Could God change the world through a small town near the wilderness? He’s done it before—at Bethany beyond the Jordan (John 1:28). So why not Umatilla, Florida? Calvary Chapel of the Lakes has been praying for Jesus to come and rescue many from sin, bondage, and death, just like He did then. God has instructed us to pray BIG for Him to transform lives, and therefore, we believe that our Lord is up to something big here.We believe that reaching the area’s youth is part of His plan. Do you sense God’s calling to evangelize and disciple young people? If so, then maybe He’s calling you to Umatilla!
Are you called to the mission field of youth? Do you have a passion to reach the next generation with the Gospel's hope and message? To teach and disciple them in the Word? Let’s talk! We don’t want to tell you how to do your job, we want to run with you as you’re doing it. We seek a youth pastor who will join us in getting "out of the palace,” as Pastor Doug said in his sermons from Esther 4 and 5.
This new position will be bi-vocational.
We’ll provide $1,000 per month salary (Florida has no state income taxes) plus free housing in the 3BR, 2BA parsonage (pictured) next to the church. (It's not fancy, but did we say 'free'?) This will include electricity and water.
Our Sunday attendance averages 75-100, although
this fluctuates based on winter snowbirds and summer vacationers. Most of our
congregation is over 40. While we are an older congregation, we are most
certainly not a “set in our ways and longing for the old days” Body of Believers. We believe that God is moving in a fresh way
today and we long to be a part of what His Spirit is doing. We are a small church on a big mission! We love out of the box ideas for reaching our
community for Christ. Here’s a list of outreach efforts that we've
tried over the last few years:
- Food pantry (on-going, twice/month), typically serving 150 people (60-65 families) each time
- Diaper outreach (on-going, weekly), delivering diapers to homes of local families in need
- Outreach to prostitutes (calling to offer a meal and diapers, knowing that some of them were doing this to make ends meet and care for their kids)
- Rainbow People: offering rides for “modern-day hippies” coming to the Ocala National Forest (just north of us) for their annual gathering; while taxiing them, we pray for opportunities to share the gospel
- City Hall Doughnuts and Prayer (we deliver doughnuts monthly and invite prayer requests)
- Sunday afternoon worship for special needs families
- Free kids’ medical clinic
- Our current campaign? Delivering goodies to the physical neighbors of the church, to develop relationships. We call it "Think Locally, Act Neighborly."
You'll note that some of the above are a bit radical and 'different.' Those are the efforts we think make God smile the most. It’s how we roll at CCOTL. The Youth Pastor that we are seeking will love this kind of outreach.
We have 8-10 middle and high school students. The young women focus on reading Scripture during the week, training themselves to consider its meaning and life application before gathering to discuss how God is speaking to them. The young men and their fathers meet weekly for an Apologetics class. Our youth serve in our food pantry, children’s ministry, worship team, and A/V team, and have recently begun their own worship team.