Valley Community Baptist Church, located in Avon, Connecticut, is expanding the Kingdom of God in the Farmington Valley and beyond. For over 40 years, they have been impacting the community with the unchanging Word of God. Valley is an evangelical, baptistic congregation affiliated with Converge Worldwide.
Valley is a multisite congregation with 7 weekend services where over 1,300 worshippers gather to magnify the name of Jesus. This includes nearly 300 students and children. Valley’s impact and influence includes church planting and a local, national and worldwide missions program.
After serving over 25 years as the Senior Pastor, Jay Abramson, is retiring. Valley is searching for their next senior pastor who will build on a rich legacy of leadership and serve as the church’s leading preacher, vision-caster, and shepherd.
“In January 1976, a small group of dedicated Christians gathered for prayer and discussion about starting an evangelical church in the Farmington Valley of Connecticut. After five weeks of prayer, the Lord led them to begin meeting as Valley Community Baptist Church. Shortly thereafter, they started services at Avon Middle School. Over the years, God has blessed Valley in amazing ways. Today, Valley Community Baptist Church is among the largest evangelical churches in Connecticut.”
Valley is a conservative, congregationally governed, Elder-led, multi-staff church. Their worship styles include blended and contemporary.
Their mission is to honor God and grow in Christ by worshipping God, equipping believers, bringing people to Christ and serving their neighbors in Hartford and Litchfield Counties.
The Senior Pastor is responsible, along with the Elders, for the spiritual oversight of the church and directs the efforts to accomplish the vision, mission, and values. In this way, the Senior Pastor sets the tone, direction, and pace of the church. As a mature and humble Christ-follower, he is expected to exhibit, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the character qualities of Jesus.
Preaching - Teaching God’s Word
Shepherding - spiritual leadership to the staff, elders, and congregation
Casting Vision - develop and execute a plan forward
Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary.
5-7 years of relevant pastoral experience in a larger church.
Committed to the vision, mission, and values of VCBC.
Champions and defends Valley’s Affirmation of Faith
Exceptional communication skills to teach and preach Biblical truth that motivates life application
Communicate a clear and compelling vision
Understand complex theological issues and apply those theological convictions to current life issues
Ability to lead in a complex ministry environment
Multi-site strategy and execution
Organizational vision and mission alignment
Attractional and missional architect
Avon is a vibrant town at the heart of the Farmington Valley. Its resident population has steadily increased, reflecting and supporting an already substantial and growing base of industries and businesses. Avon Village Marketkplace and Riverdale Farms are home to retail and dining venues. Along Route 44, Avon’s main thoroughfare, are medical and dental facilities, specialty shops, food markets, and a variety of business establishments. Town parks and bike and walking trails are found throughout the town.
Avon, with a population of 18,381, is in Hartford County and is a suburb of Hartford, the state capital. It has been named as one of the best places to live in Connecticut. Living in Avon offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes.
Avon currently has a rating of A+ from www.Niche.com. This includes “A” ratings in Public Schools, Housing, Good for Families, Jobs, Outdoor Activities, and Health & Fitness. Additionally, it’s ranked as the #2 Best Places to live in CT, #2 Best Places to Raise a Family in CT, and #1 Best Suburb to Buy a House in CT.
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AGORA Search Group is a Colorado Springs search firm providing executive search and selection services to churches and faith-based non-profits throughout the world.
Malcolm Schaad is leading this search. For over 20 years, Malcolm has been serving the church in senior leadership roles. Malcolm’s experience in recruiting, marketing, and communications helps fuel his passion to fill high-level leadership roles within the local church and Christian organizations.
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