About the job
The Lead Pastor, as a minister of Christ, is accountable for the overall leadership and vision of the church.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Lead Pastor’s core responsibility is to oversee the spiritual growth and well-being of the congregation, including developing and preaching sermons for worship services; providing pastoral care and spiritual counseling; and growing and strengthening the congregation through the fostering of discipleship and community outreach. Also integral to the Lead Pastor’s oversight of the church is the responsibility to guide and develop church staff; to partner with the congregationally-elected Leadership Team; and to provide oversight and support of other critical teams such as Finance, Stewardship, and Missions.
Education and Experience
The Lead Pastor must either be currently ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) or committed to become ordained by the ECC if called to Pine Lake Covenant Church. The ideal candidate for Lead Pastor will have a Masters of Divinity from a nationally-recognized seminary or divinity school and at least 4-7 years of experience as a Lead Pastor or in a senior-level pastoral position or equivalent experience that has sufficiently prepared him or her for a Lead Pastor role.
Skills and Abilities
The Lead Pastor must have the ability to discern and develop a vision for our church, effectively communicate that vision, and inspire others to support and execute on the vision. In so doing, the Lead Pastor must possess strong leadership and mentorship skills, with the ability to resolve conflict, inspire collaboration, and disciple staff and members of the congregation. Effective communication skills are also critical to the role, including the ability to authentically relate to people from different generations and backgrounds and show them Christ’s love.
The Lead Pastor must possess a heart for evangelism and a passion for both local and global missions, demonstrating a spirit which is tenderly tuned towards those who face hardships, who have a need for healing, or who have lost their way spiritually. He or she must demonstrate spiritual and emotional maturity, possessing a firm foundation in the Word of God and living a Christian life that serves as a model for the congregation and community.
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