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Small Groups & Connections Pastor
Destination Church

Chicago, Illinois
The Small Groups & Connections Pastor is a full-time position for a Pastoral role with primary responsibility for community and group life. Candidates for this role must demonstrate a mature Christ-centered lifestyle with evidence of godly character, clear calling, ability to preach, and leadership gifting. Church guests will be assimilated through the Small Groups / Connections Pastor who will develop and sustain a healthy “relational sphere” of shepherding within the church.

The Small Groups & Connections Pastor will report directly to the Senior Pastor and is responsible for overseeing a variety of staff and volunteers. Depending on the candidate’s call and gifting, this role may evolve in the future. Potential candidates must have a strong work ethic and a wholehearted commitment for life-long city ministry — with the understanding that God can redirect this calling down the road.


Church Description *

Destination Church is fueled by a vision to establish New Testament churches in the city of Chicago.

Destination’s Purpose:
To enjoy and share the grace of Jesus– The ultimate purpose of Destination Church is to glorify God. Destination’s leadership resonates deeply with the awareness that, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”

Destination’s Priorities:
Living Word- We hunger for the life-giving truth of Scripture and a genuine relationship with the unchanging Word Himself.

Empowering Presence- We thirst for the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit to mature, guide, and empower us.

Renewing Work- We see our work and service as a gift from God to reenergize our hearts, renew our world, and redeem the lost.

Destination’s Values:
Discernment- We seek relational and situational awareness as we discern ourselves, others, and God.
Ownership- We wholeheartedly commit to our tasks and carry a sense of responsibility for our entire ministry.
Teamwork- We work together in everything by seeking understanding, valuing input, and honoring everyone’s position.

The congregation of Destination Church is ethnically diverse, and it comprises a large percentage of young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s, along with many young families.

Position Description *
The Small Groups & Connections Pastor for Destination Church will be leader who lives out Destination’s core values of discernment, ownership, and teamwork. Candidates must have a track record of effectively equipping and empowering volunteers and staff. Potential candidate must have an unwavering faith and commitment to God’s calling on Destination Church and the family of Confluence Churches (

The Small Groups & Connections Pastor will have skill in leading with pastoral sensitively and insight gaining insight and show examples of building relational bridges with outsiders and inviting people to church as a natural part of relationship. In addition, candidates will possess a passion for rich theology, the multi-faceted work of the Holy Spirit (including Biblically grounded expressions of the Spirit’s power and spiritual gifts), and God’s mission. Models healthy self-awareness and social-awareness.

The Small Groups & Connections must be willing to live in very close proximity to Destination’s current meeting location in order to embed and adapt to local rhythms, connect with people in the neighborhood, and adapt to the cultural realities of Destination Church and the communities we serve.

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