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Pacific Crossroads Church

Executive Director


Los Angeles, California

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Snapshot

Weekly Attendance: 1700

Denomination: Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) - also associated with the Gospel Coalition and Redeemer Church NYC

Neighborhood: Los Angeles, California

The role: The Executive Director is responsible for aligning all staff functions and overseeing ministries to realize the Ministry Plan of Pacific Crossroads Church. 

IMG_8820Meet Pacific Crossroads Church: 

Pacific Crossroads Church began as a prayer group and Bible study on the Westside of Los Angeles. The first public worship service was held in 1999. While the church grew quickly and an exciting community formed, the founding pastor left after several years in order to pursue another call. Many people assumed that the congregation would disperse to other churches. But to the surprise of many, the community – without a pastor or elected leaders – not only held together but also continued to grow; so convinced was that core group that God was doing something special in and through Pacific Crossroads.

Around 2006, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, a church with a heart for reaching global cities, decided to invest in Pacific Crossroads in the hope that it could become a gospel-centered resource church to love and serve the city of Los Angeles. They challenged a young pastor who grew up in a small town in the other LA (Louisiana) to move to Los Angeles, to “re-plant” Pacific Crossroads. Although initially hesitant, he became convinced that the Lord was indeed calling him to this community, and Rankin Wilbourne became the pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church in August 2006.

Throughout her history, Pacific Crossroads has grown and flourished in many ways. In 2007, they started Hope for LA, the mercy and justice arm of the church, born of their desire to serve the city. In 2009, a second morning service was added. In 2010, the church expanded geographically, starting an evening service at St. John’s Cathedral on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles. In 2012, the Westside morning services moved to their current location at Barnum Hall on the campus of Santa Monica High School. Pacific Crossroads has also planted churches in Long Beach, Pasadena and the South Bay (launching in Spring 2019).

Outside of Sunday services, today the church has over 100 community groups spread throughout Los Angeles, ministering to a diverse set of people from all walks of life, in neighborhoods all over Los Angeles. Volunteers also serve the needs of the city every week by mobilizing volunteers through Hope for LA to serve with partner organizations across the city.

Looking ahead, Pacific Crossroads plans to start several local worshipping communities – new churches – that meet in neighborhoods around the city. In whatever place Pacific Crossroads happens to be meeting, the vision is to see lives transformed by God’s power, renewing Los Angeles for Christ.

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About the Executive Director role: 

The Executive Director is responsible for aligning all staff functions and overseeing ministries to realize the Ministry Plan of Pacific Crossroads Church. The Executive Director will partner with and support the Senior Pastor to develop and implement the Core Values, Vision and Mission of Pacific Crossroads Church.

Responsibilities include delivering excellence in achieving ministry goals, strategic planning, P&L ownership, setting staff culture, developing and coaching staff, and developing and implementing processes to ensure operational efficiency.

The Executive Director will: 

  • Delivering excellence in achieving ministry goals
  • Strategic planning
  • P&L ownership
  • Setting staff culture
  • Developing and coaching staff
  • Developing and implementing processes to ensure operational efficiency

What you bring: 

Education

Pacific Crossroads is looking for candidates who know how to get this job done, whether that education came formally or through on-the-job training. The individual who never stops learning will especially be attractive.

Experience

  • Has likely been involved in executive leadership at a large church.
  • A gift for leading a team of strong personalities and navigating conflict.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute strategic plans and track record of ministry growth.
  • Ability to effectively coach and develop leaders.
  • Has learned from the best practices of other churches and organizations, and can modify them to work at Pacific Crossroads.
  • Lead and define organizational processes.
  • A strong desire to implement programs and build healthy systems that will foster the vision and continued growth of Pacific Crossroads Church. 

Personal Characteristics

  • A genuine love for Christ and a regular prayer/devotional life.
  • A confident leader who also carries a dose of humility and authenticity.
  • Entrepreneurial and progress-oriented.
  • Highly disciplined work ethic and personal lifestyle in physical, financial, and spiritual matters.
  • Self-starter and result-oriented contributor.
  • Exemplifies a strong commitment to family values.
  • Understands the cycles of ministry -- work hard in busy seasons, take time to rest in between.
  • A commitment to continual growth in personal, spiritual, and emotional maturity.
  • An attitude of love and grace toward people.
  • Strong relational and team building skills, particularly as it pertains to the Advisory Committee, Session, and high-level volunteer leaders.
  • A commitment to using wisdom and discernment before making decisions.

IMG_8454What it's like to live in Los Angeles, California: 

Located in eternally sunny and year round 75 degrees Southern Central California, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California and one of the leading cultural influences in the world. It’s the second most populous city in the country, behind New York City and the most populous city in California.  LA sits in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the country with more than 10 million residents.

Los Angeles County is comprised of 88 incorporated cities and many unincorporated towns, and PCC congregants commute from a large number of these cities to attend Sunday worship.  At 4,083 square miles, it is larger than the combined areas of Delaware and Rhode Island.

The county is home to more than one-quarter of California’s residents and is one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S.  L.A. County is the third-largest metropolitan economy in the world, with a Nominal GDP of over $700 billion — larger than the GDPs of Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Norway, and Taiwan.

Los Angeles is a vibrant, sprawling city with many unique communities that are not only ethnically and economically diverse, but also geologically and topographically diverse.  It is bordered by 10,000+ foot mountain peaks on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west, and is one of the few places in the country where one can ski and surf on the same day.  The region offers some of the best hiking, biking, camping, and water sports in the U.S. The deserts of Palm Springs, the forests of Sequoia National Park, and the mountains and valleys of Yosemite are all within a few hours drive.  

The city is also the center of the nation’s film and television industry, and the thrill and challenge of capturing imaginations is palpable throughout the city. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes.

Los Angeles is more spiritual, in general, than many large, post-modern cities.  While the city has followed the general urban trend away from religion in general and Christianity in particular, many people in Los Angeles seem to be more open to discussing spirituality, eastern belief systems, and practices like meditation in their search for meaning.  

Our congregation reflects our diverse city. Many of our congregants work in the fields of finance, entertainment, medicine and business.  We have a thriving population of single adults, and are seeing our children and youth ministries increase in number as we welcome more and more families to our congregation. In a large, congested city, it can be a challenge for people to come together throughout the week, so neighborhood community groups are a priority to connect with those who live nearby.

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