River Cross Church

Associate Pastor / Church Planter

River Cross Church
Gainesville, Florida, United States

Date Posted: 07/20/2017
Categories: Associate Pastor - Church Planter
Denominations: Baptist --SBC
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Position Description:

The Associate Pastor will work alongside the Lead Pastor in all functions of the church.  A key objective of the position is to prepare the candidate to plant a church in the future. This means the candidate will help develop, implement, execute, and oversee virtually every system and ministry of the church.

The prospective candidate should be an outstanding communicator with a solid theological background, as they will be given many opportunities to preach Sunday morning services. They will also have the strengths to shepherd and disciple in a one-on-one and small group settings.

In addition, the candidate will be responsible for overseeing the following key areas, with an emphasis on identifying and developing ministry leaders, and supporting them with the appropriate resources:

  • Children, College, Discipleship, and Youth Ministries

  • Outreach, Missions, and Community Service

  • Sunday mornings and Facilities/Technology

  • Special Events

Position Qualifications:

Formal theological education is not required, but we won’t hold it against you.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of growth in their previous ministry experiences. They will be a gifted communicator, and understand how to build teams and develop people. They will show a high degree of drive and self-motivation, coupled with a maturity and humility that is ‘teachable.’ The candidate should be able to work towards meeting, achieving and exceeding all set goals and understand the importance of consistent communication at all times.

Organization Information:

River Cross Church is a Southern Baptist church located in Planned Urban Development community in Gainesville, FL..  The current pastor planted the church in 2005, after a 20 year career in engineering and management.  The church focus is to connect with the unchurched and dechurched, and our goal is to function as one body. To that end, we are committed to the following five distinctives:

1 - Conservative Biblical Theology (Foundation)

2 - Contemporary Style (Culturally Relevant)

3 - Intimate Size and Simple Structure (Community)

4 - Multi-purpose, Non-church Facilities (Stewardship)

5 - Strategically Focused Ministries and Missions (Equipping)


Gainesville, FL is home to the University of Florida and Sante Fe College.  The academic setting brings great life to the community, as well as great challenges in the spiritual realm.  Recreationally, there are many natural springs, rivers, and lakes in the area.  Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Florida beaches are less than 2 hours away.  The cost of living is very affordable with the median price for homes around $165,000. It is a relatively safe community, and a fantastic place to raise children.


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