Executive Pastor

The Naz
Fergus Falls, Minnesota, United States

Date Posted: 07/05/2018
Categories: Executive Pastor
Denominations: Church of the Nazarene
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


The Executive Pastor (XP) will provide leadership, in partnership with the Senior Pastor, to ensure the most effective ministry possible in alignment with the mission, vision, core values and ministry practices of The Naz.  The XP will take over the primary responsibility in the day to day management of the church.  The XP will free the Senior Pastor to devote more time to preaching, teaching, visioning, leadership development, and working with the Lay Elder Board.  The XP will assume primary management and oversight duties with the support staff and assist the Senior Pastor in some of the management responsibilities of the ministry staff.  He/she will ensure that the systems, practices, and policies of the church effectively support its ministry activities.


Job Classification: Full Time                               

Reporting to: The Senior Pastor


Key Relationships:

1. Senior Pastor

  • Establish strong, working relationship.  

  • Meet together regularly to review church ministries and set priorities.  

  • Plan church staff and church board meeting agendas.  

  • Act and speak on behalf of the Senior Pastor in his absence.

2. Pastoral/Ministry Staff

  • Be available to help in the successful completion of ministry responsibilities.  

  • Review follow-up of church board approved actions and responsibilities.

3. Church Employees and Support Staff

  • Define job descriptions and give primary supervision.  

  • Be available to support, as needed, in completion of responsibilities.  

  • Provide regular counsel, feedback, and evaluations.

Key Requirement:

Have a firm grasp on the mission, vision, values and strategy of The Naz and the ability to align staff and key leadership teams with its mission.

Knowledge and Abilities:

Strong Biblical foundation for wise management in a church setting.  Able to establish and maintain appropriate standards for the accomplishment of ministry that honors both God and people.

Proven leader and strategic thinker who will guide the ministry staff in casting vision and mobilize administrative support to maintain and advance the ministry of The Naz.

The XP must understand group dynamics to ensure effective consensus building and decision making and promote healthy teamwork and collaboration between all ministries.

Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate persuasively and compassionately both orally and in writing.

Proven fiscal responsibility with the ability to recruit, train, and manage staff or lay people to perform a wide variety of budgeting and administrative responsibilities.  Must be competent in the review of budget reports and be able to spot and correct errors in reporting.


Core Responsibilities:

1. Staff leadership, development, and supervision

Support the Senior Pastor in the accomplishment of the church’s mission through ministry effectiveness, evaluation, discernment, decision making, strategic planning and overall direction of church staff.

Ensure the operational readiness of the church through leadership and oversight of the support staff performing duties in administration, finance, human resources, supplies, and facilities management.

Conduct all “new hire” and “exit” interviews with support staff and employees.

Serve as HR manager - oversee the negotiation of insurance and other benefits.  Conduct performance evaluations for support staff and other employees. Assist the Senior Pastor in the performance evaluations of the pastoral/ministry staff and provide ongoing performance feedback.

Partner with the Senior Pastor to design and deliver a comprehensive training and leadership development process for the ministry staff team and church as a whole.  


2. Vision-based strategic planning, ministry design, and systems implementation.

Review of mission, vision, and core values and facilitate the annual strategic planning process including evaluation of ministry performance.

The Implement, track, and review of Ministry Action Plans; Development of key objectives and tactics; and establishment of three year goals with Ministry and Pastoral Staff.

Measure all key goals, and specifically, the number of salvations/baptisms, leaders developed, first time visitors, people in small groups and serving in some ministry capacity.

Champion the development of infrastructure by all ministry and support areas that supports healthy, long-term growth of the church.

Project future staff needs, making recommendations to the Senior Pastor and Church Board regarding support staff, employee additions, or changes in responsibilities.


3. Financial oversight and leadership

Develop annual financial plans that fund the accomplishment of the strategic plan and meet critical financial objectives.

Lead the church’s building programs including capital fundraising campaigns, master planning, design and architecture, contractor selection, and construction.

Design and monitor specific and direct financial responsibilities include Personnel and Church Ministries budgets.

General Pastoral Responsibilities (weddings, funerals, sacraments etc.) and specific leadership responsibilities: including (currently) teaching in the Church Membership process. Perform other duties as assigned.


4. Facilities

Provide general oversight to custodian to ensure the facilities are kept clean and functional

Oversee the scheduling and utilization of facilities for ministries of The Naz and outside groups.

Maximize the resources of the church to enable the ministry staff to achieve the mission and vision of The Naz

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