Next Steps Pastor - Willow South Barrington

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Job Description

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. 

As the Next Steps Pastor you will lead the way for 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. The topics of next steps environments may include marriage, financial, bible studies, etc. You will also coordinate all the details and logistics to execute next steps groups (mens/womens/couples/family) at the South Barrington campus. Collaboratively, you and the Groups Pastor will develop strategy with the core groups team and execute Next Steps events at the campus. In addition, you are called to equip and engage a team of volunteers to support this strategy. 



  • Develop small group leaders and coaches who share the same passion for pathways for belonging and growing in groups. 
  • Identify, recruit, equip and encourage small group leaders, small group coaches, and administrative volunteers.
  • Develop strategy through collaboration with South Barrington staff team and Core Groups Team for all Next Steps at South Barrington Campus ensuring affinity/medium sized groups are places for initial connection and onboarding people into groups.
  • Oversee and execute all Group Life strategies for the South Barrington Campus, creating a culture where people feel welcome, cared for and have a place to belong.   
  • 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.
  • Keep a record of next step leaders & participants. Ensure leaders and necessary volunteers are cleared through Protection & Leadership Covenant.


  • An extremely vibrant volunteer culture with high capacity volunteers leading and executing on vision.  
  • Continually adding new next step volunteers, who will help build and develop this culture. 
  • Positive contributor to staff culture with team collaboration as a top priority.  
  • Robust community of participants who are growing in and continually taking a next step in their faith.


Skills & Competencies

  • Building effective teams
  • Caring about Direct Reports
  • Developing and caring for volunteers
  • Driver for Results
  • Managing through Systems, Operating Skills
  • 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 & 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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