First Baptist Church Waterford

Lead Pastor

First Baptist Church Waterford
Waterford, Connecticut, United States


Date Posted: 07/05/2017
Categories: Executive Pastor - Senior Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 101 to 150
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

POSITION OVERVIEW

 

The Lead Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Waterford (FBCW):

  1. Functions as the Executive Leader of FBCW staff (paid/unpaid), and their ministry areas of responsibility.
  2. Directs the effective execution of the day-to-day, on-going operations of FBCW, working in collaboration with the Council of Elders (COE) and FBCW staff.
  3. Spearheads the effective execution of the FBCW Strategic Ministry Plan, working in collaboration with the COE and FBCW staff.
  4. Oversees the effective preparation for, execution of, and follow-up from, the weekly Sunday morning worship services.
  5. Oversees, ensures, and participates in (as needed) the effective investigation of and resolution of matters of church discipline or church conflict. 
  6. Effectively carries out all of his defined duties as a member of the Council of Elders.

 

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  1. Duties Related to FBCW’s Staff (paid/unpaid) – The Lead Pastor functions as the executive leader of FBCW staff. In this capacity, the Lead Pastor is responsible for:
  • Overseeing and ensuring the effective recruiting, initial orientation, on-going training, mentoring, and performance evaluations of each staff member.
  • Providing participative guidance and leadership to staff towards the effective development and implementation of FBCW’s Strategic Ministry Plan.
  • Planning and facilitating regularly scheduled staff leadership meetings, as needed.
  • Overseeing and ensuring the discipline and removal of any staff member, when required, according to FBCW policy guidelines.

 

  1. Duties Related to FBCW’s On-Going Ministries/Operations – The Lead Pastor over sees and ensures the effective execution of the on-going, day-to-day ministries and operations of FBCW. This responsibility will include operational oversight for disciple-becoming and disciple-making ministries and the ministry support services assigned to the Lead Pastor’s oversight.  

 

  1. Duties Related to FBCW’s Strategic Ministry Plan – The Lead Pastor collaborates with the COE and works closely with staff to oversee and ensure the effective development and on-going execution of the tactical components of the Strategic Ministry Plan.  Working in collaboration with the COE and/or other staff, the Lead Pastor assists in activities that include:
  • Discerning and defining FBCW’s vision (critical priorities/goals) and ministry purpose.
  • Developing and executing the annual Strategic Ministry Plan.
  • Identifying and pursuing significant new ministry expansion opportunities.
  • Overseeing the effective execution of the ministry plans/strategy for each of FBCW major ministries.

 

  1. Duties Related to the Worship Services
  • Worship Services Oversight – The Lead Pastor over sees the effective preparation for, execution of, and follow-up from each FBCW worship service, to include the order, flow and content.
  • Preaching Ministry – The Lead Pastor oversees and ensures the effective development and on-going execution of FBCW’s preaching ministry. 
  • Administration of the Ordinances – The Lead Pastor over sees and ensures the effective on-going administration of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, consistent with the FBCW Statement of Faith and policies.

 

  1. Duties Related to Church Conflict and Discipline– The Lead Pastor is empowered by the COE to manage church discipline issues. Discipline of church members shall be administered in accordance with scriptural principles, under the oversight of the COE.

 

  1. Duties Related to FBCW’s Council of Elders (COE) – The Lead Pastor is a “standing” member of the COE. As a member of the COE, the Lead Pastor effectively carries out his assigned duties per FBCW/COE policy guidelines, including:
  • Working together in an on-going, collaborative partnership with the COE Chair and other COE members to ensure the on-going effectiveness of the COE.
  • Providing staff updates to the COE – The Lead Pastor, along with COE Senior Staff members, provides updates to the COE related (but not limited) to:
  • The on-going execution of FBCW’s narrative, Strategic Ministry Plan, annual budget.
  • The performance/conduct of FBCW staff (paid/unpaid) and any staffing needs.
  • Incidents of FBCW church discipline/conflict that require COE awareness and/or involvement.

 

  • Participating in the development and delivery of COE Member Evaluations.

 

  1. Duties Related to Networking/Public Relations – The Lead Pastor is one of FBCW’s primary ‘face-forward’ point-people for networking and public relations, connecting with community and civic leaders, leaders in academia, Para-church ministries, service agencies, and/or philanthropic agencies, as appropriate.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY AND CALL

 

1.   Reporting Relationship – The Lead Pastor is accountable to the COE members-at-large (as a group) and ultimately to church membership.

2.   Performance Review – On a semi-annual basis, the job performance of the Lead Pastor is formally reviewed. This review may include a self-assessment, a staff assessment, and a COE members - at large assessment.

3.   Calling and Membership – The Lead Pastor shall be a church member by virtue of his call. He shall   be called at a regular or special business meeting of the church.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

 

  1. Professional Qualifications – The duties and responsibilities of the role of the Lead Pastor of FBCW require a high-level of experience and skill in the following areas:
  • Preaching and teaching from the Word of God and consistent with the FBCW Statement of Faith.
  • Relational, personal disciple-making.
  • Leadership development.
  • Personnel oversight and development.
  • Local church pastoral leadership (Lead and/or Associate Pastor, minimum of 3 years).
  • Community “connecting” and outreach.

 

  1. Personal Qualifications – The duties and responsibilities of the role of the Lead Pastor of FBCW require a high-level of the following:
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Communication skills (oral/written).
  • Personal/vocational time management skills.
  • Biblically-guided shepherding skills/character as defined in 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-16; 1 Peter 5:1-3.
  • Biblically-guided thinking/discernment/wisdom.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Multi-generational understanding and relational skill.
  • A passion for the Church.
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  1. Guiding Values Qualifications – The duties and responsibilities of the role of the Lead Pastorof FBCW require a high-level of the following:
  • Ethical integrity.
  • Moral purity.
  • Relational authenticity.
  • Servant leadership.
  • Biblically-guided discernment.
  • Compassion and sensitivity.
  1. Spiritual Qualifications – The duties and responsibilities of the role of the Lead Pastor of FBCW require someone who demonstrates the following:
  • Has an active, personal faith in, and devotion to Jesus Christ.
  • Is in full agreement with FBCW’s Statement of Faith.
  • Is actively involved in on-going personal, spiritual growth and development.
  • Is personally engaged in discipling others in the Christ-following way of life.
  • Has a Kingdom mindset/perspective.
  • Has a heart for reaching out to and connecting with non-believers.
  • Has a heart for worship.
  • Participates in a FBCW-sanctioned small group.
  • Is being personally discipled/mentored, on an on-going basis, by at least one other person in his life.
  1. Educational Qualifications – Bachelor’s Degree required.  A degree in Theological/Biblical Studies is strongly preferred. Masters-level degree in Theological/Biblical Studies is strongly preferred.

 

 

 

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