GraceWorks Alaska is looking for a lead pastor for GraceWorks @ Calvary Church in
Anchorage, Alaska. In April 2022, Calvary Baptist Church unanimously gifted one of
the larger church campuses in the city to GraceWorks/Global Partnership Ministries.
We agreed to restart church at that location targeting next generation, the local
Government Hill community, and the nearby military community. Our vision is a church
filled with people who are attracted by passionate, genuine followers of Jesus Christ and
the outstanding heart music.
We have a good reputation in the city gained over 16 years of ministry, the largest church
fleet of vehicles in the state, hundreds of volunteers each summer to help, and literally
thousands of churches and friends who have been involved in our mission over the years.
We are looking for affinity and alignment with our mission. With our Summer GraceWorks
presence in many park and mobile home locations all over the city, our greater vision may
ultimately be a mother campus and satellite campuses. We are looking for a leader to help
us start and grow the most missional church in Alaska and reach the next generation of Jesus
For the forseeable future, the church staff will be part of the GraceWorks Alaska Team – directed by Dr Scott Kirby. Originally founded by Dr Kirby as a 501(3)c in 1991 as Global Partnership Ministries, Inc, we DBA as GraceWorks here in Alaska. GraceWorks hosts over a thousand mission volunteers each year in Alaska serving mostly with disadvanged kids in local city parks and mobile home parks. All ministries and staff come under the leadership of the GraceWorks/Global Partnership Ministries Board. All board members have been active volunteer staff with Graceworks.
Giftedness. The applicant needs the people skills and energy to lead a team to start a church from scratch, although he will have a big advantage in resources and help over the average church planter.
Education. College and Seminary are pluses, but not necessarily required. We are more interested in people skills, work ethic and passion for Jesus than in degrees. He must know his Bible well and accurately handle the Word of Truth (2 Tim 2:15). He must know his doctrine well and be able to talk intelligently with nonbelievers about their questions.
Doctrine. He needs to line up with the GraceWorks/GPM doctrinal statement which found on our webpage
at graceworksak.com. We are Baptist in doctrine and practice although with a focus on joy and grace.
The applicant must have a serious heart for evangelism and missions – which is the DNA of GraceWorks.
Salary is based upon experience, education, and giftedness.
Personal Life. The applicant needs to know Jesus and walk with Jesus. Understanding that we have all
experienced amazing grace and forgiveness in our past, there should not be things in the applicants's present
life that could bring dishonor both to Christ, the church and the mission.
Other staff needs. We are also looking for a contemporary worship pastor and an Assistant Director of
GraceWorks. In the near future we hope to expand the staff with a minister to the military, a community
missions catalyst, a student pastor, and a director of children’s ministry.
Process and Contact. The GraceWorks/Global Partnership Ministries Board has tasked Scott Kirby as the initial contact. Give him a call at 907-440-4974 (Alaska time) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. He will send you an application. If we move forward with your application, there would be other phone/Zoom interviews with Board members who function as a personnel/search committee.
Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity.
GraceWorks @ Calvary Church Planter