Groups Pastor - Willow Creek North Shore


At Willow, our vision is that everyone is in a group and that every group is on mission. We believe that life transformation happens best in community—whether that be in groups of 2, 10, 50, or 200. Topics of next steps environments may include marriage, financial, bible studies, men's groups, women's groups, etc. 

As the Group Life Pastor you will lead the way in executing consistent and clear pathways that help adults take their best next step with God, with the goal of eventually connecting them into a small group.  You’ll coordinate all the details and logistics to develop next steps groups and small groups at the campus. Collaboratively, you will develop strategy with the core groups team and oversee/execute groups events at the campus. In addition, you’ll need to equip and engage a team of volunteers to support this strategy. 



  • Develop a team of volunteer leaders and team members who share the same passion for pathways for belonging through next steps and groups. 
  • Identify, recruit, equip and encourage volunteer leaders, mid-sized group leaders/participants, small group leaders/participants, and administrative volunteers.
  • Develop strategy through collaboration with North Shore staff team and Core Group Life Team for all group life at North Shore Campus ensuring affinity/medium sized groups are places for initial connection and onboarding people into groups. Small groups (men/women/couples groups) are the core container and driver of spiritual formation and community life in our church family. 
  • Oversee and execute all Next Steps and Group Life strategies for the North Shore Campus, creating a culture where people feel welcome, cared for and have a place to belong.  
  • Positively contribute to the overall culture of our staff team through collaboration, communication and invitation.
  • Utilize Rock (database) to its fullest capacity, and utilize all other available forms of communication (website, social, eNews etc.) to empower people to find their best next step.
  • Ensure we keep a record of next step and small group leaders/participants.


  • An extremely vibrant volunteer culture with high capacity volunteers leading and executing on vision.  
  • Continually adding new next step volunteers and small group leaders, who will help build and develop this culture. 
  • Positive contributor to staff culture with team collaboration as a top priority.  
  • Robust group culture with a majority of our church family engaged in groups.



  • Building effective teams
  • Caring about Direct Reports
  • Developing and caring for volunteers
  • Driver for Results
  • Managing through Systems
  • Leadership, delegation, communication (written & verbal), detail oriented.

Personal Characteristics

  • Outgoing, not afraid to engage people in conversation and invite people in.  
  • Passion for serving people well and attending to the details.  
  • Understanding of what it takes to create a culture of connection and spiritual growth.  
  • Can cast vision and lead volunteers.  
  • Must be a leader of leaders with the ability to delegate easily to others in order to expand the ministry.  
  • Strong team player that can bring their very best to a staff and volunteer team.  
  • Ability to collaborate with several teams and bring back best practices while understanding and caring for the culture of the campus. 
  • Ability and courage to invite people in to deeper connections.

Education and Experience

  • Pastoral, ministry and/or shepherding experience preferred
  • College Degree preferred, but not required
  • Experience with recruiting for groups, volunteers or sales, recruiting & leading teams (preferably volunteers)


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