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Pastor of Discipleship and Adult Ministries

Open Door Bible Church
Port Washington, Wisconsin, United States

Date Posted: 12/26/2017
Categories: Associate Pastor - Discipleship Pastor - Evangelism Pastor - Small Group Pastor
Denominations: Bible Church
Church Size: 251 to 350
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Open Door Bible Church Job Profile

Position: Pastor of Discipleship and Adult Ministries

Status: Full-time salaried with benefits

Purpose of Open Door Bible Church

The purpose of Open Door Bible Church is to glorify God by Reaching people with the gospel, Building them in their faith and Involving them in ministry. We often speak of RBI to remind ourselves of our purpose of pursuing Christ’s Great Commission.

Vision/Mission of Open Door Bible Church

We seek to make disciples who make disciples. We are looking for a staff member who will enthusiastically pursue the disciplemaking process through leading our adult ministries.

We seek to grow numerically as we make disciples. We desire to expand our impact as we are under constructin of our new Discipleship Center.

Your Team

This position reports to the senior pastor.

This position relates regularly to other staff positions (Pastor of youth and family, Administrative assistant), the church board, Adult Bible Fellowship leadership teams and other adult ministry leaders.

Goals and Expectations

Effectively pursue evangelism and discipleship opportunities and equip others to be involved in the process

Maintain and give vision to existing adult ministries for greater impact

Demonstrate skills and experience in a Bible teaching ministry

Build relationships within the congregation as a whole through public and personal ministry

Participate in weekly staff meetings, monthly board meetings, and an annual board retreat

Candidate Requirements


A growing personal relationship with Christ

Grace – Grace-oriented acceptance of others – patient, personable, comfortable socially

Truth – A deep commitment to the authority and application of scripture

Healthy family relationships

Strong work ethic – taking initiative, dependable and timely


A love for people and the church evidenced by past experiences and loyalty to fellow leaders

A passion for evangelism and adult discipleship as evidenced by previous effectiveness

Team oriented and a team builder – An appreciation for consensus, not power

Able to plan, manage, train and delegate programs, projects and events

Good communication skills – verbal and written

Agreement with the doctrine and constitution of Open Door Bible Church and compatibility with the core values, positions, direction, philosophy and policies of ODBC

Education of a bachelor’s degree and preferably more in ministry and/or biblical studies

Experience working in church ministry leadership – preferably 10 years or more on staff

Primary Ministry Responsibilities

Adult Discipleship (50%)

  • Oversee and develop Adult Bible Fellowships (our core adult ministry)
  • Discipleship – Help develop our strategy to disciple, involve in ministry and train leaders
  • Adult Studies/Small group studies – Oversee existing and develop future studies
  • Teaching ministry (weeknights etc.) – Provide periodic studies and training
  • Men’s ministries – Oversee and develop
  • Public Ministry – Occasional preaching/weddings/funerals/baptisms/Lord’s Supper etc.

Shepherding and Assimilation (35%)

  • Support, disciple and counsel adults in coordination with other pastoral staff
  • Make a priority to meet, make visits and assimilate new people
  • Track assimilation of new people, oversee attendance records and church directory
  • Oversee the greeters, Welcome Center personnel and ushers

Evangelism and community (15%)

  • Pursue evangelistic opportunities and train and encourage our people in evangelism
  • Seek to connect Open Door to the community to reach and serve for the sake of the gospel


Pastoral staff members are expected to work Sundays and somewhat regular hours 4 days of the workweek, and be available for partial days Saturday. Staff members should keep a regular day off. Staff should consider it typical to spend 45 hours per week in ministry-related work.

Weekly staff meetings


Salary (TBD) will be reviewed yearly by the church board.


Staff benefits are outlined in a Staff Benefits document, which includes provisions for health coverage, vacation time, sick leave, professional expense account, reimbursement of ministry and mileage expenses and a yearly retirement contribution.

Church profile

Open Door Bible Church began in 1977. We are conservative in doctrine, but grace-oriented in atmosphere. We have a mostly contemporary style of worship and expositional Bible teaching week by week. Our core adult ministry is Adult Bible Fellowships, supplemented with various groups and ministries.  Our current associate pastor of adult ministries joined our staff in 1999 and is retiring. Our associate pastor of youth and family came to Open Door in the fall of 2016.

Area profile

Port Washington (population 10,000) is an attractive harbor city on Lake Michigan, located 30 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city has rural areas to the north and suburbs to the south. Port Washington is known for local industries, but is also a bedroom community of Milwaukee. Open Door Bible Church also draws from 8-10 smaller communities throughout Ozaukee County and beyond. City website:

For more information, see our church website: and our doctrinal statement at

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