Mar 30, 2021

Lead Pastor

  • Friends Church, Willoughby Hills
  • Willoughby Hills, OH, USA
Full time Church

Job Description

Willoughby Hills Friends Church is seeking a Lead Pastor as their current Lead Pastor is retiring.  The pastor shall have a theological belief that is consistent with Wesleyan Arminian and aligned with the EFC-ER Faith & Practice.  WHFC is committed to discerning and following God’s plans, loving God with our whole heart, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and being an Acts 2 church.  We are looking for the Christ-centered individual that God has called to lead us as we enter this next season of ministry.  The Lead Pastor should have the leadership qualities called out in Titus and 1 Timothy 3:2-7, the spiritual gift of preaching and teaching, a heart for those that do not know Christ, a passion for spiritual growth, a desire to make a Kingdom impact within and outside the church, an ability to work with the church (elders, staff, congregation) to sense and execute on Gods vision and plans.

Job Requirements:

  • 10 years of ministry experience teaching, preaching, and leading.
  • Theological beliefs consistent with Evangelical Friends Church Eastern Region (Wesleyan Arminian).
  • Demonstrated leadership at growing successful ministries.
  • Demonstrated leadership at growing and working with external partners.
  • Demonstrated teaching and preaching that can speak to anyone regardless of where they are at on their spiritual journey. The ability to speak as the Holy Spirit is leading to encourage and challenge everyone.
  • Strong biblical knowledge, old and new testaments, and an ability to make it relatable.
  • Understand how to effectively operate within a church organization.
  • Preferred Master’s degree in Bible, Theology, or Ministry.

Candidate Characteristics:

  • A strong relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.
  • A person of prayer and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading.
  • Above reproach, faithful, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, not given to drunkenness, gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
  • Ability to be God’s servant and help others accept God’s salvation and live a transformed life.
  • Ability to connect with current WHF church and relate to future WHF church.
  • Ability to sense God’s will for the vision for WHFC to make a kingdom impact.
  • Ability to effectively work in unity with elders, staff, and congregation and as necessary restore unity.
  • Possess a strong reputation within family, church, community to be a leader people will follow.
  • A person of wisdom, emotional intelligence, servant leader, and effective communicator.
  • Strong passion demonstrated by God inspired plans, strong work ethic, and good execution.
  • Passion for establishing ministries and programs that builds a stronger and larger church family.
  • Passion for being a good steward of WHFC’s resources to make the largest kingdom impact.
  • Ability to be sensitive to cultural and political influences and take an appropriate Biblical stance.
  • Ability to build relationships with Christians and non-Christians to make a kingdom impact.

Application Process:


Submit the following information to pastoralsearch@whfriends.org

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Personal statement of faith
  • 3 Professional & 2 Character references
  • 3 Video links of you preaching (one or more from the church where you worship)
  • Statement explaining your approach for addressing hard topics with grace, wisdom, and courage

Create a 5 minute, unlisted YouTube video explaining your story (start the video by stating your name). See instructions below for uploading an unlisted YouTube video.    


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