epikos Church is a thriving community of faith, intentionally pursuing multi-ethnic ministry, gathering in three locations in the Greater Milwaukee area. Originally planted by Danny Parmelee, the church has expanded from a historic church building near college campuses on the East Side of Milwaukee, to a second location in a large restored theatre in West Allis, to a recently launched portable campus now meeting in a school in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods of North Milwaukee. All original campus pastors are still in place and the church has an excellent and deeply connected staff team across our entire church.
Recently, when Lead Pastor Danny Parmelee announced that he was moving to Nashville to accept a church-planting role with Converge Mid-America, the Overseers decided to conduct a nationwide search for a potential successor. We are prayerfully seeking the right leader to help maintain the unique culture of epikos in reaching out to non-believers throughout the city, while navigating the opportunities and challenges ahead in expanding a multisite vision across Milwaukee and beyond.
About the Position:
The Lead Pastor at epikos Church will first and foremost be a highly strategic and gifted leader and communicator who will be responsible for leading the entire congregation to make more and better disciples. Together with the Overseers, this position will lead strategy and vision and will also oversee operational leadership with the Executive Pastor and Campus Pastors. Communicating God’s Word with faithfulness to the text in a compelling and relevant fashion and offering systematic leadership to the staff of the church will be vital to this role. Along with the Overseers, he will strive to champion the mission of epikos Church, while offering a strong foundation of leadership, strategic foresight, and a spiritual perspective to the future of the church. This individual will be skilled in leveraging the influence of the leadership, staff, and volunteer teams, to further the church’s mission.
The prospective candidate will have proven experience, either as a Lead Pastor or an executive level staff member from a larger church. They will ideally have a history of leading healthy teams and growing churches. They will embody excellence and lead with a player-coach mentality. The successful candidate for the position of Lead Pastor will carry a disposition of authenticity, which will be evidenced through their life, leadership and teaching.
What We Are Searching For/Qualifications:
An undergraduate degree is required for this position, and a post-graduate seminary background would be preferable.
The next Lead Pastor of epikos Church will draw from 8+ years of ministry experience, to offer leadership and insight to the mission and purpose of the church. They will be a gifted leader and communicator, who is mature and discerning, with great social skills. They will also be a promoter of culture, collaboration, and creativity across the communities and ministries of the church.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to preach expositional and culturally relevant sermons.
- A strong track record of success in ministry leadership.
- Proactive and solution-based.
- Highly systematic and process oriented in operational execution.
- An aptitude for self-starting, and maintaining an independent work ethic.
- Ability to initiate and implement a plan.
- Multisite experience is preferred.
About the Location:
epikos Church loves its city! Milwaukee is located 90 minutes south from the beautiful North Woods of Wisconsin and 90 minutes north of Chicago, the third largest city in the United States. It is a city that contains diverse neighborhoods, celebrates all four seasons, with the apple blossoms and emerald carpets in spring, the refreshing lake breezes of summer, the brilliant colors of fall and the glistening, peaceful snows of winter.
There are many reasons why the Milwaukee area is a good place to live, and here are a few:
- Ranked among News & World Report’s Best Places to Live in 2017
- One of the top 10 communities for young professionals, according to Forbes
- Ranks 11th in the nation and 2nd in the Midwest for the influx of millennials among large metro areas
- A living standard that is among the best in the country
- Ranked among the top 12 communities in the nation for its cultural art offerings
Milwaukee represents a unique blend of its history as a rust belt town combined with its future as an innovative city center. Today, it is a global center for advanced manufacturing, electronic commerce, financial services, food and beverage producers, printing, and green technologies. With billions of dollars being invested in the region’s entertainment, housing, retail, office space and transportation infrastructure, the Milwaukee Region is poised for its greatest growth in more than a generation. Milwaukee’s ‘can do’ mentality, ideal location, educated workforce and forward-facing economy have positioned the region for growth.
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