Executive Pastor Job Description

General Description

The Executive Pastor is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of church staff, leading all functional areas in the accomplishment of the church’s mission. This includes outreach, arts, pastoral care, group life, student and children’s ministry areas as well as strategic planning, finance, administration, human resources, and operations.

Essential Job Functions
  1. Support the Senior Pastor in the accomplishment of the church’s mission through ministry effectiveness evaluation, discernment, decision making, planning and overall direction of church staff.
  2. Lead the ministry staff in the establishment and ongoing direction of ministries that effectively reach the church’s demographic, insuring the accomplishment of the overall mission.
  3. Ensure the operational readiness of the church through leadership and oversight of the support staff performing duties in administration, finance, human resources, supply, and facilities management.
  4. Facilitate the annual strategic planning process including evaluation of ministry performance; review of mission, vision, and core values; development of key objectives and tactics; and establishment of three year goals.
  5. Establish and maintain a set of key performance measures (KPMs) that provide the Senior Pastor and church staff with ongoing visibility of the effectiveness of all functional areas of the church.
  6. Develop annual financial plans that fund the accomplishment of the strategic plan and meet critical financial objectives such as established cash reserve levels.
  7. Lead church planting efforts including development of a strategy, networking with other church planting focused churches for funding and provision of other needed resources as well as identification, development, and leadership of lead church planters.
  8. Champion the development of infrastructure by all ministry and support areas that supports healthy, long-term growth of the church.
  9. Lead the church’s building programs including capital fund raising campaigns, master planning, design and architecture, contractor selection, and construction.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience

This position requires a minimum of 10 to 15 years of experience as a senior leader in a corporate business environment. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Technology, or other related field is required. Master’s work in Biblical studies is a plus. The successful individual must have a proven track record of effective leadership, judgment, and above reproach character.

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  • http://www.executivepastoronline.com/ Kevin M. Stone

    Hey Tony!

    I do. We should connect. This site is a great resource. You’ll find lots of content that will help you.

    I would also check out http://www.xpastor.org.

    Go to my Contact page and shoot me a message. We’ll go from there.

    Thanks for the comment!

  • Tony Tidwell

    Hello Kevin! Great site! Very much appreciate all you’ve put into this. I have 12 years ministry and 20 years business executive experience and feel very strongly that I want to pursue an Executive Pastor opportunity. Do you have recommendations on an excellent source/s to assist with preparing what would be a rather unique resume (blending business and ministry training/experience together)? Much thanks!

  • Charissa Yavtucovich

    Hi Jim, It’s been a while since I’ve been on this site. I came on it looking for advice on some training or courses on biblical studies as I find myself in the same situation as you. At a previous church, my position was Executive Director as the Baptist Churches in Canada do not allow women pastors. I have started a brand new church in which my title is Executive Pastor. I struggled with the same issue – I have no formal training such as an MDiv but after discussions with the Board, we all felt Executive Pastor is the best title for EVERYTHING I do. There is counselling, training, etc in this position and Pastor over Director just better suited the title. I’m really not big on titles but see the importance of it for others to recognize the position. I would reconsider your title and leave it as Executive Pastor and perhaps someone could suggest some training we could do so we feel more equipped and/or apt to being called Pastor!

  • http://www.executivepastoronline.com/ Kevin M. Stone

    Roger that!

  • Jim

    I like the Exec Dir title. It is clear and communicates a leadership function, without any Ministry implications.

    That said, I don’t want to avoid Ministry talk (!!). I just don’t want to send the wrong message.

  • http://www.executivepastoronline.com/ Kevin M. Stone

    Hi Jim,

    I’ve heard of Executive Director, Director of Ministries, and Director of Operations.

    I wonder what others would say?

  • Jim

    So I am moving into this role at my church, but am uncomfortable with the “Pastor” title. Without an MDiv or similar (I have an MBA), I am looking for a title that would be clear and functional.

    Any thoughts?

  • http://www.executivepastoronline.com/ Kevin M. Stone

    Take a look at my Compensation Program post. Here’s a link: http://www.executivepastoronline.com/how-to-develop-a-compensation-program/.

    I share my recommendation on a good resource for market comparison in this series of posts.

  • David Bellamy

    Can you comment on XP compensation? Any recommended resources?