Associate Pastor

Cross Community Church in Beaufort, SC is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor to oversee small groups, pastoral care, and business administration. Planted in January 2017, Cross Community is a portable church plant currently meeting at the Beaufort YMCA that has grown from a launch team of 45 adults in 2017 to an average weekly attendance of over 500 adults and children. In April 2019, Cross Community launched “For the Gospel,” a two-year campaign effort with a short-term goal to move into a permanent facility and long-term goals to plant and revitalize more gospel-centered churches in the Lowcountry in addition to establishing a local ministry training center. Cross Community embraces a simple mission: “Preach the Gospel and make disciples,” which we seek to accomplish through the 4-phase vision to be a church that Gathers, Grows, Gives, and Goes, with Gospel, Family, and Kingdom being our primary core values.

Cross Community is a church family cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention, South Carolina Baptist Convention, Savannah River Baptist Association, and is also a member church of the Pillar Network. CCC is theologically reformed and governed by a plurality of elders. We embrace gospel-centered, verse-by-verse exposition of the scriptures as the primary approach to preaching, and we strive to be a church of both unconditional love and unapologetic truth. Though our musical style is more modern and contemporary in nature, our song selection remains diverse and includes both traditional and modern songs and hymns.

The ideal candidate for this position will have 3-5 years of full-time church staff experience in the areas of small groups, pastoral care, and business administration, and will be willing to commit to the position for a minimum of 5 years. The candidate must be a highly organized, self-driven individual who is able to sustain healthy rhythms in 1) personal walk with Christ, 2) family, and 3) ministry. The candidate will be chosen based on character, calling, competence, and chemistry.

Consistently rated by various national publications as one of the most popular and beautiful small towns to live, Beaufort is an elegant, historic, charming coastal town, and Beaufort county (which includes Bluffton and Hilton Head) is currently among the fastest-growing counties in the United States. Beaufort is home to two active duty military bases (Parris Island the Marine Corps Air Station) and a Naval hospital, and is surrounded by rich historical sites dating back to the earliest days of our nation. Though Beaufort is home to one of the birthplaces of Protestant Christianity in the United States, the church-at-large has been in decline, and Cross Community seeks to be part of a movement that brings revival and awakening to the Lowcountry.

Candidates must complete a formal application along with resume submission, which can be found here:

Associate Pastor Application

Resumes will be received through June 20, 2019 and can also be submitted directly to if the candidate does not have a Gmail account.

Statement of Beliefs
Membership Covenant

Job Description 

Associate Pastor

Reports to: Lead Pastor & Elder Team

The Associate Pastor is an ordained minister and is responsible to assist the Lead Pastor with ministerial and support needs as they arise. The Associate Pastor, like the Lead Pastor, is not responsible for doing all the work of ministry in the church, but for seeing it is done and done properly. The Associate Pastor will serve alongside the Lead Pastor in developing and implementing a strategy to align and advance the ministries of the church to the vision of the church. 

The primary areas of focus for the Associate Pastor will be: 

  • Leadership and oversight of community groups

  • Pastoral care 

  • Business administration 

With secondary areas of focus in: 

  • preaching 

  • teaching 

  • operations  

  • organizational alignment 

The candidate will be chosen based on character, chemistry, calling, and competence.

General Responsibilities

  • Develop systems to meet the demands of the vision and strategy of the church.

  • Make the vision of preaching the gospel and making disciples practical and attainable to ministry leaders.

  • Keep the mission and vision of CCC in front of the staff and volunteers.

  • In the absence of the Lead Pastor, receive his ministerial phone calls, lead staff meetings, oversee and lead worship services, and other ministerial duties.

  • Represent the Lead Pastor at committee and ministry team meetings as requested.

  • Cooperate with all staff to promote the entire ministry plan of the church.

  • Serve as an effective liaison to church committees and ministry team efforts.

Community Groups (40%)

  • Identify, recruit, train, place, and evaluate community group leaders.

  • Establish a culture of intentional multiplication within the community group ministry.

  • Evaluate curriculum and content for use within community groups.

  • Establish systems of care and oversight for community group leaders.

Pastoral Care (30%)

  • Oversees all ministry counseling needs from the church membership and requests from the community.

  • Oversees prayer and care teams.

  • Develop systems for pastoral care in the areas of visitation, pastoral care, and counseling, involving lay leadership at each level.

  • Oversees the benevolent ministry of the church.

  • Conduct weddings and funerals for church members. 

  • Provide pre-marital counseling for church members.

Business Administration (20%)

  • Administration of the financial functions of the church, including: cash flow, annual budget preparation, contributions, insurance, banking and financing, payroll, leases, loans, promissory notes, and budget planning and oversight.

  • Monitors income from offerings and investments as well as expenditures with a financial advisory team. Works to establish effective policy for purchases, credit card use, vouchers, etc.

  • Human Resource Management – recruit, hire, conduct and document performance evaluations, on-going informal performance feedback, oversee the negotiation of insurance and other benefits, discipline, dismiss, etc.  

  • Leads the ministry staff in formation and recommendation of the annual ministry budget for presentation to and approval of the elders.  

  • Manage all insurance policies and needs.

  • Development of, documentation of, and adherence to the Employee/Policy Handbook, By-laws, and procedures.

Various Pastoral Duties (10%)

  • Preaching in absence of the Lead Pastor.

  • Conduct new member interviews alongside ministerial staff.

  • Participate in various parts of worship services (i.e. baptisms or communion) and events.

  • Establish a Pastor on Call (POC) rotation and serve on the rotation.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Lead Pastor.

  • Cooperate with staff in managing the ministry calendar to maximize the implementation of CCC’s mission and vision.

First 90 Day Tasks

  • Take an account of current community groups, and develop strategy for care and multiplying groups.

  • Meet and connect with as many families as possible.

  • Review financial procedures with Lead Pastor and financial administrator and gain oversight of ministry budget and expenses.

Available Resources

  • Office Space

  • Financial Administrator

  • Administrative Assistant as agreed upon by the Lead Pastor and Elders

  • $50/month in compensation for phone


  • Elder qualified according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9

  • A faithful follower of Jesus Christ. 

  • Expected to pursue Christ, to lead yourself, to lead your family, and to lead others, in that order. 

  • An ongoing commitment to personal growth and professional development.

  • A consistent, vibrant devotional life. Devoted to prayer and to the Word. 

  • To be involved in personal evangelism & discipleship.

  • A faithful member of Cross Community Church and in total agreement with mission, vision, and values. Faithfully honors all covenant membership requirements.

  • Must be in agreement with and willing to comply with all staff expectations, requirements, and values as outlined in the staff employee handbook.

  • A desire to create a culture of multiplication by raising up more disciple makers.

  • A humble, approachable, coachable, and teachable Spirit.

  • Must be a team player with a strong work ethic. Must be a self-starter and capable of working on projects independently for extended periods of time without anyone looking over your shoulder.

  • Must be willing to be flexible due to the often unpredictable nature of full-time ministry. 

  • Expected to meet and maintain consistent deadlines. 

  • Expected to work a consistent schedule and maintain regular office/working hours. You must also maintain a consistent day off. (see staff handbook for clarity on office/working hours and days off).

  • A high standard for excellence and efficiency.

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in an Associate/Executive Pastor role with focus in the areas of small groups, pastoral care, business administration, and effectively leading staff and volunteers.


-Mid-year and year-end with lead pastor and elders.