Associate Pastor

City on a Hill Gold Coast


City on a Hill began in Melbourne with a small team and a big vision to make a difference in our world for the glory of God. Since our inception in Melbourne in 2007, we have witnessed a special work of God's grace as he has united hundreds of men and women around the mission of 'knowing Jesus and making Jesus known'.

We are committed to raising up gospel hearted leaders, to build healthy churches, which will reach and serve cities with the gospel of Jesus. Today, City on a Hill meets across eight locations in five cities – including Gold Coast, a church that was planted in October 2020, and is now a community of close to 80 people.

We are thankful for God’s continued blessing and our ongoing growth, and are excited to be in a position to further build our team with the appointment of an Associate Pastor.


City on a Hill desires to be one family made up of many communities of life, love and mission. We envisage a community where the fruit of gospel transformation overflows in the lives of our people, where all people of any background are welcomed to partake of the blessing of covenant community, and where the lost and broken in our world are actively engaged with the good news of Jesus and compelled to trust Him.

The Associate Pastor will be someone of exceptional character and vision – an all-rounder capable of crafting bold, imaginative and practical strategies to further God’s kingdom and disciple God’s people. This is a significant appointment in providing strategic support to the City on a Hill Gold Coast Lead Pastor.

The position is a full-time, paid role and is based on the Gold Coast.


The Associate Pastor will be tasked with supporting the Lead Pastor in executing the mission of knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. This will include:

  1. Providing leadership, training, discipleship and pastoral care to the members of City on a Hill Gold Coast.
  2. Overseeing key ministry areas (eg. Small group ministries) as need and opportunity arise.
  3. Management of various special projects in partnership with the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Gold Coast.
  4. Responsibility for and leadership of our City Kids ministry.
  5. Ongoing ministry evaluation and assessment of ministry health.
  6. Functioning as one of the City on a Hill pastors, helping to provide leadership, shepherding, care, teaching and wisdom.


The following skills and experienced are deemed essential for the fulfilment of this role:

  • Fulfil the qualifications of an elder as laid out in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Peter 5:1-4.
  • A robust understanding of the Scriptures and the centrality of the risen Christ.
  • A life that exemplifies a desire to know Jesus, shown through a growing relationship with Christ in prayer, and devotion to the word, worship and discipleship.
  • A heart to make Jesus known, shown through a deep love for the lost and a bold witness to share the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection to a perishing world.
  • Ability to preach, teach and train in both gathered and one-to-one settings.
  • Experience in leading leaders and a demonstrated ability to cast vision, recruit, assess and deploy leaders and ‘equip the saints for the work of ministry’.
  • Excellence in professional skills such as time-management, efficiency, work-capacity, written and verbal communication, organisation and meeting engagement.

The following skills and experience are desirable for the fulfilment of this role:

  • Completed theological degree from an evangelical bible college.
  • Prior work experience on a church staff team.


All City on a Hill staff must hold a current Blue Card, complete a National Police History Check that returns no disclosed outcomes that would exclude them from the role, and uphold the standards outlined in the City on a Hill Code of Conduct.


To apply for the role, please send your current resume along with an application letter address the skills, experience and character requirements to: Please also include contact details of at least two referees most familiar with your relevant skills for this role.

If you are a leader who is interested in this position, yet don’t possess all of the skills and experience in the criteria above, please reach out to us to discuss your suitability for this or another position with City on a Hill.

Applications close Friday 10th June 2022