The Local Church - GR
The Local Church - GR (known as TLC), is a multiplying church, helping the next generation fall in love with Jesus to create better futures. Pursuing a faith that is rooted, alive, and active in our community and city, we want to see our faith community filled with love for Jesus. We are passionate about worship, developing leaders, and planting churches. More than 80% of our faith community is under the age of 35, many just beginning to start their families. We are serious about reaching the next generation.
TLC is a newer church plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan celebrating 4 years this Easter. In our first three years as a church we saw steady growth of about 20% year over year, and just before the pandemic began were averaging 450 people between our two Sunday morning services. With a desire to care for our city and our people during the pandemic we have made multiple adjustments to our gatherings, and are now gathering in person at 1/3rd capacity, allowing for physical distancing, while also streaming services online. We currently see an average of 250 people in person with many still attending virtually.
As the pandemic begins to wind down, we anticipate future growth as we pursue a healthy and passionate faith. God is calling people back to the Church and our need for one another as the gathered body of Christ has never been more evident. We believe God is uniquely present when we gather as we get to experience the awe and wonder of His presence in our midst.
We are a part of the Water’s Edge Network, a multi-church family of Kingdom minded, missionally generous churches working together to amplify the Hope and Life of Jesus to all.
The Family Ministries Pastor is vital to the life of our church as they connect families to all that Jesus has to offer. At TLC, we want to come alongside parents as they raise and disciple their kids to love Jesus and see students make faith their own and have fun doing it. We also want to see kids dragging their parents to church because they can’t wait to encounter Jesus. The Family Ministries Pastor drives all of this with teams of volunteers who help shepherd and love kids and students.
We Are Local. Grand Rapids is an exciting, growing city with a sense of hope, a diversity of people, and a vibrant downtown. The second largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids often finds itself on national “best of” lists including top 15 “best cities to live in”, top 10 “most affordable cities”, with the west coast of Michigan being a top travel destination. We have some of the best breweries in the country, a vibrant art and food culture, fantastic museums, and are a driving force in health care training and research. Grand Rapids is a great place to live, work and play, but it’s not perfect. We believe we’re called here to make a difference and we genuinely love our city. God is up to something here, and we want to be in the middle of it all. We’re looking for someone who wants to join a staff culture that takes Jesus seriously but not themselves, who loves to laugh, dream, and lead together.