Pastoral Search - Criteria

Senior Pastor at The Fellowship


A) Scriptural Basis (In relationship to the scriptures, the…)

  1. Pastoral candidate must meet I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 qualifications
  2. Pastoral candidate should be recognized as a man of God, one who walks with God (Gen. 6:9; 17:1; I Cor. 11:1; James 2:23)
  3. Pastoral candidate should be an expository Bible teacher and preacher skilled at practical application (Romans 12:6-7; II Timothy 4:1-5; James 3:17-18)
  4. Pastoral candidate must be a man who feels the call of God to be a shepherd to the flock (Jer. 3:15; Acts 20:28; I Peter 1:1-4)


B) The Fellowship Values Basis (The pastoral candidate needs to…)

  1. Accept and embrace our Statement of Faith
  2. Demonstrate a heart for missions and evangelism
  3. Embrace and reach out to the local / surrounding community
  4. Be comfortable with and support the Fellowship’s “Consensus Process”
  5. Actively participate in team-based leadership at the Fellowship; elders are like pastors (elder centric – not pulpit centric)


C) Profile Basis (The pastoral candidate must exhibit…)

  1. A demonstrated ability to set clear and compelling vision for ministry, communicate that vision effectively, and inspire staff and other leaders to carry it out
  2. A capability to empower individuals to use their spiritual gifts, develop new leaders for ministry, and appropriately delegate tasks to accomplish The Fellowship's mission
  3. Innovative and contemporary thinking to ensure the ministry is consistently assessing its impact in the church, on the community, and globally
  4. A strong influence in the church and in the community
  5. An ability to use emotional intelligence in ways that draw from Jesus’s approach with people during his ministry
  6. A sensitivity and adeptness to relate to multi-generational needs and dynamics


D) Experience & Educational Basis (The candidate for senior pastor should have…)

  1. 10 years of experience either as an associate pastor at a large church and/or a comparable leadership role at a multi-staff church. Or, some combination of the two along with senior pastor experience; also may have directly related experience clearly indicating a senior pastor position is the logical career progression.
  2. A minimum of a college degree with Christian Training; Masters Degree; Seminary
  3. Been ordained or willing to be ordained
  4. A history / track record of leadership development
  5. Experience and success as a developer of people in using their spiritual gifts in ministry
  6. An adeptness of making and encouraging disciples
  7. A sound doctrinal understanding

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