English Ministry Lead Pastor
Seattle Chinese Alliance Church Profile
Our mission is to Equip Disciples of Jesus Christ to Make More Disciples (Matt 28:19-20).
History of Seattle Chinese Alliance Church
Starting with a group of faithful Chinese women who met for weekly Bible Study in 1966, this group progressed to their very first worship service January 7, 1968 led by Pastor Duncan Dang. The church grew in numbers and programs, and was officially welcomed into the Christian and Missionary Alliance family in 1974. After two moves, God opened the door to purchase our current campus, and starting on November 6, 1988, we had separate worship services for English-speaking and Cantonese-speaking members.
Three Ministries, One Church
Since the expansion to hold both Cantonese and English ministries, the church has continued to grow and adapt. In 2019, a separate Mandarin service was added to serve the growing Mandarin Chinese speaking community. As one church with now three different language groups, each of their own cultural nuances, we value collaboration across ministries. For example, while the Children and Youth Ministries is in English, it is an all-church ministry that all language groups support.
We appreciate the rich heritage that has been passed on to us from dedicated immigrants, and we look to the future, with God’s help, striving to be a church that is relevant to our church family and our surrounding community and world!
History of the Beacon Hill Neighborhood
SCAC's congregation was birthed out of the Chinese community (specifically Taishanese and Cantonese speakers) in Beacon Hill and Chinatown. The current building is situated in the heart of the Beacon Hill neighborhood in south Seattle. Located directly south of Seattle's Chinatown-International District (CID), Beacon Hill has been a historically culturally diverse neighborhood filled with Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and African-American residents. In the later 1900s additional groups of Vietnamese, East African, and Hispanic/Latino immigrants and refugees arrived.
While Beacon Hill was considered one of Seattle's most diverse, working class neighborhoods, the demographics began shifting in the 2000s with the tech boom bringing tech workers from across the country and around the world. Gentrification caused by higher costs of living, skyrocketing housing prices, increase of new residential developments and new Light Rail train system, has changed the predominantly working class neighborhood to become a mix of blue-collar and upper-middle class residents. These changing dynamics and demographics continue to be part of the church’s culture today.
Over the years, the congregation shifted from a local church to a commuter church. This change occurred because of two main factors. First, families with economic mobility moved out to more affluent cities on the “Eastside” including Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle, and Redmond during the 1980's-2000's and continued to attend SCAC. Second, of the remaining local congregants, many have been priced out of the area to move to farther regions outside of Seattle due to the impacts of gentrification (mentioned above).
Although many of the congregants no longer live in Beacon Hill, SCAC is still one of the largest Cantonese speaking churches in the greater Seattle area. We have been blessed with pastors and leaders who have a strong passion to tell others about Jesus and to serve our neighbors, both locally and internationally. With the elementary school community across the street we have hosted school uniform drives, Christmas Angel Tree gifts, after school tutoring programs, and financial assistance for families with emergency needs. We continue to ask God for creative ways to engage with families in the community and be Christ’s witness to them.
Seattle Chinese Alliance Church - English Ministry Lead Pastor Job Description
He will oversee the Associate Pastor and all the English Ministries. Reports to the Governing Board.
The Lead Pastor for the English Ministry (EM) at Seattle Chinese Alliance Church (SCAC) is responsible for providing comprehensive pastoral leadership to the English congregation in order to accomplish the church’s Mission and Vision. The EM mission is to “Make and multiply disciples who love God and others”. The EM Lead Pastor works collaboratively with the Governing Board and the pastoral and leadership teams of the Chinese, Youth and Children Ministries and church staff.
II. Personal Requirements
● Displays evidence of a life of faith in the teaching and the servanthood of Jesus Christ
● Lives a life that is dedicated to the spirit of Christ in the choices that are made, in the words that are spoken, and the actions that are taken
● Possesses a proven track record of developing others to spiritual maturity and having the ability to work with lay and staff leaders on a team
III. Minimum Qualifications
● At least 5 years of pastoral experience helping lead and grow a church (of similar size or larger than SCAC)
● A Master of Divinity degree or higher from an accredited seminary
● All doctrinal beliefs must be in harmony with the Christian & Mission Alliance denomination
● Experience in serving in a multicultural-multilingual church
● Strong preaching and pastoral care
● Demonstrated leadership skills
● Organizational and administrative skills
● Reports to the Governing Board Chair and is accountable to the Governing Board
● Collaborate with pastoral staff to highlight and address matters that require the attention of the Governing Board
● Participate in performance reviews and receives regular feedback from the Governing Board Chair
V. Main Pastoral Responsibilities
● General Overview: Oversee and lead the English congregation of approximately 100 towards spiritual maturity and growth
● Preaching and Teaching: Develop the message calendar for the entire year. Preaching at least three weeks in the month. Teaching Sunday school as needed
○ Develop and cast vision for the English Ministry in alignment with the whole church
○ Chair the Deacon Board and train next generation leaders to be deacons
○ Oversee the Associate Pastor to lead the small group ministry
○ Oversee the ministry departments: Sunday Worship, Small Groups, Community, Prayer and Mission
● Collaborate with the Lead Pastor of the Chinese Ministries, the Youth Pastor, and the Children Pastor
● Counseling: Pre-marital and general counseling
● Missions and Evangelism: Promote global missions in coordination with the Missions Board. Coordinate church-wide outreach including the local Beacon Hill community.
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