Senior Associate Pastor
Naples Community Church
Weekly Attendance: 200 Adults
The Role: Senior Associate Pastor
Meet Naples Community Church:
The Naples Community Church is a vibrant and inviting community of faith seeking to be a living demonstration of God’s love in the city of Naples. From the church’s humble beginning 16 years ago by founding pastor, Dr. Kirt Anderson, the church has become a fellowship of people striving to live God’s love in Christ.
They are a people that deeply desire life in the freedom of responsible discipleship—a people called to be a redemptive church exploring authentic worship and fellowship while creating a safe haven for all who are humbled by the many ways real life unfolds.
The Naples Community Church is located in the historic downtown area, offering traditional worship with a contemporary flair, and the hope that all will see first-hand the ways that God is at work in and through them as they strive to live God’s love in Christ.
About the Senior Associate Pastor:
The Senior Associate Pastor of the Naples Community Church will come alongside the Senior Pastor to serve the unique culture and people of the church. They will have the privilege of pastoring in the context of a vibrant, warm, and friendly community of faith, who naturally love and laugh and welcome each other and all who walk through the doors of the church.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate growing proficiencies in relationships, ministry practices, worship, pastoral care, general administration, and teaching the Word of God. They must be comfortable leading and shepherding with ever-increasing responsibility.
The Senior Associate Pastor’s Responsibilities Include:
- Enabling: We strive to live God’s love in Christ by declaring and demonstrating the power of the gospel, inviting people to discover and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, one another, and the community. We see Naples Community Church as a contagious, worshiping community of grace-filled, generous, and growing disciples who are blessing each other with fellowship and our city with service.
- Teaching: Sunday and midweek classes, and other special classes as needed, and always founded on Scripture taught from the historic perspective as the primary witness to Jesus Christ.
- Preaching: On occasion and for extended stretches of time, especially during the offseason, post-holidays.
- Engaging: Act as point person for the Communications & Engagement Team to resource and assist in raising the church’s profile in the community.
- Assisting: In worship, pastoral care, general administration, and management. Participate fully in the life of the church, fellowship outings, prayer, etc.
- Cooperating: Participate in the collaborative processes that yield various ministry initiatives with staff and leadership.
- Evaluating: Assess the current needs of the congregation and opportunities for growing the church and work with the pastor and other leaders to develop appropriate ministry initiatives.
- Communing: Engage with the community in a variety of civic activities, especially in providing what might seem to be innocuous occasions of “blessing the event.”
- Relating: Maintain an open, transparent relationship with the Pastor, leadership, and congregation.
What You Bring:
Education & Experience
- Completion of undergraduate degree, a seminary Master of Divinity or Master of Arts, or in process toward completion. A doctorate is a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
It is vital the Associate Pastor willingly enters into a relationship with the Senior Pastor and the Church Board that involves mentoring and coaching for congruity with the congregation and community. It is our intent that this occurs smoothly and organically, growing out of mutual respect and affirmation, a process of:
- Listening – We never hear anyone say, you listen too much! Listening communicates genuine care for the other and a desire to understand.
- Learning – Every church is unique. Cookie cutters don’t work on people or the cultures they form. Models of ministry from seminars and books may be helpful, but not nearly so much as the ministry being exercised in a particular place by a unique people.
- Loving – We cannot minister to those we do not love. Yes, everyone has a personality, and some can be “fun” to deal with. But our calling is clear: We cannot lead those we choose not to love. Maybe it was Jesus who said something like that?
- Leading – The goal is that the Naples Community Church continue as a vibrant, loving, and faithful people until our Lord returns.
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications
- Loves people and is re-charged by being with them.
- Lives out humility, integrity, and authenticity.
- Demonstrates listening skills and emotional intelligence.
- Cares that everyone knows the love of God by showing that love in a Christ-like manner.
- Preaching and teaching will likewise emphasize the fact that ours is more a relationship than a religion.
- A solid, growing Christian faith with a theological conviction that is comfortable with such affirmations as, “orthodox” or “evangelical” or “historic” without those terms being alloyed with current political or cultural definitions.
- Recognizes needs and moves to address them.
- Embraces opportunities to expand the reach of the ministry to the enhancement of people’s lives.
What it’s Like to Live in Naples, Florida:
Naples is nestled along the sun-drenched coast of the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida. Known as the Paradise Coast, calm waters and white sand beaches are perfect for water sports, boating, fishing or simply watching the dolphins, manatees, pelicans and other shorebirds. Just a short distance away from Naples and neighboring Marco Island is the untamed tropical wilderness of the Everglades. In fact, within an hour’s drive are millions of acres of federal and state parks, preserves and wildlife refuges- great for family fun or just a peaceful getaway. If the wild outdoors isn’t for you, take a trip to the Naples Zoo and view wildlife from all over the world.
Naples is known for its challenging golf courses, word class tennis facilities and as the “pickleball capital of the world”, annually hosting the US Open Pickleball Championship. The city’s numerous beautiful parks with lovely green spaces and walkways also includes large recreational facilities for youth and adult sports activities. More than 100 art galleries and the fabulous Artis-Naples, home to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and Baker Museum of Art, makes the area a cultural destination for both locals and tourists. Concerts, art fairs, car shows, and live music on 5th Avenue South and in Mercato enlivens the senses and offers enjoyment and pleasure for people of all ages. Incredible fine and casual dining is available throughout the area, no matter what the occasion or type of food you enjoy. Need a little retail therapy? There are opportunities for every taste, style and budget. Waterside Shops, Mercato, the Village on Venetian Bay, Third Street South and 5th Avenue South (near Naples Community Church) are a few of the shopping areas. There is also a large mall (Coastland Center) and an outlet mall just a short drive away (Miramar). Come and enjoy our beautiful piece of paradise and its subtropical climate.