Next Generation Pastor

  • Full Time
  • Buckhead

Website Sardis UMC

Overall Description of the Position
This is a new position. The person will lead and develop an outreach ministry to the growing population in our community. The community within a 2.5-mile radius of Sardis church will have an average age of 39 in the next 4 years. Approximately 70% of those will have no religious affiliation. In our current congregation, the average age is approximately 70. The focus will be to start and grow a new faith community in the Gen Y and Gen Z community. This person would report to the Senior Pastor.

Goals and Expectations
The goal of Sardis is to establish a faith community that meets the worship and fellowship needs of the growing younger families in the Buckhead community.

In the first year, we want to see this person establish deep networks and relationships in the church and the community. We want them to help us grasp a mindset that enables a pattern for effective ministry to the families of the Gen Y and Gen Z population. This includes but is not limited to developing a worship experience that meets the needs of Gen Y and Gen Z families. Sardis would fund the first year 100%. The two following years would be funded at 60% and 30% respectively.

Long term our expectation is that this community of faith would grow to be its own church. Currently we see Sardis as an incubator that would enable the establishment of multiple faith communities in the Buckhead community of Atlanta, Georgia.

Our expectation is this person would commit to staying, developing and growing this faith community for 5 years or more.

Job Description
This person would develop a vision for this faith community. They would also develop the strategies and plans necessary to make that vision a reality and then execute on those plans. The intended outcome is to have those in this new faith community develop deep and meaningful relationships with Christ that will last them a lifetime. These activities would be done with the assistance of the Senior Pastor and a committee appointed by Sardis to oversee this ministry.


Must be a professing Christian with an active and growing faith
Must have a heart for reaching the Gen Y and Gen Z populations
Must have good communication and organizational skills
Must be able to articulate and teach solid Wesleyan Theology
Must have church planting skills
Must be a self-starter
Must be able to articulate his/her faith
Seminary Degree very desirable
Must submit to and pass criminal background check
Must be able to work with others including volunteers

Oversee and manage the budget of the ministry ($30,000 not including compensation).
Develop and maintain a ministry calendar
Maintain the Safe Sanctuaries policy for ministry with minors and vulnerable adults
Prepare progress reports for the church council

Buckhead is a very affluent part of the city of Atlanta. It’s on the north side, the far north side of the city, and a good chunk of it is composed primarily of very large, very expensive homes on large lots, homes that were built primarily before the 1940s and often quite a bit before that. There are some of them I would call mansions. This is traditionally the neighborhood of the biggest movers and shakers in the city and sometimes in the region; CEOs, high-priced lawyers, it’s a very affluent community. It is a community that attracts younger individuals and households. And on the east side along the expressway is an intense commercial district which has large office buildings and significant numbers of apartments also known for a lively nightlife, let’s put it that way. And also a large mall: The preeminent high-end mall in the city is in Buckhead.


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