Position Summary: The Community & Connecting Pastor, will be the strategic leader providing vision and voice to community groups (small groups) and creating a welcoming environment for everyone including new and current attenders. This person will create a sustainable program by recruiting, developing/training, and equipping teams of lay volunteers in the areas of Community Groups and Guest Services.


Major Duties and Responsibilities


Community Groups (70% of time)

Lead all aspects of the Community Groups while continually casting vision
Develop an effective Community Group culture and structure.
Promote and encourage Community Group participation.
Recruit and equip a leadership team who will oversee Community Groups (including selecting and training leaders, starting all size groups, record keeping, approving and purchasing curriculum, and providing meeting space).
Manage administrative details with small group coordinators


Connecting (30% of time)
Lead the Guest Services team. (train and encourage)
Lead the Connecting Team – first contacts, follow up new guests, first connect lunches -meet the staff
Train the trainer for each guest services team (greeters, ushers, coffee, parking, welcome desk)
Recruit leaders and volunteers
Manage administrative details with connecting team
Coordinate any connecting events that includes Wednesday evenings
First contacts, follow up new guests, Meet the Staff, Next Step classes and other assimilation ministries.
Develop a follow-up strategy to insure new attendees and members are connected.
Develop a plan for people to discover their giftedness and passion so they can best serve the Lord.
Develop a plan for placement follow-up when people sign up to serve.  Work with the team to make sure that everyone is contacted when they sign up for a specific ministry.




Experience Required
Ministry leadership in small group development
Highly respected manager and developer of people.
Direct experience in recruiting, leading and developing lay volunteers.
Close relationship with God through worship, personal Bible study, prayer, service and growth.
Passion for connecting people in individual and group settings, helping people understand and use their gifts
Good organizational and communication skills

Education: Four-year degree required; theological training preferred; agreement with the Wayzata Free Church Statement of Faith

Evangelical Free
Church size:
501 - 750

About Wayzata Free Church

We are a multigenerational church where everyone is welcome, nobody is perfect and anything is possible.

We worship as one body, with joyful hearts and tender humility as we praise God. Worshipping Jesus is an experience of our hearts uniting through the Holy Spirit.

We are a family of people who treat each other with honor and humility. Sharing in both our successes and brokenness enables us to live a life different from the uncertainty, anxiety and angst of this world.

We desire to be a church that shows the love of Christ in real and tangible ways. Be a part of our vision: "To serve the West Metro in the name of Jesus."