Central Church

Executive Pastor



Why I Love This Opportunity

Luke Francis


This Executive Pastor role has the freedom to begin leading on day one. Because of Central Church’s health and unity, this next leader will find a team with a high level of readiness for a people-oriented ministry developer to bring specialized, senior-level leadership to integrate the church’s mission of maturing and multiplying disciples. In coordination with the Lead Teaching Pastor and the Elder Council, this leader will find ample opportunity to help bolster the people and operational systems and cultivate an ethos of deeper collaboration with staff and key leaders across the church. For the seasoned leader who seeks to strategically partner in ministry with a high capacity, high commitment Lead Teaching Pastor and church, this is an exciting opportunity to make significant leadership contributions to the Glory of God.

About This Organization

Central Church was born out of the revivalism of the Second Great Awakening and held its first worship service on October 22, 1896. Located in Collierville, Tennessee, Central has seen God’s gracious hand over its nearly 130 years of ministry. Under the leadership of Dr. Matt Shackleford and the church’s unified Elder Council, over the last three years, Central has given significant attention focused on refining healthy governance systems and building dynamic teams to shepherd the body of Central. With a clear call and a strong desire to equip the body to multiply and mature disciples, Central Church aims to continue its robust history and swiftly move into the next chapter of Gospel influence in the greater Memphis area and beyond.

Position Description

In coordination with the Lead Teaching Pastor, the Executive Pastor will lead in building and shepherding a biblical community of Christ followers at Central Church. By seeing his role as one that empowers fellow ministry leaders to accomplish their goals, he will bring a strategic, collaborative leadership style that helps release the Lead Teaching Pastor to greater attention on vision, preaching, and tending to the Gospel-based ministry needs within the congregation and community. The Executive Pastor will act as a wise shepherd to the staff and a trusted ministry partner to the Lead Teaching Pastor and Elders. Through his role, the church will continue expanding its capacity for being mobilized in ministry while deepening its love for the things of Christ.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the Lead Teaching Pastor in the accomplishment of the church’s mission through ministry effectiveness, evaluation, discernment, decision-making, planning, and overall direction of staff and programs
  • Advance and maintain alignment with the Lead Teaching Pastor in the philosophy, planning, and execution of a comprehensive ministry strategy
  • Lead, develop, and oversee the ministry department staff in the establishment and ongoing direction of programs, systems, and processes that enable effective ministry programs, ensuring the accomplishment of the overall mission and vision of the church
  • Support the Lead Teaching Pastor and Elder Council to facilitate the strategic planning process, including evaluation of ministry performance; review of mission, vision, and core values; development of key objectives and tactics; and establishment of goals.
  • Serve the church as a member of the Executive Leadership Team by ministering to the elders and pastors in the day-to-day leadership of Central Church
  • Serve the church family as a member of the Pastoral Leadership Team by ministering through prayer, baptisms, funerals, weddings, communion, counseling, teaching, and other aspects of building believers and equipping disciples.
  • Serve the kingdom by being aware of and prayerfully seeking personal opportunities to passionately share the life-changing truth of Jesus Christ with those of the world who are without Him.
  • Maintain a personal, ongoing, abiding relationship with Christ daily through prayer and personal interaction with the Bible.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Thrives leading from the second chair under a clear vision and a dynamic, empowered Lead Teaching Pastor and unified Elder Council
  • Heart for pastoring inside a church with a robust, Gospel-centered theological framework, rich evangelistic legacy, and fervor for Christ-centered life change
  • Demonstrated senior-level experience integrating ministry and operations in tandem with one another and in an ongoing fashion that fosters increased collaboration around disciple-making
  • Relationally oriented, strategic ministry implementor with a record of healthy transformational leadership and activating latent potential across ministries
  • Excels in building new and refining existing systems to advance the church’s vision, values, and unity
  • Keen interest in shepherding and developing the staff team towards spiritual maturity and ministry effectiveness
  • Meets the biblical qualifications of an elder as outlined in Scripture
  • Holds advanced theological training from an accredited, evangelical seminary with further specialized training in disciple-making, leadership development, and organizational leadership and management


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