About the Organization:
Established in 1966, Covenant Church of Naples is a biblically based, Reformed church that appeals to people from a wide variety of denominational and generational origins.
Over the past six to eight years, Covenant has seen explosive growth in attendance and giving. Today, Covenant Church of Naples averages 1,000 attendees throughout the year with a noticeable seasonal dynamic. The church has more than doubled its membership since 2011, with significant growth in the areas of young families and youth. In terms of giving, Covenant continues to be a premier mission giving church in the PCA, with a generous congregation that has given more than $11 million towards outreach initiatives over the past seven years. But much of this growth has occurred without an effective discipleship strategy. In line with this area of improvement, Covenant Church intends to implement the “Pathway to Maturity” program during the next five years, which will engage each member in four key areas of development weekly: Worship, Grow, Serve, Go.
As a part of the Ministry Leadership Team, the Serve Team Pastor will have the primary responsibility to develop avenues for all members to effectively serve the congregation of Covenant Church. This expectation will be executed within the context of the church’s mission of developing and deploying fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ to disciple our family, community and world, and its vision of loving family, dependent on the Holy Spirit, committed to the Word, growing in grace and reaching out in mercy. In this capacity, The Serve Team Pastor will have direct oversight of many lay ministries necessary for the church to move on to the next level. These include but are not limited to such activities as working directly with the Board of Deacons, greeting, welcoming, training ushers, assimilation of new members, teaching and leadership development.
The ideal candidate for this role will be a highly relational ‘connector.’ They will be action-oriented with the unique capability to identify gifts and passions of individuals. Led by strong administrative proficiency, this person will train and develop those under their realm of leadership. A self-starter and result oriented contributor by nature, the next Serve Team Pastor of Covenant Church will meet, achieve, and exceed all responsibilities with a foundational sense of integrity.
What We Are Searching For/Qualifications:
The following skills/experiences will be imperative for the successful execution of this role:
- Ordained or ordainable in the PCA with at least 5 years of relevant ministry experience.
- Eager to work effectively as a team player to accomplish Covenant's mission.
- Proven track record of being able to form and support teams.
- Willing and able to embrace the culture of Covenant Church and Naples, Florida.
- Proven track record of forming and supporting highly functional, successful teams of volunteers.
- Strong organizational and administrative capabilities necessary to support multiple teams of volunteers.
- A breadth of general church experience that can input into broader church needs at the senior leadership level in a synergistic manner.
- Proven ability to relate well to the ‘boomer’ generation and older as well as to the young families the church seeks to disciple.
About the Location:
Naples has been listed as one of the top 10 happiest seaside towns in the US (Coastal Living), one of the top 10 beaches in Florida and as having some of the top beaches in the world (U.S. News & World Report: Travel). It was also recently named one of the top 20 small towns in America by Smithsonian Magazine. Naples is a town small enough to make it easy to get around, but big enough to have everything you need with 338,728 permanent residents in Collier County (colliergov.net 2010 Census). The county is a preferred retirement community bordered by lower income and even poverty areas. There is a large Haitian and Hispanic community presently and a growing population of young professionals. The average temperature is 77 degrees with near perfect weather from November to April. It has excellent schools, extremely low crime and is a great place to live or raise a family. Its median home cost is in the $500,000 range, with job growth sustaining among the highest in the state and educational attainment among the best.
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