, expresses our desire for loving, totally Bible-based fellowship. We’re a mixed bag of religious backgrounds, perhaps, but rejoice in our love for the Lord and the purity of his Word. We’re also quite diverse in our walks of life: Loggers. River guides. Various professionals. Retirees from here and there. Many of us fish, raft on the McKenzie River’s whitewater, golf, mountain bike, hike the high country — outdoor recreation always calls here in the Cascade Mountains and foothills. But we’ve suffered loss, too. Last year’s historic wildfire, while sparing the upper McKenzie River’s wild and scenic run, destroyed about 400 mid-valley homes, including 17 of our own church family. One man in our fellowship lost his life in the fire. Ministries by our church, as well as the community at large, continue for those seeking to rebuild.
Our church history dates to 1921 — before we even had a church building, for that matter. A missionary with the American Sunday school union first navigated a crude road up the river to Vida. Other missionaries followed from 1921 to 1947, all helping to establish Sunday school and church services at various sites in Leaburg and Vida. Finally local believers built McKenzie Baptist Church in 1959, adding a parsonage in 1965. But as time went on, fewer and fewer in the church identified as Baptists. Thus we became McKenzie Bible Fellowship in 2006 to better reflect our diverse congregation with emphasis on fellowship of the saints. MBF supports many missions, notably a family-run orphanage and school in Peru; a Bible translator in the Mid-East; Dove Medical, a Eugene abortion alternative clinic offering women pregnancy support, ultrasounds and counseling; and an on-site food pantry for the larger community. Our newer church gym allows for community sports, dancing, church events and crisis staging, such as for clothing, food and supplies following the September 2020 wildfire. Church programs include Sunday school, VBS, women’s Bible studies, men’s breakfasts, and small groups when deemed safe from Covid exposure. Sunday morning perks include lattes, hot chocolate, tea and coffee.
Now the time has come for a new pastor. Our beloved Dick and Christie Roberts recently retired after more than 30 years of ministry. Big shoes to fill, but we’re also excited about what the Lord has in store for us now. What do we seek in a new pastor? Elders made sure all in the flock had a voice in this pursuit through a pastoral survey sent to about 80 households. Most of all we desire a teacher of God’s word: A gifted communicator steeped in Biblical truth, who can relate chapter and verse to people’s everyday lives. We hope for a humble yet strong leader, someone given to encouragement, who’s a capable administrator and experienced in community outreach. This overseer should have a heart for the unsaved, for the sick and needy, for stronger families, and for discipleship. Skill sets would hopefully include small group development, community outreach, counseling and teaching experience. But heart and the Holy Spirit can make up for what may be lacking. “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
$55,000-75,000 depending upon qualifications.
How To Apply
Please look over this job description and the church website. Along with your resume please answer these questions:
- Why do you believe that you might be a good fit for MBF?
- Describe your experiences in ministry and how you may be qualified to serve as the Senior Pastor at MBF?
- In just a few sentences please give a summary of your theology and how that is in line with the doctrine of MBF?
Please send your resume, the answers to these questions and a link to at least one online sermon to [email protected].