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Kids Pastor/Director



Why We Love This Opportunity

The culture of The Bridge Bible Church stands out with a passionate vision to reach the city and beyond for Jesus. Their down-to-earth style and approach to ministry are refreshing. This incredible staff knows how to have fun together, and they’re passionate for God to use this Body for broad-reaching Gospel impact in the lives of the families of Bakersfield and beyond!

Church or Org Description

In 2003 Laurelglen Bible Church planted a new church called Jeff Gowling to Bakersfield as the church’s lead pastor. Along with their two preschoolers, Jeff and Tracy arrived with a passionate vision to launch a church to reach the city and beyond for Jesus. Nineteen years later, this remains the heart of The Bridge—for God to use this Body for broad-reaching Gospel impact in the lives of the families of Bakersfield and beyond.

The Bridge is poised to expand the Kingdom in this community. A church plant that started as a gift of 75 families and 25 acres of land has grown to over a thousand people with a huge potential for growth in the next few years. Pastor Gowling, who has raised his children at the Bridge, says, “I’ve seen firsthand the impact our church can have on families—I’ve lived it!”

From 2003 to 2020, The Bridge has experienced rapid growth and is now bouncing back from the Covid dip. The church has added four buildings and a balcony to the Worship Center. It has launched a Capital Campaign to fund a 40,000+ sq ft children’s facility and will include multiple upgrades in its student ministries spaces.

Position Description

The Pastor/Director of Children’s Ministries is a Christ-centered individual, strong and growing in faith, a student of the Bible, “above reproach” (I Timothy 3 and Titus 1), and active in the church. This individual should be pursuing a genuine, authentic relationship with Jesus Christ and demonstrating a “missional” life, concerned with the unity of the church and service to the local community. The candidate should be relationally driven and passionate about equipping the church for missional living. He or she must demonstrate a transformed life and an eagerness to see Christ transform others’ lives.

The Pastor/Director of Children’s Ministries is the visionary and strategic leader responsible for oversight and leadership of all children’s ministries, including the direct oversight of the elementary ministry (1st-5th grades). This position oversees, organizes, maintains, and helps grow the children’s programming, ministering to students and their families. This person works with parents, children, staff, and volunteers to fulfill The Bridge’s mission, vision, values, measures, and strategy. This position will oversee all church-related children’s camps and special events. They will also assist with designing, developing, and implementing a new children’s ministry building.

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