GRACE BIBLE CHURCH
5781 Manchester Road
Akron, OH 44319
Position Summary and Overview:
The Senior Pastor will join a team of seven full time and four part time staff.
This position will work closely with the current Senior Pastor as he transitions to retirement.
In mid 2005, Manchester Trinity Chapel, an established church with many years of history, found their attendance waning, and were seeking a new beginning.
Pastor Jerry Harpool from Maranatha Bible Church in Akron felt led by God to offer his gifts and talents for a new church which was subsequently renamed Grace Bible Church.
Under the leadership of Pastor Harpool and the Grace of God, a new constitution and a new statement of faith were prayerfully written. The previous congregational form of government was replaced with an
elder rule form of government prevalent in the New Testament Church. A new set of elders was chosen and then confirmed by the congregation.
The new church congregation also chose a new name – “Grace Bible Church.” This new name signifies our Bible based theology and teaching and that God’s love expressed through his endless grace is the guiding
principle for our lives.
The church espouses an expositional style of preaching.
Grace Bible Church (www.grace-biblechurch.org) is located in Northeast Ohio in the City of New Franklin. New Franklin has a population of approximately 15,000
people with an average age of 45.5 years.
Grace Bible Church‘s attendance averages 407 per Sunday with an age breakdown as follows:
33% are 61-93 years of age
25% are 41-60 years of age
14% are 18-40 years of age
28% are 1-17 years of age
Continue the implementation of strategic GBC visions and goals.
Responsible to assist the elders in overseeing the life and direction of the church.
Be the primary preacher/teacher for Sunday worship services
Provide leadership in the establishment and implementation of all church ministries
Ensure that Bible teaching is the primary function of the church
Oversee pastoral care needs of the congregation and, as necessary, share with the other pastors in hospital visitation, home visits, counseling, weddings and funerals
Administer communion and baptism
and lead monthly prayer meeting
Lead new member orientation meetings
Serve as equal member of the elder board
Perform other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Elders
Staff Supervision and Development
Maintain efficient and effective lines of communication between staff and elders.
Oversee and lead other pastoral staff in their related ministries.
Must be a born again believer
· Must have a minimum of 5 years as senior pastor of a multi-staff church.
A masters of divinity or theology is preferred.
Must embrace the beliefs of Grace Bible Church as documented in the Grace Bible Church statement of faith.
Ability to articulate the ministry, philosophy and direction of the church
Organize and use time effectively
Demonstrate proficiency in computer skills
Commitment to good interpersonal relationships, teamwork and support, both with staff and members