For five decades Our Saviour’s Baptist Church (OSBC) has been advancing the Gospel in Elkhorn, Nebraska. It was born out of a Billy Graham crusade over 50 years ago and is poised to have a significant impact on the Elkhorn community and surrounding Omaha area today. Elkhorn is a fast-growing community with a large percentage of young families moving to the area for the school district which is consistently ranked in the top of the state and national polls. People are moving to Elkhorn for the schools.
This church of 130 (pre-COVID) has been under the leadership of Senior Pastor Neal Kloster for the last 4.5 years. Neal comes to OSBC having served a couple of decades as a youth pastor in California and North Dakota. “This next hire is critical for us in the life of the church,” says Neal. There is a general understanding that worship needs to take steps forward, as does the Next Generation ministry. This position will be a combined position focused on both and help bring the changes required to see the mission lived out through the church’s values and strategy.
At the core of Our Saviour’s Baptist Church are six values:
God’s Word – We align our lives with God, being transformed by the study, teaching, and application of the Bible.
Worship – We celebrate the greatness of God, through our actions and attitudes, both individually and as we gather as a church family.
Prayer – We spend time with God, acknowledging our need for His reign in our lives and the world we live in.
Love – We reflect Christ’s love to all people, accepting people where they are, walking together toward the full realization of God’s plan.
Fellowship – We spend time together, valuing the participation and accountability of others in our lives.
Generosity – We sacrificially invest our lives and resources to address the physical and spiritual needs of our community and world, in the name of Jesus.
OSBC is looking for an Associate who can take on leadership of both the Worship and Student Ministry areas of the ministry. In worship, this person should create a culturally relevant, Biblically faithful atmosphere for worship. This church is a church that sings!
“We are not looking for someone who is trendy, but someone who is relevant,” says Neal. “You will need to know your audience and have a heart for making disciples. We desire a “come as you are but don’t stay that way” culture, recognizing that each of us should be in a process of transformation.”
This means connecting with people where they are and helping guide them a little closer toward becoming like Jesus. Presently, OSBC is traditional in nature. However, this associate will need to have a vision for where the church can go and the accompanying patience for the time it will take.
With twenty years of previous youth ministry experience, the lead pastor has a heart for winning, building, and equipping emerging generations for the kingdom of God. The associate will come alongside parents to support them, not replace them, as they raise their children. This associate will raise up other leaders for ministry and will create a wholistic ministry that meets every student at his/her level of spiritual maturity.
There is a core of volunteers in both areas of ministry that need to be engaged and led to the next-level of ministry.