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Hillcrest Covenant Church

Executive Pastor

Hillcrest Covenant Church
Prairie Village, Kansas, United States

Date Posted: 02/19/2015
Categories: Executive Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Hillcrest Covenant Church

Executive Pastor

Job Description


Accountable to Senior Pastor and member of Hillcrest’s Staff Lead Team


Position Summary:


The primary objective of this position is to provide leadership for the mission and values of Hillcrest Covenant Church, and the accomplishment of its objectives through staff and lay teams.  The directives of this position are established through the Senior Pastor, and the Hillcrest Leadership Team (HLT), the lay governing body of Hillcrest.  The Executive Pastor (XP) will ensure the effective operation of the church’s ministries by providing leadership that results in the meaningful and fruitful contribution of all church staff, and to create an environment conducive to the fulfillment of the church’s mission and vision.


The XP will also work closely with the Senior Pastor, the Missions Council and Hillcrest’s Staff Lead Team (SLT) Pastors in vision/strategic development.  He/she will also have the primary responsibility of Hillcrest’s Missions initiatives, and be responsible for the day-to-day administrative management of the church’s business.  The XP will seek to free the Senior Pastor from administrative duties to the maximum extent possible.




Missions Ministry


The XP will serve as Hillcrest’s Missions Pastor, responsible for coordinating closely with the Senior Pastor and implementing the global and local missions programs of Hillcrest, supported by 30% of all general fund income, currently $750,000 annually.  In this role, the XP will work to facilitate the engagement of the congregation in missional initiatives, with primary focus on areas of ministry that cross barriers of culture, language, and/or distance.


Primary responsibilities regarding Missions:


  1. Provide      support, care, and encouragement to field personnel who are in partnership      with Hillcrest Covenant Church.       This includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Spiritual       and prayer support
    2. Open       communication
    3. Monitoring       and evaluation
  2. Ensure      quality partnership development with ministries (U.S. based and      indigenous), organizations, and mission agencies that are advancing      like-minded mission causes.


  1. Provide      and promote service opportunities for HCC membership to strengthen and      advance our missions partnerships, while facilitating the spiritual growth      of our own participants.


  1. Develop      and implement a strategic sending process for short-term, mid-range, and      career commissioned personnel into partnership mission fields.


  1. Maintain      a healthy tension between faith & strategy, generosity & wisdom in      budgeting and allocation of mission’s funds.


  1. Teach,      facilitate, and nurture the development of “World Christians” who      intentionally invest in the Great Commission through the widest range of      domains and avenues available.


  1. Lead      HCC to participate in cross-cultural Kingdom expansion locally, with      insights and sound missional methods.


  1. Fulfill      pastoral duties for the Church as requested.



Administrative/Operational Responsibilities


  1. Serve as the Human Resource      Officer for the church, including supervision of designated staff.  Monitor staff vacation, continuing      education, outside ministry days, days off, and personal leave time for      appropriateness.  Update personnel      manual and job descriptions as appropriate to ensure they are both current      and accurate.  Conduct annual salary      reviews of staff with the Senior Pastor.


  1. Assist Pastoral staff in keeping      ministry areas on “purpose” by working with them to establish measurable      objectives and facilitating regular reviews with staff to provide needed      support.


  1. Provide leadership for the staff      team, including staff team development and oversee the hiring process for high-character      and high-competency staff.


  1. Oversee the Media and Information      Technology departments of Hillcrest, including supervision of the Director      of Media/I.T.


  1. Oversee the Business Office and      supervise its manager, and his/her respective responsibilities.


  1. Provide directional leadership      for all issues related to building/properties and the building custodian.


  1. Develop and manage the personnel      budget, and provide leadership in the annual development of the overall      ministry budget.


  1. Any other responsibilities as      necessary to provide leverage for the Senior Pastor in his core areas.



  1. Facilitate and manage the effectiveness of communication between ministry leaders and volunteers, support staff, congregants, and all other church communication utilizing a variety of methods appropriate to the task, including but not limited to:  all church emails, church web site, social media, and the Connect (church bulletin).


  1. Provide the Senior Pastor, on a regular basis, with reports accurately reflecting the status of ministry areas and personnel issues.


  1. Monitor the progress of the church through hard data in key areas.


  1. Facilitate and strengthen “cross-silo” communication.  This will include coordination between ministries, as well as communication with the Senior Pastor and the HLT.





  1. Assist the Senior Pastor and Team      Lead Pastors in the development and execution of both vision and strategy.  Drive the desire to change by serving as      a thought-partner with lead ministry staff.


  1. Develop, implement and enforce      policies related to operational aspects of Hillcrest Covenant Church.  This includes personnel, financial and      business areas, legal issues, and long range planning.


  1. Coordinate staff retreats,      planning days, and other staff functions.





  1. The XP’s compensation will be      determined by the Senior Pastor, and the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and      Secretary Treasurer of the Hillcrest Leadership Team.


  1. The job description will be      reviewed annually.


  1. There will be an annual      performance review for this position conducted by the Senior Pastor in      accordance with church personnel policies and procedures.




  1. The candidate is expected to:
    1. Have a strong commitment to the       Covenant Affirmations of Faith (available at, including       specifically the centrality and authority of God’s Word and the necessity       of new birth through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    2. Have a passion for implementing       the Great Commission
    3. Have an in-depth knowledge of       missions and missiology as evidenced through graduate degrees in ministry       or missions or extensive (5-10 years) experience on the mission field.
    4. Have a heart for the Lord, a       sensitive spirit, and be a person who practices the principles of the       Christian faith. 
    5. Be committed to the mission and       values of Hillcrest Covenant Church.       



  1. A demonstrated ability to provide      leadership, vision and direction to pastoral staff and the missions      ministry.


  1. Management and leadership      abilities with demonstrated advanced oral and written communication      skills.


  1. A proven track record of success      with leading, training and directing teams or groups.


  1. A leadership style that      encourages teamwork and relates well to a wide spectrum of people.


  1. The candidate will have a minimum      of 5 to 7 years of experience as an Executive Pastor, Executive Director,      or Church Business Administrator.


  1.  The candidate will preferably have some      specialist knowledge in areas relevant to organizational operations      including experience in managing and leading an organization, analysis and      presentation of data, preparation and management of annual budgets in a      church or non-profit environment.