University Presbyterian Church

Executive Director of Ministry



Why I Love This Opportunity

Mike Goldsworthy


UPC has a long history of making a significant impact in the U District of Seattle, and as a result, around the world. They are at an important juncture in their ministry where the Executive Director of Ministry will be able to help shape and craft the strategy for how the church engages in its next season of ministry with a church that is growing its missional and multi-ethnic emphasis.

About This Organization

University Presbyterian Church has long been a center for Christian faith development, inviting people in and sending them out into the world to spread the good news. God has strategically placed UPC in the heart of a neighborhood that has and will continue to be a vibrant area for medicine, high-tech, bio-tech, college students, and entrepreneurship.

University Presbyterian Church is a church seeking to live in the unique intersection of engaging thoughtfully in cultural realities while trusting in the authority of the Scriptures. They are known for working to understand the implications of taking the Scriptures and its calling seriously in the current cultural moment.

University Presbyterian Church is associated with the PC(USA) denomination and the Fellowship Community, an association for those within and outside the PC(USA) denomination.

Position Description

In partnership with the Senior Pastor and Executive Director of Operations, the Executive Director of Ministry supports the mission and vision of UPC by providing strategic integration and alignment to all of UPC’s ministries while building and deploying effective processes for leadership development and management. Our mission is to be: a family of communities joining Jesus to transform our lives and the lives of neighbors at the University of Washington, in our neighborhoods, and all around the world.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop strategic alignment for every ministry within UPC
  • Working through key staff leadership, appropriately integrate the values of Formissional Community (formation as disciples, on mission for neighbors, in community as a family) into every discipleship ministry at UPC
  • Provide oversight and alignment to the guest experience, engagement, and retention process, working in partnership with the Exc. Director of Operations to reduce barriers and ensure UPC’s Church Management System is working to support healthy growth (follow-up to new people, growth group updates, etc.)
  • Partner with University Ministries to integrate student ministry and students more fully into the life of the church
  • Develop and execute systems of leadership development and management that shape culture and raise the leadership bar throughout UPC (including elders, staff, and lay leaders)
  • Be a trusted partner in ministry and sounding board for the Senior Pastor, ensuring their vision is refined, effectively communicated, and strategically integrated into the fabric of ministry
  • Work with leaders to translate vision into action through effective teamwork, implementation, management, and accountability
  • Build the capacity of UPC’s ministry for Global Culture and involve participants of many cultures and ethnicities

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Effective planning and organizational capacity with strong execution and follow-through skills
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple and complex projects to desired outcomes.
  • A minimum of 7 years in strategic ministry leadership with hands-on experience building, developing, and managing robust teams
  • Experience in developing strategic implementation for missional communities will be a helpful asset
  • The ability to engage thoughtfully and strategically in ways that are aware of popular culture as well as the trends and movements that impact contextual ministry in an increasing post-Christian setting, as well as demonstrated experience in connecting across ethnicities will be essential


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