Associate Pastor (Gather)

Langley Campus


Full Time

We are looking for a spirit-filled Associate Pastor to join the Leadership Team of Christian Life Assembly to work in tandem with the Lead Pastor. This full-time position provides pastoral leadership and oversight over Sunday gatherings, and over the Worship, Tech, Communications and First Impressions Teams. The Associate Pastor will give leadership to the staff and church in Sunday gatherings and in the office, in the Lead Pastor’s absence.

The ideal applicant should be able to work independently, lead and work with teams, and possess good leadership, mentoring, communication, and problem-solving skills. They must also embrace the theological position of the PAOC and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Preference may be given to applicants with Post-Secondary Diploma/Degree in Pastoral Theology, Ministerial credentials with the PAOC, and proven pastoral ministry experience, with significant experience in preaching, teaching and public speaking, supervision of staff and volunteers, and an ability to manage large budgets.

How to Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter to

Job Purpose: 
This position exists to provide pastoral leadership and oversight of Sunday gatherings (Worship,Tech, Communications & First Impressions Teams), and to serve as associate to the LeadPastor, giving leadership to the staff and church in Sunday gatherings and in the office in his absence.

Position Summary: 
The candidate in this full-time role will serve in place of the Lead Pastor when he is away. The work load will be spent according to the following percentages:
Spiritual Instruction & Care =40%; Ministry Focus = 40%; Human Administration/Supervision = 20%.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Sunday Gatherings:

  1. Associate to Lead Pastor
    • Assist Pastor Derrick in envisioning ministry, and giving leadership to the church and staff, as needed
    • Supervise direct reports
    • Responsible for budget and financial accountability for areas of oversight
    • Working in conjunction with Lead Pastor in "Go" initiatives, including giving oversight to short-term missions trips and teams, and also going and leading STM teams.
    • Preaching and teaching responsibilities
  2. Worship Ministry
    • Develop, implement, evaluate strategic vision for the effective operation of worship ministry in conjunction with the overall vision of CLA
    • Provide leadership, pastoral care, accountability, necessary resources, communication, inspiration to staff and volunteers.
    • Oversee Worship Pastor
    • Oversee Worship budget
    • Ensure the coordination, administration, and scheduling of rehearsals
    • Oversee Sunday Design Team
  3. Technical Team
    • Provide pastoral leadership and oversight to Tech staff and volunteers
    • Liaise with Tech Director for projects
    • Provide support and accountability for ongoing development and training
  4. First Impressions
    • Relate closely with staff and key volunteers overseeing F1 teams: greeters, ushers, guest services, first responders
    • Oversee recruitment, training, motivation and potential termination of staff and volunteers
    • Oversee First Impressions budget, including ongoing monitorying of finances
    • Directly supervise First Impression Coordinator
  5. Communications Team
    • Give oversight to Communications Director
    • Liaise between department and MLT
    • Help resolve conflicts that may arise between departments or within department
    • Help oversee Communications budget

Staff Function: 

  • Within MLT, provide vision and guidance over leadership development which may embrace volunteer pastors, cadre, and potential School of Ministry.
  • Work with Lead Pastor in Network
  • Liaise with staff and volunteers in providing special services/production (i.e. Christmas, Easter, Canada Day, Fall Kickoff) and other major church projects and events arising.

Knowledge, Skill, Ability:

  • Plan, organize, and coordinate volunteers and staff.
  • Demonstrates professional ethics and principles.
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Provides consistent leadership skill and humility in responsibility of second chair leadership.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and skill at problem solving.
  • Maintains knowledge and skill level to provide expert delivery of services.
  • Demonstrates solid knowledge of fiscal responsibility.
  • Maintain productivity and focus during periods of interruptions.
  • Proven ability to multitask with strong attention to detail.
  • Sound mentorship and counselling skills.
  • Ability and desire to thrive in a team environment.
  • Ability to gets things done – prioritization, planning, goal setting, tracking.
  • Strong people skills – leading, team-building, caring, empowering, coaching.
  • Able to adapt ability to handle pressure, maintain positive outlook & disposition.
  • Deep and growing personal relationship with God.
  • Consistent evidence of the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Innovation, integrity and servant-hearted.
  • Committed to lifelong learning.
  • Positive & future focused.

Behavioural Competencies:

Spiritual Focus: To live an authentic and growing Christian life.
CLA Focus: Ability and willingness to align one's own behaviour with the overall mission and strategies of CLA: 

Our Mission: Joining God in transforming our lives, neighbourhoods, nation, and world.
Our Strategies: 

  1. GATHER: Regularly attend CLA's Sunday church services.
  2. GROW: Engage in meaningful, growing relationship with God and other Christ-followers in CLA.
  3. SERVE: Volunteer my time and talents to serve others in or through CLA.
  4. GO: Share my faith through love and good deeds in my neighbourhood and world.

Service Focus: Desire to focus one's efforts on discovery, meeting and serving the needs of the others as they align with the ministry focus and goals.
Teamwork: Work cooperatively within teams, work groups and across CLA to achieve overall vision and goals.
Flexibility: Willingness to adapt to and work effectively within variety of diverse situations.
Problem Solving: Ability to review situation, organize the information, identify some key factors and suggest/generate solutions.
Relationship Building: Able to establish and built rapport with others within the overall objectives of the ministry.
Accountability: Setting of high standards of performance and holding team members, and others accountable for results and action.
Faith & Character: 
Deep and growing personal relationship with God
Consistent evidence of the fruit of the Spirit
Integrity, Humility, Servant Heart
Committed to life-long learning
Enthusiastic Team Player
Positive & future focused

Degree preferably in pastoral theology. 10 years Church Ministry or equivalent. Ministry in congregation as pastor. Staff Leadership (3-6 people). Communication - pulpit and significant public speaking.
• Education, Credentials, Theology
- Post Secondary Diploma/Degree from Bible School or Equivalent
- Ministerial Credentials with PAOC(or recognized by PAOC) or engaged in Credentialing process
- Embraces PAOC theology
• Filled with the Holy Spirit
• Operation of Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Note: This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.

How to Apply: 

Submit resume and cover letter to