Lead Pastor at Carmel Reformed Church
Rock Valley, Iowa

Lead Pastor Job Description

Carmel Reformed Church is seeking a Lead Pastor to encourage, equip and lead the men, women, and families of our church to live as fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ and, through the Holy Spirit provide guidance into what God has intended for our congregation.


Key Responsibilities


·        Committed to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and be able to give public witness to their relationship with Christ

·        Humbly and devotedly open to God’s leading, Word and Spirit

·        Be a servant leader

·        Be a prayer champion for our church members and Carmel Church as a whole

·        Excellent communication skills



·        Hold a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent

·        Adhere to Reformed theology

·        Ability to work with and mentor an Associate Pastor


Ministry Areas


·        Lead pastor for the church and staff

·        President of the consistory

·        Assist Carmel Church in carrying its vision and mission forward

·        Assist in the leadership development of volunteers and lay people in the congregation


Spiritual Teacher:

·        Main person to present the gospel and preach at most worship services both morning and evening with the understanding that the Associate Pastor and visiting Pastors will be utilized as agreed upon by the consistory

·        Offer spiritual guidance as needed to consistory and congregation.  This may include leading prayer meetings, Sunday School classes and Bible Studies.

·        Build biblical community in the congregation and extended geographic surrounding areas

·        Make use of the teaching time to present sermons that enrich and challenge the listener



·        Be a resource for the ministry teams and leaders of those teams

·        Lead and coach other staff members


Other Responsibilities:

·        Make home/hospital visits as needed with priority given to the sick, shut-ins, the bereaved and hurting, and train and work with the elders and Associate Pastor to make sure the needs of the congregation in this area are met.

·        Lead other services such as weddings, funerals, baptisms as they arise.

·        Provide personal, pre-marital, marital, crisis and conflict resolution counseling in a safe and confidential setting, being aware of limitations and referring to professionals when appropriate.

·        Participate in the life of the church as able

·        Resource person for all ministries within the church



·        The lead Pastor is under the oversight of the elders.

·        Responsible to/for the congregation of Carmel Reformed Church to live for Christ and model a life of faith and integrity.



·        This is a full-time salaried position with full benefits


Current covid safety measures are normal handwashing and good personal hygiene.

Do not currently require vaccination, masks or specific social distancing.


Carmel Reformed Church
2801 360th Street
Rock Valley, Iowa 51247


Nate Maassen



Rock Valley, Iowa
Job type
Full Time
approximately 40 (full time)
Pay rate
info available upon request
Ordained position
Exempt status
Decision Making
Church Ministry