Grace Church in Akron, Ohio is a vibrant, growing church that is pursuing a vision of planting thirty campuses in thirty years. Doing something this audacious requires great people who have a desire to launch a new work while remaining connected to a larger church. Grace is seeking their next Campus Planter. This person will function as the planter and lead pastor of a new campus: preaching weekly, leading the campus staff in running ministry programming, and pastoring the congregation. The main responsibilities for the first eighteen months will be to learn Grace Church’s vision, values and DNA and progressively take on more and more ministry leadership responsibility. The Campus Planter will also use this time to build the relationships needed to lead effectively in ministry.
In order to fulfill our purpose to be an ever-expanding movement of the gospel, the campuses of Grace Church are linked together by a commitment to our shared purpose, vision, and values. Each campus of Grace Church is led by a pastor who is entrusted with the purpose, vision, and values. They will be responsible for exegeting their cultural context and raising up indigenous leaders who will extend and expand as a movement. While the vision and values of the movement of Grace Church are consistent across all the campuses, the ministry methods are established locally by the pastor and his staff for the purpose of reaching their local community. The pastor functions as a lead pastor at his campus and must be a self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset. His responsibilities include all aspects of leading the ministry of his campus, including preaching weekly and leading the campus staff in running ministry programming and pastoring the congregation.
Akron, Ohio is a great place to live with thriving industry and a vibrant community. Fifty percent of America’s population lives within a 500-mile radius of Akron, and, within a 150-mile radius, there are approximately ten million people. Akron has easy access to a network of superhighways and is a major trucking hub. Market potential of 111 million people live within a day’s drive of Akron.
Grace Church of Greater Akron wants to ignite a gospel-centered movement to Know IT, Live IT, and Give IT Away. IT is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that launching new campuses in places where the gospel is not clear and not easily accessible is the best way to accomplish our purpose to be a gospel-centered movement. Our vision for fulfilling that purpose is to launch thirty campuses in thirty years. There are now eight campuses of Grace Church with nearly 6,500 people gathering weekly in weekend services.
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