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Soul City Church

Executive Pastor of Business and Finance

Chicago, Illinois



Weekly Attendance: 1800

Denomination: Nondenominational

The neighborhood: Chicago, Illinois

The role: The Executive Pastor of Business and Finance is responsible for advising and supporting the Lead Pastors and the Elder Board from a fiscal / operational leadership perspective. The Executive Pastor of Business and Finance has the opportunity to influence strategy and be involved in non-traditional activities, such as property development and acquisition, working with the organization’s investment managers, and capital stewardship campaigns.

DSC_5873Meet Soul City Church: 

The heart of Soul City Church is to lead people into a transforming relationship with Jesus.

In November of 2010, Soul City Church opened its doors for the first time. Since then, the church has seen people find and fall in love with Jesus, families restored, life-long friendships start and grow, as well as a glimpse of what is possible when the Church is committed to being better 7 days a week, rather than 1. Today, Soul City is one of the fastest growing and most influential neighborhoods in Chicago. Since 2010, weekly attendance has increased by more than 400% and it continues to rapidly grow, beyond its building capacity.

The church operates under the capable leadership of its founders and Lead Pastors Jarrett and Jeanne Stevens, who have continued to advance the church’s vision since its inception. Together, they have created a faith-raising movement that extends to their city, and offers an atmosphere of connectivity, growth, and transformation. With a team of high-capacity staff members who embody the DNA of the church, the senior leaders of Soul City are ready to continue its legacy of impact alongside the new incoming Executive Pastor of Business and Finance. 


IMG_5179About the Executive Pastor of Business and Finance:

The Executive Pastor of Business and Finance is responsible for advising and supporting the Lead Pastors and the Elder Board from a fiscal / operational leadership perspective. The Executive Pastor of Business and Finance has the opportunity to influence strategy and be involved in non-traditional activities, such as property development and acquisition, working with the organization’s investment managers, and capital stewardship campaigns.

Reporting to the Lead Pastor (Jeanne Stevens), the Executive Pastor of Business and Finance will be responsible for all financial areas of the organization, including finance, accounting, budgeting, forecasting, analysis, reporting, financial services, contract negotiation, contract management, and compliance. The position is strongly oriented toward establishing and maintaining a consultative, strategic business partner role with the Lead Pastors, Operations Staff and Elder Board.

The Executive Pastor of Business and Finance will ensure good stewardship of Soul City’s resources, protect the financial integrity of Soul City, and assist in the preparation for the financial future of Soul City. With a strong eye for details, the Executive Pastor of Business and Finance must be a forward-thinking visionary, and a planner who anticipates barriers and forecasts future needs.

IMG_0209The Executive Pastor of Business and Finance will: 

  • Meet with the Lead Pastors regularly and ensure they are fully informed of significant financial & operational matters (both positive and negative) in a timely manner.

  • Encourage a team spirit and foster cooperation to ensure unity and strength.

  • Insure direct reports have all authority and resources needed to carry out their operational plans.

  • Initiate and nurture strategic relationships within the church and community.

  • Maintain a good working relationship with the LT, and will utilize the LT to their potential.

  • Ensure good communication between LT, the Staff, and the Lead Pastors.

  • Develop stewardship goals that encourage the Soul City congregation to be generous givers that experience the joy and spiritual growth of good stewardship.

  • Identifying and develop a business plan to maximize the downtown facility to impact the broader community including expanding the Cafe hours beyond Sunday. 

What you bring: 


The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business.  A Masters Degree in Business, Finance or Accounting would be a plus.


The ideal candidate will have executive level experience with a minimum of three years as a CFO, COO or an Executive Pastor of Operations  in a church or a not for profit organization.

Personal Characteristics

  • Proven track record and experience in managing a complex, fast-moving, changing organization to carry out the mission and values of the ministry and managing cash flow

  • Experience in complex environments that utilizes self-directing teams for aggressive results

  • Possess the ability to develop realistic pro forma financial projections, decision support tools, cost reporting metrics, and a working knowledge of productivity management systems

  • Experience with providing management and the board with valuable financial and operational reports coupled with the ability to translate complex financial data into presentable and useable management information

  • Have demonstrated great interpersonal skills, hiring, developing and coaching staff

  • A record of achievement in business management practices including fiscal management, cost control, strategic planning, budgeting and investment management

  • Maintain a consistent relationship with God

  • Meet the qualifications of an elder/pastor

  • Affirm the mission, vision, values, and doctrines of Soul City Church

  • Develop personal and professional credibility, gain respect and build confidence throughout the organization. Set a tone of leadership in areas of responsibility that is collaborative in nature, focus on analytical decision making and emphasize individual and collective accountability for the financial integrity and strength of Soul City Church

  • Improve reporting systems and reports for the Lead Pastors, Executive Pastors, Elders and operational managers

  • Be a leader in educating the department heads in using financial reports, statistical analyses, productivity benchmarking, and the budgeting process

  • Work closely with outside auditors to ensure that all financial systems are working at a high level.

  • Those who serve God in the pastoral staff at Soul City Church are expected to embrace a high biblical standard of personal conduct and lifestyle both public and personal.

  • It is required that all staff members are in agreement with the vision, values, and leadership code of Soul City Church and adhere to the guidelines and conditions for employment as outlined in the Employee Handbook.

  • An intimate and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ, as evidenced by daily habits of spending time with Him and His Word, active involvement in the leadership of the church, and a commitment to maintaining healthy accountability relationships with a small number of mature Christians.

  • Fosters a “can do” attitude that combines initiative, a sense of urgency and a commitment to results.

IMG_1414What it's like to live in Chicago, Illinois: 

Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), containing 2.7 million residents. In addition to its renowned upscale establishments and restaurant districts, the city's unique location on Lake Michigan, its rich architectural heritage, its lively theater, arts, and comedy community, and its vibrant nightlife attracts residents and tourists alike. Chicago is the third-largest convention destination in the United States, and the fourth-most ‘walkable’ city of the fifty largest cities in the United States (2011, Walk Score).

Chicago has numerous nicknames, including Chi-town, Windy City and Second City. The city is a center for business and finance and is considered one of the world's top global financial centers. Located near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed, Chicago has remained a major hub for industry, education, telecommunications and infrastructure since its founding, with O'Hare International Airport being the second busiest airport in the world, in terms of traffic movements.

As a multicultural city that thrives on the harmony and diversity of its neighborhoods, Chicago today embodies the values of America's heartland-integrity, hard work and community – which is reflected in the social fabric of its 77 distinct neighborhoods. The city is a leader in reforming public schools, enhancing public safety and security initiatives, providing affordable housing in attractive and economically sound communities, ensuring accessibility for all and fostering, social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Chicago offers a large array of cultural, historical, sporting and entertainment focal points that bring thousands of tourists to the area yearly. Grant Park hosts the annual Taste of Chicago festival, while also featuring Millennium Park, home to the iconic Cloud Gate Structure, Buckingham Fountain and the Art Institute of Chicago. The city is home to numerous major-league sports teams, world-class museums, and the Magnificent Mile shopping district—all along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, creating an atmosphere not soon to be forgotten.

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