Pastor at Highland Baptist Church
About the job
Highland Baptist Church (Parkesburg, PA) – Pastor
The Big Picture
Highland Baptist Church (highland-bc.org) is seeking a Pastor who is a passionate follower of Christ with a heart for shepherding a congregation with a vision for outreach and growth. He will provide general oversight for all church ministries. He will serve as the primary preacher, staff leader, and ministry director.
Highland Baptist Church (HBC) is an independent Bible believing church where Christ is preeminent, people are loved, and the gospel and grace are central. HBC is nestled in Chester County where you often will see the patchwork of Amish Farms and their buggies trotting along the roadside. One of HBC's strengths is its welcoming spirit and family centered ministry. All are welcomed no matter your social or spiritual background. We enjoy Godly music with a worship style that is rich in variety of hymns and spiritual songs. Our services include practical teaching of God's Word, its application for daily living and how the love of Jesus is extended to all for a personal relationship with Him.
Christian walk: A passionate follower of Jesus Christ with a clear testimony of faith. He should have a consistent spiritual and moral character, fulfilling the biblical leadership qualifications of an elder described in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
Education: At least a MDiv or ThM from a seminary is preferred, but other good Bible training programs with appropriate experience may suffice.
Ordination: Properly ordained, or willing to seek ordination.
Doctrinal Convictions: Agreement with the HBC doctrinal statement and extending grace in areas in which Bible-believing Christians disagree.
Preaching: An effective communicator, committed to systematic, expository preaching with a focus on application and obedience.
Visionary Leadership: A man of vision who plans, delegates and empowers ministry team leadership. He should lead proactively in keeping the church effective and healthy and not simply maintain programs or function reactively.
Shepherd: Has the desire to lead with a loving heart. He is gentle, respectful, and warm.
Approach to people: His approach should be as a coach, not a prophet (‘I know God’s will so it’s my way or the highway.’) or an assistant (‘I’m just here to help everyone do what they feel called to do’). He must enjoy working with people.
Commitment to evangelism & discipleship: A history of participation in, and oversight of, effective outreach. A record of discipling and small group ministry.
Spiritual Gifts: He knows his spiritual gift(s) and uses it in his ministry. He has a track record of encouraging and developing the use of spiritual gifts in the church.
Experience - We would like to see several years of successful pastoral ministry experience. (This may be as a senior, assistant or associate pastor.).
DISC: Dominant or Influencer on the DISC test (HBC will provide a test from theministrymatch.com).
Teams: A history of working through others in teams.
Growth: A record of spiritual and numerical growth in the church.
Conflict Resolution: Demonstrated conflict resolution skills.
Longevity: Potential or desire to remain in a long-term ministry at HBC