Lead Pastor

Yamhill Christian Church
Yamhill, Oregon, United States

Date Posted: 05/09/2018
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Christian Church
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Yamhill Christian Church Lead Pastor Job Description

This job description serves as a guideline for one who is called by God uniquely to shepherd Yamhill Christian Church (YCC).



  • Formal education will be evaluated and considered as part of a candidate’s profile, but there is no absolutely required minimum level of education.
  • Lead Pastor experience, or Associate Pastor with preaching experience
  • A follower of Jesus Christ who:

o   Is in full agreement with the core beliefs of YCC as listed in YCC’s Membership Agreement, and signs a copy indicating such agreement prior to functioning in Lead Pastor position;

o   Lives out the Biblical qualifications of an elder in his family, church, and community;

o   Models a strong servant leadership with the ability to empower others while shepherding the body;

o   One who is approachable and listens to the body, and can collaborate with the leadership and the church body; and

o   Is willing to live in the local school district and puts a strong emphasis toward the family and community.


Job Description:

  • In collaboration with the elders, cast a vision for the Leadership Team and YCC.
  • Proclaim the Word of God and serve as a teacher of Scripture with emphasis on expository preaching including an application to our daily lives.
  • Manage and oversee day to day operational decisions of the church, including managing staff members.
  • Organize and manage the Leadership Team as they oversee the various areas of Ministry in the church.
  • Prepare and lead and/or delegate leadership of weekly worship services (multiple Sunday worship services and Wednesday Night Connect), additional Bible studies, prayer meetings, classes and trainings, visitation and other personal meetings, and rites such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, and baby dedications.
  • Spend the necessary time in study and prayer to prepare for the above duties.
  • Be organized and hardworking, expecting 50-hour work weeks with 2 days off each week.

Evaluation: The Lead Pastor will be evaluated annually by the elders.


To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to admin@yamhillchristianchurch.org.


Intro to Yamhill Christian Church:


Yamhill Christian Church is a mid-sized community church of approximately 100 families with a core mission of “Loving God and Loving People.” We draw from several small towns in the Willamette Valley and the surrounding rural areas. Our demographics reflect our community and include farmers, educators, homemakers, contractors, tech-industry workers, office workers, manufacturers, and retirees. We moved to two services this past year as we began to fill our 150-seat capacity sanctuary.

Our historic church building sits within the City of Yamhill on a block of land donated by an early pioneer family. It was built in 1881 and was originally shared by several denominations. A second church building was moved to the site and attached in 1914. Later, a basement was added which now houses Sunday school rooms, bathrooms, and a certified kitchen. The community and family roots in this church go back generations.


On the back of the property is a large, pleasant tree grove where we hold outdoor summer church services, weddings, and other church events. The adjacent parsonage, now known as the Meeting House, was built in 1950 and has mixed functions: a living apartment, meeting rooms, and basement storage. Last year, it held a small Christian school. We recently updated our reception space and added bathrooms and a coffee area on the main floor.


YCC is elder-led with a teaching pastor who administrates the staff and Leadership Team. It is a well-structured, volunteer-driven organization. The small paid pastoral staff has historically consisted of the Lead Pastor and a part-time Youth Pastor. Currently, we have a paid part-time Administrative Assistant, Youth Director, Worship Director, and cleaners.

We are a tight-knit, family-oriented church that tries very hard to live out our motto of “Living Life Together.”  Busy working families and retired, widowed, single, and divorced people come together on Sunday mornings, and to “Connect” on Wednesday evenings for group bible studies and a meal. Other opportunities to connect include weekly women's bible studies, and men's Great Hunt for God groups. We have Children's Church and Youth Group, as well as an active Boomers Ministry for those around 55 and older. Other ministries in the church include Hospitality, a contemporary Worship Team, Missions, Prayer Ministry with a very active prayer chain, Life Care, and a Helps Ministry that cares for the church property and some needs of our church families. We have a busy clothing donation site for recycling/repurposing clothes on the church grounds.

This is a Non-denominational congregation with widely diverse religious backgrounds and biblical views. We are held together by basic evangelical beliefs focusing on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Our roots are in the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ “Restoration Movement.” We take communion every week and have no requirements of membership to do so. We practice immersion baptism. We highly value the Bible and its teachings and hold to the core essentials of the faith. We express this by studying the Bible and we often listen to and civilly discuss different points of view.

Sunday morning services are one and a half hours long, with thirty minutes for coffee in the Bistro between the 9 am and 11 am services. Currently, we spend thirty percent of the service worshipping in song. Our worship services also include a sharing time where anyone can speak or ask for prayer, announcement time, and a short greeting time. Our preaching/teaching is usually expository, verse by verse through books of the Bible, alternating between Old and New Testaments. Topical messages are interspersed, especially in the summer.

YCC's roots, reaching back over 125 years, is deeply rooted in making disciples and supporting missions. We support and maintain close ties with Indian Bible College in Arizona, Africa New Life Ministries, The Great Hunt for God, and Cru aka Campus Crusade for Christ. We also participate in Bottles for Life and Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child.


A few years ago, as a growing and debt-free church, we had a potential funds drive to build a new church building. Instead, God opened the door for us to build a church in India! Over $30,000 was raised. The project includes buying land and building a church for a congregation of “Untouchables” who currently hold services in a swamp. This summer, we are also sending a team of three to train up pastors in Ongole.


Recently, we have hosted an Indian craft bazaar to benefit trafficked women in India which raised $2600. This spring we also hosted a mission’s conference focused on the "Silk Road" in Asia. Two hundred community members from various churches attended that conference.


We at YCC are involved in our community and come together from our busy lives to love God and love people. Our church reflects this close-knit community of independent country people who are our neighbors. The local schools, local churches, and local organizations often work with us for the community good.

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