Gethsemane Baptist Church (GBC) seeks a lead pastor to shepherd our local congregation.
The primary role of the lead pastor at GBC is to shepherd the flock through sound teaching and doctrine, consistent with an orthodox interpretation of Scripture (Ephesians 4:11, Titus 1:9). The candidate chosen for this position will help to develop a vision for the church that fosters an environment of spiritual growth, Christian community, and an outpouring of faith through evangelism. The lead pastor will be responsible for all items described herein. However, the NT prescribes that local churches be led by a plurality of pastor-elders. It is thus understood that the lead pastor will serve in a setting of shared leadership, working alongside our current pastor who will move into a lay pastor-elder role. Individual tasks and duties may be shared with other elders, deacons, or lay leaders, delegating as appropriate to those within the church and according to their respective gifts, strengths, and abilities.
We prefer to call a full-time lead pastor, but part-time or bi-vocational candidates will be considered. Compensation commensurate with experience. Relocation assistance is available.
The lead pastor will be responsible to:
- Boldly teach and preach the Word of God in an expositional manner, upholding biblical, orthodox, evangelical, Baptist theology throughout all functions of the church.
- Equip and encourage the congregation to be engaged members of the local body; oversee the development of ministries, roles, and functions of the church in accordance with the gifts and abilities of each individual.
- Promote a culture of evangelism within the congregation; seek to actively spread the gospel to the surrounding community.
- Guide the development and implementation of a corporate mission and vision for GBC.
- Ensure that each member of GBC is discipled according to his or her individual station in life and spiritual maturity.
- Provide biblical pastoral care and counseling, including, but not limited to, premarital and marriage counseling, grief support, correction, and reconciliation.
- Organize, plan, and generally oversee liturgical structure of the Lord’s Day worship service.
- Assist in overseeing the management of church finances, facility maintenance, ministries, deacons, recordkeeping, and other functions of the church.
- Officiate communion, baptisms, baby dedications, weddings, and funerals as needed.
- Willingness to affirm the doctrine and principles described in The Baptist Faith and Message 2000, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Abstract of Principles, and The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.
- A demonstrated commitment, both personally and professionally, to biblical principles as stated herein.
- Consistent spiritual and moral character and lifestyle, fulfilling the biblical qualifications of a pastor/elder described in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9.
- Personal conviction and calling to the pastoral ministry.
- Master of Divinity or higher from a conservative, evangelical seminary.
- Five years of experience in a pastoral role.
- Ability to cooperate and work effectively alongside other elders, and/or deacons.
- Ability to clearly and effectively listen and communicate with others, in both written and oral forms.
- Local residency or willingness to relocate.
- Willingness to submit to and ability to pass criminal, credit, and sexual misconduct background checks.