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Cornerstone Church

Connections Pastor

Cornerstone Church
Marion, Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 06/17/2015
Categories: Associate Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Connections Pastor

Cornerstone Church

Marion, Illinois, United States


Categories: Associate Pastor - Small Group Pastor – Discipleship Pastor

Denomination: Southern Baptist

Church Size: 1001 - 1500
                Job Type: Full Time


The Church:

Cornerstone Church is definitely a great place to serve in ministry.  We are a 15-year-old church in Southern Illinois (Marion), currently averaging just over 1,000 people in two Sunday morning gatherings.  In the Spring of 2014, we moved into a former Wal-Mart building with plenty of room to grow.  God has recently provided the funding necessary to complete the build-out of all of the facility we need for the foreseeable future.  We are certain the coming years will be full of anticipation, excitement, and new faces!


Cornerstone Church is built upon a solid foundation.  Beginning with about 70 individuals in 1999, the church has a 14% average annual growth rate.  This does not include our Johnston City Campus, which will be launched as Redemption Church at the end of 2015. 


One of the significant strengths of Cornerstone Church is our leadership structure.  We currently have five pastors who form a collaborative leadership body.  We meet each week to ensure that we, along with our respective teams, are all pulling in the same direction.  Our church genuinely trusts our pastors with the leadership of our congregation, and we take getting it “right” quite seriously!  Furthermore, our pastors (by way of our Lead Pastor) are directly accountable to our Lay Elders for that leadership.  We don’t live in the world of cumbersome policies and procedures, but we clearly recognize the heavy responsibility we carry as Cornerstone’s Pastors!


We are now looking to pull up another chair to our leadership table.  Specifically, we are looking to add a team member with a significant ability to lead our Connections Ministry.  This individual would take the lead of getting the people of Cornerstone connected in community and ministry. 


From the moment our new members/visitors walk in the door our first impression goal is for them to feel a connection with our community and that we truly care about them and their family. 



We definitely believe in getting the right people on the bus here at Cornerstone!  Are you the right person for our bus?  To help you answer that question…


The Position:

We need a veteran “connector.”  Please do not apply if you cannot share how you have helped significant numbers of people connect in community and ministry.  We know this is an area in our church needing significant improvement.  Our pastors are convinced getting our people connected is THE highest priority for this next season!  You can be assured; our entire pastoral team will be assisting in this endeavor. 


If you would rather hide in an office…trying to mind your own business (or ministry), PLEASE DO NOT APPLY!  If that is your approach to ministry, you will not enjoy our team approach, and you will definitely not appreciate an “all hands on deck” prioritization of helping Cornerstonians effectively connect in community and ministry.  We have high expectations and are ready to work as a team to bring those expectations to fruition.


But…if you are a team player who is energized by working with a creative staff and are self-motivated enough to get the job done when no one else is in the office, you just might be our next Connections Pastor!  Of course, if your life doesn’t line up with God’s description of a pastor (or elder/ bishop/ overseer), PLEASE DO NOT APPLY!  Actually, if your life doesn’t match that description, I hope you are reading this for someone else.


Additional Information:


Our current Connections Pastor is in the process of making a 2-stage transition.  He will switch over to a 1-year role of leading the build-out of our facility.  At the completion of the build-out he will step into the role of our then retiring Executive Pastor.


The Connections Pastor will sit on the executive leadership team and answer directly to the Lead Pastor.


In a recent questionnaire Cornerstone staff members identified those values most observable in our current Pastoral Team.  The top four were excellence, accountability, cooperation, and vision.  Other values receiving recognition were commitment, compassion, contributing, efficiency, focus, generosity, integrity, performance, productivity, respect, and self-discipline.  As you can see, our next Connections Pastor must be prepared to make significant contribution Day One!


Direct all applications and questions to Gregg Donaldson (


If interested, please:

1)   Take a look at our website to get a sense of who we are.

2)   Send us a resume so we can begin to get a sense of who you are (include a picture if there is not one on your resume).

3)   Describe ways in which you have effectively connected significant numbers of people in ministry and community.

4)   Tell us, “Why you for this position?” (i.e.  based on your gifting, personality and experiences…why might this be a fruitful ministry for you?)


**Note:  We will not drag out this process.  If you believe God may be calling you to join this exciting ministry… well… get us your stuff!