The Senior Pastor is responsible to the church to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, to teach the Biblical revelation, to engage in pastoral care ministries, to provide administrative leadership in all areas of church life, and to act as the senior minister of the ministry and support staff.
1. Provide a preaching ministry which is balanced in terms of doctrine, principles of our Christian faith in knowledge of the Word, application of those principles to our daily lives, and commitment of the individuals to those principles. Take the primary responsibility for the preaching in all church services.
a) provide a balanced overview of the whole counsel of God
b) deal with doctrinal issues which may need particular attention
c) apply Biblical principles to moral, ethical, and political issues
d) ensure that encouragement, reproof, and correction are in balance
e) conduct baptisms and oversee membership
f) give opportunity for people to respond to evangelistic and commitment messages
g) conduct the Lord’s Supper
h) arrange pulpit supply in case of absence
2. Provide pastoral care for the congregation personally or through groups.
a) provide for the shepherding needs of the whole body as we fulfill the church’s mission
b) visitation in hospital, shut-ins, members, various groups in the church formally and informally, and prospects
• troubled people
• those in need
d) funerals and weddings
3. Disciple and equip the congregation to train believers in the basics of the Christian life so that they may be assimilated into the congregation, grow, and reproduce in order to impact their homes, church, and community.
a) disciple new believers
b) provide leadership development opportunities
c) equip people to disciple others
d) encourage and develop lay ministry (Sunday school teachers, children’s church leaders, bus ministry)
4. Provide leadership and direction for ministry, not only in its effectiveness, but in the preparation of people to carry it out.
a) provide a vision for direction and develop a strategic plan for the church
b) train and develop the Deacons board
c) develop a long range plan for:
• pulpit ministry
• discipling and equipping
• community outreach
d) lead the congregation to engage in a daily walk with God and be submissive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in all things
e) ensure that prayer has a prominent place in the church life and personal lives
f) help the church identify and use each member’s spiritual gifts in ministry
g) provide an outreach vision which is local and foreign oriented
h) liaise with the Deacons in maintaining a spiritually healthy church
5. Provide administrative duties to ensure the ministry of the church runs smoothly.
a) oversee worship service in consultation with musicians and song leader
b) develop a standard for performance in ministries
c) select all staff members and determine their duties
d) respond to incoming mail, phone calls, and emails
e) advise use of benevolence fund
f) develop agenda for Deacon meetings with Chairman/Vice-chairman, and attend meetings
g) work in conjunction with Treasurer and Deacons to develop yearly budget and missions program for upcoming year
h) represent the church in civic and zoning matters
i) help facilitate compliance with church by-laws, constitution, and congregational business meetings
j) serve as chief administrator of lay and paid church staff
6. Maintain a self-development program which will keep both personal and church life in balance.
a) schedule time to concentrate on prayer, personal Bible study, and keep current in reading
b) exercise and relaxation
c) keep contact with pastors, colleagues, resource people, and pastoral gatherings
d) take advantage of seminars and conferences
e) preach at other churches and conferences as deemed helpful