Job Posting: Senior Pastor

Free Evangelical Fellowship – Senior Pastor

The Pastor Search Team
Easton, MA, United States

Date Posted: 08.28.17

Job Type: Full-Time

Please Apply Here: searchteam@thefellowshiponline.org

 

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 meets in two worship services 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 current Senior Pastor of 23 years has announced his retirement; thus, our search process is underway. As we anticipate the next stage of our church’s life under new pastoral leadership, we are also taking this opportunity to take an indepth look at our strengths, our challenges, and our areas of opportunity. To that end, we have invited The Malphurs Group to walk with us through this process. As we are moving through this strategic re-visioning work, we 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! 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 7 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

 

Characteristics:

  • 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

 

Qualifications:

  • 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

 

Other: 

  • 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 (http://www.thefellowshiponline.org/our-statement-faith)
  • Demonstrate a heart for missions and evangelism (including embracing the local community) 

 

Instructions for Applicants:
(please send the following information to searchteam@thefellowshiponline.org):

  1. Cover Letter introducing yourself / including your personal testimony of faith
  2. Resume (including recognized Spiritual Gifts)
  3. References
  4. 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: www.thefellowshiponline.org.

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