Common Ground Northeast (CGNE) is a part of the Common Ground family of churches that share common mission and values and are working informally together in the city of Indianapolis. While there is no formal organizational relationship between the churches,
we remain a family because of our shared values and history.
Our Mission: To invite people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds to be formed into the image of Jesus in order that we can love our neighbors in Indianapolis and around the world.
Our Strategy: We believe that congregational life is a primary way that we build deep, meaningful relationships centered on the person, teaching, and mission of Jesus. Our spiritual formation is focused around the concept of reconciliation. As
we are reconciled with Jesus, we can become reconciled with others—including those who are not like us.
The role of the Lead Pastor is critical in executing the mission and strategy through utilizing the gifts and talents of the church staff and congregation. The Lead Pastor will have visionary, pastoral and teaching responsibilities and will be integrated
into the life of our surrounding community. The CGNE Lead Pastor will serve as the recognized staff leader for the local congregation.
Pastoral Leadership: In partnership with the Elders, the Lead Pastor will help ensure that ministry leaders are being shepherded and that leadership development is taking place. It’s imperative that
the pastor have a pulse on the health, developments, and challenges of ministries. Additionally, the Lead Pastor will provide pastoral care and counsel to those within the church.
Missional Leadership: Aligned with the vision of CGNE, the Lead Pastor will help facilitate involvement in the local community. The Lead Pastor will actively develop relationships within the community
and provide direction for the House Churches and other ministries to enable the church to live into its mission locally and globally.
Relational Leadership: The Lead Pastor will be responsible for fostering relationships within the congregation and will help develop a sense of identity within the local church. The Lead Pastor will
model self-care (work/life balance) and actively work in the community to build diverse relationships that enable the church to love and serve our neighbors well.
Spiritual Leadership: The Lead Pastor will be responsible for leading others, through teaching and by example, toward maturity in Christ. The Lead Pastor will be the primary preacher/teacher in the
weekend corporate worship gatherings and will help guide the local community in their spiritual formation. The Lead Pastor is accountable to the Elders for alignment with Biblical doctrine and will keep the Elders informed of upcoming topics and sermon series.
Staff Leadership: The Lead Pastor will be responsible for casting the vision for and implementing all ministry at the site. The Lead Pastor will oversee the development ministry plans & oversee staff
and lay leaders that create and manage the associated ministry budgets.
- Requires Bachelor’s degree; prefer a Masters of Divinity form an accredited theological school
- Meets the Biblical qualifications to serve as a Shepherd Elder (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Peter 5:2-3)
- At least four years of serving in a staff leadership role within a church with significant experience in managing people
- Ability to communicate effectively in small and large groups, including preaching and teaching
- Active experience in leading reconciliation activity in the church—gender, racial, socioeconomic, etc. including leading from a position of egalitarianism
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Alignment with CGNE Statement of Beliefs - https://www.cground.org/our-beliefs-ne
- Demonstrated desire & ability to continually pursue, understand and articulate vision for “what is next” for the Church as a whole and for this congregation particularly
- Strong interpersonal skills – ability to communicate clearly and consistently, ability to listen and discern, ability to relate well with others; display a gracious demeanor in demanding situations
- Values the importance of discipleship & leader development
- Knowledge of diverse religious traditions; demonstrated ability to minister to and educate persons with varied religious and cultural backgrounds, beliefs and knowledge in order to help each mature in their faith
- Ability & desire to lead through consensus and bring people along during difficult discussions
To Apply: Please visit cground.org; go to the "Northeast" tab on the website and click the button for info on lead pastor search