Oak Ridge Baptist Church, Salisbury, MD
Small Groups Pastor
Oak Ridge Baptist Church is a thriving congregation located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Salisbury. In the last 15 years, dynamic pastor Brian Moss has led a transformation of Oak Ridge from 35 attenders to over 1,200 on two campuses. Oak Ridge has become well-known in the community for being very strategic in their ability to reach families and individuals in the area and equip them to live purpose driven lives. Many of the strategies and programs of Oak Ridge are a result of their relationship with Saddleback Church in California.
The next Small Groups Pastor of ORBC will take an already highly successful small groups ministry (approx. 70% of the weekend crowd is connected in a small group) to the next level by discovering and equipping leaders of leaders.
ORBC Small Groups exist to build authentic caring relationships and help participants understand the Bible in a way that applies it to everyday life. We are fellowship heavy, discipleship light. ORBC uses the H.O.S.T. model for small groups.
Oak Ridge, made up of all generations and ethnicities, is a church that values relationships, and one of the primary ways this is displayed is through their Small Groups. Small Groups are the “lifeblood” of the church family, and they use groups as the “first-line of defense” for all pastoral care situations.
The Small Groups Pastor will oversee Oak Ridge's Small Groups Ministry by developing and equipping small group leaders. They will oversee the tracking of the group connection process and ensure that every attender has the opportunity to connect in a small group.
The successful candidate must be more of a developer of leaders (equipper) than a manager of groups (shepherd). They will closely interface with the ORBC Teaching Team in order to oversee the Small Groups' curriculum selection and distribution, including creation of custom curriculum. They will develop systems that are visible, accessible, and efficient in getting new members or groups started throughout the year, and will assist in launching new groups that exceed or match the growth trends of Oak Ridge.
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent ministry experience and will have a proven track record (3 years staff experience) of leadership, working in a church committed to reaching the unchurched.
Salisbury, Maryland is only a short drive from several major metro areas, including Washington DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, and Annapolis. Salisbury is situated in the central part of the Maryland peninsula, and although it is near the East Coast, it very much reflects the warm culture often found in the southern United States. Salisbury is the largest city (approx. 35,000 in city limits and over 100k in the county) on the Maryland peninsula, and the area is strategically placed in terms of future growth for multi-site campuses up and down the East Coast. Ocean City, MD, just 20 minutes from Salisbury, is one of the top tourist destinations on the eastern seaboard. The beach is a regular part of life for residents of Salisbury, and the charm and culture of the Chesapeake Bay colors all activities and cultural opportunities.