Pastor of Discipleship and Care

Huntertown UMC/Lifehouse
Huntertown, Indiana, United States

Date Posted: 03/26/2018
Categories: Discipleship Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 251 to 350
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Imagine a church that believes God is up to something. Imagine a church that believes God loves everyone (and we mean everyone) so much that He wants to pursue them. Imagine a church that allows God to do that through them!

That is what Lifehouse is. Lifehouse is a gathering of people who desire to experience a full life. We are not perfect and we don’t pretend to be. We don’t have all the answers and we don’t act like we do. We don’t think you have to look or act like anyone else and we don’t want you to. We want you to be just who you are because that is who God loves and who God is seeking.

When we say you belong here, we truly mean it. Regardless of your past, your baggage, or your pain, you belong here. How do we know? Well…we aren’t perfect either and God has shown us love. If He can love us…we are sure He loves you too.

At Lifehouse, worship experiences are designed to allow you and God to meet. Nothing more because once you experience God we know He will do everything else. Nothing less because you deserve to experience God and we are committed to helping you do that.

We strive to create an environment at all of our campuses where you are welcome and feel like you belong from the moment you arrive. Whether it is fun at Lifehouse Kids, the upbeat and uplifting music of the Lifehouse band, the relevant and inspiring messages of our pastors or the genuine and authentic community, we know you will feel right at home when you come to Lifehouse.

Our values inform how we interact with one another.  Our values influence how we engage with the world. Our values are how we live.

We dream big – God dreams big and so will we.  The size of our dreams will match the size of our God.
We value the Kingdom over church – We exist to grow God’s Kingdom and our efforts are focused toward that goal.  Growth in the church is secondary.
We offer everyone God’s grace – God’s grace is a free gift for all people and we will take that gift as far as our feet will take us.
We do life together – We believe that life is better with others in it.  The Bible does not speak of solitary faith and neither will we.
We serve others – We are not self-serving.  Instead, we will seek to serve the hurting, the lonely, and those in need in our communities.
We do the right thing – The right thing is always the right thing and we strive to do what is right no matter how difficult it may be.

We have fun - If a relationship with Jesus isn’t are doing it wrong.


The Pastor of Discipleship and Care reports directly to the Lead Pastor and serves on the Lead Team of the church.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required.  Seminary preferred.

  • 3+ years experience in pastoral ministry or equivalent experience.

  • An articulated call to Pastoral Ministry.

  • Evidence of effectiveness in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • Must embrace Christian discipline and United Methodist doctrine and theology.

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and conflict management skills

  • Must possess a proven ability to work effectively with congregation, diverse individuals and  teams



  1. Discipleship

  • Lead the Discipleship Team in implementing life-changing discipleship systems that reach new people and grow them into fully committed followers of Jesus.

  • Supervise, develop, and equip the Director of Children’s Ministry, Director of Youth Ministry, Small Group Leaders, and all other discipleship program leaders.

  • Work collaboratively with the Lead Pastor to ensure the mission and vision of the church is effectively communicated and lived out at all levels of the church.

  • Continue growing the small group ministry through discovering new small group leaders, equipping them to lead, and releasing them to launch new groups.


     2. Outreach & Sending

  • Oversee the Missions Team and steer them to live out the mission and vision of the church in our communities.

  • Supervise and support the Events Coordinator as we seek to reach the community.

  • Equip and empower the people of the church to use their gifts and abilities to further the Kingdom of God.


     3. Preaching

  • Effectively communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a relevant, engaging, and transformational way.

  • Serve as a part of the Worship Planning Team to plan and develop creative ways to share the message of Jesus Christ.

  • Work with the preaching team in developing and writing the weekly messages.


     4. Pastoral Care

  • Lead the Pastoral Care Team in caring for and visiting shut-ins, the hospitalized, and those in need.

  • Communicate with the Lead Pastor when an individual or family should be visited by the Lead Pastor.

  • Be “on call” when pastoral care emergencies arise.

This summary is not comprehensive, but it is designed to give you an idea of what the church and position are about.  Some position expectations will be determined based on candidate's gifts, passions, experience, and skills.


Looking for commutable candidates with ties to the area.


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