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Santa Cruz Bible Church
Santa Cruz, California, United States
Date Posted: 04/28/2008
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Bible Church
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Job Type: Full-Time
Senior Pastor Position Profile
Santa Cruz Bible Church (SCBC) is seeking a Senior Pastor to serve our fellowship in the purpose to which we believe God has called us. This purpose is to follow the Great Commandment, the Great Commission, as reflected in our purpose statement "to love God, love others, and serve the world." The role of the Senior Pastor at Santa Cruz Bible Church is to glorify Christ through accurate teaching of the Scripture, lived out in authentic relationship among the congregation of SCBC and within the Santa Cruz area.
Scripturally, we believe the spiritual gift mix for this position is that of Teacher/ Pastor, as described in Ephesians 4 and Leadership as defined in Romans 12. The Senior Pastor will serve as a Board Elder and would carry out the vision of SCBC to be an Ephesians 4 equipping church, a high value at SCBC. The role of Senior Pastor will have significant input for vision, direction, and implementation to lead and equip the body to "do the work of the ministry". We are looking for a man who loves the Word of God, and will love the people God calls him to serve.
Organizationally, the role of the Senior Pastor will give oversight to the pastoral and lead staff, encouraging unity, exhorting in love, and leading staff to focus upon equipping the congregation for ministry. He will oversee the filling of the weekend services by preaching regularly or opening the pulpit to qualified teachers. He will develop teams of pastoral staff and body members who are gifted in teaching and leadership to grow the next generation of leaders within SCBC.
Basic Position Qualifications
The person in this position needs to have the following:
. Education - M. Div. minimum or equivalent seminary degree.
. Experience - 5+ years of ministry experience which includes having served as a Teaching Pastor, Senior Pastor, or Associate Teaching Pastor in a church over 500, including direct oversight of lead staff and volunteer ministry leaders.
. Spiritual Gifting - Primary gifts are Pastor and Teacher (I Cor. 12:28, Rom. 12:7, Eph. 4:11)
. Values and Beliefs - An Ephesians 4 mindset as follows:
- Spirit-led passion to be like Christ in ways that bring glory to Him.
- Desire for growing people spiritually through practical and relevant teaching of God's Word
- Delight in shepherding people and equipping them to serve and love others.
- Enthusiasm to grow in personal knowledge and understanding of God's Word.
. Talents and Skills - Ability to communicate with passion and clarity, imparting vision to the church family, and represent SCBC to the greater Santa Cruz area.
This person must meet all the qualifications of an Elder as found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. The person in this position will be characterized by:
. Christ-like nature - someone who lives his life with God as his first love, with Christ as his model, and with the Holy Spirit as his power-source.
. Humility - someone who seeks to understand other people's points of view and works as a servant leader to build and support others.
. Family priority - someone who lives authentic family priorities, and knows when to choose his family over the pressures of ministry.
. Authenticity - someone who lives his life openly before God and man, whether in public or in private, honestly dealing with his sin and faithfully pursuing righteousness.
. A foundation in Scripture - someone who grows in his understanding of Scripture, both applying and communicating that understanding.
. A lifestyle of prayer - someone who lives his life in moment-by-moment dependency on the Lord, evidenced by continual prayer.
. A love for the Non-Christian community - someone who loves the community with the love Christ has shown him.
. Servant Leadership - someone who models his leadership style after Christ, caring and nurturing individuals and groups in the Body as they grow in their faith.
References upon request - 3 professional, 2 personal