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Northway Church

Executive Pastor


Macon, Georgia

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Denomination: Baptist - SBC

Weekly Attendance: 1,150

Location: Macon, Georgia

The Role: The Executive Pastor will work with the Lead Pastor to champion the vision of Northway Church and to develop systems and strategies to enable the church to fulfill her mission. 

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Meet Northway Church:

Northway Church began in 1998 as a church plant of Vineville Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia to reach a community of largely unchurched neighborhoods located on the north side of the city. Since 1998, the church has grown from 2 to 300 individuals attending on Sunday to approximately 1,000 to 1,200 attending worship each week. The church sits on 28 acres of property strategically located between growing commercial and residential areas. 

Northway’s vision is very simple: “For the Gospel. For the City.” We believe God has placed us in Middle Georgia to be a catalyst for spiritual change in our community. As our vision statement reads: “When the gospel transforms a life, it also transforms a home, a workplace, and a city. Northway Church is committed to developing leaders who will take the gospel to our city by serving, loving, and sacrificing with no limits. We are for the Gospel and we are for the City. Let’s go!”

In 2018, Northway completed a $7 million expansion which includes a new student center, an expanded foyer, and a retail coffee shop (cathedralcoffee.org) open to the public Monday through Saturday. We’ve also recently expanded our weekday preschool to include an extended day option for families. In the past year, Northway has truly become a church whose ministry is operating seven days a week.

 

About the Executive Pastor:

The Executive Pastor will work with the Lead Pastor to champion the vision of Northway Church and to develop systems and strategies to enable the church to fulfill her mission. This individual will lead the staff and provide resources necessary for their ministries to operate more effectively by serving as a vision-carrier, administrator, and coach. 

Serving as the right hand to the Lead Pastor, the Executive Pastor is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of church staff, leading all functional areas in the accomplishment of the church’s mission. This includes oversight of Family Ministry, Adult Ministry, worship, missions, and communications, as well as strategic planning, finance, administration, human resources, and operations. 

The Executive Pastor, representing the Lead Pastor, will oversee the infrastructure and systems needed to support the growth of the church. This person will continue to build and manage effective discipleship, missional, and administrative systems to best accomplish the vision set forth by the Lead Pastor. 

The Executive Pastor will give supervision to the overall church staff, except for the Lead Pastor. The Executive Pastor will lead in determining future personnel needs of the church and will be responsible for the hiring and dismissal of personnel to meet those needs. 

The Executive Pastor will be able to implement ministry plans which reflect the heart and vision of the Lead Pastor. This person will be able and willing to make difficult decisions and have the hard conversations on behalf of the Lead Pastor. 

The work of the Executive Pastor will often be episodic and seasonal. No one can predict when a crisis will happen. Yet, with good planning, strategy, and training of leaders, the church will be able to meet any challenges and continue its mission with excellence. 

The Executive Pastor will be a champion for and friend to the Lead Pastor. This individual will be fiercely loyal to and protective of him and his ministry. He will represent the Lead Pastor’s convictions and preferences in decisions and actions for Northway Church.

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The Executive Pastor will: 

  • Support and represent the Lead Pastor in the accomplishment of the church’s mission through ministry effectiveness evaluation, discernment, decision making, planning and overall direction of church staff. 

  • Lead the ministry staff in the establishment and ongoing direction of ministries that effectively reaches the Middle Georgia community with the gospel. 

  • Ensure the operational readiness of the church through leadership and oversight of the support staff performing duties in administration, finance, human resources, and facilities management. 

  • Facilitate an annual strategic planning process including evaluation of ministry performance; review of mission, vision, and core values; development of key objectives and tactics; and establishment of annual goals. 

  • Develop annual financial plans that fund the accomplishment of the strategic plan. 

  • Champion the development of infrastructure by all ministry and support areas to facilitate the continued growth of the church. 

  • Support and champion the ministry of the Lead Pastor in all conversations and actions.

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What you bring: 

Education & Experience

  • An undergraduate degree is preferred. A seminary degree or further theological training is a bonus but not required. 

  • The Executive Pastor should possess a broad knowledge of strategic leadership and have successfully led in a medium to large-size high-growth church or nonprofit organization. This person will have proven experience in team building and training leaders, as well as an ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment.

Personal Characteristics

  • Has strong administrative giftedness, along with excellent verbal and written skills. 

  • Has the ability to think creatively, strategically, and innovatively regarding how to help the local church and its staff as effectively as possible. The person who succeeds in this role will likely have an entrepreneurial approach to ministry. 

  • Possesses a collaborative conflict resolution style and a proven ability to navigate the complex systems of a church environment. 

  • Has the desire to understand and embrace the vision of Northway Church. 

  • Is a team player and team builder who focuses on the good of the entire church. 

  • Possesses a Christ-honoring lifestyle marked by spiritual and emotional maturity. Being “above reproach” is critical for the success of this individual. 

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What it's like to live in Macon, Georgia: 

Macon is a family-oriented, medium-sized city in middle Georgia. Macon and its surrounding communities have a population of about 150,000. Macon is home to Mercer University, Wesleyan College, and Middle Georgia State University. There are a number of educational choices for families with children: Bibb County schools, two new charter schools, several private schools, Monroe County schools, as well as Houston County schools. Macon also has a low cost of living, but with quick access to cultural and sporting events in Atlanta. The area has a richer cultural and art presence than many others of its type. The Georgia Music Hall of Fame highlights state music achievements, and the city is well known for southern-style music, food, and restaurants. Three hospitals add a strong healthcare presence. Macon also has a low cost of living, but with quick access to cultural and sporting events in Atlanta. 

The central location and a business-friendly environment have attracted an assortment of manufacturers and distributors, including automotive and aerospace firms. Warner Robins is a military town 15 miles south supporting the large Warner Robins Air Force Base. Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport is relatively close, and convenience to Atlanta offers some advantages. Macon offers great small-town advantages and charm in the shadow of a big city in a genuine Southern setting.

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