Small Groups Pastor
Parkview Christian Church

Remote / Virtual
Orland Park, Illinois
Church Description *
The journey of Parkview Christian Church began in 1948 on a train bound for Chicago, where two women talked, hoped, and prayed together about what God could do in their community. They added to their numbers and started a prayer group, and from that small group, the church was born in a storefront location on April 15, 1951.

That was 65 years ago, and the church’s name has changed three times since then: from Tinley Park Church of Christ, to Tinley Park Christian Church, and finally, to Parkview Christian Church, a name that was chosen because it sounds like a hospital…so appropriate for a place of healing and hope.

Tim Harlow has been Parkview’s senior pastor since 1990 when he came to a church that was running 150 in attendance in a heavily unchurched area. Today, Parkview is a multi-site church of nearly 7,000 people in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, with campuses in Orland Park and Homer Glen, Illinois, and with a third campus scheduled to open in New Lenox in December of 2016.

Tim is a down-to-earth and gifted communicator who is tirelessly committed to a “come as you are” culture that welcomes everyone. Because of that, Parkview is made up of former gang leaders and business owners, ex-strippers and soccer moms, prodigals and big brothers, the disillusioned and unchurched, and the list goes on. In fact, a recent Parkview survey found that 40% of respondents said they did not attend church in the 5 years prior to coming to Parkview.

Parkview is a healthy church with a clearly defined mission: to REACH those who are far from God, RAISE them up to be fully devoted followers of Jesus, and RELEASE these followers to do God’s work in the church, the local community, and around the world.

Position Description *
Parkview is seeking a high-capacity, culturally-sensitive, and very relational person to lead our central small groups team. This position will give visionary, strategic, and innovative leadership to our small groups strategy across all current and future campuses. There is a solid existing foundation on which to build, and Parkview is excited about the unique opportunity for a new leader to take an already-successful ministry to the next level. Additionally, this position will be responsible for leading the process and teams that develop and create curriculum for several small groups launches each year.

The ideal candidate will possess the unique ability to balance the need for both meticulous planning and often-required flexibility; will be able to recognize and adapt to the cultural realities of both Parkview and the communities it serves; and will be a developer of leaders. The successful candidate will also possess extraordinary team-building and shepherding skills, a deep love for people, and the ability to lead in an environment that embraces innovation and vision. To be considered for this position, one must show previous success and demonstrated ability to grow a small groups ministry.

The Central Small Groups Pastor/Director reports directly to the Executive Director of Ministry Environments and is responsible for overseeing a variety of departmental staff and volunteers.


1. Testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and evidence of a desire to live a consistent Christian life
2. Mature Christian character
3. Excellent communication skills
4. Innovative and visionary style
5. Team-building and shepherding skills
6. Derives satisfaction from serving as a team player
7. Ability to balance needs for both meticulous planning and often-required flexibility
8. Ability to recognize and adapt to the cultural realities of both Parkview and the communities we serve
9. Demonstrated administrative ability and organizational skills
10. Demonstrated ability to employ problem-solving and critical thinking skills
11. Ability to effectively oversee the work of others (paid staff and volunteers)
12. Unreserved commitment and dedication to the mission of Parkview Christian Church


1. Provide visionary, strategic, innovative, and central oversight of Small Groups Ministry across all Parkview Christian Church campuses
2. Oversee the Small Groups departmental staff, including several members in both full and part-time capacities.
3. Lead (and continue the ongoing development of) an effective small groups strategy that includes the following components:

• Extraordinary cultural awareness and an understanding of the unique dynamics that accompany ministry in the southwestern suburbs of Chicagoland
• Emphasis on BOTH evangelism and spiritual formation
• Develop effective on-ramps for small groups
• Utilization of the H.O.S.T small group model (Heart for people, Open your home, Serve some snacks, and Turn on the DVD)
• Leadership development
• Systems for tracking both leaders and participants
• Excellent internal communication

4. Oversee the development and creation of curriculum for several strategic small groups launches each year (in conjunction with the entire Small Groups team, as well as Students and teaching teams)
5. Set aside intentional time and pursue the development of relationships with small group leaders, participants, and (perhaps most importantly) those who’ve not yet crossed the line of faith in Jesus
6. Oversee “Rooted,” including a pilot experience and subsequent refinement/adaptation
7. Ensure that all members of the Small Groups staff and volunteer teams are being shepherded well, often appreciated, and encouraged in their service, giftedness, and spiritual health
8. Lead efforts of innovation to ensure a consistently cutting-edge approach to Small Groups ministry
9. Create, regularly evaluate, and maintain compliance with Parkview Christian Church’s central Small Groups ministry “IPODs”
10. Collaborate on the development of new systems and processes
11. Oversee development and maintain oversight of departmental budget
12. Serve as an actively participating member of the Ministry Environments leadership team
13. Encourage creativity, excellence, teamwork, relevance, hard work, and FUN in all ministry areas
14. Other miscellaneous functions as requested by the Executive Director of Ministry Environments

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