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Senior Pastor

The Fellowship
Easton, Massachusetts, United States

Date Posted: 01/19/2018
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Non-Denominational
Church Size: 251 to 350
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Church: From its 1977 founding by a group of 40 local believers meeting in a Grange Hall, The Fellowship has developed into an established regional church drawing from several surrounding communities.  A combined adult attendance approaching 250 currently meets in worship service each Sunday, with a higher number of individuals (estimated at about 400-450) actively involved in the church.  Located on the South Shore, in the town of Easton (about 20 miles southwest of Boston), The Fellowship has had only two pastors in its 40-year history.  Our last Senior Pastor (of 23 years) has retired in Fall 2017; thus, our search process is underway.  As we anticipated the next stage of our church’s life under new pastoral leadership, we took the opportunity to assume an indepth look at our strengths, our challenges, and our areas of opportunity.  To meet that goal, The Fellowship worked with The Malphurs Group whose great coaches walked with us through this process, spanning much of 2017.  We have moved through this strategic re-visioning work through November 2017, and are excited to now be in our implementation phase!  The believers here at The Fellowship are very excited about what the Lord is doing in our midst and what He has in store for The Fellowship, as well as for our next Senior Pastor, in our future!  


2018 is here!  Come join us in this adventure in Faith!


Overview: The Fellowship is looking for a servant leader to be our next Pastor.  The church is “Elder led” and the Senior Pastor would join a group of 6 current Elders as the church leaders.  We are eager to welcome this man chosen by God into the church family, to support and follow his leadership, and to worship and minister together for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.  A candidate who has the passion and skills to reach across multiple generations and to create common ground across those lines would be much desired.


Responsibilities: (The following summary is not meant to be comprehensive, but is designed to provide candidates a taste of what the Senior Pastor position entails).


Preaching & Teaching: The Senior Pastor will be a skilled preacher and teacher of the Word of God and able to reach across the generations to get his message across successfully.  These gifts will be used on a weekly basis.

Shepherding: The Senior Pastor will join our Pastoral Assistant to share the shepherding responsibilities of pastoral care, counseling, weddings and funerals.  He will also possess a track record of establishing relationships with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.


Administration: The Senior Pastor will be responsible for a staff that includes the Pastoral Assistant/Missions Specialist; the Directors of Adult, Student, Children’s, and Music Ministries; and an Administrative Assistant.  He will join with the Elders to think strategically in regard to staff and vision of the church as well as to provide leadership development, spiritual & position growth opportunities, and career guidance.


Ministry Involvement: The Senior Pastor will partner with the Elders in actively evaluating all ministries and looking for ways to support, improve, and expand them.  The next step may be to recommend other ministries or refocus existing ministries to further support the vision and outreach of The Fellowship.


Essential Habits of the Heart:
A passion to preach and teach God’s Word at an understandable level laced with real life applications and practical ?takeaways

Commitment to live out the Great Commission
Passion to develop fully committed disciples of Christ
Commitment to the inspiration, authority and sufficiency of the Word of God
Personal holiness and a high degree of integrity


A sensitivity and adeptness to relate to multi-generational needs and dynamics
A genuinely warm, relational, caring heart for people
An ability and track record of establishing healthy and growing relationships in Christ

A desire to find the pulse and heartbeat of The Fellowship
The ability / skill of maintaining a wide web of relationships both inside and outside the church


Able to explain his calling in a Senior Pastor role
10 years of experience either as an Associate Pastor at a large church and/or comparable leadership role at a multi-staff church; also may have directly related experience clearly indicating a Senior Pastor position is the logical career progression
A minimum of a college degree; Christian training; Masters Degree; Seminary
Has been ordained or is willing to be ordained
A sound doctrinal understanding


Demonstrated work ethic and excellence in previous work / volunteer environments
Skilled at mobilizing members and executing strategy
Gifted communicator in oral, written and digital contexts
Experience and expertise in utilizing social media for communication and furtherance of The Kingdom of God
Ability to think through critical issues and develop a plan of action / problem solving
Able to embrace and support The Fellowship’s Statement of Faith (

Demonstrate a heart for missions and evangelism (including embracing the local community)


Instructions for Applicants


  • ·  Cover Letter introducing yourself / including your personal testimony of faith

  • ·  Resume (including recognized Spiritual Gifts)

  • ·  References

  • ·  Links to sample sermons, radio broadcasts, teaching venues, written or published material, blogs, and other (as applicable)


    (Statement of Faith, Church Values, Video Testimonies from members, Criteria, and Job Description are available on The Fellowship’s website: