God has been doing an incredible work in our church and our community. Jennings LA is a small town of 10,000 people, but our church draws from over 40,000. Our community is on I-10 (our church right off the interstate). We are only 30 minute drive from 2
small cities (Lafatyette and Lake Charles), an hour from 2 medium sized cities (Baton Rouge and Beaumont TX) and 2.5 hours from 2 large cities (New Orleans and Houston). This is a great community for a family.
As our church has grown, we are looking to restructure our leadership team, and that begins with an Executive Pastor. The executive pastor will have four primary roles.
1. Overseer of Operations
Purpose: To bring unity and coordination to the key departments by helping create a team leadership approach to ministry – uniting all ministries and leaders. This includes:
- Oversee staff - aspects of hiring, reviewing, mentoring and terminating staff. Ensuring that staff and department meetings are vibrant and effective is a must.
- Help to create and manage boundaries of operations, such as standards and expectations.
2. The Ministry Strategist
Purpose: To take the vision of the Lead Pastor and implement it with the ministry staff and pastors. Aspects include: daily conversations, ministry evaluation, goal setting, strategy, development and mentoring.
- Daily conversations are to help ensure someone knows what everyone is doing each day. This may be a 5-minute corporate meeting to begin the day, or individual meetings.
- Ministry Evaluation is the process of quarterly, semi-annual and/or annual evaluations of ministry. Various metrics and dashboards can be used to determine effectiveness, such as baptisms, church attendance, small group attendance, local ministry service,
global missions participation, etc. We want these evaluations measured and accountable routinely. The XP should work with the pastor and elder board, as well as ministry heads, to create the metrics and expectations.
- Goal setting and strategy is the formal process of alignment of departmental ministries with the stated church vision. The goals can be quantified numerically or expressed qualitatively (for example: To be a loving church) – however, must be measureable.
- Development and mentoring is the “walk around” aspect of knowing every staff person. Job descriptions are honed to maximize the giftedness of each person and exclude limitations as much as possible. Personal coaching will mentor and improve staff to reach
3. The Second-in-Command
Purpose: To assist in leading both structurally and organizationally. Our executive pastor must know how to lead in his own style, yet follow the Lead Pastor.
- The Lead Pastor is the primary leader and the XP is next. Partnering in unison with the lead Pastor, the XP is empowered to lead in all areas of the church.
- Overseer of Operations—with a team of departmental leaders or leading one or several of the departments, the XP ensures that the operations of the church are running smoothly. Difficulties and emergencies are handled effectively and spiritually.
- Overseeing of Ministry—with a team of departmental leaders, the XP ensures that the stated vision and direction of the church is implemented consistently and graciously in the entire church. By mentoring key departmental leaders, the XP grows staff to become
gifted leaders in their areas.
- This position is much like Peter Drucker’s definition of top management, “making few decisions, but those are key decisions.” The work is episodic and seasonal.
4. Pastoral responsibilities
- The executive pastor will need to also have the flexibility to help in pastoring and church functions. This may include, but not limited to: setting up or organizing an event, performing funerals/wedding/hospital visits, helping oversee different ministries
(examples may be: first impressions, volunteers), assist in preaching/teaching, and any other pastoral duty.
Please email the lead pastor, Blaine St.Germain, for any interests in the position. Thank you for you time!