Colonial Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri is looking for a Campus Pastor who is called to participate in writing a new chapter of an amazing God-story. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Colonial has made disciples and championed the Gospel in the Kansas City Metro for over sixty years. We are one church with two campuses united by a common mission to help people become passionate, selfless followers of Christ. Our original Wornall Campus has a multi-generational, spiritually hungry and generous congregation with over 700 members coming from communities in two states. The campus is located in one of the most diverse areas in the metro, and our church seeks to be a community where a new generation of young families and millenials from various socio-economic and racial backgrounds can encounter God, grow spiritually and serve others. We also have been working with our sister, more suburban campus to solidify a new generation of youth ministries, coming from a long and deep legacy that God used mightily to grow our church over the decades. The call is for a gifted leader and ministry team member who will help provide inspiration and framework for re-energizing and growing our presence amongst believers and the spiritually interested of the next-generation in our Wornall neighborhoods.
We believe the most important attributes of the called candidate will be relevant experience and excellent leadership and communication skills as a champion in a similar transforming mission. So if you have experience and excitement for …
- guiding change in a multi-generational congregation,
- ministries meeting the needs of early career and young families in diverse, urban and suburban neighborhoods,
- leading this body in worship with passion, high energy, wit, and wisdom,
- translating our mission and strategies to campus and ministry level activities,
- building teams, and developing and discipling leaders to realize ministry goals,
- serving as chief ambassador to our local neighborhood community, and
- working in partnership with and under the leadership of other gifted pastors,
… then we would like to talk with you about our Campus Pastor position!
Our Campus Pastor Opportunity Profile below will provide more detail on our church and the leadership opportunity, and guidance for reaching out to us if you’re interested.
The Wornall Campus Pastor is a huge, important, critical role at Colonial! The Campus Pastor is responsible for the overall leadership and spiritual growth of attendees, members, and staff at the Wornall campus. This includes leading and shepherding the congregation; aligning to, internalizing and translating Colonial’s mission at the campus level; building teams and developing leaders who will carry out ministry strategies; overseeing development of healthy disciples; managing and developing staff; and leading a high functioning campus that brings about gospel transformation in the church and to the local community.
Reports to: Executive Director of Ministry and Programs with dotted line to Lead Pastor
Member of: Management Team, Session, Campus Council
Supervises: Ministry Directors (Worship and Arts, Children’s Ministry, Engagement)
Collaborates: Wornall Student Ministries, Groups, and Central Ministries Support: Administrative Assistant to Wornall Campus
- Strategic Leader and Mission Champion
- Leads the campus to understand and execute Colonial’s primary mission.
- Thinks strategically and takes creative, focused initiative.
- Works with each ministry area to define their goals in light of our mission.
- Collaborates with the Campus Council to address campus issues and needs.
- Team Leader
- Responsible for selecting, developing, encouraging, and directing the staff.
- Fosters a cohesive staff which functions efficiently and effectively.
- Exemplifies and champions the Staff Core Values.
- Delegates and then follows up.
- Responsible for budget development and management oversight for all ministry areas.
- Pastoral Care
- Works with Colonial Care Ministries to ensure that quality pastoral care is provided for Wornall members/attendees including counseling and visitation.
- Invests in relationships and ministers to individuals and families in crisis.
- Prays regularly for visitors, attendees, members and staff.
- Fulfills traditional pastoral functions including weddings and funerals.
- Connects with people before and after services and events.
- Community Ambassador
- Serves as Colonial’s chief ambassador to the local neighborhood, which means developing relationships with local officials, business leaders, principles, etc. to discern ways that Colonial can serve and share the Gospel in the local community.
- Builds bridges with other congregations and ministries in the community.
- Ensures facility and hospitality present our very best to those who come through our doors.
- Develops and oversees execution of a neighborhood penetration ministry plan.
- Supports and strongly encourages participation in groups, including participating in a group as an example to the congregation.
- Gives priority to developing lay leaders and continually looking for ways to deploy them in ministry based upon their spiritual and natural gifts.
- Worship Leader
- Collaborates with Worship Director and Lead Pastor to lead worship on Sundays including occasional preaching, welcome and announcements, administering sacraments, corporate prayer, and overall guidance.
- Brings energy, wit, and wisdom to the role of leading from the front.
- Faith and Gifting
- Has an obvious, active, and adoring relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Possesses a lifestyle of Christian maturity, integrity and discipline.
- Has a strong knowledge of Scripture, is theologically compatible with Colonial’s Essentials.
- Possesses the gifts of leadership, discernment, pastor/teacher, administration.
- Is a person with high capacity and imagination.
- Is willing to fail forward.
- Strong writing and communication skills.
- Strong computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office applications.
- Experience and Education
- Effective pastoral experience leading local congregations and managing staff.
- Master of Divinity Degree from accredited seminary preferred.
- Ordained in the ministry of the Gospel with an openness to ordination in the EPC.
- Experience and some success leading in multi-cultural settings.
- Personal Traits
- Must be winsome with good humor and excellent energy.
- Must be smart, but not arrogant.
- Must communicate well—be inspiring, warm and engaging.
- Demonstrates the ability to effectively network with people one-on-one and in large groups.
- Adept at conflict resolution and team building.
- Honors confidentiality.
- Is loyal to the vision and leadership of the Lead Pastor.
- Can consistently complete duties and responsibilities in a timely manner.
- Must be a team player and willing to follow the direction of the Executive Team.
- Must love to pray and live by faith.
- Humble of heart with a refuse-to-lose tenacity.
- A willingness to jump in and take on tasks outside the normal boundaries when needed, creating an “all in” mindset for the team.
This is a full-time position, and then some! The successful Campus Pastor at Wornall will enjoy serving on and leading a great team of Kingdom-minded people. Our Campus Pastor will be one who relies daily on the Holy Spirit and discovers the joy of living by faith, giving testimony to the words of the Apostle Paul who writes, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength!”
The Campus Pastor is a role that requires many of the same gifts and tendencies of Lead Pastors. The Campus Pastor is responsible for the overall leadership and spiritual growth of attendees, members, and staff at the Wornall campus. This includes leading and shepherding the congregation, aligning to, internalizing and carrying the vision to the campus, building teams and developing leaders who carry out ministry strategies, overseeing the development of healthy disciples and creating a high functioning campus that makes a positive difference in our community.
Please read the job description closely and prayerfully consider if this fits your gifting and motivation. We are looking for a passionate partner in ministry who will work hard, trust God, not neglect their family, and enjoy the adventure of Kingdom service at Colonial!
Additional resources including the job description, Staff Core Values, EPC Essentials, Membership Covenant, and our leadership diagram can be found at www.colonialkc.org/pastorsearch.
Who We Are
Our Guiding Convictions
Our Mission: To help people become passionate selfless followers of Christ
Our Priorities: Encounter God, Grow with Others, Impact People
We are an elder-led church (the word “Presbyterian” comes from the Greek word presbyteros which means ‘elder’). The responsibility for governance is shared among fifteen ruling elders (lay leaders) and five teaching elders (pastors) who are referred to as the Session. Day-to-day management is entrusted to the Executive Leadership Team, Management Team, and ultimately to the entire staff (see attachments for more detail).
Because we are a multi-site church, the primary vision and direction of the congregation is articulated and led by the Lead Pastor as agreed upon by the Session. However, each campus has a Campus Council composed of elders, the chair of deacons, and the Campus Pastor. The Campus Councils help provide direction and oversight to the local congregations as they seek to reach and disciple their respective communities.
Colonial is delighted to be associated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) that holds to this conviction regarding theology: “In the Essentials—Unity; In the Non-Essentials—Liberty; In All Things-—Charity.” That quote fits us very well.
Colonial is large enough to house a diversity of opinions with regard to non-essential matters, such as charismatic gifts or eschatology. We are Reformed, but those maintaining a wide variety of other theological positions feel completely comfortable as a part of our fellowship. That being said, we are fully united around the EPC’s “Essentials of the Faith.” The essentials are non-negotiable.
Essentials of our Faith
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation, we affirm these additional essentials of our faith.
- We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
- Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
- The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior, indwelling our hearts. He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
- Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
- The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity, where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting she awaits the return of her Lord.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)
- The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)
Those who serve on staff and those who become members at Colonial are asked to yield to these Essentials of the Faith without reservation. If those who serve on staff or those who are part of the membership have a change of heart in regards to the Essentials, they are expected to let an Elder know so that we might find a path forward with truth and grace.
The EPC also looks to the Westminster Confession of Faith and its Standards as our system of doctrine. Both ministers and members of the EPC are permitted to hold exceptions regarding the details of Westminster, but they should be able to demonstrate in scripture where and why they disagree. The Old and New Testaments will always serve as our first and final authority in all theological matters.
Colonial’s history is a God-story. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Colonial has made disciples and championed the Gospel in the Kansas City Metro for over sixty years. Colonial’s story began in the late 1940’s as members of South Presbyterian Church discerned a call from God to extend their ministry into what was then the growing suburban development in southern Kansas City. After outgrowing their space in a local elementary school, the group took on the name of Colonial and built a small chapel on the corner of Wornall and Bannister in 1953. Under the leadership of Pastor Norman Krebbs, Colonial quickly grew to 600 members which led to further expansion of the facility.
In 1964 Colonial called Dr. Ted Nissen as senior pastor. When Pastor Ted’s passion for the Gospel and young people intersected with the Jesus Movement in the late 60’s and 70’s, Colonial experienced incredible growth, particularly in the youth ministry. The new growth inevitably led to unforeseen space challenges, even after a fire in 1981 led to the construction of our current 1,100 seat sanctuary! Because our campus was becoming landlocked and crowded, Pastor Ted began to look south in the early 90’s with the thought of moving Colonial to the new frontier of southern Johnson County. After Colonial purchased land in 1996, it became clear to the leadership that God was not calling Colonial to move south, but rather to create a second campus while remaining present and vital in South Kansas City. After several years of the start-group meeting in a local school, and after a great amount of prayer and sacrificial giving, the Quivira campus opened its doors in 2002, making Colonial one of the first multi-site churches in the United States.
Just months before the Quivira site opened, Pastor Ted retired and shortly after went to be with the Lord. Pastor Doug Rumford then served Colonial as Senior Pastor with distinction from 2001-2006. When Pastor Doug responded to a call in California, Colonial called Pastor Jim West to serve as Lead Pastor in March of 2008. By 2010, the Elders discerned that the time had come to leave the PC(USA), and after a prayerful process, Colonial entered the EPC in August of 2010. Colonial also set out to eliminate close to 10 million in debt and obligations associated with the Quivira Campus in November of 2011. Thanks to the goodness of God, we became debt-free on December 30, 2016! New challenges and new opportunities are once again before Colonial. After sixty years, the Wornall Campus is now located on one of the most diverse corners in the entire metro. For several years now we have been learning what it means to be a multi-cultural congregation with a love for our neighbors who hail from various socio-economic and racial backgrounds. Our Quivira Campus continues to see huge amounts of local development with large numbers of new residents moving into south Johnson County, so the fields are ripe for Kingdom harvest at both sites!
We are two campuses united by a common mission, a common message, and a common board of Elders. Though there are many similarities between our campuses, each campus is challenged to contextualize ministry, programs, and outreach efforts based on the nature of their respective communities. Lead Pastor Jim West serves as the primary Teaching Pastor at both sites, though other pastors are provided opportunities to preach based on giftedness and effectiveness in the pulpit.
- Our original campus is in a diverse community in South Kansas City not far from the state line.
- Though historically a destination church, we have made a concerted effort to serve and disciple our economically and racially diverse community.
- We have always had a strong emphasis on the ministry to children and youth. Wornall’s weekday Preschool is famous in the metro with an enrollment of over 200 students. Our children’s ministry continues to grow and currently exhibits the integration of urban and suburban that we hope to see throughout the congregation at Wornall. Our youth ministry boasts two incredible Youth Houses (one for Sr. High and one for Middle School), though our numbers are currently lower than in years past. That is likely attributable to the hard work of racial and socio-economic integration, which takes a longer “break in” period among the youth than among the children (and probably even longer among adults!) Our Youth Ministry is blessed to benefit from eighteen Summer Staffers (college students) who reside and serve at Colonial for ten weeks each summer. Several of those students are devoted to serve the Wornall campus ministries each summer.
- Wornall is home to many of our deeply beloved seniors who have helped shape and establish Colonial as a leading church in our city over the past sixty years. Because we have so many seniors who have long committed to serve Jesus at our Wornall location, our average age is a bit older than most growing churches. Our hope, therefore, is to see a new wave of younger families, singles, and youth discover the love of Jesus and the love of a multi-generational congregation at Wornall. We are confident that this kind of growth is happening and will happen with greater regularity when God’s chosen servant occupies the Campus Pastor position. Thankfully we are not stuck in worship wars or backward ways. In fact, our senior saints are very missional-minded (for the most part!) and quite willing to suffer changes in order to reach and disciple a younger and diverse population. We do not see our seniors as a liability … they are an incredible asset, and they are worthy of honor.
- Our second site is in a growing suburban community in southern Johnson County, Kansas.
- Quivira shares the same emphasis on children and student ministry.
- Though the community surrounding Quivira is more homogeneous, we recognize the opportunity to grow by reaching, serving, and discipling those in our neighborhoods including a plethora of international residents from many countries around the world who have taken high-level jobs and live just down the street from many of our members.
What It Will Take to be Successful in this Position
The right candidate will:
Seek godly life-change in themselves and others
- Continually abide in Jesus and have his/her life shaped through prayer.
- Live an authentic, contagious, and Jesus-like life that others will desire.
- Make disciples —have a consuming drive to see others restored to a growing, dynamic relationship with God through Jesus,
Build relationships and earn a healthy followership
- Connect well with others—both individually and in large groups.
- Be an inspiring leader for the ministry team and the congregation.
- Empower others through invitation, challenge, and equipping.
Lead collaboratively and decisively
- Develop relationships with elders, staff, and high level volunteer partners who can execute the ministry.
- Have an ability to listen to ideas with discernment and to move the right ideas forward.
As God leads, set goals and achieves results
- Take initiative.
- Develop God-sized goals, design strategic plans to achieve them, and then communicate clearly so that members and staff can pull together toward a common vision.
- Equip, empower, and monitor progress to ensure shared Kingdom success.
How Do I Apply?
If you believe you might be a qualified and interested candidate for this position, please pray about that for a few days, and then submit your resume or Personal Information Form (PIF) to:
Kristel Haynes, Human Resources Director, [email protected]
Candidates who qualify for further consideration will be notified and asked for additional content. All applicants will be notified as to our intent within 30 days from the date of their application.