Thanksgiving Church
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Connections Pastor



This is a great chance for the right candidate to help new people not get lost in the shuffle, and help them understand their next step in their spiritual journey.

Church Description *

Thanksgiving Church is a place with Lutheran roots and an Evangelical heart, located in Belle-vue, Nebraska, a suburb of Omaha. They are committed to reaching out to their community. “At our core we’re a place that is committed to making disciples who make disciples,” says Ex-ecutive Pastor David Witkop. “In fact, I bet more than half the folks here don’t even realize we are Lutheran.”

The church has been in a succession plan for about a year. David will become the Senior Pastor in January, and current Senior Pastor Glenn Harless will retire after a long run. “We will be debt free in January,” says David. “With a refreshed vision it feels like momentum is building for this next chapter.” The church is working on several initiatives as a result of working through the Auxano Vision Frame process. These initiatives fit within a five-year strategic plan.

Thanksgiving Church is marked by modern contemporary worship, strong ministry to students, and a thriving children’s ministry. The doors are open wide to its community which is in need of the Gospel.

Position Description *
Central to their plan is to ensure the right Connections Pastor joins the team. This position will have three main areas of oversight:

1. Preaching/Pastoring. There will be ample opportunity for weekend preaching (about 1/3 of the time).

2. Small Groups. There are currently twenty-seven Life Groups. These need to grow in sub-stance and depth.

3. First Impressions/Connections. There is much momentum to improve these areas, but a win in this area is that key volunteer/part-time leaders are already in place.

The Connections Pastor will play an important part of the five-person executive team that leads the staff and will directly report to Janine Wegner who is becoming the new Director of Staff in January. Having an understanding of the key discipleship pathways will be critical for this per-son. Aligning staff, volunteers, and resources around helping people connect, not fall through the cracks, and transition into life groups for discipleship is paramount.

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