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Pinon Hills Community Church - Lead Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Farmington, New Mexico, United States

Date Posted: 12/14/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

Pastor John Morgan came to Pinon Hills Community Church in 1995 from Denver, Colorado. In those days, the church was The Exciting Tabernacle Baptist Church. John’s vision was to lead Pinon Hills to become a spiritually dynamic, regional church based on an attractive and functional ministry campus. PHCC began a new era of growth and almost every year the former campus on Butler Avenue was remodeled and the service schedules changed to support the growth.


In 1997, PHCC acquired the first half of the 60-acre property, where the church is now located on Pinon Hills Boulevard. In 1999 the church voted to re-incorporate as a non-denominational, evangelical church named Pinon Hills Community Church. The second half of the new ministry campus property was acquired in 2007.

PHCC built and entered the first phase of its new ministry campus on Pinon Hills Boulevard in the fall of 2010. It built the Student and Adult Leadership Center in 2013. The church has a long-term master plan for the ministry campus that supports ministries for every stage of life and for every stage of our mission. 


Vision 2020 is a strategic plan for PHCC through the year 2020. It organizes every ministry of PHCC around the mission of creating Christian Leaders Who Change the World. That process begins with REACH-ing people who need Christ then it proceeds with GROW-ing people in Christ and then SERVE-ing people through Christ. Our vision is to incite a revolution of Christian leadership.


The next Lead Pastor will provide the directional leadership for the growth and health of Pinon Hills Community Church wi

th the assistance of the former Lead Pastor John Morgan, as he focuses on new and strategic developments for the expansion of Pinon Hills Community Church into Pinon Hills Ministries, a plan which will incorporate other initiatives including the Southwest Academies, The Prosperity Project International and the Pinon Hills Village Senior Community. The vision and mission of Pinon Hills Community Church and Ministries will continue to focus on overall Kingdom Culture Mission for years to come, and they anticipate great things as God moves in this new direction.


Size: 1300 

Denomination: Nondenominational

Location: Farmington, NM


About the Position:

The role of the Lead Pastor of Pinon Hills Community Church is to grow the kingdom of God in the Four Corners and the world through spiritual and organizational leadership of the church, making disciples of people at every age and stage in the region. The ideal candidate will be successful in maximizing the resources of an existing large congregation that wants to be spiritually effective, as well as maximizing the resources of a supportive staff, a supportive board, and a boarder ministry organization support system to most effectively further the work of the Kingdom and of Pinon Hills Ministries and the church.

The Lead Pastor will maintain a positive community reputation and an excellent ministry campus to lead the church to the next level of spiritual impact and growth in one of the most unique multi-cultural settings in the U.S.

The next lead pastor will sit on both the church Elder Board and the PHM Board of Directors. The Lead Pastor is a collegial member of the Board of Elders, which is charged with the oversight of PHCC. He is the leader among leaders and his character and ministry effectiveness, establishes his leadership credibility and effectiveness in board work.

The next Lead Pastor will have broad leadership authority to lead the church and will have a place of influence on the larger multi-ministry of Pinon Hills Ministries.


What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

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


A Master of Divinity from an evangelical seminary or equivalent education is required.


The successful candidate for the Lead Pastor role at Pinon Hills Community Church will be someone who is an effective teacher, spiritual shepherd, and leader of a medium to large size ministry.

Personal Characteristics

  • Someone of excellent character, who meets the qualifications for elder outlined in scripture (1 Timothy 3:1-7)
  • Someone of excellent emotional health, as outlined in the works of Peter Scazzero.
  • Someone with excellent and healthy family and personal relationships.
  • Someone with emotional and social intelligence to read people and crowds well and to respond to them appropriately.
  • Someone who operates in the gifts of shepherding, preaching, teaching and leadership that can produce a spiritually healthy church that is making disciples and achieving 5% growth in baptisms, attendance, and stewardship.
  • Someone who is motivated to work towards higher professional growth and management ability as evaluated by the church’s leadership structure.
  • Giving through tithing as a point of spiritual maturity and organizational leadership and encourage the PHCC staff and board to do the same by the Lead Pastor’s example.
  • Buy into the PHM Kingdom Vision of multiple ministries to impact the culture.
  • Have a theology and culture chemistry that is a fit with Pinon Hills Community Church and Ministries.
  • Adaptability and flexibility necessary to effectively relate and communicate to individuals of very different cultures, ethnicities, economic statuses, and worldviews.
  • Make a positive connection with the Four Corners Culture of people, geography, lifestyle, and economy.
  • A successful Lead Pastor and his wife will have a missions passion of making disciples of people from multiple and unique cultures.

About the Location:

Farmington is in San Juan County located at the junction of three rivers that run through New Mexico. It is the largest city in the county, and the county is one of the geographically largest counties in the United States, covering more than 5,000 square miles. Farmington is also on the Trails of the Ancient Byway, one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways.

It is known across the state for a great baseball program, being one of the major cities of New Mexico to host baseball tournaments. Farmington High School has claimed the AAAA Baseball State Championship 4 years in a row. Farmington has been the home of the Connie Mack World Series baseball tournament, played in August every year at Ricketts Park (capacity 5,072), for 50 years. Connie Mack league regular season play includes players age 16 to 18. The Connie Mack World Series consists of 10 or more teams from various regions around the United States, including Puerto Rico.

The Farmington Municipal School District serves more than 10,000 students at 18 schools, including three high schools. There is also a great private school system, with 6 private schools operating in the area. San Juan College is a public two-year college.

The primary industries of San Juan County are the production of petroleum, natural gas, and coal. Major coalmines operated by BHP Billiton make up a majority of the employment opportunities in Farmington.

Farmington is known as the place where outdoor lovers live and families thrive – and that’s because it is a great place to be outdoors and enjoy all the state of New Mexico has to offer – abundant, wide open land, space to breathe and explore, and beautiful vistas to take in.

Pinon Hills Community Church is located in a high desert, western, outdoors-oriented and natural-resources-based culture with heavy influences from the Navajo Indian Community and other Tribes, the Hispanic Community, the Anglo Community and others, the oil and gas industry, and the power plant industry. PHCC is one of the largest evangelical ministries that reaches Navajos and other Native Americans in the U.S. Their immediate town is 50,000 in size and their county is 100,000+ in size. Their town serves a retail population of 250,000 who commute to Farmington from places like the Navajo Reservation and Durango, Colorado. It has the retail stores, restaurants, and services that are typical of a town that is twice its size or more. It is a forty-five minute drive to Durango, Colorado, a ninety minute drive to Purgatory Ski Area, a two hour drive to Albuquerque, and a seven to eight hour drive to Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, or El Paso.