Vineyard Church

Connections Pastor

Kansas City,

Missouri

Why I Love This Opportunity

Chesed Berry

Associate

Vineyard Church Kansas City has a love for its city built into its DNA! From the people fully engaged in the church to the person far from Christ and wouldn’t consider stepping through the doors – all are valued. Their Vision is to be “THAT CHURCH” with “THOSE PEOPLE” and a Mission “to make MORE and BETTER Disciples.” They are stretching deep and wide, knowing that God has called them to make an impact on Kansas City.

About This Organization

Planted in 1990 during the early days of the Vineyard movement, Vineyard Church Kansas City has a rich history of seeing God’s provision and favor in and through the ministry. Even through ‘rough seas,’ He has remained faithful to use this church to reach people who are far from Him, growing as large as 3000 on an average Sunday across four campuses.

After a season of difficult leadership transition and the pandemic, there is no better time to join the team at VCKC. When the church hired the new lead pastors (Greg and Michelle Hartmann), the church was averaging 1100 on weekends. However, the church has rebounded in the last 18 months and grown significantly to nearly 2000 on the weekend. God is doing a new thing in and through this church and team. You can feel that fresh energy and momentum!

Today the church is growing and thriving. Since January 2022, the church has grown by 50%. The Children’s ministry has doubled. In the future, there are plans to revisit the multi-site expansion, trusting that God will lead them into new communities that are hungry for a church like Vineyard. This year they launched a new campus in Lansing Prison and sent out another church plant.

There is incredible excitement and momentum right now!

Position Description

The Connections Pastor is vital to helping connect and assimilate people into the Vineyard Church community. This pastor is primarily responsible for overseeing First Impressions Teams and the Connect Track. There is a strong team of committed volunteers who serve in this important ministry. The new Connections Pastor will have the opportunity to appreciate and develop that team and develop more leaders to live out their gifts to create a welcoming and comfortable environment to worship and grow in their faith journey.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, train, develop, and support a large team of volunteer leaders and team members
  • Lead and resource the team to create a welcoming and inviting environment that helps people move into deeper connection within the church
  • Connect people to engage in the life and heart of the church through Serve Teams and Life Groups.
  • Provide oversight of the Connect Track, a core suite of classes and experiences that help build connection and engagement.
  • Perform other pastoral duties as needed – Care, Personal Ministry, Weddings, Funerals, and Hospital Visits

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Has a pastoral calling
  • Must possess strong people skills and a gift for hospitality, connections, and networking.
  • Must be comfortable in an upfront and visible leadership role
  • Alignment with Vineyard values for Spirituality, Excellence, Joyfulness, Generosity, Innovation, Collaboration, and Encouragement.
  • Must be able to have fun.
  • Must love people.
  • Must be highly collaborative and flexible.
  • A good listener and a good communicator.
  • Able to process feedback, criticism, and change requests with a positive attitude and diplomacy.
  • Able to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must have the ability to manage and lead complex projects and lead people involved with them.
  • Must desire to continue to learn and grow in ministry.
  • Must believe in Vineyard values, goals, priorities, and convictions.
  • Relevant or transferrable professional and educational experience in pastoral ministry.

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