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Pastor of Ministry and Leader Development



Church Description *
Lakeland Church was planted in 1979 in the northern Chicago suburb of Gurnee, IL. Lakeland has grown steadily over the years and today averages approximately 600 during weekend services. The church has a long history of calling people to a deep experience of Christ. At the same time, leadership has experienced a profound conviction over the last few years to orient the church towards outreach and has purchased twenty acres for future expansion. ” The church has been re-tooling the vision, and over the past twelve months has seen an increase of conversion rate across the ministry.

“I think what I love most about being here is the people that I get to do this with,” says Senior Pastor Dan Weyerhaeuser. “We will continue to change our methods, and we’ll continue to tweak vision and strategy, but the people are what make this place a great place to be.”

The church is taking dramatic steps and undergoing change as we move towards an aligned staff team who are developers of leaders rather than direct ministers, a team who minister together out of a great chemistry and compatibility.

Position Description *
The role of the Pastor of Ministry and Leader Development (PMLD) is to assist the Senior Pastor (SP) in overseeing the life and direction of the church. The PMLD will offer pastoral leadership to the congregation alongside the SP and elders. The PMLD will ensure that the systems, practices, and policies of the church responsibly and effectively support its ministry activities.

Responsible for strategic planning and staff coordination in the execution of the church’s mission and vision. In partnership with the SP, the Pastor of Ministry and Leader Development will work with the Senior Leadership Team to establish goals and action plans.

Providing leadership to staff team and serving as personnel director for pastors and paid staff. As partner of SP, the Pastor of Ministry and Leader Development will lead, evaluate, and mentor existing staff in their respective areas of ministry and prioritize staff additions.

Oversee and execute the administration of the church through appropriate staff, lay leadership teams, and consultants (as needed). Ensure the completion of business, facility, and logistical support functions through staff and volunteers.

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