Reporting to the Lead Pastor (LP), the Executive Director (ED) will take a lead role in strategic planning and executing the vision of RENEW CHURCH LA to be a generative congregation that reaches the Greater Los Angeles area with the gospel. The ED will provide primary executive leadership to the staff and congregation by setting annual and long- term goals with the LP, and strategically aligning the staff towards reaching those goals. These goals include, among others, generating new RENEW sites, pioneering new ministry initiatives, cultivating generosity for financial health, growing our volunteer base, improving our internal systems, and strengthening strategic partnerships with PROJECT 614, Olive Crest, CLARIS and others. Other responsibilities will include overseeing and developing mid to entry level pastors (for pastor candidates only), cultivating a healthy staff culture, driving annual planning and budgeting processes, interfacing with the board/elder team, working with other teams/functions (finance, HR, etc.), and establishing strong communication with the congregation.
ED will work as a partner and advisor to the LP in his various work areas. This is a role of strategic executive leadership to operationalize ministry vision.
Strong organizational leadership and management background, problem-solving and decision- making abilities, proven organizational skills, flexibility in a fluid environment, initiative, team building and leadership development in a complex multi-dimensional organization are essential. Experience living, working, and ministering in a major urban context a plus.
For pastors, prior church staff management/leadership a must. Prior church planting experience and ordination a plus.
Strategic Planning and Execution
Work with LP to identify and execute strategic ministry initiatives (e.g. new sites, evangelism, community formation, mercy and justice ministries, neighborhood presence, etc.).
Set annual and long-term goals and execution plans that align both the workflow of the staff and the focus of the congregation around key strategic priorities.
Establish and maintain key performance metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of all areas and ministries of the church.
Ensure effective communication of vision and strategic priorities to all stakeholders (e.g. staff, board/elder team, congregation, other RENEW site churches, etc.).
Support the LP in his role as spiritual and visionary leader for a flourishing church community.
Executive Oversight and Management
Effectively manage staff
Oversee workflow and planning processes of staff team to align with strategic goals.
Cultivate a dynamic staff culture of collaboration, healthy feedback, commitment to excellence, healthy conflict resolution, innovation and mutual encouragement.
Conduct effective annual performance reviews, establish clear expectations for staff, and ensure ongoing opportunities for clear feedback and development.
Lead meetings and drive agendas for staff, exec team, & board/elder meetings.
Develop staff, personally and professionally. Work with LP to oversee recruitment, training, and development of staff, particularly prospective site planters.
Cultivate financial health and sustainability
Develop annual financial plans that fund the accomplishment of the strategic plan and cultivate overall financial health and sustainability.
Oversee and grow the giving of RENEW for long-term financial health.
Effectively manage building usage as well as manage possible building/office space acquisition and funding
Ensure effective oversight of the infrastructure, operations, and missional strategy for building use and maintenance
Work on the acquisition and funding of new building/office spaces
Work with LP and other Staff, to execute the goal of planting three successful sites in the next 5 years.
Work with LP and other key staff to identify, recruit, and develop future site pastors for the RENEW’s network of churches.
Actively partner with RENEW affiliated organizations (PROJECT 614, site plants, etc), other RENEW departments (finance, HR, etc.), and the other RENEW congregations to execute shared goals.
Work with LP and other staff to develop an effective infrastructure to hold the RENEW churches (and sites) together in a tightly-knit network going forward.
Pastoral Leadership and Care (For pastor candidates only)
Assist the LP in leading worship, administering sacraments, preaching, and teaching
Work with the LP in leading worship services and administering sacraments on a regular basis.
Be pastorally present at both AM and PM worship services on a regular basis.
Preach occasionally as needed (6-8 times a year, holidays, summer supply, etc.).
Teach LIFE classes as needed.
Coach other pastors and staff on pastoral cases and issues as they arise.
Manage ongoing pastoral care caseload for other pastors and staff to ensure pastoral sustainability and health.
Coach pastors and staff to prioritize and empower lay ministry.
Provide pastoral care and counseling for specialized or acute cases as needed.
Provide leadership with LP for Congregational, Board/Elder meetings
Drive agendas for Board/Elder Teams and Congregational Meetings.
Prioritizes personal growth in grace through healthy rhythms of Sabbath rest, prayer, Scripture, and reconciliation in relationships
Demonstrates emotional health and spiritual maturity in personal relationships, good judgment, and personal integrity.
Embraces RENEW’s theological vision and core values
Enjoys challenging assignments and thrives in a complex and fluid environment
Winsome, team-oriented leader of leaders who is humble, teachable, approachable,
committed to coaching and empowering others
Minimum 10 years of professional experience, minimum 5 years of strategic, senior-level management experience. Experience with religious or 501(c)3 nonprofits a plus.
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s level management degree (MBA or MPA) a plus.
Formal theological training a plus.