Director of Groups

Date Posted: February 1, 2024
Hours Per Week: 40
Pinelake Church
Brandon, MS, USA
Job Type: Other Professional Ministry Positions
Other Details

Denomination: Baptist – SBC

Location: Brandon, MS

The Role: Director of Groups

Meet Pinelake Church:

It’s hard to believe that what began in a mobile chapel located on Spillway Road in February of 1971 would grow to become the church that we experience today, where people from all over Mississippi join together in multiple locations for worship each Sunday.

Our journey has involved three Senior Pastors since the launch of the church, all providing mealy and God-given leadership during their tenure. In January 1999 God brought Dr. Chip Henderson, Pinelake’s Senior Pastor, to lead the congregation. Shortly afterward, God blessed our church with seasons of rapid growth, and it was quickly apparent there would not be enough space at the Spillway Road location for what God intended to do.

A little over a year later, in February 2000 the leadership of the church was led to begin an aggressive search for a new location that would provide the necessary room to reach more people. In November 2000, the church met on land off of Lakeland Drive in Flowood, MS to dedicate the immense and beautiful 170 acres that God had provided as a new location.

By November 2003, the new facility was completed and the Pinelake congregation held its first services at the Reservoir campus. And while the new facilities were wonderful, it was the journey with God over the previous five years that would forever mark the people and remind them that church isn’t about buildings, but about God working in His people.

After three more years of rapid growth, in 2006, the Pinelake Elders and Senior Leadership Team felt God leading the church to expand through launching additional campuses in Mississippi. In the fall of 2006, the church launched the second Pinelake campus in the Madison area. In January of 2009, Pinelake launched its third campus in Clinton, Mississippi. In 2011, the fourth campus in the Starkville area launched. In 2015, the fifth Pinelake campus was launched in Oxford. Today, more than 15,000 people attend weekly worship at one of Pinelake’s five campuses.

We believe Pinelake is a movement of God, and we have yet to see the end of God’s action plan for our church. Pinelake remains a church committed to seeing Mississippi changed one Life Change Story at a time. Our mission is to help people Learn from Christ, Live in Christ and Lead others to Christ.

About the Director of Groups:

The role of the Director of Groups at Pinelake Church is to oversee and execute the assimilation process of the church. This person will ensure that people get connected to the church and other believers and grow in their relationship with Christ. They will create human systems that encourage people to continuously take the next steps in their walk with God. This will require a firm grasp of the beliefs, values, and mission of Pinelake Church.

The Director of Groups’s Responsibilities Include:

  • Create a culture of and raise the awareness of the community in the church.
  • Pastor and develop small group Staff in a way that will cause them and those they lead to be healthy and multiply.
  • Recruit and train current and future small group Leaders regularly.
  • With attention to detail, create systems to keep track of people and bring awareness to others to do the same.
  • Create and implement training programs alongside department leaders for all ministry areas of the church.
  • When called upon, willingly perform such tasks which might not be considered part of the normal position description.

What You Bring:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Director of Groups Name:

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree – Required.
  • Seminary and/or continued education – Bonus.
  • 10 – 15 years of experience.
  • Experience with large multi-site is strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Develop ongoing training and support for current Group leaders.
  • Develop the appropriate systems to keep Group Leaders informed, growing and on-mission.
  • Creatively look at the adult groups ministry and be willing to try new ideas.
  • Meet with Campus Adult Groups Pastors and Ministers regularly to mentor and shepherd them in their group leadership.
  • Visit Groups to evaluate and provide feedback and mentor leaders.
  • Be the point of contact person for complex or difficult Group issues.
  • Develop training sessions and materials for Group leaders.
  • Play a key role in helping people at Pinelake Church take their next steps in discipleship.

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

  • A follower of Jesus Christ.
  • Have a demonstrated and growing faith.
  • Humble and teachable.
  • Displays a great attitude and is consistent in their job.
  • Owns their area of ministry – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  • Flexible – adapts to change well and quickly.
  • Passionate and relational.
  • Collaborative and has a team mindset.
  • Problem-solver.

What it’s Like to Live in Madison, MS:

Madison, MS, offers a unique blend of small-town charm and modern amenities, creating an inviting atmosphere for its residents. Nestled among rolling hills and lush landscapes, Madison exudes a serene vibe that appeals to those seeking a peaceful yet vibrant community. The town’s well-planned neighborhoods boast beautiful homes and well-maintained streets, fostering a sense of security and belonging. Madison’s strong emphasis on education is evident through its top-rated schools, attracting families looking to provide their children with quality education and a nurturing environment. Beyond its educational offerings, Madison features an array of parks, recreational facilities, and community events, encouraging an active lifestyle and fostering a strong sense of community among its residents.

Moreover, Madison’s proximity to Jackson, the state capital, adds to its allure by providing easy access to a diverse range of cultural experiences, dining options, and employment opportunities. The town’s thriving economy, supported by a mix of local businesses and larger corporations, creates a favorable environment for career growth and entrepreneurship. With its blend of natural beauty, excellent schools, and a strong community spirit, Madison, MS, stands as a desirable place to call home for those seeking a balance between a tranquil suburban lifestyle and urban accessibility.