The lead pastor shall serve as the chief under-shepherd and overseer of this local church, feeding, leading and nurturing the sheep. This person’s main responsibility will be to communicate God’s Word, minister to spiritual needs, and provide biblical leadership for the church.
Minimum Training and Experience:
• Seminary or Bible college graduate.
• Minimum five years of church ministry or pastoral experience.
• Licensed and ordained as a minister of the Gospel of Southern Baptist churches.
• Called to the pastoral ministry.
• Proven ability to communicate well through a pulpit ministry, utilizing well-prepared sermons.
• Demonstrated human relations and motivational skills.
• Spiritual and personal integrity and maturity.
• Ability and willingness to share Christ and disciple others.
• Ability to empathize with the deep concerns of the congregation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Proclaim the Word of God in a regular pulpit ministry.
• Oversee pastoral staff. Provide direction for the church’s programs, including support for various ministries and outreach initiatives.
• Provide leadership and vision for the church. Direct plans for ministry and church growth; develop and fine-tune the church structure based on the Team philosophy of ministry.
• Motivate, equip and nurture the people of the church through example, preaching and teaching God’s Word and spiritual counseling.
• Spend significant time in prayer and Bible study.
• Lead in observance of the ordinances of the church, as well as facilitate the contact or visitation of hospitalized or grieving church members and officiate at weddings and funerals.
• Oversee church discipline and manage conflict within the church, while seeking to reconcile relationships and promote unity within the church.
• Participate in evangelism efforts through preaching and giving invitations during worship services, revival or other special services, visitation and other outreach efforts.
• Cooperate with local, state and denominational leaders in matters of mutual interest and concern; keep the church informed of denominational developments; represent the church in denominational and civic matters.