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Associate Pastor: HR & Leadership Development



Why We Love This Opportunity 

Grace Church has a passion for people and they are eagerly anticipating the addition of this strategic leader to their team. This position is an exciting, creative merger of two historically separate people-oriented roles. With organization-wide oversight of both Human Resources and Leadership Development at a church with the reach and impact of one like Grace, the right next-level leader is going to love their work as they assist Grace in leading their team into the future!! If you’re a seasoned, Kingdom-minded HR pro with a passion to see thousands of people developed to their maximum impact for Jesus into a broken world, this is the role for you!

Church Description

Grace Church was started as a church plant in 1991 by a church on the north side of Indianapolis. Grace started in a leased office building/warehouse in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis. Over 600 people gathered on the first Sunday and the church grew rapidly. In 1997 Grace moved to a permanent location on 146th Street and continued to grow.

Over the past several years Grace has opened a comprehensive Care Center, added two campuses, and has been involved in planting several churches in the community, the state of Indiana, and internationally.

Grace Church has recently navigated some very important theological, philosophical, and leadership transitions, including a very thorough and intentional succession of their founding senior pastor, a process which spanned almost a decade from first conversation until June 1, 2020, when Pastor Barry Rodriguez fully assumed the role. Pre COVID-19 Grace Church averaged 3,200 weekly congregants across its three campuses.

This team is passionate about the redemptive mission God has called them to in this season and there are critical, exciting days ahead as they lead Grace Church into the future of ministry in Noblesville, Indianapolis and beyond!

It’s an exciting time to be a leader at Grace Church!

Position Description

The Associate Pastor of Human Resources & Leadership Development is responsible to care for the staff, administratively and professionally. This role is charged with developing and implementing policies and programs which align with Grace values to ensure equitable treatment of staff members in the areas of employment, compensation, benefits and employee relations. Additionally, this position provides intentional leadership development opportunities for staff members for the purpose of continual growth in job engagement, effectiveness, unity, and faith, as well as providing a culture of leadership development and discipleship for leaders within the Grace community.


  • Organizational Design & Structure
  • Staffing
  • Compensation & Administration
  • Benefits
  • Employee Relations
  • Training & Development


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Leadership, or related field desired.
  • PHR or SPHR Certification desired
  • 5-10 years of progressively responsible human resources experience

Proven experience in the following areas of skill:

  • Compensation Analysis
  • Benefits Administration
  • Training and Development
  • Staffing and Recruitment
  • Verbal and Written Communication
  • Employment Law
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Organizational Development
  • 5-10 years of progressively responsible ministry leadership experience
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