Pastor of Discipleship and Assimilation
PASTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP AND ASSIMILATION
Weekly Attendance: 400
Location: Ocala, FL
The Role: Pastor of Discipleship and Assimilation
Meet Cross Pointe:
Cross Pointe Ocala began in 2004 in a circle of about ten people who were ready to see church be more than an organization, something to attend on Sundays, or what Christians are just supposed to do. The families who began the journey wanted to experience Christ with one another and then wanted to share that with the rest of the world.
The journey, which included renting space at Central Florida Community College, hosting summer day camps to some of the poorest Marion County residents, baptizing in a small pool after church services, and seeing people connect to God, to others, and to the world, has validated that vision – that dream that ten people in a circle had. Our story has just begun and is nowhere near its completion. We invite you to be part of the story, a story that is committed to reaching our community and our world for Jesus Christ.
About the Pastor of Discipleship and Assimilation:
As a part of the pastoral leadership team, the Pastor of Discipleship and Assimilation complements the responsibilities of the Senior Pastor and executes the vision for discipleship and small groups. This position will also be responsible for developing and executing the assimilation process. All responsibilities will be fulfilled through prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit to glorify God in all things.
The Pastor of Discipleship and Assimilation Responsibilities Include:
Execute the vision of the church through the following means:
- Facilitate people engaging in small groups (goal of 80 percent of partners in groups).
- Oversee creation of new small groups and keep group multiplication at pace with numerical growth (1 group per 10 partners).
- Develop a clearly articulated pathway for people to connect with groups.
- Effectively lead a multiplying small group.
- Promote groups through all means available.
- Assist groups in providing member care.
- Identify, recruit and provide avenues for training for future group leaders.
- Consistently monitor group health and provide tools for continued improvement.
- Coordinate the assimilation process.
- Implement newcomer’s luncheon (Run 4-6 classes annually).
- Create an environment where guests feel welcomed and partners can begin to make connections.
- Communicate ministry needs and events to the greater church body.
- Develop church-wide fellowship events to promote greater connection to the body.
- Keep the church body informed of all ministry opportunities so that we can celebrate victories, encourage involvement, pray for ministry teams, and be aware of events.
- Collect visitor contact information, follow up with guests, and connect them to groups.
Develop, oversee, and execute a comprehensive Discipleship Strategy.
Continually update spiritual formation resources for the congregation.
- Develop curriculum and direction for small groups and discipleship courses.
- Plan and execute discipleship classes and other larger group teaching settings.
- Invest in coaches who will communicate on a weekly basis and encourage small group leaders and apprentices.
- Provide ongoing care for small group leaders and assist them in all shepherding needs.
- Develop at least two events designed to bless and encourage small group leaders.
Personal Growth and Development
- Meet weekly with pastoral staff.
- Prepare and preach sermons as needed during corporate worship and help execute details related to Sunday morning ministries.
Attend an annual training conference.
Meet with other pastors to learn about models of small groups.
What You Bring:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Must have a strong understanding of theology in order to apply it to a discipleship and assimilation process.
Must have a teachable heart
Track record of success as a team builder
Heart for the spiritual formation of all ages
Relational skills and an enthusiastic heart for small groups
Strong relationship . communication, and organizational skills
A track record of sharing the gospel and teaching others how to do so
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications
In agreement with the beliefs of Cross Pointe
Commitment to ongoing personal and professional growth
Fully support the mission, vision, and discipleship philosophy of Cross Pointe
A calling to serve in this kind of ministry role and ability to clearly articulate that calling to others
A clear testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and a vital, growing personal relationship with Him
Regular practice of spiritual disciplines
Person of integrity
Good reputation with those inside and outside of the church
What it’s Like to Live in Ocala, FL:
Marion County offers a fantastic quality of life with its abundance of natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities. With its diverse landscape of rolling hills, crystal-clear springs, and lush forests, Marion County is a haven for nature enthusiasts. You can explore the breathtaking Ocala National Forest, go hiking or biking along scenic trails, or enjoy a day of fishing or boating in one of the many lakes and rivers. The county is also home to the renowned Silver Springs State Park, known for its stunning glass-bottom boat tours, where you can observe the mesmerizing underwater world.
Additionally, Marion County boasts a thriving and welcoming community. The county has a strong sense of civic pride and hosts numerous events and festivals throughout the year, fostering a vibrant social atmosphere. The charming downtown areas of Ocala and Dunnellon offer a variety of unique shops, delicious restaurants, and local art galleries. Moreover, Ocala provides excellent educational opportunities with its highly regarded schools and colleges, ensuring a solid foundation for families. The cost of living in Marion County is relatively affordable compared to other parts of Florida, making it an attractive option for individuals and families seeking a comfortable and affordable lifestyle. Ocala also is at the crossroads of many great places in the state, as it is from one to two hours from both coasts, Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.