Greetings all, we're forwarding this opportunity on behalf of our friends at Salt Community Church (referred to as Salt) on the mid north coast of NSW in the communities of Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills:

Salt Community Church

Salt Community Church (referred t

o as Salt) is located on the mid north coast of NSW in the communities of Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills. The region is less than 20km from Port Macquarie and part of the Hastings Camden Haven local council region. 

Salt is located by the beach and within easy access to numerous State Forests and National Parks. Our region is littered with natural beauty and the pursuits of its residents generally revolve around being involved in sport and the outdoors, often in the water and out utilising the natural environment.

The Lake Cathie-Bonny Hills community had a little over 6000 residents in 2011 (source ABS data 2011). The area is a highlighted growth area with significant residential construction and proposed development in progress. The population is expected to grow steadily and is estimated to approach 10000 residents within approximately 10 years.

We began discussing the possibility of planting Salt over 4 years ago with the senior pastor of  our parent church, The Point Community Church (TPCC). With several families sharing a passion for spreading the gospel to our local area but needing to make the commute into Port Macquarie to be part of the TPCC, it was a logical fit to trust God with this next move to consider establishing a Campus of The Point.  Our vision is to do whatever it takes to have a gathering of God’s people in this region.  Salt may remain a campus of The Point long term, or Lord willing Salt will be financially self sufficient in the future.  Either way, this is an important mission for reaching our region with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

We began meeting as a core group in February 2016 and utilising our current venue, Lake Cathie Public School, (LCPS) not long after. Our group began with 5 families from TPCC and officially launched in August 2016 holding weekly Saturday afternoon meetings from 5-630pm. Our service is faithful to God’s glory yet relaxed in nature with approximately 30 adults and 10-15 kids under 15 attending on a reasonably regular basis. We are super excited about the road ahead and are confident that God is preparing someone’s heart to join us as we continue to love and serve one another and this community. 

We are seeking God’s man to lead Salt Community Church.

We seek a man who, ideally:
→ Is married and is in the 30-45 age range
→ Has been assessed or is prepared to be assessed by Geneva Push as suitable to be a church planter
→ Has done or is undertaking theological training
→ Has pastoral ministry experience 

The right candidate will not be excluded necessarily on the above as we will seek God’s guidance on how to support and establish the ‘right’ person to fulfil this exciting role amongst us.

Although it would be preferable to have someone work with us full-time we may have to consider a part-time appointment initially, with the pastor’s income from the church supplemented by some other form. (unless we can source funds from elsewhere). We do not have any church property but are a part of TPCC with a significant amount of the administration burdens and wise support to be shared with them in the foreseeable future. 

The key roles we would expect our pastor to take on would be:
→ Spiritual leadership of the church
→ Systematic, expository preaching through the Bible – though this could be shared with several capable lay members of the community
→ Help grow and develop a culture of evangelism and discipleship within the church
→ Develop leaders of Growth Groups (for Bible study & prayer & pastoral care)
→ Support and development of kids ministry 
→ Support and develop effective mission with young families in our region
Continue to grow the existing links with Lake Cathie Public School

Our vision is for a Bible-based, Gospel-driven church, strong on evangelism and discipleship, with a particular focus on young families.

If you are interested in discussing this further, please contact us on:

Greg Hickey – greghickey77@yahoo.com.au; 0425 303 042
Marty Dures – marvendures@bigpond.com: 0458 854 041
Steve Covetz – steve@tpcc.org.au: 0414 830 350