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Reality LA

Executive Pastor

Los Angeles, California

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Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 1,100+

Location: Los Angeles, California

The Role: Executive Pastor

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Meet Reality LA:

Why We’re Here | We’re seeking the renewal of Los Angeles through the good news of Jesus.

Reality LA is a church of broken people being made new by Jesus and we long to see that renewal spread throughout Los Angeles. Our city is filled with injustice, loneliness, and millions of people who are far from God. But we believe Jesus changes everything. So we’re seeking the renewal of Los Angeles through the good news of Jesus. We long to see lives transformed, the lonely brought into family, and the City of Angels further resemble the City of God.

What We Do | We make disciples who follow Jesus, love one another, and serve Los Angeles.

There’s a lot going on in the life of our church, but it all comes down to this: we make disciples who follow Jesus, love one another, and serve Los Angeles. Each aspect of our mission is anchored in practical ministry efforts: the Discipleship Pathway, Community Groups, and the Hope Center.

What We Care About | The essence of our DNA and culture can be summed up in what we call Orthodoxy In Exile.

By “orthodoxy” we mean that we are unabashedly biblical, upholding the historic doctrines of Christianity and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus as the ultimate answer to sin and sorrow. Yet we are called by God to Los Angeles, a city where it's not easy to follow Jesus and often feels like exile. But God looks on this city with compassion. So as we seek to flourish in Los Angeles, we seek the flourishing of Los Angeles. Our values help us to live in this tension.


About the Executive Pastor:

Reality Church of Los Angeles (Reality LA) is a non-denominational, gospel-centered church located in Hollywood, California. Reality LA is seeking a talented and experienced Executive Pastor to steer the organization through the next stage of growth. The candidate will be able to look ahead, assess the present, and learn from the past, while understanding and strengthening our values and ministry DNA. It is crucial that he see the church as a whole, connecting all ministry efforts from Jesus, our primary motivator, through pastoral vision to effective execution with available resources.

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The Executive Pastor Will: 

Ministry Oversight and Leadership

  • Work closely with the Pastor for Preaching & Teaching to align vision and mission, ministry development, and staff health and cohesion.

  • Work with the pastors in creating and/or further developing ministry DNA, vision, mission, and strategy.

  • Develop and refine organizational structure of staff, church, and ministries.

  • Align church resources to execute our ministry strategy.

  • Ensure that systems, practices, activities, and policies effectively and efficiently carry out desired objectives.

  • Develop and execute a three- to five- year strategic plan, linking the church vision to the various ministry and department activities.

  • Bridge the gap between pastoral, operational, and financial needs.

  • Promote a church-wide culture of leadership development and staff development, including overseeing the performance review process.

  • Provide significant input in casting vision and setting goals and ensuring the successful.execution of the vision with staff and ministry teams.

Administrative and Financial Operations

  • Keep available resources (human and financial) in sync with pastoral vision and the elder team.

  • Work symbiotically with the Director of Finance in administrative and financial planning, staffing, and prioritization.

  • Serve as the primary pastoral liaison with the Board of Trustees.

Staff Oversight

  • Support and oversee the staff, including pastors, within areas of responsibility and expertise.

  • Reduce overlap of responsibility among pastors.

  • Increase efficiencies in pastoral decision-making and communication process.

  • Shape staff culture relationally, structurally, and systematically.

  • Develop systems to measure progress, fruitfulness, and effectiveness across all areas of ministry against clearly communicated goals.

  • Oversee the hiring and evaluation of staff.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree strongly preferred; MBA or business degree preferred.
  • 10+ years full-time pastoral experience, five of which as executive pastor in an urban church environment.

Personal Characteristics

  • Love for Jesus and His Church.

  • Agreement with the statement of faith, theology, and philosophy of Reality LA.

  • Character and lifestyle of an elder as described in Scripture.

  • Love for ministry in an urban context.

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Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated record of accomplishments, having successfully been where we want to go.

  • Familiarity with all aspects of church governance, administration, human resources, accounting principles, and financial statements.

  • Both executive and pastoral gifting.

  • Proficiency with and appreciation of technological and management tools.

  • Project management experience.

  • Administrative ability with attention to detail.

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit in developing and improving systems and materials.

  • Eagerness to serve the team with humility, generosity, and kindness.

  • Adaptability to growth and change.

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What it's Like to Live in Los Angeles, California: 

Los Angeles is in the largest county in the United States. It is also the second-most populated city after New York City and the most populous city in the Western United States. It's considered the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California.

Many residents of LA work in a creative industry, which is a major driver of our economy. More artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers, and musicians live and work in Los Angeles than in any other city.

This area has become more of a city where people visit, live, work, and play. There are many unique places to live, dine, shop, and explore different cultures downtown than ever before, with more growth happening every year. Los Angeles is a beautiful place to visit and an even better place to call home.

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