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About the Organization:
The Parish is a fresh expression of the local church, a community that is dedicated to growing in Christ and practicing His way of life. They are rooted in the rich history and tradition of the Anglican Church. Including over 80-million members worldwide,
the Anglican Church is patterned after the faith and practice of the first century church. The church’s liturgy (worship structure) strikes a unique balance between the tradition of the ancient Church, the theology of the Reformation, and the present work
of the Holy Spirit.
Eddie Kirkland leads the ministry of The Parish as its Lead Pastor. He most recently served for five years on staff at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA, and offers both visionary and strategic leadership to the staff and congregation of The
In August of 2013, the launch team met to pray about starting a new church, and in January of 2014, The Parish was born, holding monthly evening gatherings. By August of the following year, they were meeting every week on Sunday mornings with full family
ministry offerings. The Parish has since expanded to two services on Sundays in 2016 and launched Daily Practices and Practice Groups for the church community this summer. They continue to grow as God moves in their congregation. At The Parish, they are all
about knowing, loving, and following Jesus. Their beliefs, based in the creeds, are simple, and the church is thoughtfully focused on being a “presence-driven” church.
Denomination: Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO)
Location: Alpharetta, GA
About the Position:
Is This Church for You?
You may want to serve at The Parish if:
- You would enjoy a contemporary church with liturgical elements.
- You appreciate liturgy that is comprehensible to people.
- You love to work in a church community that will truly prioritize your personal and spiritual health over work responsibilities.
- You are deeply authentic.
- You are full of grace.
- Humility is a value you embrace and live.
- You are people-centric in your management style.
- You want to build deep roots with people.
- You want to create systems for The Parish and are willing to continuously adapt them as the church grows, changes, and experiments
- You have good management skills.
- You want to lovingly bring structure.
- You recognize that people’s walk with Christ is unique and individual.
- Outside of the Apostles’Creed and the Nicene Creed, you hold theology with open hands and embrace the mystery of the Body of Christ.
- You enjoy seeing different flavors of Christianity in one local body.
You will not want to come to The Parish if:
- You want a high church experience (we use liturgy but informally and with simplicity).
- You dislike all forms of liturgy (we use liturgy and the church calendar in a contemporary way).
- You are suspicious of the Anglican Church.
- You are looking for a typical non-denominational church experience.
- You want a contemporary mega-church that is seeker-oriented.
- You want an emerging church.
- You love predictability (we like to experiment).
- You love to work 50+ hours a week on a regular basis (we choose health over busy-ness and growth).
- You can’t stand to leave something unfinished (we would rather not get something done than go – go – go and have our families wonder when we will get home).
- It will drive you crazy that we shut down Sunday services for the month of July every year (yes, we really do that).
- You want to prioritize systems over people. (We believe people matter. Systems are helpful tools.)
- You want to lead a large staff.
- You lean hard right or left politically (you won’t fit here).
- You want to go to church with people that see eye to eye with you on all theological and political viewpoints.
- You can’t imagine people voting differently than you do and loving Jesus as much as you do (we believe there are conservatives and liberals who equally love Jesus).
The role of an effective Executive Pastor is threefold: love Jesus, serve the church, and partner joyfully with the Lead Pastor.
The Executive Pastor oversees other church staff and key lay leaders and manages the day-to-day operations of the church. He partners joyfully with the Lead Pastor in such a way that complements the Lead Pastor’s weaknesses, allowing both to work more fully
within their respective strengths.
The Executive Pastor is not a successor or a Lead-Pastor-in-training. He enjoys leading from the second chair and leading primarily from behind the scenes.
What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Executive Pastor:
An undergraduate degree is required. A seminary degree and Anglican background and knowledge would be a plus.
Experience & Skills:
5 years of experience or more would be a plus. Competency and experience in a leadership role is vital to this position.
- Intentional in pursuing personal, spiritual, and emotional health
- Mind of a strategist
- Heart of a pastor
- Embodies the values of the church:
- Present - intentionally invests time with the Lord and in community
- Simple - lives at a sustainable pace and establishes margin/limits
- Healthy - engages the inner journey, flowing into flourishing personal relationships
- Generous - sacrificially dedicated to serving rather than being served
- United - able to love and embrace others who disagree
- Strong administrative and organizational skills and gifts, builder of strategies and systems, focused on details.
- Capacity to interact in a healthy way with a variety of personalities and in complex situations.
- Entrepreneurial abilities, from big picture strategy to operational details.
- Able to lead volunteer teams, recruit, develop and inspire people, and set clear expectations and accountability.
- Discipleship focused
- Ministry leadership over Operational-focused leadership
About the Location:
Named the #1 best place to move and the 7th friendliest town in the U.S. by Forbes magazine, Alpharetta is located between the vibrant, international city of Atlanta and the majestic North Georgia Mountains. It is a community with a character uniquely its
own. It is part Southern, part cosmopolitan, but always down to earth and accessible. It offers tranquil street locations, high rises, appealing neighborhoods, and wooded escapes. The people in the community come from all ages and backgrounds, but they all
share a sense of excitement and expectation.
The Parish meets for worship in Alpharetta, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta. Families attend the church from the GA-400 corridor – from Sandy Springs to Forsyth County. This area is one of the fastest-growing and most affluent areas
in the Southeast, and although home to many large churches, is largely undiscipled and home to many dechurched families.
The population of Alpharetta is growing at a rate of about 10% per year, with a median age of 37 and median income of $100,000. The population is about 66% white, 10% African American, 14% Asian American, and 10% Hispanic.
With more than 95,000 students, the Fulton County School System is Georgia’s 4th largest school system and the largest charter system. Some of the top performing schools in Fulton County can be found serving Alpharetta. With 20 recreation sites including
13 parks, four indoor facilities, one school recreation area and an 8-mile enclosed greenway trail, Alpharetta boasts an abundance of green space. The Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department provides year-round sports, activities, and special events and
is nationally accredited and recognized for its outstanding programs for children, adults, and seniors.
The city is served by some of the nation’s most qualified, affordable and efficient healthcare systems in the county according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber. This metro-wide healthcare community includes more than 90 hospitals and psychiatric care centers,
over 13,000 licensed physicians and over 100,000 healthcare practitioners. Some of the best healthcare in Atlanta is found within the vicinity of Alpharetta. Today, over 3,600 Alpharetta businesses employ over 120,000 people, more than three times the city’s
total population. In fact, the vast majority of these jobs have been created since the opening of North Point Mall in 1993. Almost 70,000 jobs were created in the past five years alone. Once a simple bedroom community of 3,000 people, Alpharetta has become
a major business hub today.
A recent list of awards and accolades of the City of Alpharetta include:
- One of the Best Suburbs to Live in Georgia (2017)
- One of the 30 Best Neighborhoods in America (2017)
- One of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia (2017)
- One of the Best Cities for Tech [outside CA and NY] (2016)
- Named #1 Place Where Business is Thriving (2015)