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Grace Church

Pastor of Connections and Groups

Orlando, Florida


Theology: Non-denominational

Weekly attendance: 1,600

Neighborhood: Orlando, Florida

The role: The Pastor of Connections and Groups will be overseeing major ministries that assist us in connecting the church to people, people to the church, and people to each other.

grace church connection 1 Meet Grace Church:

Grace is a non-denominational, Reformed-leaning church that is passionate about reaching people.They worship in four local campuses in Central Florida, 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 generations leaders as possible for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What makes Grace Church so unique is the combination of expositional preaching, live preaching on all campuses, modern music, and liturgical worship elements.

About the Pastor of Connections and Groups:  


grace church connection 2The Pastor of Connections and Groups will be primarily, as their name suggests, a connector of people. They will be the life thread 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 connect the church with people, through volunteering; and finding ways for people to connect with the church, through membership. Small groups, volunteering, and membership are at the heart of this role. Practically, they 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 Pastor of Connections and Groups will:

  • Create a clear pathway of assimilation.
  • Prove success at assimilation, through people becoming members, joining groups, and increasing 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 Pastor of Connections and Groups:


A bachelor’s degree is required for this position.


The ideal candidate for this position likely has three to five years of ministry experience. They have a high level of emotional intelligence. They have experience and a proven record of equipping high capacity leaders. They have a track record of handing off ministries, creating systems, and are highly skilled at connecting new people to ministry through dedicated and committed service.

Personal Characteristics

  • Has an active walk with Christ, and consistently exhibiting a Christ-like character
  • 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 strongly gifted in the area of leading/shepherding, with team building and impersonal skills
  • Is highly emotionally intelligent, with a skill and gift for listening, understanding, and connecting people with each other and in ministries at the church.

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 third largest metropolitan area in Florida that 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 one of the "Most Fun U.S City" in a survey conducted 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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