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Church of the Open Door OH

Executive Pastor

Elyria, Ohio

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Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 900

Location: 4 Campuses in Elyria, Avon Lake, Vermilion, and Lorain, Ohio

The Role: Executive Pastor

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Meet Church of the Open Door OH:

In 1949, a group of Christians from Elyria, Ohio gathered in the home of William Porter to discuss a new church that would be open to all people. This led to the formulation of the Church of the Open Door officially beginning in 1950. Later that year, the church called its first pastor, an evangelistic preacher who helped the church grow rapidly. They met in the Grange Hall in Elyria and then the old Kawasaki building on Lowell Street in Elyria, before building their first building in 1968 at the corner of Route 113 and West Ridge Road. In 1971, the church called its second pastor who continued to help the church grow, starting a Christian school in 1976, which grew to become Open Door Christian School, a fully accredited K-12 school. In 1989, the church called their third pastor who served from 1989-2002 and helped the church transition to a grace-based model. In 2003, the church called its fourth pastor who led the church in establishing its mission statement of “Leading People in the Adventure of becoming Like Christ”, began to engage in community service projects and has started 4 satellite campuses, three in the North East Ohio region, and one in the Dominican Republic. The church has always been known for its love for people, its emphasis on Biblical preaching, passionate worship, and warm fellowship.


About the Executive Pastor:

The role of the Executive Pastor (XP) is to cooperate with the Lead Pastor in overseeing the life and direction of the church toward fulfilling the mission of “leading people in the adventure of becoming like Christ.” As such, he must communicate regularly and effectively with the Lead Pastor. He will serve as a “virtual 1st chair” leader in a “2nd chair” role. He will, directly and through others, develop, initiate, coordinate and manage the strategic plans and systems necessary to implement the mission of Open Door and lead to excellence all of the ministerial team and church leaders, achieving the church’s mission for the glory of God.

This will require a firm grasp on the mission, values, and strategy of Open Door, and the ability to develop structures and align staff and key leadership teams with its mission. He will work closely with the Lead Pastor in strategic development and meet with the Strategic Advisory Team to make “big picture” decisions and implement strategic planning for the church. He will assume the primary management and oversight duties with the professional staff and be a culture champion for excellence, team, disciple-making, and creativity while working hard and having fun. The XP will offer pastoral care to Open Door alongside the other pastors, and as an extension of, the Lead Pastor. The XP will ensure that the systems, practices, and policies of the church responsibly and effectively support its mission and will manage progress in light of strategic goals and objectives.

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The Executive Pastor Responsibilities Include: 

Living the Mission of Open Door 

  • Live committed to our description of Christlikeness as described in the six Core Christlike Characteristics and summarized by Loving God, Loving People, and Living Surrendered.

  • Live committed to our mission of “Leading people in the adventure of becoming like Christ” by practicing the 5B’s.

  • Live committed to our Discipleship Process by practicing the 6D’s in your own life.

Strategic Leadership and Planning

Responsible for strategic planning and staff coordination in the execution of the church’s purpose. Help define strategic goals of vision as a key leader among staff. The XP will provide the catalyzing challenges and activities to the staff which allow us to remain true to our mission, and develop new ministry programs so that we are appropriately responsive to identified needs and church growth. This leadership and input will be provided through many activities included below:

  • Coordinate and lead weekly staff meetings and other activities designed to clarify and execute Open Door goals and objectives.

  • Ensure staffing, facilities, and programs are appropriately and effectively aligned to best meet our strategic goals.

  • Initiate and practice excellent and effective communication with Lead Pastor

  • Lead and utilize the strengths of the Church Stewardship Board in developing and implementing strategic plans.

  • Monitor the pulse of the congregation through research and evaluation.

  • Lead in coordinating new multi-site campus development.

  • Other pastoral and administrative duties as requested by the Lead Pastor.

Staff Supervision and Development

Serve as chief of staff and oversee and execute the supervision of the staff of the church through appropriate staff leadership teams. The XP will lead, develop, pastor, evaluate, and mentor existing staff in their respective areas of ministry and prioritize staff additions. Includes the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee training and development for the staff.

  • Lead process of hiring and dismissal of staff with consultation and agreement of the Lead Pastor and SAT.

  • Provide leadership to the staff in the design and implementation of all church ministries.

  • Implement salary reviews and recommendations.

  • Maintain strong accountability with church staff in all areas of ministry for growth spiritually, numerically, and evangelistically. Oversee efficient and effective lines of communication between the staff and lay leaders.

  • Provide leadership for ministry staff in establishing and measuring the achievement of ministry goals.

  • Oversee HR department – oversee the Finance Director and HR Director in the negotiation of insurance and other benefits.

  • Conduct performance evaluations of ministry staff, and provide ongoing informal performance feedback.

  • Preach occasionally (Frequency of preaching based upon time and availability, level of preaching/teaching skills, and fit with Open Door culture).


Oversee and execute the administration of the church through appropriate staff and lay leadership teams. Ensure the completion of business, facility, and logistical support functions through staff, Church Stewardship Board and lay volunteers.

  • Provide oversight and direction in the large variety of financial functions of the church, including support in capital campaigns, cash flow, contributions, insurance, banking and financing, payroll, leases, budget planning, and oversight. The primary staff person here is the Director of Finance.

  • Supervise the Office Manager and provide direction, as needed, for the effective functioning of the front office support functions.

  • Oversee the effective functioning and maintenance of computer, information, and communication systems.

  • Oversee development of and adherence to church policies and procedures.

  • Manage progress in light of strategic goals and objectives.

  • Broaden the base of ministry by promoting volunteerism, increasing stewardship of time, and personal fulfillment through ministry.

  • Expand the base of leadership by equipping leaders through regular training programs

  • Attends Strategic Advisory Team (SAT), Church Stewardship Board, Church Life Board, School Board, Governing Board Meetings.

Campus Development

  • Oversees campus development projects for each campus.

  • Determine strategies for all campus development including new facilities and/or property.

  • Serve as primary staff interface with Building Team when BT is operative. Ensures the timely completion of objectives in the overall campus development and building process and serves as the church liaison for the architect and general contractor. Reviews contracts for conformity with church policy and practice and the goals of the project.

  • Work with contractors, architects, subcontractors, and other vendors in all building construction projects.

  • Lead the church through any building project, ensuring that appropriate information is available and communicated to leaders, members, and those who attend.

  • Select a responsible Building Team through the oversight of the Church Stewardship Board.

  • Ensure that counsel and input are received from ministries or departments when their facility usage will be impacted.

  • Track all expenses, and ensure that project is kept within approved budgets.

  • Provide regular reports to the Lead Pastor, Church Stewardship Board and Building Team regarding expenses, change orders, delays, progress, and schedule during all construction projects.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree with a preference of higher-level ministry and/or management degree (i.e. M. Div. or MBA).

  • Certificate in project management (PMP) and/or StratOp.

  • 5+ years of experience in multi-site ministry.

  • Previous experience as a Lead or Executive Pastor.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong biblical and theological foundation for wise management in a church setting. Able to establish and maintain appropriate standards for the accomplishment of ministry in a way that honors both God and people.

  • Should possess spiritual gifts in the areas of leadership and/or administration and be seeking to develop those and other spiritual gifts to their fullest potential.

  • Must demonstrate very strong organization and project management skills. 

  • A proven leader and strategic thinker who will guide the pastoral staff in implementing the vision, and mobilize administrative support to maintain and advance the ministry of Open Door. The XP must understand group dynamics and ensure effective consensus-building and decision-making.

  • Maintain open communication with, and demonstrate loyalty to and support of Lead Pastor while exercising strength of personality, perspective, and opinions in cooperating with the Lead Pastor in the leadership of the church’s mission.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills – ability to listen empathically, articulate clearly, and initiate communication appropriately. Must be able to communicate persuasively and compassionately both orally and in writing. 

  • Ability to lead positively and graciously in conflict management. 

  • Proven fiscal responsibility - Must be competent in the review of budget reports and be able to spot and correct errors in reporting. 

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

  • A sound, proven biblical character in accordance with 1 Timothy 3. 

  • Loves the mission of Open Door and relentlessly executes it.

  • Capable virtual first chair while embracing the role of second chair.

  • Chemistry with Lead Pastor.

  • High EQ.

  • A strong leader. 

  • A heart for ministry.

  • Personable with strong communication skills.

  • Decisiveness.

  • A servant attitude.

  • Ability to adapt to and initiate change.

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What it's Like to Live in Elyria, Ohio: 

The four campuses of Church of the Open Door are all a part of the western suburbs/exurbs of Cleveland, Ohio, a city that has successfully transformed its reputation into a beautiful, vibrant, fascinating city full of parks, great restaurants, chic coffee, and pastry shops, entertainment and plenty to see and do. The world-famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sits right on the water and is a fitting testament to the great music scene in the city. Three of our church’s campuses are in communities right on Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes, and therefore all kinds of opportunities for watersports like boating, skiing, fishing, beaching, etc. The best sunsets in the nation give you a stunning show night after night over the lake with plenty of places to view along our miles of coastlines. In less than an hour’s drive you can be in the Lake Erie Islands resort area, visit Cedar Point, one of the nation’s most iconic amusement parks, or explore any of the string of city, metro, state, or national parks appropriately nicknamed the Emerald Necklace.

With a very affordable cost of living, award-winning schools and the family-friendly pace of the Midwest, Northeast Ohio is a great place to raise a family. Whether you want to live in a cozy neighborhood, an upscale apartment surrounded by shops and dining, a bustling city scene, a quiet cul-de-sac, or an expanded lot on the edge of rural Ohio, you’ll find it all in our area. Small town charm and vibrant city living co-exist within minutes of each other. People come from all over the Midwest to the boat, vacation, stay at our cottages and resorts for the weekend or the summer, but we get to live here year-round.

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