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Senior Pastor

First Free Church
Manchester, Missouri, United States

Date Posted: 08/22/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor - Teaching Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
First Free Church  
located in Manchester a suburb of St. Louis, MO
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Ministry Description - Senior Pastor


First Free is an equipping church with an outward focus dedicated to making, maturing, and multiplying fully- committed followers of Jesus Christ. First Free is committed to God’s inspired Word and to presenting it to our congregation and community with clarity. Sunday morning teaching is primarily, but not exclusively, expository sermons.


Position Objective

A dedicated learner and teacher of God’s Word equipping the body of Christ to be mature and complete. A leader who will shepherd the pastoral staff and lay leaders providing vision, and encouragement. To create and foster an atmosphere of joyful service, community, and outreach.


Ministry Description and Responsibilities

Teaching and Preaching

The pastor teaches God’s Word in a way that exposes his depth of love for Christ, delivers Scriptural insights to believers and unbelievers, and provides concrete examples of how to apply Scripture in everyday life utililzing:

  1. a wide range of communication styles to reach both new and mature believers

  2. a wise balance of expository and topical preaching encouraging personal application

  3. a Biblical perspective in dealing with cultural issues

  4. a celebration of life stories of God’s work

  5. a heart to present the Gospel regularly with boldness and clarity


The pastor intentionally seeks to spiritually care for and equip First Free pastors and key leaders as he transparently models godly love. He inspires learning and growth through mentoring, sharpens skills through coaching, and nurtures with patient encouragement. He equips others by:

  1. empowering pastoral staff and key leaders

  2. supporting, inspiring, and fostering an atmosphere of unity and common purpose

  3. discipling, mentoring, training, and equipping pastors and key lay leaders

  4. providing a supervision structure that enables goal achievement and regular feedback

Strategic Leadership

The pastor, collaborating with senior staff and the elders discerns God’s direction for the church, casts vision, and motivates others to follow by communicating the vision effectively, unifying the body, and implementing a plan by:

  1. establishing teams to discern and implement that direction throughout the church

  2. being the primary communicator, motivator, and chief catalyst for implementing the vision

  3. planning and executing with others corporate worship services which reflect the church’s vision and values

Staff Position and Accountability

The senior pastor is accountable to God, the Elder Board, and the congregation. He is a voting member of the Board.


Other Duties:

  1. share in administration of ordinances and other ordained duties

  2. participate with the EFCA General Assembly and other boards

  3. continue to grow spiritually and professionally by participating in conferences, seminars, and networking


Qualifications – Senior Pastor


Personal Character - This man must possess the spiritual qualifications of an Elder as set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Additionally, he will possess the following qualities:

  •  Humble servant leader who leads by example

  •  Authentically transparent

  •  Secure in his personal call to ministry

  •  Approachable and personable

  •  Teachable and a life-long learner

  •  In step with and sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading

  •  Spiritually Bold in delivering God’s message

  •  A man of prayer

  •  In full agreement with the Statement of Faith and Distinctives of the Evangelical Free Church of America.

  •  Ordained or willing to pursue ordination in the EFCA


    Skills and Abilities:

  •  Strong creative expository teacher/preacher

  •  Challenges and equips the church to apply God’s word in their daily lives in tangible and practical ways

  •  Motivates and mobilizes the church to have an outward focus to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their

    community and spheres of influence

  •  Winsomely draws people to Jesus

  •  Casts a compelling vision

  •  Able to unify, challenge and encourage

  •  Strategic thinker with strong operational execution skills


    Primary Spiritual Gifts

  •  Pastor – Teacher

  •  Wisdom

  •  Leadership



A Master of Divinity (or equivalent) from a Bible-centered evangelical seminary or divinity school is required



  •  Preferably more than 5 years of experience as a Senior Pastor in a church of at least 500 in attendance or Associate Pastor in a church of at least 1,000, or equivalent.

  •  Emphasis in expository teaching/preaching with a working knowledge of original biblical languages

  •  Proven success in the role of shepherding, discipling and mentoring other leaders.

  •  Has demonstrated inspirational, servant leadership

  •  International/multi-cultural and church planting experience beneficial

  •  Working with and attracting young families