Pastor of Discipleship Ministries - Bay Presbyterian Church

September 16, 2019



Bay Presbyterian Church owns a compelling three pronged vision as a community faithful to the Great Commission:


Centered on Christ, Shaped in Community, Sent into the World


The church seeks an experienced minister with a shepherd’s heart who is eager to help this church be shaped in community, primarily through impactful small group community. As a participant on the church’s senior staff team, this position will have profound influence on setting the strategic direction for discipleship of community from cradle to grave. The Pastor of Discipleship Ministries will serve as the second chair leader of Bay Presbyterian Church, which involves supervising other key discipleship and community leaders on the BPC staff team and preaching regularly. 





The Church







Bay Presbyterian Church is a community of 1700 members that faithfully calls and equips people to follow Jesus fully. They focus on loving God, loving others, and making disciples. True to its founding as a Sunday School for children over a century ago, BPC places a special value on children, marriages and families. BPC is seeking to become less a church with small groups and more of a church of small groups. 


The church participates in various local ministries that invite membership to participate in evangelism efforts and engage with the most pressing needs in the greater Cleveland area. They actively partner with individuals and organizations engaged in global mission.


It is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) denomination with a $3.2 million operating budget, an urban-based family ministry center and an onsite preschool. On average 240 students attend Sunday children's and youth programs.




Bay Presbyterian Church seeks to be an inviting community of Christ-Followers committed to the transformation of our lives, our families, our neighborhoods and the world through the surpassing power of the Gospel. 






The Position


The Pastor of Discipleship at Bay Presbyterian is not merely a small group trainer and facilitator. The ideal candidate likely has a variety of exposures and experiences with the various age and stage communities that come together to form a church. This is a seasoned minister that loves participating in the Gospel’s transforming work in the lives of people inside the church with the hope that those same people share Gospel outside the church. 




  • Lead, disciple and supervise key staff: small groups, adult Christian education, family ministry, children’s ministry and student ministry. 

  • Preach regularly as invited by the Senior Pastor, in addition to regular presence in the worshipping rhythms of the congregation

  • Establish clear direction for the discipleship team to participate in fulfilling the mission of the church

  • Develop strategies to shape Bay Presbyterian as a church of small group communities

  • Train small group leaders to pursue a strategy of disciple making that prioritizes BPC’s brand of evangelism

  • Invest in church members to develop them into small group leaders and other ministry volunteers

  • Integrate discipleship programs across the various departments of BPC

  • Increase opportunities for family discipleship activities

  • Collaborate with other senior leaders to develop ministry that advances the mission of BPC

  • Administrative management of the department including budget, HR concerns, etc. 

  • Reports to the Senior Pastor 





  • Demonstration of a vibrant and engaged relationship with Jesus

  • Experience in developing and facilitating an adult education curriculum for the greater church

  • Humble but strong relationship-builder with an entrepreneurial bend

  • Vision, energy and ability to facilitate robust multi-generational ministry

  • Team player with a willingness to work with others to achieve the goals of the church

  • Established vision for discipleship evangelism

  • Understanding and commitment to the Reformed theological tradition

  • Three to five years experience in leading disciple-making small group ministry

  • Recent and consistent experience as staff- and people-leader

  • Persuasive in a way that helps individuals and families make time for discipleship growth and activities

  • MDiv, ordained or ordainable in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC)










The Community


Clevelanders love their city and will tell you with a genuine smile, “Cleveland is a world-class city without the world-class ego.” Located on the lovely shores of Lake Erie, Northeast Ohio offers its residents everything from world-class cultural institutions, world-renowned healthcare and even a world-championship sports team. 


Cleveland, with population just under 400,000 is the center of the Northeastern Ohio region of over two million residents, is experiencing a rebirth of sorts as millennials and empty-nesters are making their home in the downtown core in record numbers. Downtown Cleveland is abuzz with art galleries, community festivals, restaurants, breweries, the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and much more. Despite this rebirth, Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio continues to be remarkably affordable for families to live in and thrive. 



Bay Presbyterian serves the west shore of Cleveland. The Westshore continues to grow in both population and affluence, encompassing roughly 165,000 residents. Bay Village is among the most established communities BPC serves and contains the church building. This community of 15,600 invites families to put down roots to enjoy the schools, parks and lake shore unique to Bay Village. 






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Ryan Church is leading this search. Ryan is a seasoned consultant that brings nearly 20 years of experience in working with churches and non-profit organizations to his role at AGORA. Most of his career has been spent in pastoral ministry. Ryan is passionate about the local church and desires to help communities change at the right speed to meet the needs of the community as they unceasingly serve God.


For further details regarding this role, please contact:



Ryan Church

AGORA Search Group








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