Weekly Attendance: 500
Location: Springfield, Missouri
The Role: Associate Pastor
Meet The Venues:
A Church for All People
We strive to be a gathering of people known for unapologetic love for everyone around us. We are all-inclusive in every aspect. We are a church filled with imperfect people, imperfectly following Jesus. Everyone is welcome here.
Wherever we are, with whomever we are, we are gathered under the identity of Jesus – desiring to express kindness, love, and grace His way. We are and will be a messy place filled with imperfect people. Life is messy. Faith is messy. Let’s get on with helping people.
We are involved and invested in our community – living out the spiritual and social ambition of Jesus to “tell the good news to the poor, announce pardon to the prisoners, give sight to the blind, set the burdened and battered free.” – Luke 4:18-19. We spend considerable time and resources helping underserved people in our community and won’t stop until everyone has felt our love.
About the Associate Pastor:
The Venues is looking for an Associate Pastor whose main purpose is to develop our downtown service (The Venues @ 425), lead ministries, and develop a vision and strategies for the church. This candidate will be in close alignment with the values of The Venues, is passionate about inclusion and has a forward-thinking mindset.
The Associate Pastor Responsibilities Include:
Downtown Service/Associate Pastor
Serves as the primary teacher for downtown service.
Plans, oversees, teaches, and executes a high-quality experience.
Serves in teaching role on Sundays as directed by Lead Teaching Pastor.
Provides leadership, guidance, and support to all non-operational ministries including NextGen, Creative Arts, Social Media, Social Response, and Connections/Small Groups. Meets weekly with ministry coordinators to resolve issues and provide guidance and support.
Provides announcements and/or updates to the congregation on Sundays and at other events as requested by Creative Arts Director, Executive Director, and Lead Teaching Pastor.
Provides support and encouragement to all volunteer team members.
Builds relationships with volunteers and attendees and cultivates a fun, engaging, meaningful environment.
Builds relationships with community partners and other organizations. Participates in area alliances.
Oversees teaching in Students and Kids Ministries (NextGen) and teaches youth on a regular basis.
Provides other teaching materials as needed including web content, small group leader training, Venues Values facilitation, etc.
Serves as a resource for pastoral care needs for people inside and outside The Venues.
Builds and maintains strong relationships with people.
Supports Lead Teaching Pastor and Executive Director in overall vision casting and leadership of the church.
Provides input for teaching, planning, design, and execution of services.
Assists in developing goals and objectives that are in line with a strategic plan.
Provides feedback and suggestions for creative elements including teaching series topics.
What You Bring:
Education & Experience
An undergraduate degree is required.
Proven experience in teaching is required.
A Seminary degree is a plus, preferably one that is progressive.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated success in empowering others.
Excellent skills in facilitating, directing, and managing groups and events.
Ability to prioritize and maintain focus on the church’s mission and vision.
Strong teamwork and leadership skills; ability to work cooperatively and jointly with various staff ministries, organizations, and volunteers.
Ability to be creative, innovative, and adapt to changes quickly.
Proven ability to create a plan and carry out a vision.
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications
Dependable, self-motivated, and comfortable taking initiative.
Thick skin with a soft heart.
Follows the 4 values of The Venues.