Executive Pastor

AGORA Search Group
Carmel, California, United States

Date Posted: 05/03/2018
Categories: Associate Pastor - Business/Administration - Church Developer - Church Staff - Executive Pastor - Other - Other Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

AGORA Search Group in partnership with Carmel Presbyterian Church is seeking an Executive Pastor.


This position is a great fit for a pastor with a passion for coaching people and a desire to lead with vision in the context of the local church. The ideal candidate will be a relational leader, committed to pastoral ministry expressed through the executive pastor role. 


Carmel Presbyterian Church is a place where people have been gathering for over 60 years, right in the heart of Carmel, California. Carmel is a small, seaside city full of history and personality. The church doors are open to people of all walks of life and there is a place for everyone at CPC. The mission of CPC is to be a loving, growing community where people of all ages experience God personally, are transformed inwardly, and serve others in Jesus’ name. 


The purpose of the Executive Pastor role is to organize all ministries and staff in order to fulfill the mission, vision and strategic plan of the church. To lead and co-labor with the Senior Pastor in the selection, recruitment, coaching, mentoring, training and supervision of leaders-including staff, elders, small group leaders and deacons. In addition to providing leadership for Men’s Ministries, the Executive Pastor will teach and train perspective Covenant Partners (formerly called members) provide pastoral care, and coach the staff and leadership to fulfill the great commission.




  1. Regularly coaches/mentors/trains volunteer leaders including small group leaders and those leading various ministries.

  2. Provides oversight of small group ministries, curriculum vetting and development, and the development of new leaders and new groups.

  3. Co-leads and collaborates with the Senior Pastor in the selection, recruitment, coaching, mentoring, training and supervision of staff.

  4. Oversees the activities and reviews the performance of direct reports.

  5. Receives training in Organic Outreach. Trains and coaches staff in the implementation of organic outreach principles into their hearts, ministries, and volunteer leaders.

  6. If ordained in ECO, serves on the Session with the elders. If not ordained, may be an ex officio member of the Session.

  7. Leads the staff and others in mobilizing people to serve.

  8. Works through conflicts and complaints using Peacemaking or a similar model of conflict resolution.

  9. Provides leadership and resourcing for Men’s Ministries.

  10. Provides training for prospective Covenant Partners (members) and updates the training of all Covenant Partners.

  11. Along with the other pastors, provides pastoral care to congregants.

  12. Works with the Senior Pastor in a collegial and supportive manner - with no aspirations of becoming the next Senior Pastor.




  • Has experience coaching a church staff. Has demonstrated proficiency in a specific coaching model or is willing to be trained in a specific model.

  • Highly relational and pastoral. A high degree of emotional intelligence and stability. Able to demonstrate a cheerful, diplomatic and caring attitude while operating in a collegial atmosphere.

  • Experience working with people in a church setting, building teams that achieve results through collaborative and trusting relationships.

  • Ability to work flexibly and effectively with volunteers and staff, exhibiting creativity, understanding, and patience.

  • Strong organizational skills and excellent follow through.

  • Must be a positive role model, living above reproach at all times.

  • Agreement with the Essential Tenets of our denomination (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians—ECO)

  • Is able to lead and is also able to take direction. Willingness to serve and function as an integral member of the staff team.

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited seminary. Doctorate or working on doctorate preferred.


AGORA Search Group is privileged to partner with Carmel Presbyterian Church in their search for an Executive Pastor. AGORA is a faith-based Colorado Springs search firm providing executive search and selection services to clients locally, nationally and internationally.

Founded in April 2000, AGORA offers a record of 100% success in placing pastors, executives and senior-level leaders in churches and non-profit organizations. AGORA also has a high retention rate for pastors and mission leaders staying over 5 years. We want to serve as a catalyst for discernment in your search process: connecting the heartbeat of a mission with the heartbeat of a leader.


Rob Lauer, CEO of AGORA Search Group, is leading this search. Rob brings over 20 years of consulting and recruiting experience, a unique 4 phase process, and a broad variety of professional backgrounds into his role as CEO of AGORA. He founded AGORA in 2000 out of his personal desire to bring a more relational approach to the executive search process, rather than a transactional one that continued to frustrate him, his clients, and his candidates.



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Rob Lauer

CEO, AGORA Search Group



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