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First Miami Presbyterian Church

Executive Director

Miami, Florida

About the Organization:

First Miami Presbyterian Church (“First Miami”) is the oldest church in Miami, Florida. After a 50-year trend of declining membership and attendance, the energetic Chris Atwood, its Senior Pastor, has led a renaissance that has resulted in significantly increased attendance since 2011.

First Miami’s session has an enhanced vision to seek an Executive Director to offer strategic foresight and leadership development, as well as oversight to ministry operations as a chief-of-staff. This will be a fantastic opportunity for a leadership-minded individual who wants to be part of a growing church and innovative team.

Size - 250
Denomination - Presbyterian
Location - Miami, FL

Here is a brief overview about the position of Executive Director at First Miami Presbyterian Church, from Senior Pastor Chris Atwood : 

About the Position:

The role of the Executive Director is to assist the Session, the Senior Pastor and the staff in leading the charge and championing the vision of First Miami. The Executive Director will help identify and act upon ideas that enable each area and individual to operate more effectively, and, in doing so, to better the mission of the church. In essence, they will be a vision-carrier, administrator, and coach.

The Executive Director will serve on the four-person Senior Leadership Team, which will consist of the Senior Pastor, Executive Director and two members of The Session.

The Executive Director of First Miami will join and complement a culture of tenured, self-motivated, influential and result-driven full-time staff of 10 with an additional five part-time staff members that fuels the mission of the church. The successful candidate for this role will be organized and assertive, display excellence in the area of ministry strategy and execution, be relational, and maintain a heart for people with different personalities, skill sets, and backgrounds.

What We Are Searching For:

This role requires strong administrative giftedness, along with excellent verbal and written skills, so the successful candidate must possess the ability to communicate tactfully and think creatively and innovatively regarding how to help the local church and its staff as effectively as possible. The successful candidate must be a ‘strategist,’ progress and results oriented, and capable of turning ideas into action.

As the chief-of-staff, this individual will be responsible for accountability, development, and coaching of the entire staff team. The person will be highly solution-oriented, to encourage, equip, and empower the staff to perform at their best. As the primary overseer of ministry design and implementation, the Executive Director will be an orchestrator of systems and pathways that strengthen and sustain the effectiveness of each ministry.


A master’s degree is preferred. The list of competencies for this position will include, but are not limited to:

  • A strong history of leadership, complemented by a record of accomplishments of setting and sustaining a church culture.
  • Capability to design and implement strategic systems to facilitate steps for spiritual transformation to occur.
  • Substantial executive level experience in comparable organization(s), ministry or professional.
  • Preferred background in a church model with more than 500 in weekly attendance.
  • Preferred an ordained teaching elder (minister of the word and sacrament) in PC (USA).
  • Possess extensive pastoral or life experience, with additional experience in leadership development, team building, delegation, and organization/administration.

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About the Location

First Miami is located on a 3.5-acre site on Miami’s Brickell Avenue to the west and the picturesque Biscayne Bay to the East. Brickell Avenue is the hub of the historic “Brickell” district that is Miami’s most densely populated area. The Brickell area serves as the financial capital of Miami and has many highly rated hotels, office towers and residential towers. In addition to its site on Brickell Avenue, the church also owns a manse in historic Coconut Grove and a 20,000 square foot site in downtown Miami.

Located nearly at the southeastern-most point of the continental United States, the city of Miami, which celebrated its one-hundredth birthday in 1996, conjures images of sunny beaches, tourists, and immigrants, and it is also a major center for international trade. Successive waves of Cuban immigrants have dramatically changed the ethnic composition of the city, which is now approximately 65 percent Latin and Hispanic, and informally known as "the capital of Latin America.” Miami today is a colorful, cosmopolitan city, reveling in its ethnic diversity.

Miami is a major center of commerce, culture, entertainment, the arts and international trade. Agriculture remains an important part of the Greater Miami economy. The region is the nation's leading supplier of vegetables during the winter season. As the only subtropical farming area in the continental United States, it is a leader in the production of tropical fruits and vegetables, with crops valued at $81 million annually. The Miami area also supplies one-fourth of all ornamental plants sold in the country. The city’s Civic Center has also become a significant hub for research institutes, medical centers and biotechnology industries. For more than two decades, the Port of Miami, known as the Cruise Capital of the World has been the number one cruise passenger port in the world. Miami is home to many entertainment venues, theaters, museums, parks and performing arts centers including the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts the Florida Grand Opera and Miami City Ballet. The Art Basel Miami Beach, the world's largest art exhibition is an event held annually and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world.

Miami is prominent for sunshine, cultural attractions (the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Frost Science Museum, Miami Children’s Museum, and the Arsht Center), a climate for year-round outdoor sports, great spectator sports teams (the University of Miami Hurricanes, who have won many national championships in college football and baseball, as well as the following professional teams that have won multiple World Championships – Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat and Miami Marlins), strong universities, exceptional healthcare and a strong Latin American influence.

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