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First United Methodist of Hanover

Hanover, Pennsylvania, United States

Date Posted:
Discipleship Pastor
United Methodist
Church Size:
351 to 500
Job Type:
First United Methodist of Hanover
Job Description:

The Discipleship Pastor is a full time preaching position, reporting to the senior pastor.  This position is responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing the constant improvement of our small groups system.  The person in this role supervises and leads the staff and volunteer teams that implement the system in every age level department (preschool, children, youth, young adult, adult, senior adult). The Discipleship Pastor is a person whose life has been changed by Jesus Christ and is passionate to share that salvation with as many as possible, helping both the newly saved and longtime believer grow to full maturity as disciples. This person absolutely must be able to work as part of a coordinated team and implement interconnected systems. 


We are working in consultation with Nelson Searcy of The Journey Church in New York City to develop and expand our congregational systems. Familiarity with these missional strategies will be helpful for candidates as we build a uniform philosophy and methodical approach for the fulfillment of our mission to make Disciples of Jesus Christ. (See the book "Activate" by Nelson Searcy for small groups strategy).



Application Requirements:

  • Ordination credentials are encouraged but not required
  • Bachelor or Master's Degree required in ministry related field
  • Prior preaching and worship planning experience required
  • Prior small groups and Christian formation leadership experience required
  • Staff supervisory experience is a plus


Starting salary is $55,000 with additional benefits compensation package.


Please mail resume, cover letter, and DVD of three sermons to:


First United Methodist Church of Hanover

Attn: Rev. Gregory Rapp

200 Frederick Street

Hanover PA 17331


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First United Methodist of Hanover

First United Methodist Church of Hanover is located in the south central Pennsylvania area, 60 minutes south of our state capital, Harrisburg and just 30 minutes east of historic Gettysburg. We average 420 in weekly worship attendance across four services in two campuses, with a mix of three traditional services and one contemporary worship service. The church was born in 1864, and is currently undergoing an exciting Spirit and mission-driven rebirth as we grow and transform from a mainline downtown congregation to an intent More...