The pastor is God’s under-shepherd and provides spiritual oversight and leadership direction to church leaders and the congregation. He is responsible to the church to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, to teach the biblical revelation, to engage in pastoral care ministries and to provide administrative leadership in all areas of church life.
1. Leads the church to carry out the ministry of the gospel in the community.
2. Discerns, articulates and casts the vision of where God is leading the church.
3. Models and encourages personal spiritual development.
4. Prepares and delivers sermons, coordinates and plans the worship services with worship leaders (currently offering both blended and contemporary worship opportunities); leads in observance of ordinances.
5. Officiating weddings and funerals – viewing these opportunities as an outreach ministry of the church.
6. Leads the church in an effective program of outreach and in a caring ministry for persons in the church and community. Conducts counseling sessions as needed (could include, but not limited to, salvation, premarital, crisis, family or bereavement).
7. Serves as Chairman of the Administrative Council to lead in planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and evaluating the total church program.
8. Works with deacons, administrative council, and committees as they perform their assigned responsibilities. Encourages these groups to view themselves and act as ministers with a calling.
9. Cooperates with and leads the church in cooperating with associational, state and denominational leaders. Keeps the church informed of developments within the denomination.
10. Oversees (supervising, monitoring and evaluating) and disciples all Pastoral and Church Staff.
EXPERIENCE AND PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS
• Prefer a minimum of 8 years of Pastoral experience with at least 5 years serving as a Senior and/or Executive Pastor
• Strong leadership and administrative skills required
• Must be in agreement with and adhere to the doctrinal statement of the Southern Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention
• Committed to and represents the Pastoral traits described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Timothy 5:17; and Titus 1:6-9
• Must be an Ordained Minister
Prefer a Master of Divinity from an educational affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention
Equivalent Experience and a degree from an educational affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention