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Christ Community Church

Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Small Groups

Rochester, Minnesota



Weekly Attendance: 1200

Denomination: Christian Missionary Alliance

Location: Rochester, Minnesota

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The role: The Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Small Groups is responsible for the planning, implementation, and optimization of the faith development or spiritual formation process of adults at Christ Community Church. 

ChristCommunityChurch-SpiritColumn-PhotoMeet Christ Community Church: 


Christ Community Church was founded in 1967 by the Northwestern District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, a conservative evangelical denomination. A building was purchased in those early years at 804 East Center Street in downtown Rochester. Like many churches, the congregation struggled to break through certain stages of growth, largely due to the restriction of its facility and perhaps a little of its sense of what “could be.” For many years, it remained a church of about 100 people in attendance on a Sunday.


In 1993, the church made many dramatic changes. The name was changed, the church moved, the style of worship changed, and the vision changed. Since then, God has rewarded those initiatives with dramatic growth. The church has seen consistent and aggressive growth to the 1,600 weekend attendance range. We have expanded the facility three times and are looking at a potential relocation. Many people have given their lives to Christ, and well over 4,000 people participate in CCC's ministries.

Our history reflects our future. CCC has been one of Rochester’s most exciting church stories.

And, we believe God is not finished.


In 2013, 30 acres of land were given to the church. Currently, we're assessing long-term plans for a new building as we continue to outgrow our current facility.




About the role: 

The Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Small Groups is responsible for the planning, implementation, and optimization of the faith development or spiritual formation process of adults at Christ Community Church. The primary method of engagement requiring this role’s orchestration is the Adult Small Group Ministry. This will include adult education.

The role will: 

  • Take care to develop their own spiritual formation, which includes regular practice of spiritual disciplines, a growing intimacy with Christ, emotional health, personal growth, and physical well-being.

  • Embrace and embody the mission and values of Christ Community Church.

  • Embrace the theological position of the church and the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

  • Recognize that a good amount of work will occur when small groups actually meet.

  • Be reliable and take initiative.

  • Embrace and adapt to growth and change. Have the capacity for innovation and creativity.

  • Use appropriate judgment in the areas of discretion, sensitivity, and confidentiality in working with people.

  • Have a cooperative, healthy, and motivating relationship with supervisors and coworkers.

Developing, Implementing, and Overseeing 60%

  • Pay close attention to personal spiritual formation, discipleship, and important family relationships.

  • Responsible for ongoing recruiting, training, deploying, monitoring, and nurturing of small group leaders and small group leader coaches who oversee groups by region.

  • Determine and develop with the Lead Pastor (and other staff as needed) discipleship and spiritual formation processes that move all adults at CCC along a continuum of spiritual maturity.

  • Develop and/or implement curriculum for groups that is capable of reaching people at any stage in their walk with Christ.

  • Motivate staff and volunteer leaders to start and multiply small groups so that community is being built among those who attend CCC.

  • In cooperation with the Pastor of Assimilation and Pastoral Care, bridge the transition from assimilation to group involvement and active discipleship opportunities in various neighborhood groups.

  • Lead a small group and build a coaching network for the effective care and resourcing of small group leaders.

  • In cooperation with the Pastor of Assimilation and Pastoral Care, work to do evangelism via groups (e.g. Alpha, missional communities, etc.).

  • Conceptualize and implement Adult Ministry learning options (e.g. Financial Peace University, Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, Bible and Theology classes, etc.).

Administrative Duties 20%

  • Measure ministry progress and outcomes through their correlation to the mission, values, and strategic initiatives of the church’s mission: “Restoring our Broken World.”

  • Provide oversight of volunteer leaders and small groups coaches.

  • In cooperation with the Director of Operations and Pastor of Adult Ministries, develop and maintain the annual budget for Discipleship and Small Group Ministries.

  • Plan and implement special programs and events.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Small Group Ministry.

  • Keep discipleship visible to the church body as an integral part of ministries to adults.

Teaching Responsibilities 20%

  • Provide preaching and teaching (on occasion) as assigned by the Lead Pastor.

  • Provide corporate teaching in selected adult ministry areas to supplement lay group teachers.

  • Develop and run small group training events yearly. Works to develop a useable small group leaders handbook.

IMG_3252What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. A master’s degree is preferred and a great bonus.

The ideal candidate will have some leadership experience at an associate level. Prior experience as a Senior Pastor or multi site experience is not required. 

Personal Characteristics

  • Is a highly motivated Christian leader, committed to helping others grow as disciples.

  • Has a passion for developing leaders and helping members find a ministry that matches their gifts.

  • Can provide the vision and leadership to develop a culture of discipleship and motivate disciples to leadership roles in our community.

  • Is a people-person and comfortable in a role with high visibility.

  • Has strong communication and organizational skills.

  • Is creative and flexible, and has a great sense of humor.

  • Loves to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions.

  • Enjoys working with others, but also knows how to work independently and get things done.

  • Desires to be in on the ground floor of creating an innovative, vibrant organization.

  • Is able to admit mistakes, learn new tools, and take on new challenges.

  • Is committed to growing in their own relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Is willing to support the mission of the Christ Community Church and is eager to join a dynamic and ambitious team.

CCC_web_kcWhat it's like to live in Rochester, Minnesota: 

Rochester is a mid-sized commercial and agricultural center with a diverse economy. Its biggest claim to fame is the renowned Mayo Clinic medical research and practice center, which covers some 18 city blocks in the downtown core. This is a major economic driver as well as a strong healthcare presence in the area. Mayo and its related facilities give Rochester the best healthcare statistics and rating in the country, and brings a strong educational presence as well. For families, the area offers great schools with a mix of public and private options, as well as a lot of church influence. 

Other notable employers include IBM and some agribusiness and food processing industries. Although the population exceeds one million, Rochester has a small-town feel and is known especially for its good park system and low crime rates. Find great entertainment and activities in nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul, just a few hours away. The nearby Dorer state forest, known for its hardwood forests, provides lovely outdoor recreation, especially if you like the snow!

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