Mar 31, 2019

Lead Pastor

  • First Baptist Church of Downey
  • Downey, CA, USA
Full time Ministry Jobs

Job Description


  • The Lead Pastor shall meet the Biblical standards for elders outlined in I Timothy and Titus.
  • The Lead Pastor shall be a regularly ordained or Licensed Minister whose credentials are recognized by Transformation Ministries. If a licensed Pastor is not ordained by Transformation Ministries, it is expected that ordination should be sought and completed as soon as feasible.
  • He shall become a church member within 90 days after installation as the Lead Pastor.

Ministry Responsibilities

  • The Lead Pastor under the Guiding Principles shall be responsible for casting the mission, vision, and direction of the ministry of First Baptist Church of Downey.
  • The Lead Pastor shall shepherd the congregation, equip the saints for ministry, preach the Bible, and facilitate the celebration of the ordinances of baptism and communion.
  • The Lead Pastor shall believe, live, and articulate the scriptures in a culturally relevant and spiritually effective manner.
  • With the assistance of appropriately equipped saints, the Lead Pastor shall assure the facilitation of necessary spiritual counseling, global missions and other ministries as described in the Guiding Principles.
  • The Lead Pastor will present the Annual Vision and Ministry Plan to the congregation following approval by the Senior Board.
  • To ensure missional accomplishment under the Guiding Principles, the Lead Pastor or his designees shall be responsible for the hiring, administration, and dismissal of all church staff
  • The Lead Pastor or his designees shall assign the duties of all staff and be responsible for their fruitful conduct, affirmation, and discipline as appropriate.
  • On behalf of the church, the Lead Pastor will provide each staff member a job description and a personnel manual which will include, among other things, a review of the general expectations of employees, an overview of employee benefits, and grievance procedures.
  • The Lead Pastor shall be responsible for the administration and supervision of all staff, teams and committees and ministries of the church under the Guiding Principles.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • The Lead Pastor shall annually propose a General Budget to the Senior Board and, with the Senior Board's approval, join with the Senior Board in presenting the General Budget to the congregation.
  • The Lead Pastor shall annually propose a Ministry Plan including a General Budget, a Staffing Plan, and Ministry Team Report to the Senior Board.
  • The Lead Pastor or his designees shall be responsible for annually recommending the salary, housing allowances, and other benefits of others on the pastoral staff and non-pastoral staff for the sake of inclusion in the Proposed General Budget.
  • The salaries of all other pastoral and non-pastoral staff shall be included as a single line item in each year's Proposed General Budget.

Lead Pastor Profile

  • Must have good spiritual disciplines including, but not limited to, a private devotional time, commitment to regular worship and giving.
  • Strong leadership Skills.
  • Strong relational skills.
  • Ability to create vision and execute the vision.
  • Ten years of ministry experience in a senior leadership position or 10 years of progressive ministry leadership responsibility.
  • Seminary degree or equivalent education.
  • Strong and effective preaching/teaching ability.
  • Ability to work with the ministry team members, other staff, and volunteers.

Governance Relationships

  • The Lead Pastor shall be a voting member of the Senior Board. He or his designee shall also be an additional, non-voting member of all other church teams/committees.
  • The Lead Pastor shall be accountable to the Scriptures and the Senior Board for the faithful discharge of duties as described in the Guiding Principles.

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