About the job
Heritage Church Pastor Job Description
Our Pastor has seven primary responsibilities:
1. Faithfully living a life where Christ is clearly evident throughout all he does while encouraging others to do the same;
2. Preaching and teaching using the Bible as the foundation;
3. Visionary leadership in partnership with the deacons for how to maintain and grow the church;
4. Operational leadership in partnership with the youth director, worship team, and deacons;
5. Pastoring and providing prayer/counsel to the Heritage Church congregation and willing to minister to the community at large;
6. Develop and disciple leaders to serve Heritage Church through Godly relationships that are loving, caring, and relationship based;
7. Teach a Discipleship class to our youth.
Heritage Church’s Mission Statement is below:
We are a family of believers in Jesus Giving Hope, Sharing Life, Teaching Truth, and Loving God. Romans 12; Ephesians 3-4
Giving Hope – Preaching the Good News Of Jesus Christ (Evangelism and Missions)
The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:18–19, HCSB)
1. It is expected that our pastor will use the Bible as a source of hope for all those who are in need.
2. He should be willing to counsel those within the church as well as the community at large.
3. He should be consistent in his walk where his relationship with Jesus is visibly evident.
Teaching Truth – Feasting on the Word of God (Receiving, Studying and Memorizing Scripture)
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16–17, ESV)
1. Use the Bible as his foundation.
2. Have a consistent daily time in the Word.
3. Be active in helping to improve programs that build up and expand what we have.
4. Continually grow, learn, and share how to strengthen one’s relationship with Christ.
Sharing Life – Coming to the Throne of Grace (Prayer, Care, and Hospitality)
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:7–9, ESV)
1. Live and be active within our Odessa community.
2. Encourage and be part of church and community activities.
3. Foster relationships that grow and encourage others to grow in their relationship with Christ.
4. Build relationships with congregants who are shut-ins and/or in nursing home/assisted living.
Loving God – Dispensing God’s love through Word and Deed (Worship, Service and Outreach)
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:4–5, ESV)
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us…And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:11-12, 21, ESV
1. Our pastor will have a strong prayer life and be in God’s Word daily.
2. He should be a visionary leader for the church, seeking God’s plan and vision for Heritage Church.
3. His love for God should be evident in how he lives his life, leads his flock, and uses his time and talents.
4. His love for God will be evident throughout his preaching, teaching, and relationships within the church and the community.
1. Spiritually mature.
2. Biblically mature in understanding and uses it as his guide through life.
3. He should use the Bible as the guide for his worldview.
4. Be transparent and honest. Allow for others to come alongside to help.
5. Be able to work in difficult circumstances with difficult people while showing grace and modeling Christ.
6. Agree and align to the Mission Statement and Bylaws of Heritage Church.
7. A self-starter with good time management.
8. Have initiative to work independently without supervision.
9. Be wiling to set goals and honestly assess the movement towards the goals.
10. Be willing to submit to the church leadership.
11. Be active in different church ministries and support the individuals in them.
12. Be humble.
13. Be someone who shape others, but is also willing to be shaped.
15. Sense of humor with ability to laugh at yourself. But, know when appropriate!
16. Protects his marriage and family.
17. Meets the qualifications of a Pastor/Elder.
18. Passes a criminal background check.
1. Good speaker in small group and large group settings.
2. Team player and relationship builder.
3. Collaborative work environment, not “my way or the highway.”
4. Ability to build people, develop leaders, and willingness to invest in others.
5. Relatable to a variety of people from various walks of life.
6. Recognizes when and how to ask for help.
2. Pastoral Counseling
4. Discipleship Class
5. Disciple and build relationships
6. Overseeing Christian Education
7. Other Ministry as assigned by the council
About Heritage Church
We are a rural, non-denominational church that is in the small town of Odessa, WA. Our town has a population of approximately 850 people. On a weekly basis, we have approximately 70 attendees, but have many other members who are shut-ins or in senior care. We house our community youth group and are very active in our community Vacation Bible School. During the school year, we have Sunday School as well as men’s and women’s bible studies. We are excited to hire a new pastor who is willing to shepherd our flock! We are a church who wants to acknowledge our past but embrace our future. Below are our most recent “plumb lines.”
Our Current Plumb Lines
Health Over Growth
But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head —Christ. From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part. (Eph 4:15–16, HCSB)
We Will Not Compromise The Word Of God.
For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3–4, HCSB)
Organic Authentic Fellowship: Creating a Welcoming Environment
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Romans 12:9–13, ESV)
Multi-Generational – Family Of Families: We Want To Do Things That Will Benefit The Youth
Then Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14, NASB95)
Everyone Does Not Have To Do Everything – But Everyone Should Be Doing Something
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10, NASB95)
We Encourage People To Work In Their Gifts And Passions
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly… (Romans 12:6, NASB95)
If You Can’t Live With The Worst Case Scenario, Don’t Do It
A fool’s way is right in his own eyes, but whoever listens to counsel is wise. (Proverbs 12:15, HCSB)
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