The Lead Pastor is the articulate advocate and communicator for the vision of Grace Fellowship. This person is the primary leader, teacher, and visionary and has broad responsibility for the spiritual welfare, growth and life of the church in all areas including
discipleship, evangelism, and equipping the congregation for service. The lead pastor embodies the essence of a shepherd and servant leader. The essential duties and responsibilities of the lead pastor are carried out in the context of the elders, staff team,
and ministry leaders.
Pastor/Leader: Lead the congregation toward an ever increasing commitment to follow Jesus through teaching/preaching, Disciple making and leadership development. Pray for and with the congregation, listening for God’s direction and movement. Model leadership
excellence, pursue personal and professional leadership development, be responsible and accountable for representing Grace Fellowship, work collaboratively with staff to carry out the vision.
Cast Vision: Create and cast the strategic vision of the church, empowering the staff and volunteers to implement the vision through the ministries. Establish and hold the organization to the culture of leadership development, local & global outreach, and spiritual/emotional
Primary Communicator: Teach and preach biblically based messages (35 Sundays a year min). Work with a teaching team to determine message themes and raise up/train Bible teachers.
Develop Leaders: Train and oversee leaders, who train and develop leaders, who plan and execute ministries that support the Pathway of Grace Fellowship church (Follow Jesus, Own the Mission, Invite a Friend, Join Community, Give Generously). Embed within the
culture an understanding that ministry is carried out through the gifting of the people.
Shepherd the Staff: Care for the well-being of the staff’s spiritual and emotional health by monitoring ministry development, training and developing leadership capacities, and playing together.
Connect with the Larger Community: Be present in the surrounding communities of Grace Fellowship, watching for ministry opportunities to engage the congregation. Facilitate communication and resourcing through Converge North Central and Converge Worldwide.
Continue the church planting heritage of Grace Fellowship by participating directly and indirectly through Converge.
Oversee Operations: Through the Executive Leadership Team, maintain the organizational health through staff supervision/human resources, organizational management, communication, and financial accountability: