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Executive Pastor

Grand Rapids,


Why We Love This Opportunity *
Encounter Church is a healthy, modern church reaching a young demographic in one of the most livable, vibrant cities in the midwest! Planted nine years ago and now reaching almost 600 people on a weekly basis, the present and future of Encounter Church are full of dreams and opportunities and it’s into this climate they will be inviting their very first Executive Pastor! The perfect Executive Pastor is going to love working with Encounter’s Church’s visionary lead pastor, energetic and lovable staff, and a congregation filled with young adults and young families.

We are so excited for what God is up to at Encounter and the sky is the limit for what the future may hold, especially when the right Executive Pastor joins the team and runs they ship as they chart the course!

Church or Org Description *
Encounter Church started as an idea collaboration between the Lead Pastor, Dirk vanEyk (a denominational outsider) and a group of denominational pastors to start a new expression of church to connect with a new
demographic of people. Encounter started as a dozen people in a Bible study in Dirk’s living room before launching public services at a local school on 10.10.10 with around 75 committed people. In 2013 they purchased the current building. In 2016 they renovated significantly. In 2017 they went to two worship times.Encounter Church resides in the beautiful southeast section of Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have a vision to continue to grow and multiply across the greater Grand Rapids area, while also maximizing the utility of their current 40,000 SF campus as well as multiple other ministry opportunities in the surrounding area. They are a team who loves one another and loves doing ministry together, striving to live out the values of Encounter at every level.
Position Description *
General Position:

The Executive Pastor (XP) is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of church staff, leading all functional areas in the accomplishment of the church’s mission. This includes staff oversight of worship, connections, small groups, kids, youth, outreach, pastoral care, ministry areas as well as strategic planning, finance, administration, human resources, and operations.

Position Requirements:

Maturing and personal relationship with God
Bachelor’s Degree in related field is required
Master’s work in Biblical Studies, Theology, or Pastoral Leadership is preferred
Proven track record of effective leadership is a must
At least five years of experience as industry or ministry director or equivalent position

Position Responsibilities:

MINISTRY – Align the Staff Around Vision Execution

Oversee church strategy
Lead staff towards goals
Evaluate ministry effectiveness
Champion effective communication

BUSINESS – Support the Vision of the Lead Pastor and Lead Team

Ensure operational readiness
Champion infrastructure development
Develop annual financial plans

MULTI-SITE – Lead Church Planting / Multisite Efforts

Develop multiplication strategy
Resource the strategy
Ensure vision harmony across sites


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