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Grace Church

Director of Connections


Orlando, Florida

Snapshot

Theology: Non-denominational

Weekly attendance: 1,850

Neighborhood: Orlando, Florida

The role: The Director of Connections will be primarily, as the name suggests, a connector of people. They will be the lifethread from visitors and members to the rest of the church, striving to connect them in three major ways: to each other, in small groups; to the ministry, through volunteering; and to the church, through membership.

grace church connection 1 Meet Grace Church:

People are invited. Not just to attend, to belong. Grace is a family, and they hope others feel like you’re a part of it right away. Anyone is welcome to attend, on any Sunday, at a campus near them.

Grace is one non-denominational church worshipping in local campuses around the greater Orlando area, with a mission to help people take their next step toward Christ. Their model gives them the strength and resources of a larger church but the community and neighborhood feel of a small one. They have in-person pastors and leaders at all of their campuses, allowing them to connect with people and teach the Bible in ways that speak to each unique community. It also allows them to resource and train as many next-generation leaders as possible for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What makes Grace Church so unique is the combination of expositional preaching, live preaching at each campus, modern worship music, and liturgical worship elements. 

About the Director of Connections:  

grace church connection 2

The Director of Connections will be primarily, as the name suggests, a connector of people. They will be the lifethread from visitors and members to the rest of the church, striving to connect them in three major ways: to each other, in small groups; to the ministry, through volunteering; and to the church, through membership. Moving people from the front door to full participation at Grace through small groups, volunteering, and membership are at the heart of this role. Practically, the Director of Connections will oversee guest ministries, groups, volunteerism, assimilation, and membership. 

The ideal candidate will be a highly emotionally intelligent person, a people person, incredibly relational, and good with systems. They will also be a great developer of leaders.

The  Director of Connections will:

  • Create a clear pathway of assimilation at Grace, including systems and tracking

  • Proven success at assimilation, through people becoming members, joining groups, and increased volunteering. 

  • Recruit, train, mentor, and oversee volunteer directors for each of these major areas

  • Operate fully as a strong leader who is able to cast vision, propel the connections, groups, and assimilation processes forward through their leadership, shepherding, encouragement, and challenging as needed. They will be much more than a “doer.” 

 

grace church connection 3 What you bring:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Director of Connections:

Education 

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position. 

Experience

The ideal candidate for this position likely has three to five years of ministry experience, and, ideally, additional strong customer service experience. They have a high level of emotional intelligence and use that gift to make guests feel like family. They have a proven record of respecting and equipping high-capacity leaders. They have a track record of delegating work and ministry tasks and effectively creating systems to do so, and they have a heart for hospitality and an attentiveness for improving details of the guest experience for everyone from first-time visitor to long-time member.

Personal Characteristics

The ideal candidate:

  • has an active walk with Christ and is consistently exhibiting a Christ-like character

  • has a very strong work ethic

  • Is a strong communicator in classroom and training settings

  • possesses an authentic, genuine spirit in their faith, work, and relationships 

  • Is highly organized, with the ability to troubleshoot and create processes and systems with a strong eye for detail 

  • Is passionate about hospitality and guest experience

  • Is highly emotionally intelligent, with a skill and gift for remembering people and seeing where they fit into the big picture of Grace

  • Is a team player who enjoys having fun with a staff team

grace church connection 4 What it's like to live in Orlando, Florida:

Orlando, Florida, is a city of approximately 200,000 people located in east/central Florida. It is the core of the third largest metropolitan area in Florida and is home to nearly 1.8 million people. The area is a major tourist destination and is the home of Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. Neighboring Lake Buena Vista is home of Walt Disney World, the world-renowned amusement park. These attractions form the backbone of Orlando's tourism industry, making the city the most visited city in the U.S. Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, one of the U.S.’s largest campuses. Another important sector is the film, television, and electronic gaming industries, aided by the presence of Universal Studios, Disney's Hollywood Studios, UCF College of Arts and Humanities, Full Sail University, the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, and other entertainment companies and schools.

As of 2006, Orlando is also home to three Fortune 1000 company headquarters. It has evolved from the hub of Florida’s citrus industry in the 19th century, to a mecca for tourism in the 20th century. The city’s regional leaders have worked diligently in recent years to diversify its economy to create a new breed of high-tech, high-wage careers for residents in cutting edge industries such as digital media, technology, life sciences, modeling, simulation, and training. Today, Orlando is a global leader in the 21st century innovation economy.

This city is ranked as the 36th "Most Fun U.S City" in a survey conducted in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors taken into account in the ranking include: the number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the amount of a city's budget that is spent on recreation, and other factors. And it never fails to consistently earn a ranking as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. All in all, Orlando is the ideal place for any couple or family to live.

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