Charis Community Church
Charis Community Church of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois is currently seeking a new lead pastor
as our current pastor is being sent to plant a new church in the spring of 2023.
Charis was planted 15 years ago by a core group of believers with a burden for a
gospel-centered, church planting, disciple-making ministry. We are affiliated with the Acts 29
network and the Southern Baptist Convention. Our average Sunday morning attendance is 180,
and includes a vibrant ministry for children and youth. Weekly discipleship occurs through our
Gospel Community groups.
We are located in Central Illinois in a community which has a combined population of roughly
150,000. It is home to two major universities; Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan
University, as well as a community college, and solid public and parochial school options. Home
to State Farm Insurance, Rivian Automotive, and two hospitals, we have a growing economy
that offers diverse and well paying jobs.
Our ideal candidate will have experience developing disciples and exhibit strong leadership
qualities to work collaboratively with other elders, staff and ministry leaders. He should
demonstrate a strong emphasis on gospel-centered preaching and a willingness to promote
church planting efforts. The candidate will be in agreement with our affiliations, including Acts
29’s Five Distinctives, the Baptist Faith and Message, the Gospel Coalition’s Statement of Faith,
and be willing to go through the Acts 29 assessment process.
Interested applicants should complete Part 1 Application document (Attached) with a resume, cover letter and link to two sermon videos and email all materials to:
Secretary Charis Pastoral Search Team