Executive Pastor Full Time

@ Covenant Church
  • Winterville, North Carolina View on Map
  • Denomination: Methodist - UMC
  • Job Category: Executive Pastor
  • Date Posted: 21 November 2019
  • Application Closed
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    Job Description

    Church and Position Overview
    Covenant Church (Greenville, NC) strives to fulfill Jesus’ instruction to make disciples. By this statement, we mean that we will each take personal responsibility for taking our next steps as disciples of Jesus and help others do the same.

    Covenant currently has three weekend services on its main campus (Winterville) and one service at its Washington satellite campus. An average weekend attendance is 1900 – 2000 people. We are currently praying and planning for growth and expansion, and we want to take strategic steps to be a church actively reaching people of all generations. We believe with the right individual as Executive Pastor we can position Covenant Church to make an even greater Kingdom impact.

    The ideal candidate is gifted in three specific areas:

    1. Ministry Strategist
    As the ministry strategist, this individual takes the vision of the church (and Lead Pastor) and implements it with the ministry staff of pastors, directors and coordinators. Aspects of this specific area include the following: goal setting and evaluation, strategic development, and mentoring. The ministry strategist studies trends and inspires other staff members to continue growing in their proficiencies. The strategist encourages staff members to think innovatively and creatively for their ministry areas and helps turn their ideas into realities. In addition to being innovative in church ministry, this leader should also be attuned to the world’s culture to help our church reach new populations of people for Jesus and communicate with those outside the church effectively. This individual also relishes the opportunity to encourage and cultivate the members of the staff.

    2. Second-in-Command
    This person can lead both structurally and organizationally. With strong leadership gifts, this person must know how to lead in his or her own style, yet follow the Lead Pastor. They must understand church culture, Covenant culture, and world culture better than anyone else on staff. This individual will lead staff training and will function as a great planner, strategic thinker and mobilizer.

    3. Overseer of Operations
    The executive pastor will also help our support staff departments bring unity and coordination to all ministry staff teams within the Covenant staff. This individual will assist in bringing clarity to department responsibilities and clarity for how each department works together towards a clear vision.

    Three key areas of leadership:

    1. Chief of Staff
    Lead and coach the ministry staff effectively to reach the church’s overall mission.
    Oversee training and development of Covenant staff including new hires.
    Coordinate and lead weekly staff meetings designed to clarify and execute goals, objectives and programs.
    Oversee the evaluation of staff members.
    Provide leadership to the staff in the design and implementation of their annual ministry plans in alliance with Covenant’s strategic plan.
    Conduct executive coaching sessions with each ministry staff director at least bi-weekly.
    Serve as the intentional agent of unity across all ministry areas.
    Champion the development of long-term systems and infrastructure by all ministry staff.
    Make recommendations for salary and benefit adjustments to lay leadership teams for the annual budget.

    2. Strategic Planning and Leadership
    Support the Lead Pastor in accomplishing Covenant’s mission through ministry discernment, decision-making, strategizing and leading staff.
    Provide significant input in vision casting and goal setting.
    Help define strategic goals and vision as a key leader among staff.
    Assist the staff in developing new ministry programs as directed by the Holy Spirit.
    Monitor and track congregational initiatives through research and evaluation.
    Ensure staffing, facilities, and programs are appropriately and effectively aligned to best meet our strategic goals.
    Facilitate the annual strategic planning process including evaluation of ministry performance; review of mission, vision, and core values; development of key objectives and tactics; and establishment of annual goals.
    Continuously strive to learn more about church and culture to best continue moving staff in a forward direction.

    3. Business Operations
    Oversee the administrative staff leaders: Finance Manager, Facilities Manager, HR Manager and IT Manager.
    Establishes effective policies for all business conduct.
    Work with our lay personnel team in human resource management.
    Develop annual financial plans to accomplish the strategic plan and meet critical financial objectives.
    Partners with the Finance Manager in the formation and recommendation of the annual budget for approval by the Finance Team and Church Council.
    Ensures the operational readiness of the staff through leadership and oversight.
    Ensures processes, policies, controls and oversight are in place to establish accountability and meet financial, legal and other required standards.


    * Demonstrate an ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ.
    * Strong biblical foundation for wise management in a church setting.
    * Appropriate educational background (a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required; seminary work is preferred). Ordination is not required.
    * Sufficient experience on a senior leadership team within a medium to large church.
    * Ability to supervise pastoral staff providing empathy, motivation and support when needed.
    * Experience in effective leadership and decision-making.
    * Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
    Project management skills including meeting short deadlines.
    * Confidentiality and respect for all people.
    * Ability to prioritize and multi-task.
    * Ability to cast vision without losing sight of small details.
    * Have social media accounts management experience, have proficiency in technology, and have an understanding of marketing in a digital world.
    * A willingness to grow and adapt to the inevitable changes found in a growing local church.
    * Strong interpersonal skills.
    * Understanding of group dynamics and consensus decision making.
    * Become a member of Covenant Church within 1 year of employment.

    Covenant Church
    4005 Corey Road
    Winterville, NC 28590

    Application deadline closed.

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