Discipleship and Connections Pastor

Lakes Area Vineyard Church

Job Description

Discipleship & Connections Pastor


  • Oversee, recruit and train Sunday morning hospitality teams
  • Provide oversight, leadership, care, development, and execution of Connect Groups
  • Responsible for the oversight, development, and administration of the discipleship pathway (i.e. first impressions and connections, guest communication, assimilation process, and Vineyard Voyage) 
  • Oversee and develop men’s and women’s events and ministry
  • Play an active role on the preaching team


  • Profess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
  • Willing to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading
  • Demonstrate a servant attitude and heart
  • Consistent, long-term track record of Christ-like behavior and a God-honoring reputation
  • Must be committed and in unity with the mission, vision, and values of LAVC


Pastoral Care

  • Provide pastoral counseling (including, but not limited to, premarital, crisis, grief, spiritual formation, and marriage/family)

Ministry Oversight

  • Responsible for the oversight, development, and administration of the Vineyard Voyage process as well as future Vineyard Basic classes
  • Help LAVC reach its goal of making disciples that make disciples by providing oversight for a clear and fruitful discipleship pathway
  • Maintain and create efficient systems for assimilation and connection with guests
  • Execute two semesters per year of Connect Groups (small groups, life groups, and classes)
  • Recruit, train, and provide support for Connect Leaders
  • Advocate for the importance of discipleship through Connect Groups amongst the staff and church body
  • Oversee, recruit and train Sunday morning hospitality teams (i.e. Welcome Team, Cafe Team, Usher Team, Connection Team)


  • Ability to work effectively in a deadline-driven and multi-priority environment
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Dependable, detailed, organized, and a good time-manager
  • Strong interpersonal, relational, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Coordinate a staff of people (encourage, oversee, guide, and assist)
  • Must be willing to continue to grow and learn skills that will lend themselves well to this role
  • Friendly and sensitive to a wide range of people from all different ages, racial, gender, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Excellent administrative, communication & computer skills
  • Must have the ability to work well in a team environment and take direction from others
  • Must be faithful and have a “whatever it takes” attitude
  • Must be highly professional
  • Must have experience in public communications, team building, training, and management
  • Must be able to preach and teach
  • A natural passion for God and Small Group Community
  • An affinity for the development of leaders
  • Ability to lead others and create/sustain organizational structures
  • Familiar with church growth and health
  • Loyalty and dedication to LAVC, mission, values & leadership
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3-5 years proven experience managing and supervising a staff of volunteers and discipling and caring for people in a pastoral context
  • Master’s Level certification or degree in related field and/or advanced training in orthodox Christian theology and biblical leadership 
  • Previous experience in development and oversight in a church context
  • Proven experience in casting vision and leading missional disciple-making communities


Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, is a friendly, storybook community of about 9,000 with water, woods, fresh air, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure. With 400 lakes in 25 miles, Detroit Lakes is a popular summer vacation destination. Home to many charming local shops and restaurants, the city also has well-established businesses known around the country. 


Although Detroit Lakes is best known for its summers, the city offers plenty of family fun year-round. In the fall, Detroit Lakes boasts gorgeous hiking trails and a bountiful farmers market, and winter activities include hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and excellent ice fishing on the area’s many lakes. 

About Lakes Area Vineyard Church

The mission of our church is to make disciples that experience God, grow in love for Him and others, and generously give that love away. We want to welcome everyone into a church that is healthy, growing, and multiplying, and we hope to plant other churches with the same mission.

Experience Required
1-5 years


Education Required
Bachelor's Degree

Date Posted
6 months ago
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota


Church Size
500-750 people

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