Theology: Bible Church
Weekly Attendance: 4,500
Neighborhood: Little Rock, Arkansas
The role: The role of the Pastor of Missions is to lead and oversee both global and local missions at Fellowship with an emphasis on the local role, helping to inspire, encourage, and equip our people to view the broken and lost in their sphere of influence with the heart of God.
Meet Fellowship Bible Church:
In the late 1960s, a group of students at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville were inspired with a vision for a new kind of church. This band of friends believed that God had given them a vision for doing something spectacular in the name of Christ. In 1977, the group, with fewer than 30 worshippers, began meeting in a home in Little Rock, and on August 21 of the same year, Fellowship Bible Church held its first official service at Little Rock’s Anthony School. In the 1980s, services moved to the Pulaski Academy gymnasium and again to a local movie theatre. Then, in 1985, Fellowship built its own worship center, and by the mid-90s, five free standing buildings formed the church.
From the start, Fellowship Bible Church has been more than just a place or another church; it is a community of people following Jesus together as they take His message to a city they love and to a world that needs it. In 2004, Fellowship Benton was launched as a campus of Fellowship Bible Church, joining the Little Rock campus. In 2007, Fellowship further expanded and established its third campus in Cabot—a campus community known for its authenticity, strength of staff, and unique culture. Fellowship Espanol began in 2017 as Fellowship’s fourth campus. In 2019, Fellowship Midtown was launched as the fifth campus of Fellowship Bible Church.
Situated in different communities, each campus has its own pastoral staff, ministries, and feel, but the campuses are united as one family with one mission. On most Sunday mornings, all campuses experience the same biblical teaching with a mixture of live and video teaching from the Fellowship team of pastors, which enables them to reach into their different communities with the same hope.
About the Pastor of Missions:
The role of the Pastor of Missions is to lead and oversee both global and local missions at Fellowship with an emphasis on the local role, helping to inspire, encourage, and equip our people to view the broken and lost in their sphere of influence with the heart of God.
The Pastor of Missions will:
Continue to shape and lead vision, philosophy, and strategy of both local and global missions at Fellowship.
Establish and lead a multisite lay missions and advisory team.
Lead in the yearly budgeting process for both the operational and mission disbursement budget, and develop the budget for local missions.
Interact with other Fellowship ministries to help them implement a missional focus in their area of ministry.
Ensure the Fellowship body is being equipped both for local outreach and global engagement.
Connect with local and global mission partners as necessary.
Identify and communicate local ministry opportunities to the Fellowship body when needed.
Work with our local ministry partners and represent Fellowship in supporting, encouraging, and helping their ministries.
Provide assistance with local missions at all of our campuses.
Ongoing evaluation of effectiveness of current mission ministries.
Keep church leadership informed about development and happenings in the Mission Ministry.
Oversee and coach the missions team. Build into them both emotionally and spiritually.
What you bring:
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree. A seminary degree or further theological training is a great bonus but not required.
The ideal candidate will:
Have five to seven years of leadership experience
Understand the dynamics of the church and missions
Have a heart for the church and a solid theological framework
Have a background in church work
Ideally, have experience working in a church similar in size and multisite structure
- Action Oriented: Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for the things they see as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning; seizes more opportunities than others.
- Spiritual Maturity: Is able to balance Biblical knowledge with actions in a way that demonstrates the gospel of Christ. Demonstrates ongoing growth in dependence on Christ in shaping knowledge of self and interactions with others.
- Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
- Self-Awareness: Knows personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and limits; seeks feedback; gains insights from mistakes; is open to criticism; isn't defensive; is receptive to talking about shortcomings; looks forward to balanced (+'s and -'s) performance reviews and career decisions.
- Integrity and Trust: Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.
- Managerial Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
- Political Savvy: Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly; is sensitive to how people and organizations function; anticipates where the land mines are and plans his/her approach accordingly; views corporate politics as a necessary part of organizational life and works to adjust to that reality; is a maze-bright person.
- Problem Solving: Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answers.
- Timely Decision Making: Makes decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure; able to make a quick decision.
- Perspective: Looks toward the broadest possible view of an issue/challenge; has broad-ranging personal and business interests and pursuits; can easily pose future scenarios; can think globally; can discuss multiple aspects and impacts of issues and project them into the future.
- Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
- Delegation: Clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions; broadly shares both responsibility and accountability; tends to trust people to perform; lets direct reports finish their own work.
- Process Management: Good at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow; knows what to measure and how to measure it; can see opportunities for synergy and integration where others can't; can simplify complex processes; gets more out of fewer resources.
- Solves Conflict: Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.
- Directing Others: Is good at establishing clear directions; sets stretching objectives; distributes the workload appropriately; lays out work in a well-planned and organized manner; maintains two-way dialogue with others on work and results; brings out the best in people; is a clear communicator.
What it's like to live in Little Rock, Arkansas:
Little Rock and Pulaski County’s rich pasts span from pioneer days in the 19th century to presidential elections at the close of the 20th century, covering significant eras in United States history. Such historic highlights make the area stand out as an important piece of the American culture.
Today, in Little Rock, the old and new mix well together. Stately antebellum structures and ornate Victorian buildings neighbor gleaming new glass-facade skyscrapers stretching up into the river city's skyline with scenic, natural surroundings providing the backdrop. Its warm, comfortable climate offers its residents plenty of outside time to visit its many agricultural events, including large farmers markets and tours emphasizing green practices. Arkansas is called, “The Natural State,” and nearby lakes, mountains, biking and hiking trails, and the limitless hunting and fishing areas make it a preferred destination for every manner of outdoor enthusiast.
In addition to excellent school districts, major corporations headquartered in Little Rock include Dillard's Department Stores, Windstream Communications, and Acxiom. One of the largest public employers in the state with over 10,552 employees is the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and its affiliates, which have a total economic impact in Arkansas of about $5 billion per year.
Little Rock boasts a thriving metropolis with a population of approximately 182,000, as the city continues to expand its boundaries, and more people take note of the wealth of opportunities the region is able to provide. Little Rock has been recognized in several prominent publications as among the top ten places to live within the United States.
#1 small to mid-sized city in Kiplinger’s 10 Great Places to Live
#2 Least Toxic City according to Forbes Magazine
#9 Happiest City according to Gallup
#7 Best Value City according to Kiplinger
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