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Grace Fellowship Church

Groups and Equipping Pastor

Grace Fellowship Church
Johnson City, Tennessee, United States

Date Posted: 04/12/2017
Categories: Small Group Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 1501 to 2000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Name/Position:  Groups and Equipping Pastor


Reports to:

Date:  January 2017

Position Status: Full time Exempt

Time Required:

Typical   Weekly Work Schedule: 


Mission: To help people connect relationally and grow spiritually by engaging in the Ultimate Journey of being changed and used by Christ.

Primary Objectives:

  1. To increase participation in GFC groups.
  2. To help people move from disconnection to connection within our church.
  3. To develop and retain leaders.
  4. Provide direction and oversight for groups and equipping ministry.


  1. In collaboration with the Executive Leadership Team, develop outcomes, guiding principles and core strategies/outputs for groups at GFC. This should include scope and definitions.
  2. Create and manage systems and processes that ensure ongoing environments for growth in the Ultimate Journey through groups.
  3. Ensure that leaders are developed and deployed.
  4. Ensure group leaders receive care and coaching.

Equipping/Leadership Development:

  1. In collaboration with the ExLT, develop outcomes, guiding principles, and core strategies/outputs for equipping and leadership development that integrates with other core ministries including groups. This includes definition and scope.
  2. Implement and manage the above mentioned philosophy.  
  3. Execute current equipping strategies to complete this initial cycle of core classes.

Secondary Responsibilities/Duties:

  1. Pastoral availability as needed for pastoral conversations, shepherding, and guidance.
  2. Conduct weddings, funerals, or other pastoral needs as requested, needed, or as schedule allows.
  3. Respond positively to other duties or needs as assigned.

Job Skills/Experience: 

  • Theological training.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. M.Div. or equivalent preferred.
  • 3 years of groups ministry leadership or the equivalent preferred.
  • Pastoral giftedness.
  • Takes initiative to anticipate needs.
  • Submits to leadership and aligns with strategic goals.
  • Influence and persuade for forward movement and unity.
  • Effective leadership and execution of details.
  • Advance planning and critical decision making.
  • Positive relational working connections.
  • Ordained minister or eligible for ordination.
  • Clear, consistent, communication.

Spiritual Criteria:

  • Trust in Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
  • Demonstrates personal maturity in pursuing spiritual growth.
  • Relationally healthy with maturity in handling conflict and complexities.
  • Attends and supports GFC.
  • Models standards and expectations of leaders within GFC.
  • Fully affirm GFC doctrinal statement.


We believe in...

The only true God, the almighty Creator of all things,

        existing eternally in three persons

        Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The unique divine inspiration,

        entire trustworthiness,

        and authority of the Bible.

The dignity and brokenness of all people

        created in God’s image to live in love and holiness,

        but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt,

        and justly subject to God’s wrath.

Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine

        who lived a perfect life,

        who took upon Himself the judgment due sinners on the cross,

        who was bodily raised from the dead, 

        and ascended as Savior and Lord.

Eternal life

        which is a free gift given immediately and permanently

        to all who, wholly apart from any works,

        put their faith in Jesus Christ alone.

The Holy Spirit

        who indwells each believer at the moment of faith

        in order to glorify Christ by changing and using us

        for the building up of the church.

The church

        which includes all true believers in Christ,

        is distinct from Israel,

        is organized locally,

        and overseen by elders.

The future

        anticipating the coming of Christ for His church at any moment,

        followed by the examination of believers for the purpose of rewards,

        the physical return of Christ to establish His kingdom on earth,

        the final judgment of unbelievers,

        and the creation of a new heaven and new earth

        all to the eternal glory of God.