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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Soul City Church - Executive Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 07/21/2017
Categories: Executive Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

The heart of Soul City Church is to lead people into a transforming relationship with Jesus.

In November of 2010, Soul City Church opened its doors for the first time. Since then, the church has seen people find and fall in love with Jesus, families restored, life-long friendships start and grow, as well as a glimpse of what is possible when the Church is committed to being better 7 days a week, rather than 1. Today, Soul City is one of the fastest growing and most influential neighborhoods in Chicago. Since 2010, weekly attendance has increased by more than 400% and it continues to rapidly grow, beyond its building capacity.

The church operates under the capable leadership of its founders and Lead Pastors Jarrett and Jeanne Stevens, who have continued to advance the church’s vision since its inception. Together, they have created a faith-raising movement that extends to their city, and offers an atmosphere of connectivity, growth, and transformation. With a team of high-capacity staff members who embody the DNA of the church, the senior leaders of Soul City are ready to continue its legacy of impact alongside the new incoming Executive Pastor.


Size - 1450
Denomination - Non-Denominational/Independent
Location - Chicago, IL

About the Position:

The next Executive Pastor of Soul City Church will, in essence, be a visionary and a forward-thinker with an exceedingly strong ability to manage all operational dynamics of the church. This position will be a loyal and trusted partner who will work in congruence with the Lead Pastors of the church. This position will particularly develop a loyal and trustworthy relationship with Lead Pastor Jeanne Stevens, who will be the key overseer of the Operations Department of the church. In 24-months, this position will have exponentially grown the administrative and operational elements of the church through the effective implementation of sustainable systems.

This individual will be highly analytical with a strategic mind, so as to offer sound input to the operational direction and future of Soul City. This individual will possess a working knowledge of and competency in real estate, financial, legal, and non-profit components of ministry. They will be a multi faceted thinker with a sharp eye for detail and steadfast agility. The successful candidate will successfully release the Lead Pastors of operational duties pertaining to the church and champion their desire to develop and build the vision of Soul City.

What We Are Searching For/Qualifications:

A college degree in a related field is required for this position, although a Master of Business Administration (MBA) will be preferred.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a former Executive Pastor at a medium-large church, or a campus pastor at a large multisite church with significant operational strengths in their leadership. They will possess a strong administrative giftedness with a capability to turn ideas into action.

The successful candidates abilities will include the following among others:

  • Verbal and written proficiency that adapts and relates to senior leadership, staff, donors, and congregants.
  • Highly intuitive with the ability to ‘read between the lines.’
  • Ability to maintain a comfortable and confident disposition around high capacity leaders and donors.
  • Be comfortable with strong female leadership.
  • Possess a constant ‘make it happen’ mentality.
  • Work with Lead Pastors and operations team in a mutually edifying and supportive manner.
  • Assertive, including, after appropriate input and research, the ability to make conclusive, difficult decisions.
  • Creative and pragmatic problem solving skills.

About the Location:

Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), containing 2.7 million residents. In addition to its renowned upscale establishments and restaurant districts, the city's unique location on Lake Michigan, its rich architectural heritage, its lively theater, arts, and comedy community, and its vibrant nightlife attracts residents and tourists alike. Chicago is the third-largest convention destination in the United States, and the fourth-most ‘walkable’ city of the fifty largest cities in the United States (2011, Walk Score).

Chicago has numerous nicknames, including Chi-town, Windy City and Second City. The city is a center for business and finance and is considered one of the world's top global financial centers. Located near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed, Chicago has remained a major hub for industry, education, telecommunications and infrastructure since its founding, with O'Hare International Airport being the second busiest airport in the world, in terms of traffic movements.

As a multicultural city that thrives on the harmony and diversity of its neighborhoods, Chicago today embodies the values of America's heartland-integrity, hard work and community – which is reflected in the social fabric of its 77 distinct neighborhoods. The city is a leader in reforming public schools, enhancing public safety and security initiatives, providing affordable housing in attractive and economically sound communities, ensuring accessibility for all and fostering, social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Chicago offers a large array of cultural, historical, sporting and entertainment focal points that bring thousands of tourists to the area yearly. Grant Park hosts the annual Taste of Chicago festival, while also featuring Millennium Park, home to the iconic Cloud Gate Structure, Buckingham Fountain and the Art Institute of Chicago. The city is home to numerous major-league sports teams, world-class museums, and the Magnificent Mile shopping district—all along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, creating an atmosphere not soon to be forgotten.