Blue Springs Christian Church (BSCC) has been guiding their community into a fully devoted relationship with Jesus for the past four decades. This church of 1,000 (pre-Covid) is in the far east suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. With an expansive facility and a remodeled worship center they are ready to once again “get back to normal this fall.” But they know that without taking serious steps forward in their digital online presence and practices, they will not be able to complete the mission they are called to, which is to reach and engage the lost.
“We are a Both/And church in our Outreach Ministry--both Attractional and Missional,” says Senior Pastor Dave Ferneau. Dave has faithfully served BSCC for three decades. “We are a Both/And church and by that, I mean, we are both Attractional and Missional, and we are a phygital church--both digital and in person. We believe relationships and prayer are essential to reaching people in a post-Christian culture. Out mindset is one of being missionaries.”
BSCC is positioned to be a missionary in the Eastern Jackson County suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri, including Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Independence, and Lee’s Summit. These suburbs are growing with new homes and young families. It is a short drive to the 30th largest metro area in the country. Kansas City is home to the Royals, Chiefs, and of course…BBQ! Read more about all this area has to offer https://www.visitkc.com/
Like many churches, the church was caught off guard by the sudden shut down and move to online in March of 2020. “Our digital ministry needs improvement. We livestream services on Facebook and have on-demand videos on our website via Vimeo. But that is about it,” says Dave. “Approximately half of our small groups meet online. Our primary way of communicating with the church is through a weekly email newsletter.”
The church is in need of an online pastor who can serve as a digital champion for the staff and help them step into modern digital ministry. As the physical ministry begins to turn up, so must the digital ministry. In a word, the Online Minister’s Goal isengagement – engagement through online ministry. “We are desiring to see more engagement across all age groups in our church,” says Dave, “We know it is time that we do more than simply stream services . We want to help them take steps forward in their walk with Christ.”
A candidate who will succeed in this role will come to the table with ideas and a vision for an online ministry, but also have the ability to manage the many weekly tasks that an online ministry requires. There is a sense that this could easily be more than one job, so team-building will be paramount in the digital ministry.
Are you a person who:
// can drive a church wide vision into an online ministry
// devise systems that help people engage and take spiritual steps forward
// can team-build around your personal gaps in skill
// manage weekly tasks
// be a champion for online ministry for all ages