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Living The Word

Pastor of Staff Development

Collinsville, Illinois


Weekly Attendance: 600

Denomination: Interdenominational

Neighborhood: Collinsville, IL

The role:  The Pastor of Staff Development is responsible for leading staff members and overseeing multiple departments within the church. 


Meet Living the Word:

Living The Word began when the late elder Matthew Hawkins felt called to begin a new church where real people are infused with real, dynamic faith, where they were committed to a common vision, and joined together in covenant love. After 25 years at a large denominational church in St. Louis, he felt like there was a need for a relevant Christian presence in the metro-East area of Illinois.

And so, with 15 people and seed money to start out on this new mission, Living The Word was born in 1985.

In 1998, Elder Matthew Hawkins passed away. Although the church mourned this loss, they also sensed a need for new younger leadership and the board of trustees asked David Hawkins, an appointed minister of the church, to become their Lead Pastor.

In summer of 2011, Living The Word Church and Overflow Worship Center merged. Over 550 people attended the first combined service. Today, the church comprises of a wide range of age groups and ethnicities.

Living The Word gracefully approaches living out the word because they are learners, leaders, students and inquirers. They believe in multicultural and multigenerational ministry. They love friendship and fellowship and family.


About the Pastor of Staff Development:

The Pastor of Staff Development is responsible for leading staff members, managing volunteer engagement, and overseeing multiple departments, programs and initiatives within the church. The ability to effectively lead people and manage resources in a structured and responsible manner is a must. This individual must have a passion for Jesus Christ, the vision of LTW, a heart for those seeking and walking with Jesus in our community and an unwavering commitment to bringing leadership and a spirit of excellence to the church.

The Pastor of Staff Development will:

  • Provide leadership to all staff development and training initiatives

  • Partner with ministry team leads to establish operational protocols and policy guidelines

  • Partner with ministry staff to establish and implement strategic planning initiatives

  • Provide performance feedback, coaching and general leadership oversight to assigned staff and volunteer ministry leaders

  • Develop and implement recognition system for staff and volunteers  

  • Review and approve all proposals for new programs, and service initiatives in collaboration with other members of the senior leadership team  

  • Provide oversight to all internal and external church communications to include bulletins, website, newsletters, signage, etc.

What you bring: 

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Pastor of Staff Development:


Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) is preferred. 


The ideal candidate will have three to five years of related experience in ministry and/or training.

Personal Characteristics

Spiritual Gifts Helpful For This Position

  • Leadership

  • Wisdom

  • Discernment

  • Administration

Character Traits Needed For This Position

  • Passion for Christ and for the work of the ministry at LTW

  • Excellent communication skills, including the following: 

    • Listening to understand  

    • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing, including a strong command of the English language

  • Team builder and team player

  • Outstanding follow-through and task completion required

  • High integrity and trustworthiness

  • Self-motivated/self-starter

  • Flexible and teachable

  • Passionate about LTW and a relationship with God.

What it's like to live in the Metro East Region, in St. Louis, Missouri: 

Metro East Region

The Metro East Area is a region in Illinois that comprises the eastern suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, United States (US). It encompasses five Southern Illinois counties and parts of three others in the St. Louis area.

In the 1950s, the Metro East Region was a mecca of art and culture, and All-American City. Known as the “Pittsburg of the West,” the area was driven by music, as home to forces of blues, rock and roll, and jazz greats like Tina Turner and Miles Davis.  

One of the highlights of the city's waterfront is the Gateway Geyser, the second tallest fountain in the world. Designed to complement the Gateway Arch across the river in St. Louis, it shoots water the same height as the Arch.

St. Louis, MO

St. Louis is sited near the confluence of the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers, is the heart of Greater St. Louis, a metropolitan area of nearly three million people in Missouri and Illinois, the Illinois portion of which is commonly referred to as the Metro-East. It is home to some of the country's largest public and privately held corporations, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Graybar, Scottrade, Edward Jones, Emerson, Energizer, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Purina, Monsanto Company, and MasterCard. 

The St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful Major League Baseball teams, make their home at Busch Stadium. Other professional teams include the St. Louis Blues (hockey).

Washington University in St. Louis is the highest nationally ranked university in the city (13th) followed by Saint Louis University (86th nationally).

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