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CAMPUS PLANTING PASTOR

Job Opening

CAMPUS PLANTING PASTOR
Grace Church of Akron
Akron, OH

Grace Church is looking for a Church Planting Pastor for their Barberton, Ohio, Campus. This person will function as a lead pastor of this campus including preaching weekly and leading the campus staff in running ministry programming and pastoring the congregation.

The main responsibilities for the first 18 months will be to learn Grace Church vision, values and DNA and progressively take on more and more ministry leadership responsibility. The full responsibilities of the Church Planting Pastor position will be assumed in about 18 months. This is not viewed as a “trial” period. Rather, it is viewed as a phased approach to allow time for learning Grace DNA and time for building trust with the people that is so critical in pastoral leadership.

In order to fulfill our purpose to be an ever-expanding movement of the gospel, the campuses of Grace Church are linked together by a commitment to our shared purpose, vision and values. Each Campus of Grace Church is led by a pastor who is entrusted with the purpose, vision, values, and who is responsible for exegeting their cultural context and raising up indigenous leaders who will extend and expand as a movement. While the vision and values of the movement of Grace Church are consistent across all the campuses, the ministry methods are established locally by the pastor and his staff for the purpose of reaching their local community. The pastor functions as a lead pastor at his campus and must be a self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset. His responsibilities include all aspects of leading the ministry of his campus including preaching weekly and leading the campus staff in running ministry programming and pastoring the congregation.

Akron, OH is a great place to live with thriving industry and vibrant community. Fifty percent of America’s population lives within a 500-mile radius of Akron, and within a 150-mile radius, there are approximately 10 million people. Akron has easy access to a network of superhighways and is a major trucking hub. Market potential of 111 million people live within a day’s drive of Akron.

Grace Church of Greater Akron wants to ignite a gospel-centered movement to Know IT, Live IT, and Give IT Away. IT is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that launching new campuses in places where the gospel is not clear and not easily accessible is the best way to accomplish our purpose to be a gospel-centered movement. Our vision for fulfilling that purpose is to launch 30 campuses in 30 years. There are now eight campuses of Grace Church with nearly 6,500 people gathering weekly in weekend services.

[Grace Church Akron has partnered with Chemistry Staffing to help us find great candidates for this position. Please start your journey with us using the link below.]

Chemistry Staffing is Different (and so are you!)

Chemistry Staffing helps churches and potential staff members make healthy connections. Our process has one goal: a long-term, healthy fit for both the church and the staff member. Great things happen when the right leadership is in place in a local church… lives are changed and churches thrive.
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YOU ARE SPECIAL

Since you are special to God, you are special to us.
Those that make ministry their vocation are special to God and therefore special to us here at Chemistry Staffing. We know the sacrifice that many that are called to ministry make every day. That makes you special in our book! We want to help you find a great place for you and your family to have a vibrant ministry. The first step in our process is to submit your free profile and initial application. Once your profile is submitted, we will have you complete a couple of short assessments that will help us learn more about you and what kind of church and position you would be great at.
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YOU ARE UNIQUE

There is no one else like you. No one. That is important.
God has gifted you in very unique ways. We ask the right questions to find your unique giftings, talents, and abilities. When your DNA matches the church DNA, you both win! That is where healthy ministry begins. We help match you up with a church that is as unique as you are, where God can use your talents, skills, and abilities to further His kingdom. And here is the best part… our unique and quick assessment process tells you and the church you are talking to about any potential red flags long before you have moved your family halfway across the country!
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YOU ARE VALUABLE

You have a valuable part to play in the “Big C” Church.
The church job search process can be difficult and discouraging. You have a valuable role to play in the Kingdom. A wonderful thing happens when you find a church that shares your personal mission, vision, and values: lives are changed, and your family will flourish. We want to help you find a church that fits you theologically, culturally, socially, and spiritually. When you find the right place to serve and are obedient to His calling, unbelievable things can happen. Chemistry Staffing exists to facilitate these types of introductions and relationships. And that is why you are a valuable part of the plan of God.

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What Should I Expect?
Chemistry Staffing works with churches all over the country, helping them find great candidates for their current ministry openings. But we can’t care about helping churches find healthy, long-term fits without first and foremost caring about the candidates we are trying to place. At Chemistry Staffing, we care about you. You’re special, you’re unique, and you are valuable. And we’re here to help you through the search process however we can.

The application process at Chemistry is a little different than you may be used to. Once you have applied for the position (through the link above), we will send you a series of short yes/no assessments via email. This will help us to begin to see if you might be a good fit for this position (based on what the church has told us they are looking for) in four key areas: Theology, Church Culture/DNA, Personality, and Skills and Abilities.

(No need to worry, the assessments are short and fun).

We work with a few churches at a time and we reach out to you when we think we find a church that matches your theology, personality, philosophy of ministry, and skills and abilities based on your assessments, profile, and resume. Sometimes that can take a little time.

That’s the power of having your information in our database for the long-term. We don’t guarantee to find anyone a job. Our role is to try to match you up with one of the churches that we’re working with.

But we’re just a small piece of the puzzle. If you are actively searching for a new ministry position, don’t ever put all your eggs in one basket. We’ll be in contact when we find something we think will be a great fit for you. In the meantime, we encourage you to take responsibility for your personal job search. You can always find a great number of positions that are new each day at websites like ChurchStaffing.com.
What Should I NOT Expect?
Chemistry Staffing does not provide a quick fix for ministry leaders looking for their next position. In fact, since we are interested in providing healthy long-term fits for churches, our hiring process is rather methodical and somewhat intense. After all, ministry is tough, serious stuff!

What this means for you as a candidate is that we will use your resume, application, and assessments to get an initial reading on whether or not you might be a good fit for a particular church that we are working with. And since we work with just a handful of churches at a time, this process can take some time.

When it comes right down to it, the person ultimately responsible for the pace and success of your ministry job search is you. So take advantage of all the resources at your disposal including word of mouth, church job boards, personal networking, denominational and seminary connections, etc.

This year, we will place dozens of pastors and church leaders at great churches, but we will have thousands apply for these dozens of roles. That just means that you cannot rely solely on Chemistry Staffing to find you your next ministry job (even though we hope we do!)
When Should I Expect It?
We try to do our initial review within 10-14 days of your initial application. We will communicate with you via email to let you know how and if we would like to proceed with a first-round interview for a specific position. This initial review is based on all of the information the church has told us they are looking for. If we find that you are not a great fit for this specific position, we will continue to try to match you with other churches we are working with now (and in the future). We will reach out to you when we think we may have found a match.

The great thing about our approach is that once you’ve filled out your profile and the assessments, you are automatically considered for all the open positions and churches that we are currently working with (or will be working within the future). This is good news because it means that we will constantly be attempting to match your profile and assessments with an opening and church that would be a great potential match for you. Of course, we attempt to match according to your position category, your denomination, your relocation preference, plus your overall profile, resume and assessment answers.

Please note that while you may be interested in a particular church or position, it could be that your assessment and profile does not match what the church is looking for. If and when we find a potential match for you, we will reach out to you to have a personal one-on-one initial interview.
What is a ‘Healthy Long-term Fit?’
We fully agree with Dr. Thom Rainer when he says that few pastors make it to the ‘fruitful’ years of ministry… around the five-year mark. This happens many times because they were never a good match to begin with, or because the church and the pastor don’t have a good healthy ministry plan to work on the same page. Our approach is to strategically work with local church leaders to find a healthy, long-term staff fit that will actually move the dial when it comes to effective local ministry. (That means that we’d like to see you stay at your next church for AT LEAST five years).
How Do You Determine a ‘Healthy Fit’?
Short answer: We ask a lot of questions. The easiest way that we can explain the start of our process is that it is somewhat like eHarmony, only for churches and candidates.

We ask each candidate (You!) a series of questions… 100 of them to be exact about your theology, church culture/DNA, personality, and skills & abilities. Then we ask each church the same questions.

These assessments help us determine who might be a great fit for each other. We can determine red flags (we call them deal-breakers) that might include major theology differences; yellow flags that we think are areas for discussion and clarification; and green flags which show us signs of agreement and alignment.
Do I Have to Fill Out Your Assessment?
Yeah… you really do. But don’t worry. We’ve made them pretty quick and some have even told us they are a little fun!

After you fill out your initial candidate profile (you can do so here), we’ll send you instructions via email on how to finish your application by finishing these quick assessments. We’ll ask you to answer a series of yes/no questions around your theology, your view of church culture and DNA, your personality, and your skills and abilities.

Sometimes, people get a little frustrated with the assessment process (and that’s ok)… mostly because we ask you to answer questions with a quick yes/no answer. 

The truth is, if we asked all of our questions on a Likert scale (1 to 10)… all we get is 4s, 5s, and 6s. Everyone naturally gravitates toward the middle. We ask yes/no questions to get your gut reactions and it really does work to get a quick, initial synopsis of what kind of church you would be good in. We’re trying to find an initial 30,000-foot level fit in four areas: theology, ministry philosophy, personality, and skills/abilities. So… as much as you may hate answering yes or no, they really do work for us and may very well help us find you someplace that might be a great future fit.
Who Do You Share My Information With?
The short answer is… no one… unless we first ask your permission. We don’t post your information anywhere. We don’t sell your data. We simply keep it in our internal database until we find what we think might be a good match for you. And when we do, we first reach out to you to have an actual conversation, talk about the church and position, and gauge your interest BEFORE we ever submit your name or resume to a church.
Can I Contact This Church Directly?
The church has hired Chemistry Staffing to conduct the initial marketing and candidate analysis for this search. This means that the church has requested that any and all interest or correspondence about this position come directly through the Chemistry application and assessment process. Any calls or contact directed at the church will be disregarded and will immediately disqualify a candidate from consideration.
Our Mission at Chemistry Staffing
We help churches and potential staff members make healthy connections. Our process has one goal: a long-term, healthy fit for both the church and the staff member. Great things happen when the right leadership is in place in a local church… lives are changed and churches thrive.

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