Petra Church

Executive Pastor

New Holland,


Why I Love This Opportunity

Petra Church is searching for a strategic leader with executive experience to pastor, lead, equip and develop the pastoral team and high-capacity ministry volunteers.

The Executive Pastor of Ministries will provide oversight to all of the major ministries of the church by helping to guide and steward the various ministry leaders. This person will be given great latitude in the ministry approach and methodology as they help the team to execute the vision established by the senior pastor and elders.

About This Organization

Petra Church has been bringing Jesus’ love, healing, and hope to New Holland and the surrounding community for nearly 4 decades. Nearly 2,000 people gather on the weekend during Petra’s two worship experiences.

In January 2021, after a search process that was guided by an outside consulting group, Petra’s Student Ministry Pastor, Brian Coles, was announced the successor to the 38-year lead pastor tenure of Lester Zimmerman. The transition has gone exceptionally well with great congregational support. The spiritual climate is healthy, and there is an expectation of even greater things ahead and a desire for more of God’s presence.

Position Description

The Executive Pastor of Ministries is responsible for the oversight, development, and care of Petra Church ministry programs and related staff. This person will build and develop leaders to help deploy ministry teams for more effective discipleship and care of the congregation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide care for all direct reports and assist in their personal development.
  • Monitor the pulse of the congregation through research and tracking various stats.
  • Assist Lead Pastor w/ developing and leading staff training retreats and workshops.
  • Oversee hiring and dismissal, evaluations, and training of direct reports.
  • Keep job descriptions current. Assist in the orientation of new staff.
  • Assist the Elders and Lead Pastor in ensuring that the strategic ministry objectives of the church are effectively and efficiently attained.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Ability to develop, disciple, and deploy staff and key volunteers
  • Strategic thinker able to facilitate visionary forecasting and prepare teams for what it ahead
  • Strong communicator with a shepherd’s heart for people
  • Has experience leading at an executive team level

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