Associate Pastor


Alliance New England

New River Church in Manchester, CT, is a Christ-centered, discipleship-focused community and an accredited church with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Our vision is to overflow with the life of Jesus, transforming our communities with His love. The four pillars of our mission are to enjoy Jesus, encourage people, equip disciple-makers, and engage culture. We seek to empower small groups to impact their local community through discipling relationships and meeting needs. In addition to Sunday mornings, ministry takes place in living rooms, coffee shops and around the kitchen table. We desire to launch multi-purpose sites that will engage with the community all week long and be places to foster community, growth and healing. We are seeking a Pastor of Discipleship & Counseling to lead our Life Group ministry, which drives New River’s deep discipleship and community engagement. This includes developing a support model for sustainable growth of groups and ministry teams; identifying gifts and talents within the body; enlisting and equipping leaders; providing pastoral counseling and access to resources for leaders; investing in emerging leaders; and launching new life groups and ministry teams. This role will also provide preaching at the direction of the Senior Pastor, oversee the process of welcoming guests and help them connect with New River. This position requires a bachelor’s degree in Ministry, Pastoral Counseling or Biblical Studies. Candidates already licensed or ordained with the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) are preferred; but all candidates must be able to meet licensing and ordination requirements with the C&MA. We are seeking someone who has a demonstrated ability to make disciples, develop teams and create plans of action. Skills in counseling and accessing counseling resources are preferred, as are cultural competencies to connect with diverse communities. Manchester, CT is a suburban community of about 60, 000 located just north east of Hartford, CT. The town has a diverse population with many options for recreation, dining, arts and culture drawing younger professionals. The town is home to Connecticut’s largest community college and is within 15 minutes from the University of Connecticut. To be considered for this position, please forward your resume and any accompanying materials to the New England District office of the C&MA, attention: Shelley Moulton Director, Leadership Development & Placement Alliance New England P.O. Box 288 South Easton, MA  02375 Please do not contact the church directly.  


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