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Executive Pastor of Ministries

Woodside Bible Church
Troy, Michigan, United States

Date Posted: 04/20/2018
Categories: Executive Pastor
Denominations: Bible Church
Church Size: 4001 to 5000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Position Profile:


The role of the Executive Pastor of Ministries is to generally assist the Campus Pastor in supporting the vision and direction of Woodside Bible Church.  This includes having a firm grasp on the purpose, values and strategy of the church and the ability to align leadership, staff and volunteers with Woodside Bible Church’s mission, vision & values. The Executive Pastor of Ministries (1) sets the leadership tone for the campus in alignment with the values of Woodside Bible Church, (2) provides pastoral leadership and direction to the pastors/directors responsible for all core ministries (Next Gen, Adult Discipleship, Worship Arts, Next Steps, Life Impact), (3) ensures that the systems, practices, budget and policies of the campus responsibly and effectively support its ministry activities and align to central DNA, (4) assists the Pastor in determining and fulfilling the goals, initiatives and work of the ministry for the campus.  


Skill Set:

  • Must be a strategic thinker and able to articulate the Pastor’s vision with all leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a culture of trust, facilitate team relationships and understand organizational behavioral dynamics
  • Ability to oversee the general administration of the campus
  • Ability to develop new ministries or church initiatives in keeping with established Central goals
  • A maximizer able to grow the effectiveness of present campus ministries
  • Ability to provide direct leadership to all prioritized leadership positions as determined in conjunction with the Central team and the Campus Pastor

Experience Qualifications:

  • Must meet leadership qualifications stated in the Woodside bylaws
  • Ability to articulate the intent of Woodside Bible Church’s mission, strategy, values and plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead a unified team committed to breaking down silos in ministry and focused on common values and goals
  • At least 10 years of experience as a senior leader in for profit, not-for-profit, or church environment with direct management of others
  • Required Bachelor's degree with preference given to business, management, financial or related fields 
  • Preference given to those with Bachelor's or Master's degrees in Biblical studies/theology/leadership
  • Proven track record of leadership development and multiplication on all levels of leadership from volunteer to vocational
  • Proven track record of mentoring others as they grow in Christ
  • Possesses strong organizational, analytical, and administrative skills
  • Must have a pastoral gifting and clear pastoral calling
  • Proven ability to lead others while being led
  • Proven history of demonstrating wisdom and humility in order to serve the leadership team effectively as a supervisor and friend
  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of the Word of God in order to counsel, lead and when needed, to teach with authority and precision (preaching and teaching are not primary task of this role)
  • Ability to lead the staff with skill and care so that ministry innovations and solutions are identified as needed
  • Superior people skills across many demographics
  • Must have unity with the ministry philosophy of the Campus Pastor
  • Maintains a strong network of relevant ministry professionals

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership and Planning: The Executive Pastor of Ministries participates in strategic planning, staff coordination and completing the goals of Woodside’s campus trajectory. This includes:
  • Leading staff direct report leadership meetings and other activities to clarify and execute goals and objectives
  • Monitoring the spiritual pulse of the ministries through consistent reviews and accountability
  • Ensuring staffing, facilities and programs are effectively aligned to meet strategic goals
  • Continuing to champion, in all areas, the mission, vision, and goals of the church
  • Coaching and assisting (when needed) all ministry departments as they build their ministry plans, budgets and specific campus initiatives
  • Working with the EPC in the development of the Campus trajectory to be submitted to the Campus Pastor
  • Participating in designated campus pastor meetings, retreats and experiences
  • Reporting all key campus metrics to the EPC and Campus Pastor
  • Completing a monthly dashboard to be shared with the EPC and Campus Pastor for the purposes of accountability, goal-setting, objective planning, updates, personal health and spiritual health.
  • Working with the Executive Team to refine and enhance Woodside Bible Church’s move towards a Central Ministry Staff
  • Staff Supervision and Development: The Executive Pastor of Ministries serves as the director and mentor of the campus staff and key volunteers by:
  • Managing the lateral communication needed between the campus departments, central team and the local community so that campus goals are effectively reached
  • Serving as cheerleader to the leadership by conducting performance evaluations, providing ongoing informal performance feedback, and reporting to the Campus Pastor regarding ministry activity and performance
  • Overseeing and providing staff leadership training and development for the campus staff
  • Building a productive and scalable staff through the recommendation of policies and procedures, participating in the development of job descriptions; participating in hiring of staff, proposing appropriate staff adjustments, & resolving conflicts
  • Working with the Central Teams to implement salary reviews and recommendations relevant to areas of direct responsibility
  • Maintaining efficient and effective lines of communication between the leadership staff, Pastor and Central Executive Teams
  • Administration: The Executive Pastor of Ministries, oversees the administration of their team through appropriate direct report staff and their leadership teams to ensure the completion of ministry, business, facility, and logistical support functions by:
  • Facilitating the budgeting process, providing oversight and direction for all financial activity
  • Overseeing the adherence to church policies and procedures
  • Reporting all key metrics and goals for the campus to the EPC and Campus Pastor
  • Pastoral Care: The Executive Pastor of Ministries assists the Campus Pastor and staff team in the overall discipleship and congregational care needs by:
  • Pursuing mentoring relationships with staff members as God leads with the goal of discipleship and leadership multiplication
  • Monitoring congregational care needs and, when necessary, sharing with other pastors in hospital visitation, home visits, counseling, marriages and funerals

Personal Qualifications:

  • Energized by a love for Jesus Christ expressed in a warm love for those in the church family and in spending intentional time building relationship with unbelievers
  • Maintains a daily prayer and devotional life
  • Possesses the ability to find a healthy balance between work and family responsibilities
  • Modeling the five commitments by worshiping each weekend, serving when needed, giving regularly and generously, participating or leading a group and engaging in opportunities to grow in the Word when able
  • Sets appropriate boundaries to protect character and integrity
  • Committed to personal, local, national and global outreach/missions
  • Leads with demonstrable joy, positivity, humility and as a peacemaker
  • A resilient leader who is passionate about kingdom results and who is reliable in execution
  • A discerning leader able to identify assumptions, implications, and practical consequences
  • A spiritually mature leader who is not quick to judgment and offers well-developed leadership skills to make intelligent decisions and manage complex initiatives
  • Willing to work hands-on to accomplish goals
  • Possesses the ability to diplomatically change the status quo, set expectations, and hold individuals accountable for results
  • Committed to being a team player who takes interest in the personal and spiritual growth of staff and volunteers
  • Never forgets that he is a "pastor" first and an "executive" second acknowledging that this role demands a balance between gentle pastoring and effective managing
  • Provides protection for pastor allowing him to focus on his calling without undue administrative, supervisory or management involvement
  • Is not overwhelmed easily by difficult and complex tasks
  • Views his role as a personal calling

Spiritual Responsibilities:

Ensure that all actions performed within the context of this job position accomplishes and furthers the mission, vision and values of Woodside Bible Church (Belong, Grow, Reach).


Incumbent adheres to the Statement of Faith and Moral Guidelines as established and approved by Woodside Bible Church.


This position is open at more than one campus. For additional detail or to submit a cover letter and resume, please contact