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The Venues

Associate Pastor

Springfield, Missouri

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Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 500

Location: Springfield, Missouri

The Role: Associate Pastor

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Meet The Venues: 

A Church for All People

We strive to be a gathering of people known for unapologetic love for everyone around us. We are all-inclusive in every aspect. We are a church filled with imperfect people, imperfectly following Jesus. Everyone is welcome here.

A Gathering

Wherever we are, with whomever we are, we are gathered under the identity of Jesus - desiring to express kindness, love, and grace His way. We are and will be a messy place filled with imperfect people. Life is messy. Faith is messy. Let’s get on with helping people.

A Scattering

We are involved and invested in our community - living out the spiritual and social ambition of Jesus to “tell the good news to the poor, announce pardon to the prisoners, give sight to the blind, set the burdened and battered free." - Luke 4:18-19. We spend considerable time and resources helping underserved people in our community and won't stop until everyone has felt our love.

About the Associate Pastor:

The Venues is looking for an Associate Pastor whose main purpose is to develop our downtown service (The Venues @ 425), lead ministries, and develop a vision and strategies for the church. This candidate will be in close alignment with the values of The Venues, is passionate about inclusion and has a forward-thinking mindset.

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The Associate Pastor Responsibilities Include: 

Key Responsibilities

Downtown Service/Associate Pastor

  • Serves as the primary teacher for downtown service.

  • Plans, oversees, teaches, and executes a high-quality experience.

  • Serves in teaching role on Sundays as directed by Lead Teaching Pastor.

  • Provides leadership, guidance, and support to all non-operational ministries including NextGen, Creative Arts, Social Media, Social Response, and Connections/Small Groups. Meets weekly with ministry coordinators to resolve issues and provide guidance and support.

  • Provides announcements and/or updates to the congregation on Sundays and at other events as requested by Creative Arts Director, Executive Director, and Lead Teaching Pastor.

  • Provides support and encouragement to all volunteer team members.

  • Builds relationships with volunteers and attendees and cultivates a fun, engaging, meaningful environment.

  • Builds relationships with community partners and other organizations. Participates in area alliances.

  • Oversees teaching in Students and Kids Ministries (NextGen) and teaches youth on a regular basis.

  • Provides other teaching materials as needed including web content, small group leader training, Venues Values facilitation, etc.

Pastoral Care

  • Serves as a resource for pastoral care needs for people inside and outside The Venues.

  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with people.

  • Supports Lead Teaching Pastor and Executive Director in overall vision casting and leadership of the church.

  • Provides input for teaching, planning, design, and execution of services.

  • Assists in developing goals and objectives that are in line with a strategic plan.

  • Provides feedback and suggestions for creative elements including teaching series topics.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • An undergraduate degree is required.

  • Proven experience in teaching is required.

  • A Seminary degree is a plus, preferably one that is progressive.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 

  • Demonstrated success in empowering others. 

  • Excellent skills in facilitating, directing, and managing groups and events. 

  • Ability to prioritize and maintain focus on the church’s mission and vision. 

  • Strong teamwork and leadership skills; ability to work cooperatively and jointly with various staff ministries, organizations, and volunteers. 

  • Ability to be creative, innovative, and adapt to changes quickly. 

  • Proven ability to create a plan and carry out a vision.

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

  • Dependable, self-motivated, and comfortable taking initiative.

  • Thick skin with a soft heart.

  • Follows the 4 values of The Venues.

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What it's Like to Live in Springfield, Missouri: 

Springfield is a quintessential city in southwestern Greene County, Missouri. It has a population of about 170,000. The city of Springfield is referred to as “the Queen City of the Ozarks” or “the birthplace of Route 66,” and is roughly equidistant between St. Louis, Kansas City, and Tulsa. Due to its combination of affordability, small-town feel, and city amenities, Springfield is perfect for families and young professionals. Springfield has the fastest growing economy and job market in the state with multiple corporate headquarters, including O'Reilly Auto Parts, Bass Pro Shops, Jack Henry and Associates, SRC Holdings, and many more.

Those interested in visual and performing arts have countless options to choose from. Top-level performing arts spaces are drawing national touring artists and shows. The Springfield Art Museum and other local groups demonstrate their talents via First Friday Art Walk, Cider Days, Arts Fest, and much more. The Greene County area contains over 100 parks, including downtown gem Jordan Valley Park and nearby Lake Springfield Park, the latter ideal for kayaking and canoeing. The outdoors are thoroughly enjoyed by cyclists, joggers, and fishermen. In the downtown area, locals enjoy one-of-a-kind eateries, numerous places to shop, and the Springfield Cardinals, the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals.

Residents of Springfield experience the four distinct seasons and a wealth of recreational and job opportunities, making this city a wonderful place to live.

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