The Senior Pastor position will be a full-time position held by an individual that shares a love and desire to pursue the mission that God has given to our church. The ideal candidate should be relational and have specific strengths in preaching and teaching. We feel that the primary duties of this position will be preparations of sermons and teaching. In addition, we see the position as being very involved (along with our leadership and ministry teams) in finding opportunities to engage our community toward the ends of reaching new people with the gospel and then to “equip them to become wholehearted followers of Christ.”
The Senior Pastor will work in conjunction with the Board of Elders and various ministry teams within the church to facilitate the spiritual growth of the congregation and to engage in outreach to the surrounding community.
Ministerial Job Duties: • Prepare and deliver the majority of sermons • Work closely with lay leadership to coordinate the form, content and quality of Sunday services • Serve as a voting member of the Elder Board • Have an active involvement in the community • Encourage commitment to Discovery Church through membership • Present sound biblical doctrine and the basics of what it means to be born again and to be obedient to Christ • Encourage commitment to Christ and His church through believer’s baptism • Utilize the Bible as the ultimate authority for the manner in which duties are conducted Administrative Job Duties: • Work jointly with the Elder Board and ministry leaders to give a unified direction to the programs of the church • Provide supervisory guidance to associate level pastoral team members Pastoral Job Duties: • Coordinate visitation, including hospital, shut-ins, visitors and other contacts as deemed necessary • Coordinate biblical counseling as required • Provide pastoral care in times of bereavement, including oversight of the services • Provide services for weddings and premarital counseling as needed Other Related Items: • Maintain personal spiritual growth and that of his family • Seek wisdom and direction regularly through an active prayer life • The Pastor will work primarily from his office at Discovery Church Knowledge, Skills and General Requirements: • Meet the scriptural qualifications as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 • 5+ years of pastoral experience (either associate level or lead pastor) preferred • Be in agreement with and support the Mission, Vision and Core Values of Discovery Church • Confidentiality – This position requires an ability to keep information and occurrences confidential, and yet the pastor must understand when something is to be reported to governing authorities. • Education - Formal college, bible school or seminary training will be preferred. Any certifications or degrees will be considered and reviewed for each applicant • Membership in Discovery Church • Well-developed communication skills, especially must have clear strengths in areas of teaching and preaching
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History of church Discovery Church is a non-denominational multi-generational congregation that was born March 2, 2014 when families began contacting each other seeking a Bible believing, Gospel preaching church. Meeting in the sanctuary of Wintz Funeral Home, we had no formal pastor for seven weeks. On April 20th, 2014, we called a pastor for our newly formed congregation called Discovery Church. Our first service at our permanent location was held December 14, 2014. Our vision was to offer an open door to the community through a Church/Coffee Shop facility located in the center of downtown Yankton at 205 W 3rd St. Through this mission, residents and visitors have enjoyed a quiet place to meet, stop in for a quick cup of coffee and rest; some groups have “game” days planned on a regular basis. The church is open to scheduling meetings and presentations by organizations in the community. Some of our coffee shop visitors have begun to attend Sunday services and bring their families. After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Pastor Jon Cooke passed away at the age of 59 in June of 2018. We currently have an interim pastor leading us through an intentional transition. The Church Today As of February of 2019, Discovery Church has grown to an average attendance of 198 people during the Sunday worship service. We recently finalized the purchase of the building adjoining our current church facility which will add 12,000 sq. ft. The Design & Use team is busy implementing the requests and ideas of the church body to fully utilize the newly acquired property. This addition places the church on the corner of two adjoining streets where the city of Yankton is developing “The Meridian District”, a downtown location that will provide a venue for local events.