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Executive Director | Pastor

Christ Church of Oak Brook
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Executive Director | Pastor

Christ Church a 5,000-member nondenominational multisite church in Chicagos western suburbs seeks an Executive Pastor/Director to serve as its #2 staff leader in a time of immense opportunity for kingdom influence. This person will partner with a visionary Lead Pastor and direct a highly gifted staff in leading thousands of people on the path of Christian discipleship.

When Jesus was asked what success looked like, he said, Go and tell them that the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who are ill are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor! (Luke 7:22). In other words, proclaim the reality of the all-powerful, unconditional, life-changing love of God.

This role has the ability to impact the world in the way Jesus described in this passage. The Executive Pastor/Director will work in a fast-paced, creative and collaborative workplace. He or she will serve as the chief integrator of the staff and ministries, in pursuit of the mission of Jesus and the strategic plan of Christ Church. Candidates for this position will possess unusual gifts of team-building, project-management, administration and evaluation. She or he will be a systems thinker, exhibit high emotional intelligence, and understand the nuances of leadership in a large church or Christian non-profit setting.

If you sense the soft whisper of Gods Spirit nudging you to consider how you might impact the church and the world in a dynamic and growing ministry setting, please consider exploring this new opportunity at Christ Church of Oak Brook.


The Executive Pastor/Director will serve as the chief integrator of the staff and ministries in pursuit of the churchs mission and strategic plan. He or she supports the Lead Pastors role as the churchs chief visionary.

Position Summary and Key Functions

The Executive Pastor/Director aligns human, financial, creative, operational and missional resources toward clear, measurable outcomes in pursuit of the churchs mission and strategic plan. Key functions of the Executive Pastor/Director include:

  • Reinforce organizational clarity by communicating the churchs vision, values, policies and strategic aims so they dont get confused or lost.

  • Run the day-to-day operations of the church -- integrating the work of all ministries and support functions to maintain stability and accountability to established standards and expectations.

  • Chair the Strategic Leadership Team.

  • Serve as staff liaison to the Elder Council.

  • Ensure that staff and key lay leaders are aligned to the churchs strategy, policy and practices.

  • Model the practical faithfulness and discipline that ensures the visionary plan is executed.

  • Be the voice of reason about what is wise/doable.

  • Discern the resistances to progress and move swiftly to dissolve them so people can thrive.

  • Establish relevant metrics and measures and see that data is gathered, analysis is done and reports are created to describe progress against intentions.


To thrive and find success in this role, the Executive Pastor/Director will be someone who:

  • Exercises a high degree of personal accountability

  • Is able to manage emotions well

  • Anticipates and thinks ahead

  • Makes timely decisions and takes ownership and responsibility for decisions made

  • Plans, organizes and administrates effectively

  • Manages and resolves conflicts well

  • Actively solicits the input of others, seeking to discern Gods will in determining the best course of decision-making and action

  • Catalyzes team cohesion

  • Understands and evaluates others

  • Coaches and develops people

  • Enjoys achieving goals

  • Effectively persuades

  • Demonstrates resilience and adaptation

  • Continuously learns and encourages those around her/him to do the same

  • Resonates with and can support the theology and practice of Christ Church


Support the Lead Pastor in his role as the churchs Chief Visionary

Serve as the Chief Integrator of the staff and ministries in pursuit of the churchs mission and strategic plan.


  • Report to the Lead Pastor

  • Directly supervise the Strategic Leadership Team

  • Indirectly coordinate the work of the whole staff

  • Relate closely to the churchs Boards


  • Engage in the spiritual practices needed to cultivate the personal health, differentiation, and discernment from which effective Christian leadership comes.

  • Serve as the Chief Integrator (operating officer) of the churchs ministries

  • Consult closely with the Lead Pastor on the overall vision, values, ministry structures, and leadership agenda of the church.

  • Shepherd the work of the staff and the practice of rhythms that foster personal health, effective collaboration, and ministry fruitfulness.

  • Guide the integration and development of the ministries that sustain the churchs life and advance its strategic vision.

  • Lead required change management, discerning and removing obstacles to progress

  • Align staff and key lay leaders to the churchs strategy, policies, and practices

  • Ensure that responsible and effective administrative, financial, human resource, facility resource, technological support and communication practices are in place.

  • Oversee the tracking and reporting of key performance indicators relevant to ministry health and progress against the objectives of our strategic plan.

  • Chair and coordinate the work of the Strategic Leadership Team

  • Coach the individual members of the Sr Leadership Team, encouraging them in their ministry leadership, personal development, and the supervision of the staff under their care.

  • Set the teams agenda in pursuit of the churchs strategic vision and in handling rising issues and opportunities.

  • Work with the Sr Leadership Team to set the leadership agenda of the churchs staff and lay teams.

  • Leverage the Lead Pastor as needed to consult on issues or speak to constituencies where his gifts or voice seem important.

  • Support the work of the churchs two major governing boards

  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees, partnering with the Lead Pastor to ensure that the Board has sufficient information to take relevant action.

  • Serve as primary staff liaison to the Elder Council, working with its chair to set goals and pursue progress on initiatives. (unless this role is delegated to another staff member)

  • Serve as convener and moderator of periodic gatherings of the wider Leadership Community.

  • Provide leadership elsewhere as requested by the Lead Pastor or circumstances demand

  • Provide professional presence in situations that require executive touch.

  • Teach or speak periodically in various communities of the church (as requested)

  • If the position is filled by an ordained clergy-person:

  • Preach in public worship services (as assigned by the Lead Pastor)

  • Serve as a worship host/liturgist on other occasions (as requested)

  • Offer pastoral care (as possible)



  • Spiritual maturity evidenced by a long walk with Christ, the fruit of the Spirit, and a passion for the mission of God in the world

  • Understanding of the local church and the key elements of ministry health

  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving gifts (high emotional intelligence)

  • A record of effective executive leadership coaching and coordinating the work of multiple staff toward specific goals

  • Excellent skills in building cohesive, high-performing teams

  • Capacity to create processes for discernment, decision-making and conflict-resolution

  • Entrepreneurial instincts coupled with execution disciplines

  • Ability to identify needs and respond appropriately, sensitively, and proactively

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Comfort in leading from the second chair

  • Continuous learner


Posted: 2021-02-06 Expires: 2021-03-08

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