Associate Pastor for Group Life

Hope Community Church
Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States

Date Posted: 05/10/2018
Categories: Associate Pastor - Discipleship Pastor
Denominations: Congregational
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

This position’s primary purpose is to help us become more intentional in the area of group life in order to help people grow together as disciples  and impact their world for Christ.   As a pastoral staff position,  this is primarily an equipping role  -- helping equip God’s people for the work of ministry.   This involves recruiting, training, and coaching various adult small group leaders and teachers,  in addition to other pastoral and leadership opportunities that go with the position.   




1.   Group Life Leadership

* Be the point person for championing the vision for people connecting into community  – specifically through participation in a weekly community group.  We currently have about 25 community groups.               

* Develop  a plan for continued small group development in quantity and quality for groups, balancing effective care, Bible study, and mission.     

* Be knowledgeable of new and existing curriculum options for groups.  Write weekly curriculum for community groups based on sermon series, including leader’s guides explaining discussion questions.

* Seek to develop small group coaches  (senior small group leaders)  to mentor other small group leaders.

* Communicate regularly to group leaders.  Lead periodic group huddles  for all small group leaders. 


2.  Assimilation

* Champion vision for new people connecting into the life of the church.

* Work with the Group Life Admin Asst.  to coordinate the welcome process for newcomers.

* Coordinate membership process at Hope – class, applications, celebration, etc.


4.   Men’s, Women’s and other Fellowship Events -  Coach the leaders of various men’s and women’s outreach/fellowship events – helping them think through purpose, programming, promotion, budget, etc.   


5.  Manage Staff --  Manage either our children’s ministry staff leaders (nursery and elementary) or our student ministry (middle school and high school staff leadership).    To be determined by experience and passion.  


6.  Other Pastoral Duties:  Preach potentially 8 to 12 times a year,  lead pastoral prayers and announcements, conduct weddings and funeral, and provide limited pastoral counseling, including pre-marital counseling. 



*Passion for people to connect with others and grow in their faith.

*Self-starter – able to develop and adapt new ideas and plans

*A clear sense of God’s calling to New England and understanding it as a mission field.

*Experience leading small groups and training leaders of groups, either in church or parachurch.

*Able to work with others in a team setting.

*Experience managing paid staff. 

*Growing gift of speaking/preaching to a  large group of people on a Sunday morning

*Minimum of a Master of Arts from an accredited Bible college or seminary.   Willingness to pursue ordination.   


Church Description: 

We are a contemporary, evangelical, multi-generational church in the seaport city of Newburyport, MA.   We are over 200 years old, but in 2001 moved to a brand new location in Newburyport.     Our worship attendance averages 500 people between two services on a Sunday.   We emphasize worship for seekers to mature Christians in the same setting, with an emphasis on congregational singing of a mix of contemporary songs traditional hymns.   Preaching follows the Bible (expository and topical) with strong application to life.    Small group structure is critical to our church.   More than 50% of attenders are in a community group, many following along with the message series in their groups.    We support a vibrant family ministry to children and youth and their parents, with 2 full-time staff equivalents in our family ministry.  We emphasize the people of Hope being used by God in their daily life to bless others in Jesus’ name, and also to go and serve in outreach teams in the local area and to reach the world with the good news of Jesus’ love.  Pete Balentine, Lead Pastor, has been at Hope since 2006. 

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