The Senior Pastor for Victory Church will be a man who is called, ordained and set apart by God to the gospel ministry, biblically grounded and evangelical in theology, is able to affirm and support Congregationalism and the Elder Ministry, the “Baptist Faith and Message 2000,” and is committed to living and serving in a manner consistent with the standards set forth in Scripture for Pastors and Elders. The Senior Pastor will be one who exemplifies godly character and leadership. He is compassionate in recognizing and meeting the needs of others, innovative, action-oriented, committed to results, and demonstrates a high level of excellence and competency.
a. The Senior Pastor will be called by the Holy Spirit and confirmed by a body of believers through ordination. (Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 3:1)
b. The Senior Pastor will equip, educate, and edify the church as mandated in Ephesians 4:11-13.
c. The Senior Pastor will conform himself to the ministry expectations set forth in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13.
d. The Senior Pastor will lead and serve in accord with the expectations set forth in 1 Peter 5:1-3.
e. The Senior Pastor will exercise biblical authority and carry out a Christian witness as set forth in Hebrews 13:17 and as directed in 2 Timothy 4:1-5.
f. The Senior Pastor will be qualified to minister in the church, as required in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
The Senior Pastor is responsible to the church to lead the congregation in prayer, proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, teach the biblical revelation, engage in pastoral care ministries, and provide oversight of all areas of church life and the ministerial staff.
The Senior Pastor will be called to lead the church to understand, embrace, and accomplish its mission to make disciples both locally and globally through the vision of engaging Christ followers in worship, discipleship, community, and missions. He will identify relevantly
information and help transform this information into individual and organizational knowledge and learning.
The responsibilities of the Senior Pastor may be outlined in terms of his primary biblical roles as follows:
a. Elder/Overseer: the principal leader and vision caster of the church (cf. Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
b. Evangelist: models the practice of personal evangelism and ensures that the church is challenged and equipped to be obedient to the Great Commission (cf. 2 Timothy 4:5; Matthew 28:19).
c. Shepherd: models the heart of the Chief Shepherd and ensures that the church is well-led, cared for, and protected (cf. Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
d. Preacher/Teacher: the principal communicator of God’s Word in public worship and ensures that the Church is growing to maturity in Christ (cf. Acts 6:4; Ephesians 4:11; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; Titus 1:9).
e. Equipper: partners with other leaders to empower and equip maturing members for significant service and ministry by discovering, developing, and deploying their spiritual gifts (cf. Ephesians 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:2).
The Senior Pastor will participate in the planning of worship services and events in order to support staff and lay leaders to successfully coordinate these services and events. He will oversee and lead outreach and pastoral care efforts, including visitation, biblical counseling,
performing weddings and conducting funeral services.
The Senior Pastor will oversee staff development and advocate for ministerial staff to have the resources necessary to fulfill their duties and responsibilities. With integrity, he will develop people and build teams to accomplish goals. He identifies and solves problems while taking
advantage of opportunities and dealing effectively with demanding situations, designing and implementing strategies in response to them.
He is mission-focused and cooperates with the associational, state, and denominational leaders in matters of mutual interest and concern, and to support the work of Southern Baptist missions and the Cooperative Program.
The Senior Pastor will manage the continuity, change, and transition of the church as a growing and maturing body of believers. When necessary, he will address the impact of attitudes and actions on Victory Church and its participants and challenge believers for spiritual growth.
He will serve as the primary leader and with the Leadership Teams and Ministerial Staff, is responsible to fulfill God’s calling for our congregation. The Senior Pastor will work with the Ministerial Staff to establish a shared vision and purpose for the church and translate broad goals into achievable steps. The Senior Pastor will work with the Leadership Teams and Ministerial Staff to ensure our relevance to the community, the accomplishment of our mission and vision, accountability to our diverse membership and to honor the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Must meet the listed qualifications of an Elder in accordance with the scriptures. In addition to these qualifications the Senior Teaching Pastor shall meet the following qualifications:
A. The Senior Teaching Pastor must meet the requirements listed for an overseer in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and 1 Peter 5:1-4.
B. The Senior Teaching Pastor must have a Bachelor’s Degree and a Seminary degree or be in the process of attaining one, with concentrations in theology and preaching preferred.
C. A seminary degree from a Southern Baptist seminary is preferred.
D. Work experience as a Senior Teaching Pastor is preferred.
E. A minimum of 10 years of ministry experience, including 5 years in church leadership positions are preferred.