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Hope Christian Reformed Church - Senior Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Houston, Texas, United States

Date Posted: 12/18/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

Hope Church has as its foundation in the Christian Reformed Church, a 150 year old Protestant denomination that emphasizes the centrality of the Bible and the all-powerful care of God. Hope Church is a welcoming group of people who stimulate faith, build hope, and strengthen love through an increasing commitment to Jesus Christ, to God’s Word, to each other, and to Christ’s mission in our world so that people are rescued and God is glorified.

The word “reformed” means that the church is aligned with that historic branch of Christianity called Presbyterian in Scotland, and reformed in continental Europe. The Reformed Christian Church has nearly 1000 congregations in North America. Many Christians are familiar with reformed writers R.C. Sproul, Francis Schaeffer, John Stott and D. James Kennedy. The Christian Reformed denomination initiated and cooperated with 20 other denominations in the production of The New International Bible.

The denomination has over 320,000 members and nearly 1000 churches, nine of which are in Texas, with three in Houston. The denomination owns and runs Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan, which has over 4,000 students. It also supports a Bible college, and five other Christian colleges, and has its own seminary. It has a worldwide ministry outreach in 30 countries through Christian Reformed World Missions and World Relief.

Hope Church is an exciting, growing church who seeks to share and uphold the glorious gospel of the blessed God (1 Timothy 1:11), the Lord Jesus Christ, with their lives through worship.



Size: 150-175

Denomination: Christian Reformed Church of America

Location: League City, Houston, TX 

About the Position:

Hope Church is seeking a Senior Pastor to lead, equip, and grow a Scripture-driven church. The Senior Pastor will be responsible for leading the church, establishing a vision for outreach and discipleship, preaching Sunday worship services, directing the staff and church leaders, and encouraging the church body to grow more deeply in their faith.

What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

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


A Bachelor’s Degree is required for this position. A seminary degree is desirable but not required.


The successful candidate for this role will have 3-5 years as an Associate Pastor or Lead Pastor. This experience is required for this position. 8-10 years of ministry experience is desirable but not required. 

Personal Characteristics

  • The ideal candidate for the Senior Pastor role will be someone who has a wide range of skills – communication, creativity, leadership and pastoral.
  • The Senior Pastor will be someone who can bring people into the church.
  • They will be able to speak and communicate God's Word well.
  • They will find themselves in agreement and drawn to the Evangelical Reformed Tradition.
  • They will have a willingness to be part of the CRC and be willing to be ordained through the CRC.
  • They will be a solid, faithful follower of Christ with a heart for people and pastoring.
  • They will be an inspirer, someone who can drive the congregation to get involved and help the church grow.
  • They will be a dynamic, extroverted leader with vision and the ability to cast that vision well.
  • They will have a heart for outreach.
  • They will strive to develop the discipleship pathway and the education program, caring deeply about the spiritual growth of Hope Church.
  • They will have strong administrative skills.

About the Location:

Clear Lake

Clear Lake, located just 25 minutes from Downtown Houston, is a community in a cluster of small Bay Area towns, including Clear Lake Bay, Kemah and Seabrook. It is known for its great seafood restaurants, peaceful bay views and beachy-vibes, and sailing and water activities. It’s also home to the Johnson Space Center and NASA’s Mission Control. For a weekend outdoor adventure, the Armand Bayou Nature Center, one of the largest urban wilderness preserves in the United States, offers hiking and paddle trails, wildlife viewing platforms, bird watching, guided boat and canoe tours and more.

The University of Houston at Clear Lake’s campus is also located right in the middle of the town with more than 7700 student enrolled each semester, nearly half of those are enrolled in graduate studies. It has a smaller-university feel while still offering the best educational opportunities and teachings that the University of Houston offers.

Clear Creek Independent School District has two high schools in Clear Lake and Clear Lake Intermediate School was named a National Blue Ribbon School. Clear Lake also has a great branch of the Harris County Public Library, which has more than 2.5 million items and more than 1 million users.

The Bay Area Ballet and Theatre Group stages ballet and American musical theater performances, and the city also has a symphony which offers numerous performances each year from classical to “pop.” As one of Houston’s largest master planned communities, Clear Lake City is a great place for families – it has great neighborhoods, affordable housing and offers great alternatives in education for families and students. 


Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States and the largest city in the state of Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 2.1 million people within an area of 579 square miles. Houston is the home of the Texas Medical Center — the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions, and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.

Rated as a global city, Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. It is also leading in health care sectors and oilfield equipment manufacturers; only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.