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Chinese Bible Church of Greater Boston

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CBCGB English Pastor

The Church

Overview

The Chinese Bible Church of Greater Boston (CBCGB) is a vibrant, evangelical church with a long history of overseas missions and local outreach.  Founded 50 years ago by Chinese immigrants in a house church, it now serves about 1,300 multicultural worshippers each week across its primary Lexington campus and a location in downtown Boston.

 

CBCGB serves a broad mix of different demographics and cultures, spanning ethnic Chinese immigrants from many countries, second-generation ABC’s, people from a diverse set of various non-Chinese cultures, hundreds of children and youth, and some great-grandparents.  The church has sent out and supported many cross-cultural missionaries from its midst--including several pastors--and also has rich outreach programs to the many Chinese scholars coming to study in Boston-area universities.

 

CBCGB has strong financial support and is currently in the midst of a building expansion project in its main Lexington campus.  CBCGB also has an established tradition of planting many other independent churches around the Greater Boston area to provide local places of worship for surrounding communities. 

 

CBCGB has a vision of expanding its outreach from the ethnic Chinese in the Boston area into a broader and more diverse mix of cultures globally.

Cross Bridge

Cross Bridge is the English-language ministry at CBCGB consisting of a 250 person congregation at CBCGB’s main Lexington site.  The congregation consists of many families, working professionals, and students from various local-area universities.

 

Cross Bridge has a set of core values which it holds strongly: 

  • God-centered

  • Biblical

  • Transformational

  • Communal

  • Missional

 

Cross Bridge desires to serve as a unique bridge to various multicultural groups, including:

  • People from all ethnicities who are interested in cross-cultural experiences or outreach opportunities

  • People from mixed-culture backgrounds

  • First-generation immigrants looking for an English-speaking, Americanized environment

 

Cross Bridge is notable for its high rate of service and giving across its members, a congregation that seeks substantive and accurate Bible teaching.  The number of its own members it has sent in recent years into missions and full-time Christian ministry has also been significant.

The Role

Position Role

CBCGB is seeking an English Pastor for its English-language Cross Bridge ministry.  This is a unique opportunity to come and lead a congregation at a pivotal moment in its long history: evolving beyond being just an English-speaking congregation within a Chinese Church into a multicultural ministry with a distinct identity of its own, but in concert and with the backing of the larger church as a whole.

 

To guide this transformation, the English Pastor will drive both existing and new ministries and be the primary communicator with the congregation as the principal preacher from the pulpit.  Additionally, the English Pastor will establish the culture and practices under which Cross Bridge can become effective in welcoming, caring for, and discipling a diverse set of people, across different cultures as the congregation grows generationally.

 

A successful candidate for this role must possess strong preaching skills, be competent in pastoral care particularly towards families, effectively disciple and/or mentor younger staff members and lay leaders, and demonstrate strong leadership in guiding Cross Bridge through its evolution in establishing new areas of growth and ministry while identifying and addressing important areas of need.  Furthermore, this candidate must be able to collaborate well with lay leadership within both Cross Bridge and the broader CBCGB church leadership to execute effectively. Cross-cultural competency and experience, particularly with American-born Chinese culture, is also desired.

Reporting Relationship

The English Pastor will work alongside a fellow Cross Bridge minister who currently oversees college and young adult ministries and who also preaches 1-2 times per month.  The English pastor may also work with Chinese Ministry, Children, and Youth pastors to coordinate cross-ministry activities. The English pastor will report to the Senior Pastor, under the leadership of the Board of Elders.

Location

This position is located in Lexington, MA, a suburb 14 miles outside of Boston.

Responsibilities

The English Pastor will:

 

Cross Bridge Worship

  • Be responsible for the overall Cross Bridge Sunday worship service

  • Preach regularly 3x per month (on average)

  • Collaborate with the Senior Pastor in preaching planning and logistics

  • Occasionally preach during Chinese-language and/or joint-language Sunday services (through a translator)

 

Cross Bridge Pastoral Leadership

  • Establish overall pastoral care ministry, particularly towards families

  • Oversee pre-marital, marital, and family counseling activities

  • Provide crisis prevention and intervention

  • Work alongside of the other Cross Bridge minister to oversee spiritual formation

 

Cross Bridge Ministry Development and Leadership

  • Identify, disciple and mentor junior staff and key lay Cross Bridge leaders

  • Develop a keen understanding of Cross Bridge’s needs

  • Develop and oversee family fellowship strategy

  • Initiate, drive, and oversee existing and new ministries

  • Work with various ministry leads, such as music, worship, welcome, technology, missions, social concerns, evangelism to ensure all aspects are done with excellence and for God’s glory

Qualifications & Attributes of the Ideal Candidate
  • Possess an M.Div or equivalent

  • 4 years minimum experience as an effective pulpit minister preferred, including regular preaching in English among groups or congregations similar in make-up to Cross Bridge

  • Demonstrate a clear calling to pastorship.

  • Experience leading, championing, and/or starting new ministry initiatives, particularly for families.

  • Experienced in working collaboratively with others in a multicultural environment.  Experience in ministry among American-born Chinese is a strong plus.

  • Demonstrate exceptional verbal and written communication skills in English.

  • Agree to adhere to CBCGB Bylaws, including doctrinal statement and overall church organizational structure

Procedure for Candidacy

Any qualified candidate interested in this position should apply by sending a resume and statement of faith to hr-1@cbcgb.org

Updated: August 19, 2019