Senior Pastor - Job Description
Castle Rock Community Church (CRCC) (http://www.urbanimpact.org/castlerockchurch.html) is a 20-year member of the Evangelical Free Church of America (www.efca.org). While this association links us to the denomination, it does not control our ability to lead or make decisions. We are a church that desires “to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in Central City, New Orleans and beyond so that we are all connected with God, One another, Service and the Lost.”
Castle Rock Community Church (CRCC) was birthed out of the vision of Urban Impact Ministries (UIM). UIM was founded in 1989 focused on using any means necessary, including sports, tutoring and Bible studies, to share with the youth and families of the Melpomene and Calliope Housing Developments that God had a plan and a purpose for their lives.
In 1991, Pastor John and Wendy Gerhardt joined Urban Impact Ministries (UIM) with a focus on starting Bible studies, planting a church and coordinating mission teams. Castle Rock Community Church (CRCC) was then founded in 1998. Continuing to focus in the Central City area of the city, the church moved to its current location in Hoffman Triangle in May of 2013. The work of the church aligns with the vision of Urban Impact Ministries (UIM), which exists for the purpose of “creating a neighborhood in New Orleans where kids can ride their bikes to schools of excellence, a safe place to gather, a home their family owns, and a church that cares.”
Castle Rock Community Church (CRCC) is located in Central City New Orleans. The church is dedicated to serving this community and its needs. Central City is 72% African-American, the average household income is $37,000/year and 46% of its population is living below the federal poverty line. About a quarter of the population (26%) 18 years of age or older have not completed a high school diploma.
Statistics: https://www.datacenterresearch.org/data-resources/neig hborhood-data/district-2/ central-city/
Castle Rock Community Church (CRCC) is a small, family and community oriented church with a call to reconcile across lines of race and class. This calling is fleshed out in our worship service, programing and small group discipleship ministries. Our weekly attendance is approximately fifty (50) regular attendees.
Castle Rock and Urban Impact have a unique and wonderful symbiotic relationship. Castle Rock was originally birthed as a ministry of UIM, and has become a vital partner in ministry in Central City New Orleans. Both ministries join together in reaching the neighborhood with their unique roles. UIM owns the ministry facilities, and CRCC pays rent to use them. The church also pays partial salaries of shared staff members with UIM. CRCC runs a vital nursery and children’s ministry each week, while UIM draws students in during the week with Junior and Senior High programing as well as their free summer long day camp. We look forward to the continued growth and innovation in this partnership.
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About the Position:
The successful Senior Pastor Candidate for Castle Rock Community Church (CRCC) will be able to strategize and execute the church’s vision, which is “to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in Central City, New Orleans and beyond so that we are all connected with God, One another, Service and the Lost.” As such, he will be effective in mobilizing the congregation through encouragement, equipping and exhortation.
A Senior Pastor candidate will possess several key characteristics and attributes for his successful servant leadership at CRCC:
He must be equipped and experienced at working within a racially integrated ministry.
He must have a desire to serve the poor in our community.
He will coordinate or delegate administrative tasks, including but not limited to: scheduling, membership tracking, and engaging new visitors.
He must be able to not only sustain, but grow, our relationships with key partners throughout the city of New Orleans, USA and beyond.
He must be willing to fundraise outside of the church body on an as needed basis. **
He and his family must take up residence in this part of the city. This requirement is important because of our church’s Central City location and because most of our membership lives in the neighborhoods surrounding the church. (This requirement will be waived for candidates who have an already established residence in the city.)
He will take a lead role aiding ministry teams to articulate their purpose while holding them accountable to perform the tasks they have determined appropriate for the year.
He will collaborate with UIM executive director to shepherd the CRCC/UIM staff.
He will be committed to community development and urban ministry.
**This is a part-time position (20-25 hrs/wk), with a compensation of $20,000/year. We hope and expect this role to grow into a full-time position over time with additional funding.
We are a free and self-governing church that employs a congregational style of governance. As such, the senior pastor, serving as one of a plurality of elders, along with associate pastors, vest final authority with the membership of the congregation under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The members of the congregation in turn entrust Biblical teaching and spiritual leadership to the elders and pastors whom they have elected.
We are a church that lives by the slogan: Better Together. Therefore, the senior pastor is to model this and practice a lifestyle of discipleship, meeting regularly with the church leadership, investing in their lives. He is also expected to lead our present staff including a part-time worship minister, part-time youth minister, and church secretary. He will work with staff and elders to ensure pastoral care surrounding major life events, such as weddings and funerals.
Although not expected to spend time with every congregant when they are in crisis, the senior pastor is expected to do hospital visitation and provide pastoral counseling. He is also expected to do the work of an evangelist and engage new visitors. As much of our ministerial care and discipleship is accomplished within the context of small group ministries, the senior pastor is expected to be in communication with small group leaders in order to facilitate and expand this mode of ministry.
The Senior Pastor must be a strong communicator of God’s Word through highly effective pulpit ministry. He is expected to equip members for outreach within an urban cultural context.
In addition, theologically, he must be willing to work under the auspices of EFCA statement of faith: https://go.efca.org/resources/document/efca-stateme nt-faith
The pastor may take off preaching up to seven (7) Sundays a year, excluding Christmas Eve and Easter services. It is his responsibility to communicate with the Elder board to find a substitute.
The Senior Pastor must be committed to cultivating and maintaining relationships with neighbors, churches, and other community organizations. The Senior Pastor must be willing to support and participate in community outreach and evangelism.
For example, CRCC and UIM have a partnership with KIPP Central City Academy, in reading and math tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year. The church is also open to the development of additional partnerships.
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The pastoral candidate must be qualified in accordance with God’s word (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:2). Consequently, he will have a life characterized as: above reproach, self-controlled, upright, holy, respectable, hospitable, gentle and disciplined. He must be faithful to his wife, able to teach, not be a heavy drinker, not violent, not quarrelsome or quick tempered, and not a lover of money. He must also be able to manage his own family well, including having children who respect and obey him, who are believers, are not wild or disobedient. He must love what is good, be eager to serve, not be a new believer, and to watch over the congregation as a shepherd to his flock. And finally, people outside the church must speak well of him.
The Senior Pastor candidate shall either be licensed and ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) or willing to pursue licensing and ordination in the EFCA.
Candidates will be evaluated based on their calling, character, chemistry and competency.
Interested candidates should:
Send a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for at least 3 references to the email address listed
Submit to a 3rd-party background check
Be prepared to interview with the Pastoral Search Committee
Be willing to attend a second interview in person and deliver a sample sermon
The position will remain open until filled. Priority will be given to candidates whose applications are received by March 31, 2018. The Pastoral Search Committee will select a candidate to be brought before the congregation for a final interview and vote.