University Covenant Church

Executive Pastor of Adult Ministries

Davis,

California

Why I Love This Opportunity

Chris Lagerlof

Senior Associate

University Covenant Church is committed to continuing to grow as a family while maintaining a culture of intimacy and connectivity. No matter their size, they want to stay deeply connected in relationships and in life! This is a great opportunity at a thriving church with huge community impact. University Covenant Church is looking for a relational leader with a passion for small groups and developing leaders.

About This Organization

For over 50 years, University Covenant Church has served and ministered in Davis, California, a town 15 miles from Sacramento and known for its strong university presence (University of California), cycling, community, parks, the infamous Farmer’s Market, and local and surrounding agriculture. University Covenant Church is a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Their vision is “That all people would know Jesus.”

Though a few socio-economic classes make up University Covenant Church, the immediate area is seen as upper middle class to the upper class. Additionally, Davis has been called ‘the most educated city in America’, with UC Davis being a hub of innovation and higher education.

The staff culture at University Covenant Church is a healthy, fun environment where people don’t take themselves too seriously but take God very seriously. Work is accomplished with a focus on grace and excellence. The staff is given much freedom and flexibility as long as they are faithful, productive, and pursuing excellence in all they do.

Position Description

University Covenant Church is searching for an Executive Pastor of Adult Ministries to serve the church and
help achieve its vision. The ideal candidate has a passion for developing staff teams and lay leaders. The
candidate has a track record of leading leaders, multiplying leaders, and exuding and modeling warmth and
care individually and with teams. He/She has gifts of leadership, strategy, and organizational thinking.

The ideal candidate has a passion for small groups and lay leader development. He/she has a performance
history of developing a healthy and robust small group system in a mid-sized or larger church (500+) and a track record of leading leaders, multiplying leaders, and exuding and modeling warmth and care individually and with teams. He/She has gifts of leadership, strategy, and organizational thinking.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Cast a compelling and motivating vision for Life Groups and Group involvement.
  • Develop and lead successful ways to both develop and multiply Christ-centered Group leaders through
    relational investment, training, and ongoing support.
  • Create effective ways for people to get involved in Life Groups, such as seasonal all-church campaigns and mid-sized gatherings (e.g., men’s, women’s, and parents’).
  • Lead the Care Team. The Care Team team works in partnership with Life Groups when the need for care goes beyond what a small group can provide.
  • Serve on the Executive Team with the Lead Pastor, Worship Director, Children and Youth Director, and Operations Director.
  • Supervise the College/Young Adults Pastor and the Church Engagement Director. This team oversees the Local Outreach (to be re-started) and Global Outreach Teams.
  • Be a visible presence via teaching classes, hosting worship services, etc.
  • Potential to preach, based on gifting.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Someone passionate about connecting people to the church, in the community, and in the ministry
  • A relational leader that can attract others into their next steps.
  • Experience recruiting, equipping, and deploying people into ministry
  • Someone strategic and who can implement systems
  • A team builder who can inspire and motivate others
  • Experience leading and developing paid staff
  • A good communicator

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