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Pastor Job Description

Please Send Resumes to- pastorsearch@lfcpryor.com

This is the profile of the person we are looking for in a lead pastor/elder and the associated job responsibilities. In it, we highlight character qualities, personality traits, theological convictions, roles, responsibilities, and expectations.

Lead Pastor Profile

The lead pastor will model the purpose of Life Fellowship Church to “make transformed, contagious, followers of Jesus” The lead pastor will be an articulate advocate and communicator for the vision of God’s Church, for the Glory of God.  This person will be the primary leader, teacher, and visionary and will have a broad responsibility for the spiritual welfare, growth, and life of the church in all areas including discipleship, evangelism, and equipping the congregation for service.  The lead pastor is to embody the essence of a shepherd and servant leader.

In addition, the lead pastor will:

  • Have a vital walk with Jesus Christ evidenced by faithfulness, passion, and an appreciation for God’s glorious grace.
  • Have a gift and a passion for preaching the eternal, inerrant, and unalterable Word of God as revealed in the Old and New Testaments.
  • Practice personal one-on-one evangelism and discipleship and be committed to equipping others to do the same.
  • Be committed to small groups (what we call LIFE groups) as a key strategy for church growth and discipleship.
  • Display an understanding of aligning church strategy and vision within our community and context.
  • Have a heart for getting outside of the walls of our building and ministering to our community where they are.
  • Be an authentic communicator, easy to understand, and down-to-earth.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to share with others in a large group setting and one-on-one from his heart and life.
  • Be willing to be humble enough to accept input from those he is leading, as well as be appropriately transparent with the many, and intimately transparent with a few.
  • Display a track record of personal management, leadership, and professionalism and have developed a personal model for Gospel-driven productivity.
  • Be actively seeking to lead his family into relationship with Christ. The lead pastor’s family should be supportive of God’s call on his life. The successful candidate is expected to relocate to within the community of the church.

Lead Pastor Job Description:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities of the lead pastor will be carried out in the context of the staff team and ministry leaders. Our intent is that the lead pastor will give leadership and oversight and delegate responsibility as appropriate.  These essential duties and responsibilities include, but not limited to, the following: Ministry of the Word, Prayer, Leadership, Evangelism & Discipleship, Shepherding & Teaching, and Pastoral Care. The lead pastor will work in conjunction with the elders, ministry staff, and ministry leaders in the implementation of the mission and vision of the church.

Ministry of the Word

The lead pastor will be the primary preacher for the church and will teach God’s Word faithfully, according to sound doctrine. The lead pastor should be committed to an exposition of Holy Scripture that is relevant, authentic, God glorifying, and personally applicable. The lead pastor will:

  1. Preach at least 80% of Sundays within a calendar year.  This may include preaching multiple times on the same Sunday as church demand and schedules dictate.
  2. Is responsible to plan, organize, teach or administrate mid-week discipleship meetings for adults.  These meetings are primarily on Wednesday evenings in accordance with Youth and Children’s department activities.  
  3. Cultivate and lead a teaching team to assist in planning, preparation and evaluation of preaching.
  4. Communicate the preaching series in a timely manner to ministry staff and volunteers in order to coordinate their respective responsibilities.
  5. Plan preaching for all special services. (Christmas, Easter, etc.)
  6. Supervise the administration of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper in our Worship Services with the deacons responsible for ordinances.
  7. Be a clear and articulate speaker who can be readily understood by our diverse congregation.

Prayer

The lead pastor will set the pace in Kingdom-focused prayer by spending time praying daily for the ministry of the church, and by providing discipleship to others in prayer at the individual, family, and group levels.

Leadership

LFC is an Elder lead church, in such we recognize the biblical value in a plurality of leaders. It is the primary role of the elder to teach, pray and govern.  This shared leadership is valuable in that it can balance weaknesses, spread the workload and provide accountability.

The lead pastor will develop a rich worship life in the church, planning and leading the order of worship for our services in collaboration with ministry staff and volunteers. The lead pastor will cultivate and demonstrate a heart for proclaiming the Gospel in Pryor, Oklahoma, the surrounding region, and the world, thus continuing Life Fellowship’s active participation in worldwide Gospel advancement.

The lead pastor will lead and hold accountable all ministry staff and will also be a voting member of the elder team. The lead pastor will:

  1. Conduct regular staff meetings as necessary with the ministry staff, both individually and jointly, and work to assist and equip the ministry staff in achieving and exceeding ministry objectives as defined by the elder team.
  2. Nurture the mental, spiritual and emotional health of the ministry staff of Life Fellowship Church.
  3. Work with the church administrator and financial secretary to provide optimal functioning of administrative duties, work within the annual church budget, and to ensure all church requirements are met from state and local levels.
  4. As a member of the elder team:
    1. Work with the elders to establish measurable objectives for all ministry staff in keeping with the purposes of the church.
    2. Conduct an annual evaluation of paid church staff members
    3. Work with the other elders to coordinate, evaluate and execute the ongoing church vision, strategy, annual goals, and review of ministry objectives.

Evangelism & Discipleship

The lead pastor will demonstrate a lifestyle of personal discipleship, and oversee its application in congregational life. The lead pastor will:

  1. Support and evaluate existing outreach ministries and encourage creativity in the development of new outreach ministries.
  2. Encourage and motivate the congregation to be active and intentional in discipleship making to our Worship Services and LIFE groups.
  3. Develop and lead (or delegate to an Elder) an Intro to Life Fellowship class for prospective members.
  4. In collaboration with ministry staff and LIFE group leaders, coordinate people’s involvement in ministry, ongoing personal discipleship, and a LIFE group.

Shepherding & Teaching

The lead pastor will lead the elders in nurturing and administering the overall shepherding ministry of the church. The lead pastor will:

  1. Partner with the elders in their shepherding efforts.
  2. Monitor LIFE group’s growth and leadership.
  3. Develop means and methods to:
    1. Equip and train new and existing LIFE group leaders
    2. Cultivate the development of gifts within the body
  4. Engage in personal and professional growth by being mentored and coached on a consistent basis.

Pastoral Care

The lead pastor will be involved in pastoral care of individuals, couples, families, and groups as opportunities arise. The lead pastor will:

  1. Develop and oversee with deacon ministry a Pastoral Care ministry within Life Fellowship that seeks to nurture the mental, spiritual and emotional health of the individuals in our Church.
  2. Administer a plan that ensures that every member of Life Fellowship has direct access to an Elder, pastoral staff, ministry leader, or LIFE group leader.

Educational Requirements

We prefer a lead pastor with a minimum of a bachelor level education. We recognize learning and training come in many formats. We desire that he be a continuing learner, but relatable enough to communicate with all levels of our congregation. The lead pastor must be committed to an orthodox understanding of Christian faith and adhere to our statement of faith as published on our website.

Finally, the lead pastor must love Jesus faithfully and passionately, out of the outpouring of God’s sustaining grace evidenced in scripture, creation, and the testimony of the Church and individual members throughout history.

 

Please Send Resumes to- pastorsearch@lfcpryor.com