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The Syracuse Alliance Church

Pastor of Community Life and Worship

The Syracuse Alliance Church
Syracuse, New York, United States

Date Posted: 04/02/2015
Categories: Associate Pastor - Combo Positions - Music Ministry - Small Group Pastor - Worship Pastor
Denominations: Christian Missionary Alliance
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Pastor of Community Life and Worship

Purpose: connect people to each other through small groups and connect people to God through worship

Goal: help us love God and love people (by developing small groups and worship)



Job Info


45% Connecting People to God and Each Other - through our adult Small Groups

  • Must have proven heart for small groups, viewing them as the second wing of the church, rather than just a program
  • This person will help enfold newcomers into relationships and ministry
  • This person will build relationships that develop and encourage small group leaders, in partnership with our small group coaches
  • The ideal person will have some exposure to, and agreement with, Sticky Church, Cell Church, or North Point Community Groups
  • This person will work with the Lead Pastor in developing our Small Group ministries
  • Currently our Small Group wing has 11 adult small groups (with 4 new Biblical Community Groups that started this winter)


 45% Connecting People to God - through our Large Group Contemporary Worship

  • Must have proven proficiency in leading from a keyboard or guitar
  • Must have proven ability to develop singers and instrumentalists on a worship team
  • Since we are a church of various ethnic, education, and economic backgrounds, the ideal person will be able to foster contemporary KLove/Hillsong/Chris Tomlin styles plus an occasional gospel style
  • The ideal person will be able to lead quiet worship and fast clapping praise
  • The ideal person will be able to develop not only musicians but other worship leaders
  • This person will work with the Lead Pastor in developing thematic worship linked to his sermon themes
  • Currently our Large Group wing has a Sunday team of singers, keyboards, guitars (lead, acoustic, electric), drums, and bass


 10% Other Pastoral Tasks as requested by the Lead Pastor


This is a full time job that includes salary, housing, health insurance, plus budget lines for all ministry expenses.


Church Info

The Syracuse Alliance Church is an urban church where a person came make a significant difference.  With a population that is 97% unchurched, Barna lists Syracuse, New York as the 16th most post Christian city in the USA.  Syracuse has a winter climate from November-March with excellent road care and nearby lakes.  Founded 100+ years ago by A.B. Simpson SAC has a heart for reaching all types of people for Christ, locally and globally.  Globally, we are one of the largest givers to global outreach in the C&MA Northeast District. 


Locally, we are 400+ attenders, 300 something Sunday morning, 11 adult small groups, plus youth and children’s small groups.  30% of our adults are new in the last few years (many are unchurched/dechurched people age 20-40s).  80% of our Middle School and 20% of our Senior High come from unchurched homes.  We are a multi ethnic church (50% white, 25% black, and 25% Asian, Indian, Latino, internationals) with various economic and education levels (people who can’t read, people on food stamps, and people with PhDs).


Our Lead Pastor has been here since 2007, our Youth Pastor since 2014.  Our goal is to glorify God by making growing followers of Christ by moving people from large group to small group to service.