Associate Pastor Job Description
Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis
1920 S. 7th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Associate Pastor
STATUS/COMPENSATION: Full-time, Salaried/$35-45K, negotiated based on various factors
BENEFITS: Health Insurance Stipend, UFMCC Pension Fund (USA), 403b Plan and Match, Continuing Education Funds, Conference Expenses, Generous Vacation Policy, and more
START DATE: Flexible March 1 – April 30, 2019
GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION: A generalist position working in concert with the Senior Pastor to provide excellent pastoral care and leadership of the congregation.
SUPERVISION: Reports to the Senior Pastor. The goal is for this person to operate with considerable independence within areas of responsibility.
Organizational Relationship and Ministry Supervision:
- Reports to the Senior Pastor, who will provide an annual evaluation
- Works as a colleague and collaborator with Senior Pastor and Staff
- Mentors and recruits lay leaders to ensure they receive appropriate development, training, and support to allow them to lead and nurture others
- Upon agreement of division of duties with the Senior Pastor, manages the volunteers serving the various ministries for which the Associate Pastor carries primary responsibility
- Provides pastoral and spiritual care in partnership with the Senior Pastor
- Develops and executes plans necessary to launch new programs with a focus on bringing congregational spiritual and numerical growth
- Considers new ways to remove burdens from the responsibilities of the Senior Pastor to strengthen the leadership and the church
- Networks with community organizations and local churches
- Preaches approximately once per month as requested by Senior Pastor
- The Associate Pastor will be responsible and subject to the UFMCC Clergy Code of Conduct
Qualifications and Aptitudes:
- Licensed and ordained (or pending ordination) minister
- MDiv, or equivalent in a related field
- Relevant work experience desired
- Must have vision and a demonstrated ability to plan, develop, coordinate, manage and implement ministry goals
- Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, computer skills, and conflict management skills
- Possess a proven ability to work effectively with diverse individuals, teams, and a congregation as they seek to struggle with and consider how to “be” and “do” in a city at the center of many of today’s social justice issues
The above is a general idea of the types of duties I envision an Associate Pastor performing for me here at MCC of Greater St. Louis. It is what these job descriptions are supposed to look like.
So, with the “business side” out of the way, I just want to “talk” to you, my potential colleague. What I am looking for is a partner in ministry. I am a collaborative worker, and I practice a decidedly team-based approach to church leadership, which is embodied in weekly staff meetings, bi-annual staff retreats, and through open, honest, respectful dialogue and feedback amongst all staff about our ongoing projects and ministries.
For this job opening, I am really looking for a type of person more than I am searching for a specific set of qualifications. If our budget would allow, I would prefer a co-pastor model. Given that our budget does not, I am looking for the next best thing in this search for an Associate Pastor—a true partner in ministry. Perhaps you have been a Senior or Solo Pastor for a while and would like to have a bit less responsibility and burden on your shoulders? Perhaps you are a looking to gain experience to be ready to be a Senior Pastor in the future?
I will be a collaborative colleague the likes of which you may not have seen before, but I will also expect the best from you. I do still have to serve my role as the Senior Pastor and head of staff. I am a highly driven person with a number one attribute on Clifton StrengthsFinder as “Achiever.” So, if you are considering this opportunity to work with me, you are going to need to be an ambitious person who is willing to constantly seek the best of yourself and those around you. If that isn’t you, it is likely that we will not enjoy one another as time goes on.
That said, I am not looking for a carbon copy of myself. Let me know what your strengths and dreams are. Help me see what gifts you bring that we can exploit to help make us the best team we can be. The job description can be modified to help ensure our individual skills are leveraged to help us both be as effective and happy in our work as possible.
To apply for this job, I’d really like to hear from you as you…your personality, character, and style. I don’t need a put-on persona. Send me a resume, sure…it is what we do, and I will need to see that. But consider also writing me a letter, kind of like this one, that tells me something about you. Or, shoot a *short* video using any format that will give me a sense of your personality (you could just tell me a funny story). I’d love to get both. That way I can see your written and verbal self-expression. Finally, be sure to include a link to a video of you preaching and three references (at least two of which should be professional). I hope that this mixture will give you the opportunity to let me see both the professional and personal sides of who you are.
I really look forward to hearing from you if you think this ministry opportunity is a good fit for you. I think this is a very unique opportunity, but with a unique opportunity comes the need for the exceptional kind of person who is up to the task. I will be praying for you as you discern if this is the call for you.
The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2019, at midnight. Please email your submissions (or any questions) to [email protected]