Life Groups Director
New Beginnings Community Church (NBCC)
Job Description: Part-Time, Exempt (25 hours per week)
Reports to Director/Pastor of Transforming Communities and Next Steps
Our Director of Life Groups should have a love for God and a burning desire to help others connect to God through involvement in small group community. The Director of Life Groups will have the primary responsibility of leading a large, diverse, and growing church in toward active participation in small group community in a way that inspires people from different cultural backgrounds, from multiple generations, and from different faith backgrounds (including non-Christians) to cultivate friendships, care for one another, respond to God, and fully follow Jesus. All candidates should have a strong commitment to personal growth and learning. An anticipated schedule for this role includes hours at the NBCC administrative office on staff meeting days (currently Wednesday), day and evening hours meeting leaders and visiting Life Groups during the week, and Sunday hours at NBCC Gatherings.
Because the vision of NBCC includes the real possibility of becoming a multi-site church, this Director of Life Groups role has the potential to expand to a senior leadership position with oversight responsibility of small group life across multiple campuses.
Our ideal Director of Life Groups is a team player and is expected to lead inside of NBCC’s
Leadership Virtues -- “Humble, Hungry, Smart” -- taken from The Ideal Team Playerbook by Patrick Lencioni. To get a sense of what we’re looking for, feel free to take the Ideal Team Player Self-Assessment.
● Be a permanent student and learner of NBCC’s culture, vision and values.
● Lead a volunteer team in the development and growth of a strong small group ministry fostering friendship, care, application of weekend Worship Gathering teaching, and overall spiritual growth.
● Develop, maintain, and implement an annual plan that ensures continuous improvement of life group quality and percentage growth of life group participation.
● Develop appropriate processes or leverage technology to track life groups and group participation, including when individuals enter and leave groups, and when groups start and stop.
● Actively model recruitment for volunteer team leaders (including coaches, curriculum writers, and life group leaders and hosts) and life group participants through best practice recruitment methods, and drive a culture of invitation throughout the life groups community.
● Design, implement and manage strategies that make it easy to join a group.
● Function as overall leader of all life groups, coaching leaders and volunteers at all levels either through direct training or delegation to ensure ongoing development of life group leadership.
● Diplomatically resolve conflicts and provide appropriate intervention when individuals or groups are exhibiting dysfunction.
● Oversee age, stage, and interest leadership teams for affinities such as men’s, women’s, singles, young adults, and marriage and family, ensuring that these leadership teams operate inside NBCC’s vision for life group centered connection.
● Collaborate with NBCC communications to create promotional materials and methods that ensure everyone at the church is aware of life groups, their purpose and importance, and how to get connected.
● Oversee the life groups curriculum team to ensure that weekly content based on the Worship Gathering teaching is prepared. Collaborate with the Senior Pastor and Executive Team to ensure that well-coordinated life group campaigns are utilized when appropriate to deepen response to teaching and to increase connection in the NBCC community.
● Assist in the development of an annual departmental budget and manage spending to budget.
● Additional responsibilities may be assigned based on specific expertise (teaching, pastoral care, etc.)
● Drive connections to Life Groups by being a consistent presence at the Get Connected Table and other Worship Gathering touchpoints on Sundays.
● Extensive personal experience leading small groups
● Minimum three years of ministry experience overseeing a small group ministry, with a background or strong interest in leading in a context that is reaching those who feel far from God
● Proficiency in technology to manage projects and data and oversee small groups (Microsoft Office/Excel experience is preferred, experience with Church Community Builder or alternate church management systems is preferred)
● An ability to think theologically, including agreement with NBCC’s vision and values (formal theological training or prior parachurch ministry experience is preferred)
● Strong project management and leadership skills
● Experience building and managing volunteer teams
● Vision and ability to identify and implement opportunities for improvement
● A servant’s heart (pastoral) with an ability to care for others, with strengths in diplomacy, conflict resolution, and coaching
● Attention to detail and strong verbal and written communication skills
● Hard-working, positive and self-motivated, with a desire to work in a highly creative and collaborative ministry environment
Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, we are a growing community of 1500 people, uniquely diverse in age and stage, culture and class. We believe that the diversity of our church reflects the truth that God really does love all people. We are fully committed to building a community shaped by a strong fidelity to the truths of Scripture, while also being a safe place where people who are in different places on their journey with Jesus can explore, ask questions, and grow in their relationship with God.
Our vision emphasizes 4 key elements:
- To reach people who feel far from God, which means we meet people where they are at and engage the world with hospitality and generosity;
- To make disciples, which means we help people to live like Jesus did – with the same God-given purpose, and an extraordinary love and grace for others that can truly change the world;
- To build families, which means we care about relationships and we help people to thrive by taking intimacy, honesty, and forgiveness seriously within their own families and the church as a family;
- To transform communities, which means we serve our neighbors and our community to bring greater justice, freedom, and joy.
We are a casual, come‐as‐you‐are kind of church, and everyone is welcome.
All applicants are asked to do the following:
Review NBCC’s Faith Statement to ensure agreement.
Review NBCC’s Vision & Values to ensure agreement.
Submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Respond in writing to three prompts, send to email@example.com.:
- Describe your faith journey (2 paragraphs or less)
- Describe your experience with small group ministry. (2 paragraphs or less)
- Describe your general leadership and pastoral experience (2 paragraphs or less)
Provide a video of your responding to the three prompts (please do not read verbatim on camera what you already submitted in writing, instead allow your passion to prevail). Video duration: 5 minutes minimum/7 minutes maximum. All video content must be provided via an openly accessible web link; such as, YouTube or Vimeo. In other words, we are requesting "click and play" access (no login or special download requirements should be needed).
Please submit all application materials together.
NBCC Contact for Application Inquiries