Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Meet Steve Burghart

On August 1-6, Steve Burghart and his family will be visiting Grace Church as our potential Pastor of Connections Candidate. Let me give you some information on Steve:

Family: Steve lives in Mission Viejo, California and has been married to his wife, Shawna, for 14 years. They have two children, Jessica (age 12) and Courtney (age 14) who are both currently home-schooled. Shawna has also served as Director of the South Coast Christian Home Educators which is a ministry of and to 150-250 home-schooling families. For the past 7 years, she has also served weekly during the school year leading in their church’s children's minsitry's centralized small groups program

Education: Steve received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University in 2003. In 2008, he received his Master of Divinity in Evangelism and Discipleship from Talbot School of Theology.

Ministry Experience: Steve has served on the Staff of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, CA (Rick Warren’s church…Rick Warren is the author of the best selling book, The Purpose Driven Live) as a Small Groups Community Team Leader since 2004. Saddleback is a church with an average Sunday morning attendance of over 23,000. This position entails the following:

· Motivating every member along their personal journey of faith toward living a life characterized by involvement in God’s purposes for His church

· Providing pastoral care and biblical conflict resolution for up to 100 groups

· Supplying visionary leadership to a team of up to 10 community Leaders

· Participating on Small Groups Team for program strategy and evaluation

· Training small group leaders in spiritual formation and group interactions

· Multiplying leadership through mentorship and modeling

· Creating curricula for decentralized, dialogical study

· Leading small group-based teams into local and international mission fields

· Interceding before the Lord on behalf of the leadership, membership and community

Steve also served as the Baptism Ministry Team Leader at Saddleback from 1999-2003 in which he assembled, developed and supported a volunteer ministry team of up to 50 individuals.

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