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Church Planter – Mercedes, TX

    Rio Life Community Church (RLCC) in Mercedes, TX is seeking an individual to join the Pastoral staff in the role of Church Planter. This is an opportunity to serve God with a bi-cultural English/Spanish speaking church family that continues its Gospel proclaiming, disciple-making ministry of over 70 years.


    RLCC seeks to hire a Bi-Vocational Church Planter who will work in residency under the leadership of the Lead Pastor and the pastor-elders to equip the saints in disciple-making. The residency time is designed to train and equip the Church Planter to launch and lead a new congregation in the greater Rio Grande Valley. The Church Planter will be in paid residency for a period of 18-24 months.

    The Church Planter will work with RLCC pastoral staff and pastor-elders to determine the most strategic location for the future church. During the residency, the Church Planter is expected to learn the values and objectives of RLCC, grow in pastoral leadership and disciple-making discipleship, and work to build a healthy core team for the future church plant. The Church Planter is strongly encouraged to be Bi-vocational in an effort to supplement his compensation and to build relationships with non-believers.


    Personal Growth (10%)

    • Be Teachable – Enter into mentor/coaching relationship with pastoral staff for care, prayer, and accountability
    • Be Disciplined—Cultivate a passion for prayer and the Word

    Leadership Development (20%)

    • Complete personal/ministry assessments discovering strengths & weaknesses
    • Fulfill C&MA ordination requirements within 24 months
    • Receive church-planting trainings
    • Write and execute a personal development plan for continued professional growth

    Disciple-making Discipleship and Outreach (50%)

    • Seek opportunities to develop relationships with lost people
    • Create daily practices (rhythms) that reflect gospel intentionality using the BLESS model
    • Begin and multiply a Missional Life Group (MLG) in a strategic area
    • Identify and build a core launch team (through weekly discipleship utilizing the RDNA model)
    • Develop a 24-month ministry plan for the new church plant by the conclusion of residency

    Pastoral Responsibilities (20%)

    • Preach and teach as opportunities arise at RLCC
    • Shepherd and provide pastoral care to RLCC family

    Candidate Qualifications

    • Official Worker of the C&MA preferred, not required
    • Education: Bachelor’s Degree preferred, not required
    • Language: Conversational Spanish preferred, not required


    • Compensation: $20,000 (annually)

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