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Willowdale Chapel

Pastor of Discipleship and Recovery

Willowdale Chapel
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States

Date Posted: 06/23/2017
Categories: Discipleship Pastor - Men's Pastor - Pastoral Care Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

We are looking for a pastor to lead and mobilize two important areas of our church's ministry: Men's Groups and Celebrate Recovery. Both of these ministries have been difference-makers in our church and community, bearing much fruit in changed lives. The Pastor of Discipleship and Recovery will have a leader's gifts and a shepherd's heart, with particular experience in 12-step recovery groups. A pastor who not only believes in small group discipleship, but who has walked his own recovery, will be an ideal candidate.


The Pastor of Discipleship and Recovery will be one of three key teammates - alongside our Women's Ministry Pastor and Community Groups Pastor - who will drive "growth in groups" at Willowdale Chapel.


Small groups are the backbone running through all our ministries, from children on up. We believe the small group environment provides the place where people can journey together in their faith, being known and needed among friends. A recent count revealed 142 different groups at Willowdale - that number is comprised of men's groups, women's groups, community (mixed) groups and various recovery groups. Groups embody the life and mission of our church.


The right candidate will have a leader's gifts and a shepherd's heart, with particular experience in 12-step recovery groups. To use the three-fold office of "prophet, priest, and king" as a rubric, we are looking for a "priestly king." That is, a leader with a good personal touch. Someone who has the mind of a CEO - majoring on vision, strategy, and creating movement - but who is eminently approachable and has strong people skills.


Candidate Profile

  • Gospel Motivation: The candidate must have a vibrant relationship with Christ and live a gospel-centered life. Both truth and grace must be at the motivational center of this leader's life.
  • Leadership Gifting: The candidate's gifts will lean toward the strategic and executive. He will know how to create movement by casting a compelling vision and guiding people and resources to achieve results.
  • Relational Bent: The candidate will be relationally strong and able to connect with people. He will network well with people and lead through winsome relational influence.
  • Team Builder: The candidate will understand that his role is to "equip the saints for works of ministry", rather than to do all the ministry himself.
  • Recovery "Expert": The candidate will have a background in Christ-centered 12-step recovery ministry. Having worked his own recovery, he will lead and teach with the moral authority of an "insider" who speaks the language.
  • Robust Ecclesiology: The candidate must love the church like Chirst does, warts and all. He must see the potential in people, especially as they gather in groups (small "churches") to know, love and serve one another.
  • Lerner Mindset: The candidate must continually learn, growing in expertise in their field and always seeking to be informed by best thinking and practice.

Candidate Responsibilities

  • Build and Envision Teams - This leader will recruit, envision and develop two key teams: a men's ministry core team and the CR team.
  • Develop Processes - Working with his teams, this leader will develop processes for recruiting participants, developing leaders and reaching a growing number of people.
  • Strategize Events - A few large events have typically been a part of our annual ministry rhythm including "ManWeek" in the summer, and a Celebrate Recovery anniversary and 5K run in the fall. This leader will use these or other events as strategic outreach and recruitment vehicles.
  • Champion Best Practices - Both men's and Celebrate Recovery groups have the great advantage of going deep, and therefore growing strong. Whereas many mixed groups meet infrequently and converse at safter levels, men's and CR groups tend to meet more regularly and talk more intimately. That makes them a model for true discipleship. The pastor of these ministries will leverage that, both within the ministries themselves and outside, while helping others see what effective discipleship looks like.