Raintree Community Church is a church of 150-200 members looking to grow and expand our outreach to the surrounding community. We are located in a fairly affluent southeast suburb of Kansas City. We are affiliated with Converge Worldwide (previously known as the Baptist General Conference).
Reason for vacancy
Ken Erisman, the founding pastor is retiring due to Parkinson’s and other health issues.
- A heart for God and genuinely loves the church.
- A man of prayer (committed to prayer).
- Passion to reach the lost & models a life of evangelism, having a focus of reaching the lost and discipleship.
- Expositional preacher with good exegetical skills.
- Good sound theology. (Historic, sound, biblical theology. We are Baptist—also Reformed in the sense of having a strong belief in the sovereignty of God)
- Excellent organizational skills—can cast vision, build teams, good at implementation of strategies—empowering leaders to carry out strategies.
- He wants the church to be Gospel-centered.
- Discretion, perseverance, patience and sense of humor; team spirit and genuine caring.
What is the age range we are looking at in a Lead Pastor?
We would like to have someone in their mid-30’s through 40’s with at least 2-3 years Pastoral experience. Because our congregation has both younger and older, we desire that the person connect well with younger people 20’s & 30’s. We hope that he will be able to understand the subtle nuances of how to relate well to the younger generation. At the same time he should have the relational skills to win the hearts of the older generation. In a nutshell he should respect and love the older generation and win their affection so that when change is implemented for the younger people, it will be accepted and embraced.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Lead Pastor
- Ensure fulfillment of Raintree Community Church’s four ministry priorities: Sunday service, community, leadership, and training.
- Lead, develop and manage church staff.
- Lead the elders meetings.
- Preach, pray and disciple the church working out of lead pastor’s strengths.
- Create and cast vision for staff, volunteers and church members.
- Collaborate and work with Raintree Community Church ministries to carry out the mission.
- Ensure the health of Raintree Community Church.
- Keep teams on mission for Jesus.
- Oversee budget and capital campaigns or fundraising for local church and church planting when needs arise.
Salary: We desire to pay a decent salary based upon ministry experience and ministry expertise.
Vacation: Vacation and Personal Days, Holidays, as well a Sabbaticals.
About our church
We think that the primary mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. And each believer is to carry on that mission.
Discipleship has two parts: reaching (sharing the gospel) & teaching.
- Reach people with the gospel
- Teach people to observe all that Jesus commanded.
Our mission is simply to make disciples who make disciples.
We hold to the historic fundamentals of the faith—such doctrines as:
- Deity of Christ
- Virgin Birth of Jesus
- Substitutionary Atonement (salvation by faith alone)
- The Bible is Without Error (Inerrancy)
- Physical Death, Burial, Resurrection and Future Return of Christ
We would be in line with The Gospel Coalition’s Confession—see
To understand more clearly where we are at theologically, you can look at our Senior Pastor’s book, Grounded in the Faith (published by Baker Books). See— http://www.groundedinthefaith.com
We would be in alignment with The Gospel Coalition’s Vision for Ministry http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/about/foundation-documents#tab-3
Core Values of Raintree Community Church
We seek to be a “Gospel-centered” church.
The Gospel is not simply the entry point into the Christian life but it is also the foundation and power that shapes all we do as followers of Jesus Christ, both in our daily lives and in our experience as the corporate body of Christ.
We value a grace-filled atmosphere.
Because God continually shows to us a vast display of amazing grace and patience, we want to do the same for each other. We seek to have a church that refrains from nitpicking others. You will discover that there are people in a wide spectrum of spiritual maturity levels, and there are many who come to our services who are ‘observers’-taking time to see what this ‘God-thing’ is all about. We try hard by God’s grace to live out the Biblical principle: “Love Covers a Multitude of Sins.” -which in essence means that we cut each other a lot of slack. We believe that the truth of the Word of God is the primary catalyst for the transformation in the lives of people. ’Love’ without truth does not give people ultimate solutions. On the other hand, ’truth’ without love tends toward cold orthodoxy.
We are committed to keeping the ‘Main Thing’ the ‘Main Thing’.
Our main thing is to MAKE DISCIPLES WHO MAKE DISCIPLES. We believe that lost people matter to God, therefore they ought to matter to the church. Jesus explained that the primary thing He came to do was to seek and to save what was lost (Luke 19:10). It is very easy to get side-tracked from the ‘main thing.’
PLEASE INCLUDE BRIEF ANSWERS OR RESPONSES TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS ALONG WITH YOUR RESUME.
Our goal is for both parties to be clear, upfront, and honest. This way it will help clear the air for any future misunderstandings and help us both to assess whether or not it is a good fit for each other.
1. After reading the church’s “Statement of Faith” and “Teachings/Direction of the Church” (http://www.raintreechurch.com/RCC-Constitution1-2.pdf) is there anything in the statements with which you disagree (or might slightly disagree)? Is there anything that you think should have been added?
2. What are your thoughts about a historical Adam?
3. What is your view of inerrancy?
Would you be in agreement with the following description of inerrancy?
Wayne Grudem, in his Systematic Theology, defines biblical inerrancy as—“The inerrancy of Scripture means that Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact.”
4. What do you believe about the lost who never hear the Gospel? How would you evaluate the following paragraph?
Some believe that a Hindu or Muslim or Jew could be saved by Christ's atoning work even if they don't know or understand to call upon the name of Christ…In other words there might be such people who continue to embrace their own religion of Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, etc. but with an element of sincerity are trying to seek after God. According to this approach God can apply the saving work of Jesus to such people even though they never believe the gospel of Christ.
5. Would you be in agreement with the document’s view of justification and imputation?
J. I. Packer, R.C. Sproul, D. A.Carson and others drafted the document called--The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration. In that document it was intended to be clear that we are justified by faith alone—
--We affirm that the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone in Christ alone is essential to the Gospel (Rom. 3:28; 4:5; Gal. 2:16)
--God’s justification of those who trust him, according to the Gospel, is a decisive transition, here and now, from a state of condemnation and wrath because of their sins to one of acceptance and favor by virtue of Jesus’ flawless obedience culminating in his voluntary sin-bearing death. God “justifies the wicked” (ungodly: Rom. 4:5) by imputing (reckoning, crediting, counting, accounting) righteousness to them and ceasing to count their sins against them (Rom. 4:1-8). Sinners receive through faith in Christ alone “the gift of righteousness” (Rom. 1:17, 5:17; Phil. 3:9) and thus become “the righteousness of God” in him who was “made sin” for them (2 Cor. 5:21).??--As our sins were reckoned to Christ, so Christ’s righteousness is reckoned to us. This is justification by the imputation of Christ’s righteousness. All we bring to the transaction is our need of it. Our faith in the God who bestows it, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is itself the fruit of God’s grace. Faith links us savingly to Jesus, but inasmuch as it involves an acknowledgment that we have no merit of our own, it is confessedly not a meritorious work.
6. When does life begin?
7. What do you think the Bible teaches about homosexuality?
8. What is your take on this? The leadership of the Raintree Community Church is Reformed (Calvinistic after the tradition and tone of people like Charles Spurgeon and J. I. Packer—although we rarely would use the label “Calvinistic”).
9. How do you interpret I Timothy 2:12 and what are the practical outworkings of this passage for the local church? (I Timothy 2:12-- ESV--“ I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man”).
We teach that although women are incredibly important in the work of the church and spreading of the Gospel, and that Jesus and the Apostle Paul were greatly assisted by women, we hold to the historic position that only men are sanctioned to be elders or pastors. Women will be encouraged to participate in all sorts of ministries in the church. The instruction from the Apostle Paul, however, must be taken into account: I Timothy 2:12— “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man.” Thus the natural implication of this instruction is that although women are encouraged to be involved in many kinds of ministries, there is an exception to those which have to do with “exercising authority over a man.” We are just seeking to remain true to the text of Scripture. We praise God for the ministry of women. Historically women have been some of Christ’s most faithful servants!
We also hold to the complementarian (as opposed to the egalitarian) interpretation of Scripture concerning husbands and wives.
10. What is your view of how one’s faith and the church intersect with politics?
11. Who are your pastoral role models?
12. If it turns out that it is a good fit, how long would you like to stay at this church?
13. We believe that hell is real and eternal and that there are no second chances after death. Would you agree?
14. We realize that true believers will differ in certain personal convictions (examples: going to the theater, activities on Sunday, clothing, Christian school, celebration of holidays, drinking alcohol in moderation, etc.). We follow the principles laid down in Romans 14:3— “Let not him who does not eat judge him who eats.” We must have a spirit of forbearance with one another and recognize that true love “suffers long” and “is not easily provoked” (I Cor. 13). Some issues like use of alcohol especially call for prudence and discretion since our teens are heavily influenced by the pastoral staff of the church.
15. We seek to be biblical in the understanding of the miraculous and generous in our outlook toward the larger body of Christ. We believe that God can and does miraculous things in our lives especially in answer to prayer. We believe that God is sovereign and may choose to act or work through His church as He chooses. In light of that, we seek to weigh all things in light of Scripture and by any guidelines set forth by Scripture. We believe that if a particular “charismatic” gift were to be offered in the assembly of believers then it would have to undergo the scrutiny of I Corinthians 14. We believe that if there occurred a true miracle from God then it would be more than clear to the whole church. For instance, if someone who is disabled says that he or she just received healing from God then it will be obvious if that were true. We believe that one of the greatest miracles is the conversion of a person’s soul.
16. We do not believe that “open theism” represents the biblical understanding of the omniscience of God. We believe His knowledge of all past, present, and future events is exhaustive, and his knowledge is perfect from all eternity.
Please include links to a video (or audio) of your preaching along with a picture of your family.
We want to thank you for taking your time to investigate whether or not this would be a ministry that God might be calling you to pursue. Because we anticipate a fairly large number of applicants we want to make sure that we do not leave you hanging. Therefore, if you are one of those chosen to be a potential candidate, we will contact you to let you know within 30 days from the time we receive your resume. If you do not receive any notice then you will not be contacted but we want to thank you ahead of time for being willing to send in your resume. Thank you and may God bless you as you pursue His calling.
Resumes and Letters can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Original Pdf version of this Job Description: http://www.raintreechurch.com/LeadPastor-JobDescription.pdf)
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