Associate Pastor


Grace Church

Algona, Iowa United States

Essential Job Functions
This ministry description outlines the primary job functions. The position may include other functions not specifically mentioned as the ministry develops over time.

The Associate Pastor will:
1. Oversee Christian Education and assimilation ministries.
2. Stay up-to-date on new assimilation, Christian Education and prayer strategies.
3. Select, equip and empower volunteers in ministry areas.
4. Develop, implement and maintain systems that better track the visitors, attendees and members of the church.
5. Work with Senior Pastor on Growth Group ministry.
6. Facilitate outreach opportunities.
7. Regular communication with leadership and volunteers that is consistent with the vision of the church.
8. Attend Advisory, and Christian Education meetings and weekly staff meetings-including submitting weekly report to Senior Pastor for staff meeting.
9. Provide ministry reports for monthly Advisory Board meetings and Quarterly and Annual Business meetings.
10. Promote positive public relations by being involved in the Algona Community.
11. Preach or teach Sunday mornings when needed.
12. Teach Sunday School
13. Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as directed by Senior Pastor.

Education and Experience
The Associate Pastor should:
1. Have a 4 year degree with a focus in Bible or Christian Ministry preferred. A degree in another field with sufficient experience would also be considered. A seminary degree would be preferred but not required.
2. Have experience in enlisting, equipping and empowering leaders and volunteers in a church.
3. Have ministry and program experience in working with children, youth and adults.
Other qualifications
The Associate Pastor should demonstrate the following qualifications:
1. Evidence of a strong, contagious, dynamic personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a life lived for His honor and glory, maintained through Bible study, prayer and spiritual disciplines consistent with scripture.
2. Evidence of the growing qualifications of a pastor (overseer/elder in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1).
3. A solid knowledge of Scripture with the ability to apply it to the situations of life.
4. Life evidence of being a servant leader who is humble and willing to learn.
5. The ability to be a visionary self-starter combined with skills in delegation and supervision of others.
6. The ability to develop an idea into an active ministry.
7. Evidence of good organizational skills.
8. The ability to teach.
9. Have a compassionate heart for people and a desire to help them progress in their journey of faith in their relationship with God with an attitude of grace.
10. Have strong interpersonal communication skills in large and small group settings.
11. The ability to meet new people and make them feel comfortable.
12. A theology and beliefs compatible with Grace Church.
13. A commitment to the leadership, vision, philosophy and strategy of Grace Church.
14. A commitment to the membership at Grace Church.
15. Have the skills and gifts that will help him minister to people through Worship, Prayer and Connecting. (Spiritual gifts that would be helpful in this position are administration, leadership, encouragement, discernment and hospitality.)
16. Have a personality type that complements our Senior Pastor at Grace church.

Candidates must be willing to comply with a background check and drug test.

Working Relationships
The Associate Pastor:
1. Will be accountable to and will report to the Senior Pastor and will establish a good working relationship with him, assisting him when necessary.
2. Will have the ability to be a positive team member in a multiple-staff church and will be committed to working cooperatively with volunteers.
3. Will maintain a working relationship with the elder and CE Board.
4. Will work with other church ministries, as needed, to develop Worship, Prayer, family ministry and assimilation strategies and skills for their areas of ministry.
5. Will receive the experience to grow in your ministry if there is a desire to be a Senior pastor

Email Cover letter and Resume to Pastor Peter Talbot, [email protected].

Handout: Associate Pastor Job Description-August 2023.pdf