Love of Christ Church

Connections Pastor

Bear,

Delaware

Why I Love This Opportunity

Jada Swanson

Associate

This is a significant opportunity to lead at a high level at a church in an incredibly exciting season! Love of Christ Church seeks a highly relational leader, team builder, and systems developer to oversee all discipleship efforts. The Connections Pastor will play a key role in helping to take this church to the next level.

About This Organization

Love of Christ Church is a non-denominational, spirit-empowered, multi-generational, multi-ethnic church family affiliated with ARC (Association of Related Churches).
The church was founded in 1991. Over the next 11 years, as the church grew, it moved to three temporary locations before purchasing 12 acres of land in 2002, where the first campus was built in Bear, Delaware. Within three years, over 1000 people began attending. In 2015, a second campus was launched in the nearby region of Middletown, and through the faithful generosity of many people, both campuses became debt-free.

In September 2022, Love of Christ Church welcomed new Lead Pastors, Kirk and Shianne Pearson. The Pearsons graduated from Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas, and immediately launched into full-time ministry. The Pearsons are a fun and engaging couple whose vast ministry experience, relational style, and creativity bring a warm and dynamic approach to leadership! They love God, love people, and want to see them experience a life-giving relationship with Christ and pursue the abundant life God has for them. They also have a huge heart for investing in the next generation, a passion for showing Christ’s love to the community, and a vision for advancing the gospel–locally, nationally, and internationally. Pastors Kirk and Shianne have been married for 21 years and are blessed with two children.

This is an effective church with solid facilities, a talented staff, healthy finances, and a desire to expand its ministries in the local area and beyond. With a focused belief that the local church is the hope of the world, Love of Christ Church strives to create opportunities to connect with the unchurched effectively. The church is known for solid biblical teaching and extreme generosity within the local area, the nation, and the world.

Love of Christ Church is excited to welcome their newest team member, a Connections Pastor. The person who fills this role should be a team builder, deeply relational, and a builder of systems. This person should possess a passion, vision, and strategy to see everyone at Love of Christ grow in their relationship with and service to Christ and others. The Connections Pastor will provide leadership, training, and vision to connect people to Christ and oversee the discipleship and assimilation process: take the next steps, attend a small group, complete the Growth Track, and serve on the Dream Team. At its core, the Connections Pastor will help the outsider become an insider by becoming more connected relationally, growing spiritually, and serving more intentionally.

Position Description

Love of Christ Church is excited to welcome their newest team member, a Connections Pastor. The person who fills this role should be a team builder, deeply relational, and a builder of systems. This person should possess a passion, vision, and strategy to see everyone at Love of Christ grow in their relationship with and service to Christ and others. The Connections Pastor will provide leadership, training, and vision to connect people to Christ and oversee the discipleship and assimilation process: take the next steps, attend a small group, complete the Growth Track, and serve on the Dream Team. At its core, the Connections Pastor will help the outsider become an insider by becoming more connected relationally, growing spiritually, and serving more intentionally.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and provide a life-giving small group ministry with a long-range vision to have 90% of the average adult attendance in small groups at least one semester a year.
  • Lead efforts and build teams to recruit, train and release coaches and small group leaders.
  • Explore best practices and develop strategies for leader retention, leader recruitment, and assimilation of those not yet involved in small groups.
  • Recruit and train leaders to serve on the Dream Team. Communicate regularly the vision to all Dream Team Coaches.
  • Host training time for coaches, leaders, and members of the Dream Team.
  • Oversee the Next Steps & Growth Track process by setting goals, developing plans to achieve, and monitoring people’s progress to help move attendees to members, attend a small group, and to serve on the Dream Team, including other areas of discipleship such as water baptism.
  • Ensure all Growth Track events are equipped, resourced, and led with excellence and that participants receive their clear next step.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Experience leading in a pastoral or other executive position (7+ years)
  • Experience in an ARC (Association of Related Churches) affiliated or similar church and knowledge of their discipleship strategies
  • Egalitarian theological perspective
  • Experience leading in a large church is preferred
  • Team-Builder: Ability to recruit, train, and equip leaders
  • Builder of Systems: Proven track record in growing ministries and/or turning them around.
  • Deeply Relational: Connects well with people; always on the lookout for others and helping them discover a place to connect and serve
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills
  • Self-starter with a high work ethic who makes things happen on a regular basis

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