Chief Financial / Operating Officer
Great Commission Association of Southern Baptist Churches
The Great Commission Association of Southern Baptist Churches (GCA) exists to provide pastors and their families the support they need to build healthy relationships and healthy churches. Established in 1947, it has 125 ministries and member churches from San Mateo to Solvang and from Monterey to Milpitas. GCA comes alongside to support Southern Baptist churches in central California in reaching their local communities with practical, excellent outreach programs and by supporting pastors, their families and flocks.
The Association has experienced tremendous growth in the last 20 years under the leadership of Dr. Michael Stewart. During that time, it grew from near-bankruptcy to an annual budget of $6 million with assets of $24 million. GCA now employs 70 full-time and two part-time staff, nine of whom work at the home office.
GCA believes that “the right relationships and the right resources at the right time can dramatically improve the outlook and performance of God’s pastors and His churches”. GCA is committed to investing in the health and happiness of pastors and their families—and providing the resources they need to build strong churches. Here are some of GCA’s services:
Services for Churches
• Stewardship Development
• Church Planting and Renewal
• Legal Counsel and IRS Compliance
• Insurance and Bookkeeping
• Marketing and Communications
• Staff and Lay Leader Development
Services for Pastors
• Family Counseling
• Education and Childcare
• Ministry Coaching
• Financial Planning & Retirement
• Personal Taxes
The CFO/COO will lead and improve administrative ministries, including finance and accounting (forecasting, planning, reporting, account management, church resourcing, banking and credit card services), real estate, HR and Payroll, and technology and equipment. They will need to solidify their chosen team and vendors, stabilize and create processes, and strategize, using financial forecasting and process learning while collaborating with GCA’s governance. The successful candidate has the chance to take stewardship of existing properties to a new level—helping churches use valuable real estate to assure the life of the church, not just steward a church’s assets after its doors have closed.
The ideal candidate has strong financial and operational experience, perhaps serving as an Executive Pastor or in a financial leadership role in a for- or not-for-profit organization. They are confident, yet bring humility to serve as a vital member of a strong team, to bless local churches and ministries. They love the local church and long to see her become ever more fruitful. They thrive when belonging to a vibrant team, when making a difference, and are strong enough to voice their insights. If they have a family they will need the support, if not active involvement of, their family in forging warm relationships with member churches. Prior experience living in an expensive and diverse region or excellent personal financial stewardship will help the ideal candidate thrive in central California for the long term.
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To learn more about the work of the Great Commission Association in northern California, please visit their website at www.gcasbc.org.