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Vanderbloemen Search Group

The Church at Knoxville - Executive Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Date Posted: 10/12/2017
Categories: Executive Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization: 

The Church at Knoxville began as an ARC church plant in 2004, which met in a school for the first 4 years. What began as a church plant with 75 to 100 people on a Sunday has now grown into a thriving, passionate rooted church with beautiful renovated facilities and regular attendance of 500 people. The Church at Knoxville strives to make Jesus known and to enjoy Him forever, first and foremost. Their mission is 4-fold: To experience God, to find freedom, to discover purpose, and to be the church.

The Church at Knoxville is known and loved for their passionate worship, their commitment to building a strong multicultural church and leaning into authentic community, and for having strong and encouraging preaching and foundational ministry areas.

The Church at Knoxville is a life-giving, multicultural church that has a passionate environment where people of all ages, races, and backgrounds can grow closer to God and build strong lives. At each of our worship services you’ll experience powerful praise and worship and hear practical teaching from the Bible. We have an awesome ministry for babies and kids at each service so that people of every age can experience God and get to know Him personally. The Church at Knoxville is full of friendly people who’d love to meet you and get to know you. We truly exist to make Jesus known, and to enjoy Him forever.


Size: 500 

Denomination: ARC

Location: Knoxville, TN 


About the Position: 

The Executive Pastor is the “Chief of Staff” of the church, serving the Senior Pastor. He or she is responsible for overall leadership and direction of church staff, leading all functional areas in the accomplishment of TCAK’s mission.

The ideal person for this role will allow the Senior Pastor to focus on seeking God in Prayer and Word, preaching the Word, casting a compelling shared vision and shepherding the flock and building strong relationships. In turn, their main goals will be to lead in other areas, including operations, administration, finance, procurement (supply) and human resources.

He or she will run the day-to-day operations of the church, focused on both the near-term and long-term vibrancy and growth of the church. They will help the church grow exponentially more in membership size, by being a strong organizational backbone and support right-hand person to the Senior Pastor.

Success in this role will be determined by how:

  • They earn the confidence and trust of the staff and the church.
  • They organize church processes and streamline them to run effectively.
  • They create sustainable and reproducible growth systems and structures.
  • They strategize for future growth.
  • They produce leaders.


What We Are Searching For / Qualifications: 

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Executive Pastor:


A bachelor’s degree from a related field, although a degree in Business Administration is preferred, or a Bible College degree in pastoral studies or a similar track of study is also preferred.


The ideal candidate for this role will most likely be gifted in organizational leadership, administration and communications. They will have extensive experience with project management, accounting and bookkeeping.

They will also likely:

  • Have 5-10 years of experience
  • Have expertise in working in both the church world and the business world
  • Have Multi-site church experience, although not required

Personal Characteristics

  • A heart for God that is evidenced by proven character and spiritual mindedness.
  • Agreement with the statement of faith, theology and philosophy of The Church at Knoxville.
  • Skilled at facilitation.
  • Dynamic leader.
  • In-depth training and background in leadership development.
  • Clear and concise communications adapted to the audience.
  • Ability to handle issues both effectively and spiritually. 

About the Location: 

The roots of Knoxville, Tennessee run deep and strong. First settled in 1768, Knoxville was the first capital of Tennessee. In the late 1800s, the railroad drove into Knoxville, bringing with it a whirlwind of economic activity and a boom in rapid growth in wholesaling and manufacturing, especially after the Civil War. The city has served as the hub of the region ever since. The best of its Appalachian heritage remains today – a strong work ethic, a family-centered community, and an intense respect for the natural beauty that envelops the region. Knoxville has a true Southern charm, yet, a distinctive diversity that makes it a great place to raise a family.

While Knoxville is well grounded, it is also strongly positioned for the future and the technology-based world of business. One of the country's five national labs sits in Knoxville's backyard in Oak Ridge. The main campus of the University of Tennessee is home to nationally acclaimed schools of engineering, business and law. Seventeen additional colleges and training programs in the region produce a ready supply of trained workers. Such organizations feed the strong, entrepreneurial spirit found in Knoxville.

Just as advanced technology resources connect Knoxville to the future, its location connects it to the roadways of the nation. Three of the nation's major interstates, I-40, I-75, I-81, intersect in Knoxville. The region’s employer base is diverse and robust.

There are large government employers such as the Lab and UT, as well as many creative and innovative companies.

Nestled on the Tennessee River in Eastern Tennessee, Knoxville is a vibrant and historical city with plenty to offer in terms of city life and outdoor solitude and adventure. The area is equipped with a variety of neighborhoods and communities that will fit any type of living. From small towns to downtown urban living, the Knoxville area has it. Lakeside and mountainous regions are also found among its bordering areas.

Knoxville is the state’s third largest city with a population of almost 200,000. It is also one of the fastest growing regions for diverse age groups. Due to the low cost of living and abundance of recreational activities from golfing and hiking to shopping, Knoxville does not cease to attract both workers and retirees.

The school systems in Knoxville are excellent and widespread across the city. Most public schools in Knoxville fall under the Knox County Schools system, which operates 50 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, 14 high schools, and 11 special schools in Knoxville, nearby community of Farragut and all other communities in the county. Although it is a large public school system, it is considered 1:1 for technology. In addition to sound elementary and middle level education, Knox County Schools also provide excellent opportunities in the areas of college preparation, the arts and vocational subject areas. On the private school side, there are a wide range of options for private education, including a majority of religious based schools, and an average student to teacher ratio of 13:1.

Knoxville is a city where avid college sports fans can find commonalities with other residents, as it is the home of the flagship campus of The University of Tennessee, whose sports teams the “Volunteers” or “Vols,” are extremely popular. Knoxville is also where the Tennessee Valley Authority is located, as well as home of the Tennessee Supreme Court for East Tennessee. It is one of the largest cities of the Appalachian area, attracting visitors and new residents alike for its mountain town vibes, varied seasons where Tennessee is one of the nation’s best places to see the changing colors of the fall leaves, and its position as a gateway to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

In 2017, Knoxville was named Top 10 among big cities in Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Favorite Cities,” and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S. by U.S. News.

For more information on Knoxville, you can visit the Chamber of Commerce at: