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Trinity Evangelical Free Church

Lead Pastor

Trinity Evangelical Free Church
Ripon, Wisconsin, United States

Date Posted: 06/06/2016
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 101 to 150
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Lead Pastor Position Description

Trinity Evangelical Free Church, Ripon, WI


Aim: The Lead Pastor will strive to magnify the glory of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ at Trinity.

In prayerful dependence upon the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, he will use his time, gifts, and energy to shepherd the church with a view toward fulfilling Trinity’s mission in accordance with its values and vision.

Qualifications: The Lead Pastor will…

  1. have a history of a vital, growing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through his personal practice of spiritual disciplines, including personal and corporate worship, study of God's Word, prayer, discipleship relationships, and adequate rest.

  2. exemplify the requirements for an elder as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 and seek continual growth in these areas.

  3. affirm the EFCA Statement of Faith.

  4. affirm the EFCA Distinctives.

  5. have either significant ministry experience (associate pastorship, pastoral apprenticeship, experience on the mission field, other ministry leadership, etc.) or have completed seminary training, preferably both.

  6. demonstrate a clear gifting, calling and passion for shepherding.

  7. demonstrate a clear gifting, calling and passion for the preaching and teaching of God’s word.

  8. agree to abide by and uphold the bylaws of Trinity.

  9. joyfully participate in accountability with the elders of Trinity - both being held accountable and holding accountable for the elder requirements as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.


Responsibilities: The Lead Pastor will…

    1. follow Jesus first, foremost and always.

    2. keep his family his first ministry priority.

    3. stay focused on his calling to minister as the Lead Pastor of Trinity by prioritizing his time and energy as follows: 1) church leaders (elders, ministry staff, and ministry team leaders), 2) members, 3) regular attenders, 4) new attenders, 5) community members (whether believers or unbelievers).  

    4. shepherd the flock of God under his care.

  1. Ministry of the Word

    1. preach at least 40 Sundays per year at Trinity, except by agreement of the elders.

    2. attend gathered worship with Trinity at least 46 Sundays per year.

    3. along with the other elders, be responsible for what is preached at Trinity even when he is not preaching.

    4. preach well-prepared, biblical, expositional, God-glorifying, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered, Gospel-centered sermons with the aim of bearing fruit in the lives of God’s people at Trinity both individually and corporately.  

    5. establish a preaching calendar that works toward preaching the full counsel of God and is sensitive to the unique needs of Trinity.

    6. teach regularly at Trinity in a variety of contexts beyond the pulpit.  

    7. provide oversight for all the teachers and teaching at Trinity.

    8. guard the flock from false teaching by giving instruction in sound doctrine and rebuking those who contradict it.

  1. Discipleship

    1. spend time in 1-on-1 and small group discipleship relationships with men from among Trinity members, particularly focusing on elders, potential elders, ministry team leaders, and potential ministry team leaders.

    2. spend time leading in small group discipleship settings (i.e. Sunday School, men’s groups, Bible studies, etc.).

  2. Leadership

    1. be an example of godliness and inspire the church to follow him as he follows Jesus.

    2. work with fellow elders to select elders and ministry team leaders in accordance with Trinity’s bylaws.

    3. work with fellow elders to create, implement, and refine, as well as consistently and effectively communicate, a vision that is faithful to biblical priorities and sensitive to the particular context in which God has placed Trinity.

    4. work with staff and ministry team leaders to align all of Trinity’s ministries with its mission, values, and vision.

    5. create a culture where members feel comfortable, empowered, motivated, and challenged to use their gifts in ministry, both inside and outside of Trinity.

    6. lead the elder team, working to build and maintain a good relationship with each elder as well as unity among the elders around Trinity’s mission, values, and vision.

    7. oversee all areas of the Sunday morning service/s. 

    8. collaborate with the worship ministry team leader to craft a Sunday morning service that is God-glorifying, Christ-exalting, Spirit-led, and Gospel-centered.

    9. lead the congregation in fostering a Sunday morning culture that is welcoming to all - believers and unbelievers, members, regular attenders, and guests.

    10. oversee the regular administration of communion and believer’s baptism.

    11. oversee adult Sunday school.

  1. Equipping

    1. equip the church to make disciples in their spheres of influence.

    2. establish and maintain a system for developing godly leaders - men to serve as elders and both men and women to serve as ministry team leaders.

    3. equip and cast vision with elders, church staff, and ministry team leaders to serve in their areas of calling, passion, and giftedness.

    4. identify, train, and evaluate teachers of the word.

  1. Member care

    1. Pray earnestly and faithfully for the church.

    2. Maintain regular office hours to be available to the church.

    3. Seek opportunities for personal contact to know the church.

    4. Provide a structure so that each individual member is known and cared for.

    5. In partnership with his fellow elders and the entire church membership, provide hands on care of those in need of special assistance during seasons of difficulty.

    6. Perform weddings and funerals as needed.

    7. Provide short-term pastoral counseling as needed, and refer people to counseling professionals for longer-term care.


Authority: The Lead Pastor is one of a plurality of elders who together are given authority to lead the church and shepherd its members to be faithful disciples of Jesus. Though equal in authority with the other elders, the Lead Pastor is considered a "first among equals" because of his influence with the church as the primary teacher of God’s Word, his responsibilities, his experience, and his gifting. He provides direction and leadership to the elder team in matters other than his job performance. Furthermore, the Lead Pastor provides oversight, accountability, and evaluation for all church staff and ministry team leaders.


Accountability: The Lead Pastor is accountable first and foremost to God as an undershepherd of Christ. He is responsible to the membership of Trinity and accountable to his fellow elders. Functionally, he reports directly to his fellow elders in all areas relating to his job description. His fellow elders will provide him with a formal performance evaluation at least annually.