Christ's Church of Flagstaff is making a difference in the lives of those in and around Flagstaff. Emphasizing community outreach, encouraging families, loving students at Northern Arizona University and seeking to reach all with the Gospel, CCoF is impacting many.
Pre-COVID-19, CCoF was averaging about 1100 in weekend attendance. This modern-worship style church has grown consistently since its humble beginning in 1984. In November of 1984, Jim & Phyllis Dorman moved to Flagstaff from Phoenix to start the church with one other family. From living rooms to retail store space the church moved as it grew, eventually owning their first building in 1991.
In 2002 CCOF moved into their current building. They were blessed to have the opportunity to purchase the adjoining property which has been converted into office and additional gathering spaces.
About a decade ago, Chris Reed joined the CCoF staff as Executive Pastor and moved to Senior Pastor in 2016.
Today CCoF offers three identical modern in-person services at 8:30am, 10am, and 11:30am and becasue of COVID have dramatically increased their online participation and impact.
Lead Pastor, Chris Reed, is passionate about changing the world for Christ and loves to help people follow Jesus. He has served at CCoF since 2010, first as the Executive Pastor and then in 2016 became the Lead Pastor. In addition, he has experience in small groups and succession planning.
Chris has a strength for leading as a visionary. Chris wants to hire staff that he trusts to implement vision once the direction is determined. Chris is fun to work for and work with. He is a joker. He is very casual and relaxed while maintaining an expectation of excellence in the work that gets done.
Chris desires direct reports that are comfortable with direct feedback including constructive criticism. Goal setting and tracking is important to Chris.
Chris and his wife Kristi live in Flagstaff with their 3 children.
The Next Gen/Family Ministry includes all ministries from Kids through College-age young adults of Christ's Church of Flagstaff. It focuses on creating large & small group settings for all ages. The Next Gen ministries engage a diverse group of students through worship, games, teaching, and relationships. The Next Gen Pastor gives oversight to the Pastors and Directors across CCoF who lead the individual areas under this NextGen Ministry umbrella.
One goal of all NextGen ministries is to create a place where families are loved and cared for by volunteers who express Jesus' love to them, as well as a place where parents feel safe and secure about dropping off their children for Sunday morning (Kids and Middle School group).
The High School group meets on Monday evenings and seeks to be the most-welcoming place a high school student can land. Leaders and students alike seek to be real with one another and provide a welcoming environment for any student who comes through the doors.
The Corner is the name of the College-age ministry which meets on Sunday evenings directly across the street from Northern Arizona University. Their welcoming environment has been praised by visitors and has helped students move from being a visitor to calling The Corner home.
CCoF NextGen ministries utilize the large-group experiences to help break down relational barriers, engage children and students with the Gospel, equip young believers to grow in their faith, and invite all into a worship experience with the Lord.
There is a flurry of activity and engagement on a typical Sunday morning for children, but it isn't just about the flurry, it's about the quiet moments with loving leaders pouring into the children in smaller settings that stand out to the families at CCoF. Likewise, middle school and high school students love being together in larger group settings where they can connect with and get to know each other-- but the times growing deep with each other in one-on-one settings, small group breakouts, service projects, and mission trips that students pointed out as some of their favorite aspects of the ministry.
CCoF is seeking a strong and visionary leader who has the ability to develop leaders, cast vision, and develop strategies that will promote growth within the NextGen ministry and see individual transformation as a result. The overall NextGen Ministries at CCoF has changed in the last few years with a few long-term staff members moving to take on new roles and subsequent changes in positions within the church and outside CCoF. These changes provide a tremendous opportunity to bring a veteran presence to the NextGen ministries team but also work with the newer hire (Celeste) who has come on the team as you set the direction moving forward.
In an age of rapid change, Christ's Church of Flagstaff is looking for a leader over the NextGen Ministries who truly understands the culture and the uniqueness of each stage of development. This leader should have the ability to come alongside specific leadership to help vision, equip, inspire and execute ministry for each age and stage of programming and relationships. This leader will serve as a "cultural interpreter" so that parents, leadership and CCoF staff can collaboratively serve together to reach each of the ministry areas in the NextGen ministries arena.
It is likely the new NextGen Pastor will want (and need) to provide direct oversite to The Corner (college age) while also coming alongside Celeste (Student Pastor) as she gives direction to both middle and high school. A special emphasis should likely be placed on the middle school ministry as it feels they have been neglected and that their programming has taken second place.
The Children's Ministry is very solid and has a fantastic reputation, therefore, the recommendation is to work with Lorrie Yoakum (Children's Pastor) to create a better hand-off of 5th graders as they arrive into 6th grade and the middle school ministry. This could lead to a high return on the investment as a new foundation begins in middle school ministry.
The Monday through Friday Preschool comes fully staffed with an excellent Director who will also directly report to the NextGen Pastor. It, like the Children's Ministry on Sunday, is thriving at this time.
Being surrounded by affluence may lead to a culture where people are more likely to give $90 from their wallets than give 90 minutes of their time. CCoF people are very generous with their money, but new strategies need to be implemented to maintain a volunteer leadership base that can help scale the growing needs across the NextGen ministries platforms. The new leader will partner with Pastors at all levels to better recruit and train a base of volunteers committed to transformed lives.
Currently, the largest need is in both middle school and college-age leadership. Both the Children's Ministry and High School ministry have an adequate number of volunteers (though more are still needed). The Middle School and The Corner are both in immediate need of recruitment and training.
Relationships are the heartbeat and strength of Christ's Church, leadership is committed to making disciples by reaching unchurched people through relationships and solid programming. The new leader should share ideas and collaborate with leadership for strategies that can be implemented to enhance the outreach efforts of CCoF so that Flagstaff, the surrounding communities and the world can hear the good news of Jesus!
Reports to: Lead Pastor
Position Type: Full-Time Exempt
Christ’s Church of Flagstaff is a community of people who Help One Another Follow Jesus. We have found that there are 3 actions the Followers of Jesus have in common: Powerful Worship, Involvement in Life Changing Relationships, and Selfless-Living. We desire and work towards helping the children, students, and parents of CCoF implement these 3 actions in their lives more and more.
Our Next Gen Pastor will be responsible to lead the staff for Children’s, Middle School, High School and our College Ministries and our Monday-Friday Preschool.
Our Next Gen Pastor will need to have hand-on involvement in MS, HS, and College ministries with a goal of doubling impact in the next 5 years.
The Next Gen Pastor should have the following spiritual gifts
Essential Job Functions and Participation
Qualifications and Core Values
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of employees. CCoF Leadership reserves the right to revise the position, its job functions, minimum qualifications, and other aspects of the position in any way at any time.