“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Jesus (Matthew 5:14-16)
City on a Hill is a church committed to knowing Jesus and making Jesus known; shaped by God’s word and transformed by His Spirit, we seek to be a community of life, love and mission, that celebrates God’s generosity to our city. This is a responsibility borne by all staff, but in particular by the Community Director, a role which encompasses the direction of Community Groups, as well as the supervision of our Connections Team, Service Hosts, and Welcome to Melbourne ministry.
Community Groups (CGs) are a core element of City on a Hill, fundamental to our philosophy of ministry. The Community Director will be someone who understands the value and potential of this ministry, and has the energy, vision and leadership abilities to develop them further. They will oversee groups formed according to both geography (neighbourhood) and demography (social networks), and work alongside the CG coordinators in place at other City on a Hill churches. Understanding the dynamism of the body of Christ, the Community Director will seek constantly to equip the saints for the work of ministry and mission, expanding the reach and influence of the gospel and helping our groups to be places of pastoral care, discipleship and mission, with the goal of presenting each person mature in Christ. Acknowledging the power of God’s words to transform and shape Christian community, the Community Director will be someone determined to make study of the Bible accessible and enjoyable for all.
Recognizing the value of each individual, the Community Director will also supervise other components of our community. This will include supervising:
- the Connections Coordinator (Emily Lancaster) and her team of volunteers committed to helping newcomers integrate into our community
- Service Hosts – senior leaders charged with building a warm, inviting atmosphere at a designated service
- the Welcome to Melbourne team, that works to help new arrivals – both within and without our church – come to know and love this city and find a home here
This will initially be a part-time role, beginning at 4-days a week, with the hope that there will be sufficient resources to make it a full-time Pastor’s position in the future.
The Community Director will be a person of exemplary character, worthy of imitation. They will be committed to:
- fulfilling the calling of a church elder, as laid out in 1 Timothy 3, in character, life, relationships, and Godly leadership. The successful applicant will enter the ‘Pastors’ Pathway’, with a view to being commissioned as a Pastor within 6-12 months
- living a committed, prayerful life of dependence on God;
- providing a wise and Biblical witness to all who are placed under your charge;
- above all, in so much as the Spirit allows, providing a witness to the non-believer and encouragement to the believer, through their life in Christ.
The Community Director will be responsible for the CG Ministry of City on a Hill. This includes:
- ensuring the production of CG material, including Bible studies and resources for mission, service and discipleship
- the identification, training, assessment and deployment of new CG Leaders, facilitating the expansion of our mission through the creation of new Community Groups
- the ongoing shepherding of a large team of volunteer CG leaders, providing training and support for those on the frontlines of ministry
- the strategic development of new groups, assessing needs and opportunities for Gospel-shaped communities throughout our city
- embodying and championing the values of CGs to the church as a whole, helping us to achieve our goal of having 75% of our church community in CGs
The Community Director will also supervise the Connections Team, Service Hosts, and Welcome to Melbourne ministry. These responsibilities will require:
- regular supervision, support and training of key leaders, such as the Co-ordinators of the Welcome to Melbourne ministry and Connections Team
- strategic direction and analysis of church-wide community initiatives
- active involvement with Newcomer Nights
- fulfilling a role as part of the COAH staff and Pastor’s team, participating in weekly services, contributing to church-wide vision and providing pastoral care
Key Skills & Gifting
The breadth of this role demands a person of the highest calibre. They will possess:
- a track-record of loyalty to the leadership, identity and vision of City on a Hill or other Christian community
- a well-formed theology of gospel-shaped community
- the ability to craft and present a clear, compelling vision and strategy for community that prompts engagement and invites participation
- a passion for reading, understanding and teaching the Scriptures in a CG context. Working in concert with the Sunday teaching program, the Community Director will have a particular aptitude in unpacking and applying sermons, equipping individuals for maturity, ministry and mission
- a commitment to the identification and development of Gospel-minded leaders
- exceptional inter-personal skills and a sacrificial and gracious leadership style that evidences a deep love for leaders, volunteers and church members
- an understanding of the challenges faced by volunteer leaders, and a commitment to ensuring their ministry is meaningful, rewarding and fruitful
- excellence in professional skills such as time-management, efficiency, work-capacity, written and verbal communication, organisation, chairing, and team-membership.
Reporting & Oversight
The Community Director will work closely with, and report to, the Executive Director – Ministry (Neil Castle), and in turn to the Lead Pastor (Guy Mason). Upon entering the role there will be a transition and supervisory phase with the current incumbent, Luke Nelson.
Applications have now closed.