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Foothills Church

Pastor of Development

Maryville, TN

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Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Weekly Attendance: 1,900

Location: Maryville, Tennessee

Vanderbloemen is honored to present this role.  www.Vanderbloemen.com/jobs

The role: The Pastor of Development is to develop leaders and coaches who propel the discipleship and outreach efforts of FC.

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Meet Foothills Church

The story of Foothills Church is one that begins with a vision and a calling shared by Dr. Trenton J. Stewart and his father, Dr. Ron Stewart, the longtime lead pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Knoxville. Together, with the support of Grace Baptist, the pair sought to plant a new church whose mission would be to serve the Maryville and Blount County community by developing mature disciples of Christ. 

Today, FC continues to carry out the original vision and mission of developing mature disciples of Christ in relational environments. In 2018 alone, 164 people professed their faith in Jesus through baptism at FC, while the church sent partners on five different mission trips around the globe and more than 1,600 first time guests walked through the doors. As part of the church's annual Let's Go Week in April, more than 200 FC partners directly supported and impacted ten different non-profit organizations across Blount and Knox County.

Still, Foothills Church knows the harvest is ripe and they have much work to carry out as the people of the church serve their community, region, nation, and the world with the hope of Christ.

About the Pastor of Development

  • Carry out the vision to develop mature disciples of Christ through small groups.

  • Understand and utilize the FC leadership pipeline to continue creating systems and structure that identify, develop, and equip small group leaders.

  • Teach Journey classes as needed.

  • Create sermon based curriculum on a weekly basis for group leaders.

  • Plan and execute two small group connects each year, two short term groups each year, and summer Bible studies each summer.

  • Use technology for ongoing training opportunities each month.

The role will: 

The Pastor of Development will the areas of small group development, guest services, The Journey, The School of Ministry, Family Ministry and outreach endeavors. 
  • Small Groups - Oversee the development and execution of FC’s vision to develop mature disciples of Christ in relational environments. The SGP will recruit, equip leaders, lead strategy to assimilate people into groups and engage in missional projects, and establish geographical based groups across the area.

  • Guest Services - Oversee the Director of Hospitality to create a welcoming environment and memorable moments on Sundays that help new people connect to FC.

  • The Journey - Oversee the four-part intentional discipleship process to help people discover the mission and vision of FC, discover God’s design for their lives, and help them know what it means to be a leader at FC.

  • School of Ministry - Oversee and assist the Lead Pastor to grow the FC School of Ministry.

  • Family Ministry -Oversee and assist the Lead Pastor to ensure the Family Ministry accomplishing goals and staying true to the vision of FC.

  • Outreach - Oversee the missional endeavors of FC with local partners, global efforts, and church planting.

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What you bring: 

Education & Experience

This position requires a minimum of ten years of experience as a pastor in a ministry environment, and a college degree. The successful individual will be a strong leader with a solid work ethic and will possess a clear call to ministry with the ability to lead and develop leaders and volunteers.


Seminary degree 

Personal Characteristics

  • Loves God and cares about making disciples through relational environments.

  • Is a partner of FC, who is fulfilling their partnership covenant.

  • Is exceptionally organized with vision and an administrative mind.

  • Is an influential leader who can lead through others.

  • Has the ability to create and manage strategic plans.

  • Possesses an eye for detail, but also has the capacity to see the larger vision.

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

Maryville, a suburb of the Knoxville, Tennessee area, is a picturesque town nestled in the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains, with the gorgeous backdrop of Tennessee framing its family friendly, down to earth atmosphere and excellent quality of life. Maryville City Schools is known as one of the top school systems in the entire state. The football program is also known for their 12 state championships since 2000. Alcoa City Schools are also known as one of the top school systems in the entire state.  A smaller school, but also known for their state championships across multiple athletic programs.  

Suburbs like Maryville offer a good family lifestyle and convenience both to Knoxville itself and to the recreational activities of the Great Smoky Mountains. Costs of living and housing are excellent, and housing values are good. Crime is low as well, offering peace of mind to families settling in the area. Knoxville has a lot of quality museums, and excellent mountain and water recreation, and the area is known for its golf courses. It’s a great place to experience all four seasons with an array of fall leaves, occasional snow (the fun kind), and temperate summers and springs. It’s also a great place to call home; close by are Nashville and Memphis, as well as proximity in a few hours or days drive to Virginia and the East Coast amenities. You’ll love visiting, but love living here even more. 

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