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Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church

Senior Pastor

Knoxville, Tennessee


Denomination: Presbyterian - EPC

Weekly Attendance: 2,300

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

The Role: The Senior Pastor is responsible for the provision of spiritual, pastoral, and administrative leadership to the congregation of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church (CSPC).


Meet Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church:

Today, Cedar Springs’ campus and programs have grown exponentially.  Its current membership is 3,400, and it is grateful to have a number of thriving ministries and members who teach, lead, and serve communities of individuals and groups from birth through adulthood.

On Easter 2018, John M. Wood completed his tenure at Cedar Springs as its 33rd Senior Pastor after serving the church for 28 years.  In anticipation of Pastor Wood’s retirement, the church commissioned a team (the transition team) to explore what the Lord might be calling the church to become as it entered into this new season and anticipated hiring its next Senior Pastor.  The findings of the team can be viewed at: www.cspc.net/pastoral-search.

Cedar Springs, an Evangelical Presbyterian Church, is rooted in pursuing God’s mission to the world: to reconcile men and women from every tribe, tongue, and nation back to their Creator.


About the Senior Pastor

The Senior Pastor is responsible for the provision of spiritual, pastoral, and administrative leadership to the congregation of CSPC. This includes, but is not limited to, preaching/teaching, leading the senior leadership team, working with the Session to establish and implement a consistent vision for the church in this community, equipping the congregation for the various works of ministry, and developing the gifts, skills, and passions of the staff and membership.  

The Senior Pastor will: 

  • Preaching/worship 

    • Preach expository messages rooted in Scripture with strong application to daily life with an authenticity and humility that appeals to believers and seekers alike. 

    • Plan and implement a weekly preaching/teaching schedule with the CSPC worship leadership team that provides ample opportunity for attendees to grasp the truth of the gospel and develop as individual Christians and as the family of faith, and to encourage those who are far from God to draw near.

    • Prepare preaching schedules in advance and integrate the various seasons in the life of the church, community, country, and world as needed.

    • Meet regularly with the worship planning team to evaluate and plan all regular and special services. 

    • Ensure that worship services are effective regarding content, style, structure, and design.

  • Leadership/leadership development and discipleship

    • Work with and through the Session to develop and maintain a compelling vision of God at work through CSPC. Assist the Session and leadership groups in defining strategic goals at each ministry level.

    • Act as a key proponent of the church’s strategic plan for ministry. 

    • Lead the senior leadership team.  Provide spiritual and professional guidance to this team as it leads the ministries of the church.

    • Provide support and encouragement for elders and deacons.  The will occur primarily as the Session level.

    • Assist in the annual budgeting process, pledge campaign, and capital campaigns as needed.

    • The senior pastor may choose to delegate some of his responsibilities to  the executive pastor. Examples of this might include:

      • Create a leadership process that will be implemented across the ministries of CSPC which strategically develops leaders through the process of identification, recruitment, training, and coaching/mentoring. 

      • Coordinate staff to effectively execute the strategic plan of the church.

      • And other items as benefits the mission and operation of the church.

  • Mission/outreach/community relations

    • Support, promote, and actively participate in the missions activities of CSPC, both in the city of Knoxville and around the world. 

    • Equip and mobilize the local and global missions staff and elders in the role of evangelism and in the development of strategic outreach ministries and initiatives.

    • Represent CSPC in the work of the Presbytery, the EPC, and the Church universal.

  • Congregational relations/pastoral care 

    • Inspire the congregation to develop spiritual maturity through meaningful and regular examples of relational ministries, i.e. serving as an example of God working through collaborative ministries in local, regional, national, and international settings.

    • Provide for the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the community of faith in partnership with elders and deacons.

    • Administer the sacraments in partnership with other ordained staff, elders, and deacons.

  • Professional development/personal growth/self care 

    • Devote time to spiritual, emotional, and physical development/well-being through the practice of the spiritual disciplines, the use of a spiritual directors, or any other support that has proven to be beneficial.

    • Actively seek further professional development by attending courses, seminars, and workshops as appropriate and available, utilizing study leave. 

    • Set appropriate boundaries and work schedules to avoid physical/mental fatigue and professional burn-out.

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What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have leadership experience as a Senior Pastor or as a senior staff leader in a large, dynamic, and growing organization.  

The ideal candidate will also have an undergraduate degree, an MDiv from an accredited seminary, and will be ordained (or ordainable) within the EPC. They will be relatable, visible, and active with the congregation, and align with the theology and culture of Cedar Springs. 

Personal and Professional Characteristics

  • Gifted expository preacher

    • His teaching and preaching creates life, conviction, and greater devotion in the lives of those who regularly sit under his preaching and teaching.

    • He has a history of exhibiting the ability to handle potentially divisive issues with wisdom, discernment, and grace.  

  • Heart for Missions

    • Track record of compelling others to be missional.

    • His tenure as a church leader or a parachurch leader has always included a strong mission thrust.

    • Is inspired and energized by Cedar Springs strong commitment to local and global missions.

  • A personal devotional life that has produced a deep inner life

    • A practitioner of the spiritual disciplines as a means of living the transformed life.

    • A man who has given himself to others in the context of community and has a select group to which he is accountable,

    • Maintains a strong, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, exhibiting a relationship with Christ that is an example to all. 

  • Leader of leaders

    • Models faithful love and devotion to his wife and manages his family well.

    • Has a history of organizing, unifying, leading, and discipling a senior leadership team.

    • Within the church or in the context of leading another organization, he has a history of articulating the organization’s vision and aligning the senior leadership team around this vision.

    • He has a history of clearly articulating the organization’s vision to its constituents.

    • Embodies a strong leadership gift and is ambitious for God and the church but not for self.

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What it's like to live in Knoxville, TN: 

Knoxville features 112 miles of paved greenways and natural trails and is surrounded by seven lakes. The Urban Wilderness recreational corridor features 1,000 forested acres of hiking and biking trails, including the nationally acclaimed Devil’s Racetrack Mountain Bike Course.

A revitalized downtown district has more than 80 restaurants, shopping, museums, parks, and public art. Knoxville has its own symphony, opera, and dance ensembles, and regularly hosts major musical and theater artists at the Historic Tennessee and Bijou theaters. Knoxville hosts several annual festivals including the Big Ears Music Festival, the Dogwood Arts Rhythm N’ Blooms, and the Rossini Festival. Knoxville has several family-friendly venues including Zoo Knoxville, Ijams Nature Center, more than 20 museums, and seven historical houses.

Knoxville is located within a short drive of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the most-visited park in the country), and it is located within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States.

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