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Gateway Community Church

Grow Pastor

Gateway Community Church
Austin, Texas, United States

Date Posted: 01/22/2016
Categories: Other Pastor - Small Group Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 4001 to 5000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Grow Pastor



This person is an entrepreneurial catalytic leader with a shepherd’s heart and a passion to strategically lead, grow, and multiply disciples. The Grow Pastor is responsible for spiritually developing and equipping leaders and life groups to help spiritually grow our church body. Life groups are the primary place where spiritual growth happens at Gateway. The Grow Pastor’s role is to implement all pieces of our spiritual formation pathway.


Primary Functions of Grow Pastor


Coaching Life Group Leaders – Recruiting, equipping and supporting leaders who lead Life Groups with the goal of spiritually maturing people along the path from lost to leading.  This role is to help disciples make disciples who make disciples.


Resources, Experiences, & Systems – Use the discipleship based Life Group Model to implement transferable systems, resources, and experiences that can easily be passed from one discipleship generation to the next. 


Lead Leadership Life Groups – A Grow Pastor will lead weekly Life Groups with leaders and emerging leaders. 


Secondary Functions of this Role


Influence others through vision casting, teaching, public speaking, and strategically organizing events of 12-75 people (leadership gatherings, retreat environments, and/or break-out training sessions)


Connections – Work with the campus grow and connections teams to develop, implement, and support effective connections strategies (Sunday Morning Connections, Groups, Workshops, Classes, etc.) 


General pastoral staff functions, as needed: baptisms, pastor on call, pre-marital counseling, weddings, funerals, etc.



Successful track record of discipleship and spiritual multiplication of groups and leaders

5+ years leadership experience in a large organization

3+ years staff/volunteer leadership in a church

5+ years experience growing in the understanding and practices of Small Group and Discipleship theology and theory.



Excellent interpersonal skills                                               

Strong written and oral communication skills                       

Strategic Thinking and Implementation                               


Vision Casting




Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Biblical or theological education preferred.


Live out Staff Values:

1)      Stay connected with God by His spirit throughout the day; engages in regular spiritual practices to maintain that connection and grow in relationship with God.

2)      Focuses on serving both the internal and external Church Body with excellence.

3)      Works at a pace that is life giving; prioritizes and organizes tasks and work schedule in order to achieve a healthy work/life balance.

4)      Participating in and doing life with authentic community; has people in their life that consistently hold them accountable.

5)      Demonstrates unwavering ethics, and respect and consideration for individuals.

6)      Works to create an environment characterized by trust and openness, quality and professionalism, honesty and reliability.

7)      Shows initiative by looking for ways to do the job better/more efficiently and contributes to process improvement; demonstrates an openness to change and trying new ideas with flexibility and a focus on the staff and church body as a whole.

8)      As part of their lifestyle, building into the lives of 3-12 people, empowering them to become future disciples and leaders. 


Position Details

Job Title: Grow Pastor

Department: Grow Department

Reports to: Grow Director

Positions Supervised: Volunteer Life Group Leaders

FLSA Status: Exempt, Full-Time

Benefits: Full Benefit Offerings


About Gateway Church

Gateway Church in beautiful Austin, Texas, is a highly diverse culture, reaching people far from God. Our staff gets to be a part of an amazing movement making a difference in the city and around the globe, living out our values of Come As You Are, Live Connected, Be Transformed and Change Your World. If you’re a fan of ACL, SXSW, year-round sunshine, great Tex-Mex and not ever wearing a tie again, then you get us. We are a church where no perfect people are allowed and we’ve worked hard to create a non-threatening, culturally relevant environment that welcomes anyone and everyone who seek out the claims of Christ. For more information about who we are, head to where you can experience our services live streamed, listen to podcasts, learn about our staff and much more.




Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at Gateway Church, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy or any other protected characteristic as established by law.


As a religious institution, it is important that all employees of Gateway Church practice the same beliefs of the church. We therefore reserve the right to exercise this bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) in determining which applicants are best suited for positions at our church.


This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and the related BFOQ applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.


Note: Gateway does not accept resumes from headhunters, placement agencies or other suppliers that have not signed a formal and current agreement with us. Our supplier base is restricted to specified hiring needs. Therefore, any resume received from an unapproved supplier will be considered unsolicited, and Gateway will not be obligated to pay a referral or placement fee.