Olive Mennonite Church Lead Pastor Profile

(position pending, no new applications)


The Lead Pastor is responsible for working with the Oversight Board and Ministry Team to cast vision and lead Olive Mennonite Church. The position is full-time, and salary is commensurate to responsibilities with consideration given to applicant's experience, education, and previous effectiveness. The position is accountable to the Oversight Board.


Olive Mennonite’s mission is to develop and send forth disciples of Jesus Christ that will transform our world. They are an Anabaptist community church that teaches, shares and does life together centered on Jesus. The church is Biblically-grounded, intimate, authentic, and engaged. Olive Mennonite is a place for real friendship, service, making a difference in their community and helping people flourish. As followers of Jesus, this fellowship of believers is empowered by the Holy Spirit to be the hands of Jesus to their neighbors. Olive has a strong presence of young families and children who are active in leadership roles.


Olive Mennonite has an average weekly attendance of around 60, and an annual operating budget of $147,000. It has its own building on 3 acres of land just outside Jamestown (Jimtown), a small community on the south side of Elkhart, Indiana. Jamestown is a small town with its own school system. It is also in the middle of a thriving economy in northern Indiana, within a short driving distance from the South Bend-Mishawaka-Elkhart-Goshen metro area. The church is near a number of premier university and college campuses.

Required Qualifications:




The qualified candidate will be a leader who passionately loves God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loves and cares for their neighbors in ways that will draw them into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.


A qualified candidate will:

  1. Maintain a consistent devotional life of prayer and Bible study and have an understanding of God’s word, discerning with wisdom and guarding against false teaching.

  2. Demonstrate the evidence of both the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11).

  3. Have evidence of God's call on their life and meet the qualifications of an elder given in 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:6-9 and 1 Peter 5:2-3.

  4. Embody observable Christ-like behavior and humility with family, friends, and community.

  5. Possess a personal desire and history of fulfilling Jesus' Great Commission.


Experience and Education


A qualified candidate will have:

  1. Pastoral leadership experience, some theological education preferred.

  2. Knowledge of and commitment to Biblical Anabaptist theology and a willingness to commit to Evana Network's covenant.

  3. Some training and background in leading and empowering teams.




A qualified candidate must be a team builder who is:

  1. A strong leader who models, equips, and inspires others to do the work of ministry (Ephesians 4).

  2. Able to clearly communicate a compelling vision of ministry for the church.

  3. Able to lead an inter-generational discipleship movement in the church that empowers and mobilizes the church to fulfill its calling as the body of Christ.


Primary Responsibilities

  1. Provide spiritual leadership to the church that equips people for fulfillment of the Great Commission.

  2. Serve as primary communicator on weekend services.

  3. Preach Biblical and dynamic sermons that draw people into intimacy with Christ and His redemptive mission in the world.

  4. Ensure inter-generational discipleship of individuals and families.

  5. Develop and mentor new leaders.

  6. Provide leadership to the Ministry Team.

  7. Be accountable to the Oversight Board.

  8. Provide support and oversight to all ministries and their leaders.

Interested applicants can email John Troyer at search@thriveleadership.center