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Zion Church
Posted: 05/14/2024
San Clemente, CA

Zion Church


San Clemente, CA

Zion Church Logo (San Clemente)


Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance:  600

Location: San Clemente, CA

The Role: Executive Pastor

Zion Church Worship San ClementeMeet Zion Church:

On January 26, 2020, we launched Zion Church at Shorecliffs Middle School in San Clemente, CA. As hundreds of people attended our very first service, we knew God was up to something special. That day, 22 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ, and countless more found a place to call home. Yet, it was only seven weeks after our launch that Covid-19 hit the world and we looked to the Lord for what was next.

From gathering in an online-only capacity, to holding services in parking lots, God continued to strengthen and grow Zion Church. Even a global pandemic cannot stop a move of God. Over the last four years we’ve seen a parking lot become a church, a crowd become a family, and our city impacted by the love and power of Jesus. Though the world around us is constantly changing, our vision will always remain the same: We exist to see the lost saved, the saved ignited, and the world changed.

Since launch, we’ve witnessed over 1,400 people give their lives to Jesus Christ. We’ve developed, empowered, and equipped servant leaders to live out their God-given purpose. We’ve activated a body of believers to bring the hope of Jesus to the hurting, lost, and lonely, through foster care, adoption, city outreach initiatives, and global missions efforts.

Currently, our Sunday services are held at San Clemente High School. Our location has provided us greater opportunities to reach even more for Christ and invest in the next generation. Yet, the Lord is continuing to expand our vision and prepare us for the growth he has ahead. We are currently in negotiation to secure a permanent facility to call home, making space for many more to come to know God, discover their purpose, and step into their destiny.  We believe the future is bright and the best is yet to come!

About the Executive Pastor:

A great Executive Pastor for Zion is a person who is life-giving, authentic, loving, strategic, and innovative—an inspiring person who is a team builder, a strong leader, spiritually wise, and an effective manager. This person has a gift for seeing the whole picture, and is at home managing details and creating systems and processes for accomplishing vision. This person has strong communication skills, Godly character, and a pastoral heart.

Zion Church Baptism San ClementeThe Executive Pastor Responsibilities Include: 

Strategic Planning

  • Responsible for strategic planning and staff coordination in the execution of the church’s mission and vision.

  • Define strategic goals and action plans.

  • Help develop and oversee new ministry initiatives and programs, so that the church is appropriately responsive to identified needs and continues to grow stronger and healthier.

  • Coordinating and leading staff meetings in partnership with the Lead Pastor.

  • Providing leadership development training and activities for staff and key Zion leaders, designed to clarify and execute Zion’s goals and objectives.

  • Providing leadership in communicating Zion’s vision, reinforcing Zion’s culture, and goal setting.

  • Monitoring the pulse of the congregation (health, statistics, metrics) through research and evaluation.

  • Ensuring staffing, facilities, and programs are appropriately and effectively aligned to best meet strategic goals.

  • Providing administrative facilitation for the Lead Pastor in preparation for Advisory Board Meetings.

  • Perform other duties as requested by the Lead Pastor for large scale projects such as leadership and management for capital campaigns, facilities projects, etc.

Leadership Development and Staff Supervision

  • Design leadership development systems and strategies for recruiting, retaining, training, and appreciating volunteer leaders.

  • Establish a leadership pipeline by overseeing training and leadership development through timely use of models, reproducing positive behaviors, and providing monthly leadership development trainings.

  • Lead, evaluate, and mentor Zion’s staff (paid and non-paid) in their respective areas of ministry and prioritize staff additions.

  • Provide coaching to the staff in the design and implementation of all church ministries including periodically evaluating appropriate changes to organizational structure.

  • Facilitating the performance review process, and providing on-going informal performance feedback.

  • Directly responsible for implementing the hiring and dismissal process following direction and guidance from the Lead Pastor and the Advisory Board.

  • Establish additional serve teams to manage other administrative tasks as needed.

Day-to-Day Ministry Operations

  • Create, implement, and consistently optimize systems and processes.

  • Oversees Zion’s Community Life Pastor in the direction, health, and growth of:

    • Zion’s Starting Point Course and its leadership team, helping people become fully-engaged in the life of the church.

    • Zion Groups and group leaders, helping people find community, grow in their faith, and experience freedom.

    • Zion’s assimilation and follow-up process for newcomers, new believers, and those wanting to take next steps.

  • Oversee Zion’s calendar of events, staff and church-wide.

  • Manage and optimize technology stack (e.g., Asana, Slack, G-suite, etc.).

  • Establish additional serve teams to manage other administrative tasks as needed.

Financial and Human Resources Oversight

  • Manage HR processes, (e.g., ensure insurances and labor law compliance are up-to-date, manage employee’s hours, compensation, and benefits, maintain structure and cadence of performance reviews, update employee handbook as needed).

  • Coordinate logistics (e.g., document preparation, agendas, minutes, food, fun) for staff meetings, off site trainings, and leadership team meetings.

  • Manage relationships and communication with all vendors (e.g., facilities, insurances, payroll, accounting, etc.).

  • Manage procurement process and supply inventory.

  • Collaborate with bookkeeper to track budget, share reports, and manage expense reimbursements.

  • Maintain Zion’s congregation database, keeping it updated and relevant.

  • Build a team of staff, contractors, and volunteers that perform the various facilities maintenance activities required to ensure constant operational readiness related to church facilities and grounds.

  • Create a supply replenishment process that ensures the continuous availability of consumable supplies for all areas of the church.

  • Establish additional serve teams to manage other administrative tasks as needed.

Preaching and Teaching (If desired by Candidate)

  • Assist the lead pastor in ensuring that the preaching and teaching at Zion is aligned with and helps accomplish the vision, mission, values, and strategy of the church.

  • Work with the lead pastor in designing sermon themes, series, messages, and sermon calendar.

  • Serve on the Preaching Team—preaching and teaching in a consistent rhythm at weekend services.

Fundraising, Facilities, and Innovation

  • Assist the lead pastor in the vision, development, and goals of capital campaigns, overall budget development and administration.

  • Oversee campus development to ensure current and future facilities are consistent with the vision and values that drive Zion’s ministry strategy.

  • Provide pastoral oversight of  Zion’s  “Kingdom Builders” Community  – A movement of Christian business leaders advancing God’s kingdom together.

  • Provide pastoral oversight of  Zion’s  “Bricklayers” Team  – The generosity team of Zion Church that together use their gift of giving to help fulfill the vision of Zion Church. Through strategic financial offerings above their tithe, they help catalyze initiatives, projects, and significant capital investments.

  • Assist the lead pastor in property acquisitions and facility expansions, by providing oversight to property purchases, leases and the design, construction, and operations of existing and future facilities.

  • Ensure the church’s technology infrastructure and media outlets carry Zion’s vision forward, create efficiencies, and allow for continued ministry growth and innovations.

Reproducing Zion Church

  • Recognizing that God is positioning Zion to impact people’s lives beyond San Clemente, the Executive Pastor will actively pursue opportunities to expand ministries under the direction of the Lead Pastor to reach more people for Jesus.

  • Collaborate with Zion leadership to:

    • Develop a growth strategy that leverages the synergy of existing resources and prepares for expansion in the future.

    • Work with the Lead Pastor’s direction to initiate and develop multisite and church planting initiatives.

    • Support the Lead Pastor in developing resources that help staff and team members increase the impact of their ministry.

    • Assist the lead pastor in the development and oversight of a Zion Network that connects, encourages, and equips like-minded pastors and ministry leaders.

Zion Church Children San ClementeWhat You Bring: 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, Business Administration, or other related field

  • Minimum of five years related experience in leading at high-levels in a growing church—with 1,000 people or more in weekend attendance

  • Demonstrated heart for ministry and pattern of character and integrity

  • Experience recruiting and building leaders and volunteer teams

  • Experience evaluating, improving, and training on new systems and processes

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, time-sensitive, and dynamic environment

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills

  • Exceptional problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Comfortable creating structure from ambiguity

  • Ability to anticipate change and react efficiently and expeditiously

  • Strong teamwork skills and a willingness to offer constructive feedback

  • Passionate relationship with Jesus: actively producing fruit and committed to spiritual health and discipleship

  • Passion to connect with and impact those who do not have a relationship with God

  • Affirm Zion’s mission, vision, beliefs and strategies


  • Theological Education: Masters Degree or higher preferred

  • Experience: Minimum of 5-7 years related experience in leading at high-levels in a growing church/organization – 1,000 people or more in weekend attendance.

  • Experience in fundraising, capital funds campaigns, building projects, and campus expansion.


  • Strive for excellence

  • Prioritize clear communication

  • Adaptability

  • Spiritual authority

  • Teachable spirit

  • Team player

  • Follow-through

  • Professional demeanor

  • Energetic disposition

  • Engaging personality

  • High leadership capacity

  • Administrative prowess

Zion Church Community San Clemente

What it’s Like to Live in San Clemente, CA: 

San Clemente has a population of about 65,000 and is one of the most beautiful and desirable places in the U.S. to live. It resides between San Diego and Los Angeles, both being about an hour’s drive. The southernmost beach city has so much to offer such as amazing weather year-round, beautiful beaches, surfing, hiking, great coffee shops, high-quality restaurants and so much more. San Clemente has a small-town feel in the midst of a bustling county. There is always an amazing sight to behold from the beach to the mountains, to the clean streets and architecture. The people are friendly, creative, and entrepreneurial. It’s a wonderful place to raise a family, with great schools, sports programs, and opportunities for recreation and adventure year-round; there is never a moment of boredom for residents and tourists with so many attractions available. The public schooling system is top-notch, with San Clemente High School’s exceptional graduation rate and admittance of students to prestigious universities. The small-town feel is even incorporated into the school’s statement: “One town, one team” and even incorporates its homecoming parade downtown for the entire city to support as one union.

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