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New Heights Church

Executive Pastor of Operations

Vancouver, Washington

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Denomination: Converge

Weekly Attendance: 3,600

Location: Vancouver, Washington

The Role: The Executive Pastor of Operations fulfills his duties underneath the umbrella of supporting, serving, and partnering with the Lead Pastor by overseeing some major responsibilities so he can focus on the tasks of vision-developing and casting, overall church leadership, leading the teaching ministry, and keeping his connection with God fervent and fresh. 

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Meet New Heights Church:

The people of New Heights are passionate about “making more and better disciples.” As you walk into New Heights, you can’t miss their take on how to do that: deliver “Help, Hope, and Home through Jesus Christ.” Giant letters spell out the phrase on the wall, it’s repeated in the worship folder, and heard often from those up front. And, as you spend time with the people of New Heights, you’ll find they make good on this offer.

New Heights’ approach to living out this mission is centered on meeting the unique needs of Clark County, Washington. The goal is to create environments at our campuses that will make it easy for the people of New Heights to invite those who need the Good News of Jesus Christ. Each weekend, about 3,600 people attend one of its 5 campuses, in four locations, in two languages. The church had 12 total services per weekend pre-COVID. Primarily, the teaching is broadcast from one campus to the other campuses, with the exception of the Latino congregation which is taught by a Spanish-speaking pastor. Each location is served by a campus pastor, and has live, modern worship as well as regular live teaching (approximately 10 times a year).

The primary target for the weekend services at New Heights Church is a new believer. The programming is designed to help the new Christ-follower take their next steps in growing in Christ. The secondary target is what the church calls "an almost believer." The church wants to answer questions the one looking for answers is asking. New Heights wouldn’t be labeled a seeker church, but longs to make the Gospel plain to both the new believer and those truly investigating Christianity. Of course, the church wants to see mature believers grow in their faith too and provide atmospheres for that to happen, but the primary targets are for those young in their faith or investigating Christianity.

All of this is made possible through staff and lay leaders who embrace their roles as ministers of the Good News. In January of 2019, their new Lead Pastor, David Whiting, began leading the staff and the church. The elders, staff, and congregation have responded enthusiastically to the new leadership, and there has been growth in numbers, vision, and energy since his arrival in 2019. They are looking forward to an Executive Pastor of Operations who can foster a work culture that attracts and retains highly gifted staff. Whether it is a pastoral or director role depends on the qualifications of the candidate.

What will you find at New Heights?

You’ll find purpose. At New Heights, we see life as a continual process of Responding To Our God, being Responsible In Our Relationships, and Reproducing Our Faith. As you become part of New Heights, we believe there is a place for you in God’s great plan!

You’ll find help. You won’t be here long before you realize that God has made New Heights a place where people can come for help. We have groups geared for people of all ages and backgrounds… people like you!

You’ll find hope. In a world where stress is more prevalent than peace, we want to help you find the forgiveness and hope that Jesus offers. Our practical teaching focuses on “how-to” over “ought-to.”

You’ll find home. New Heights is full of warm, caring people who are anxious to serve you and care for your deepest needs. Our small group ministries balance our size, so we are big enough to serve you, but not too big to know you.


About the Executive Pastor of Operations:

The Executive Pastor of Operations fulfills his duties underneath the umbrella of supporting, serving, and partnering with the Lead Pastor by overseeing some major responsibilities so he can focus on the tasks of vision-developing and casting, overall church leadership, leading the teaching ministry, and keeping his connection with God fervent and fresh.

The Executive Pastor of Operations will: 

There are six primary responsibilities of the Executive Pastor of Operations, which will be flexible as the successful candidate’s gifts, strengths, and passions become familiar to the lead pastor, elders, and executive staff. The six primary roles include:

  • Strategic Leadership - Work with LP and COS toward strategic leadership of the church and operational staff 

  • Finances - Oversee budget (planning, income, and spending) and lead capital campaigns (when needed) / oversee finance staff 

  • Facilities - Maintain and improve our facilities / oversee acquisitions and expansion of locations / oversee facilities staff

  • Oversee New Heights Clinic - Oversee our clinic ministry as a critical outreach ministry of our church / oversee clinic staff

  • Technology - Provide our staff with the proper technology (tools and environments) to do their jobs 

  • Human Resources - Oversee salaries, benefits, onboarding, reviews, PIPs, and dismissals (when required) 

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What you bring: 

If coming from a church staff, someone who has been on a church of 1,500+ average weekend attendees, and has led a team of at least five or more staff. Someone who has five or more years of pastoral and staff management experience or ten-plus years of business and staff management experience. The ideal candidate will have at least a bachelor’s degree. 

Preferred bonuses in candidates include a seminary degree, business experience, experience in hiring and dismissing church staff, experience in church budgeting, staff leadership experience at a multisite church of three or more locations, staff leadership experience in a church setting of 3,000-plus average weekend attendees, and a familiarity or background with life in the Pacific Northwest region. 

Personal Characteristics

  • Has a mature and growing walk with Christ.

  • Has a passion to make More and Better Disciples in a church environment.

  • Qualifies as an elder, if a pastoral role (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). But either pastoral or director should be living a life committed to Christ and exemplary of a mature Christian.

  • If married, has a spouse who is vested in the ministry of New Heights Church. She doesn’t just tolerate her husband’s ministry, but celebrates it in every way.

  • Invests in personal growth and fosters this growth within his family unit.

  • Values the leadership and staff culture of the church.

  • Leads through consensus and collaboration.

  • Fully embraces the vision, mission, and theology of New Heights Church.

  • Has a proven track record of developing leaders.

  • Has a strong gift of leadership.

  • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills that are clear, compelling and compassionate.

  • Is willing to lead a Community Group.

  • Is effective at communicating and carrying out the vision of the church and the Lead Pastor.

  • Is hard-working and able to motivate others (through vision and relationship rather than fear).

  • Maintains proper loyalty to the Lead Pastor and elders.

  • Has experience in staff development and reviews.

  • Has a strong ability to administrate (to organize and manage the staff).

  • Has a heart of a shepherd (to care for staff and church).

  • Loves and prefers the idea of second chair and doesn’t desire a Lead Pastor role.

  • Is detail-oriented and decisive, with the ability to organize and coordinate work, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

  • Has a positive disposition, creative thinking, and strong endurance.

  • Strongly desired and proven soft skills: recruitment, strategic thinking, flexibility, creativity, innovation, mentoring, negotiation, culture development.

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What it's like to live in Vancouver, Washington: 

Whether you look to downtown Vancouver, the surrounding suburbs, or one of Clark County’s more rural, outlying communities, you’ll find a high quality of life. Good schools, abundant outdoor beauty and recreation, a strong economy, and mild weather with equally mild people are hallmarks of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. 

Clark County includes the cities of Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, La Center, Amboy, and Yacolt. Most people who attend New Heights live in the suburbs of Vancouver. It’s the fourth largest city in the state of Washington with a population of 174,826. 

Vancouver sits on the north bank of the Columbia River, the seventh longest river in the country. To the east, you see the Cascade Mountain Range with snow capped Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood. Drive 90 minutes west and you reach the Pacific Ocean. Cross the bridge over the river to the south and you’re in one of the country’s most vibrant cities Portland, Oregon. Culture, dining, shopping, the arts, fishing, skiing, hunting, and so much more are all within reach.

Vancouver is a mix of relaxed, west coast vibes with family focused values. Many folks move up from Portland because Clark County schools have a solid reputation, Washington doesn’t have an income tax, and homes are more affordable. You’ll find friendly neighbors, abundant parks, and endless recreation. All in all, Vancouver, Washington is the ideal place to live for any couple or family.

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