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Job Description for Lead Pastor, South Campus


To spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ by providing pastoral leadership for the staff, elders and congregation of the South Campus, enabling the church staff and congregation to better carry out its mission and our DNA priorities, and to embrace the theological teaching of the Elder Affirmation of Faith.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  1. The Pastor must meet the spiritual, personal, and character qualifications of an elder found in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:6–9 and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22.
  2. The Pastor must be a man of prayer and a man of the Word, sensitive to what the Spirit is saying to Bethlehem. He will devote himself to daily prayer and Bible reading for the sake of guarding himself from sin and stirring up his heart and mind to renewed passion for Christ; he will lead his family in regular times in the Word and prayer; and he will gladly participate in mutual care and accountability with other believers
  3. The Pastor will seek to undertake his duties in the power of the Holy Spirit, undergirded with prayer, guided by the Scriptures, and manifesting the character of Christ for the glory of God.
  4. The Pastor must be a member in good standing of Bethlehem Baptist Church or, if not a member when called to the church, he will become a member as soon as possible, ideally completing the membership process within three (3) months of the date his employment begins.
  5. In addition to embracing Bethlehem’s Congregational Affirmation of Faith and Church Covenant (through membership), the Pastor must understand, endorse, and teach, without reservation, the church’s biblical and theological teaching as expressed in Bethlehem’s Elder Affirmation of Faith. He must embody Bethlehem DNA.
  6. The Pastor will joyfully minister in accord with Bethlehem’s Pastor’s Covenant, in a manner that honors Christ and is a positive example to others.  
  7. While ensuring that his first loyalty is to God and the Word, the Pastor will support the leadership of the church generally and specifically that of the Council of Elders and the Pastor for Preaching & Vision. The Pastor will strive to maintain positive and fruitful relationships with other Bethlehem employees, members, and leaders. While concerns or differences of opinion may arise, the Pastor will communicate in a biblical manner and abide by appropriate supervisory direction and any final determinations of the Council of Elders. Whether leading the congregation or submitting to those in authority over him, the Pastor will do so in a joyful manner. While visionary, he will have his ear to the ground and be a good listener.
  8. The Pastor will have the vision and organizational skills necessary to work effectively, creatively, and flexibly within the context of a large church with multiple staff members and ministries.
  9. As outlined in Bethlehem’s Elder Affirmation of Faith, the Pastor must be male.
  10. The Pastor will strictly maintain appropriate confidentiality according to the guidelines set forth in Bethlehem’s Employee Handbook and Relational Commitments.
  11. The Pastor must sign our Employee Handbook Acknowledgement Form and must comply with all applicable church policies.
  12. The Pastor will manifest a passion for church planting, including sending church plant teams well.
  13. The Pastor must be a compelling, gifted public communicator with a blend of humility and zeal.

Personal Skills:

  1. Servant Leadership—the Pastor should be able to lead in a variety of contexts (individual, small groups, large groups) in such a way that Jesus Christ and his gospel are central. He should be a self-starter and take initiative. He should be wise and discerning and know when to be decisive, sensitive, tender, and firm.
  2. Relational—the Pastor should have a heart to care for people. That drive should manifest itself in the appropriate use of time.
  3. Administrative—while seeking mainly to shepherd people, the Pastor should have the skill set and ability to effectively manage the various administrative tasks associated with the position.
  4. Teaching/Equipping—the Pastor should be a fruitful, biblical teacher and champion of BBC mission and vision.  His teaching should effectively “equip the saints for the work of the ministry.”
  5. Communication—the Pastor should be able to communicate clearly, concisely, and in a loving and biblical manner.
  6. Peacemaking—the Pastor should be able to tactfully and winsomely unite people with varying perspectives to advance harmony and love, and to achieve common goals.
  7. Preaching—the Pastor should be an effective preacher who is able to rightly handle the word of God and joyfully engage in expository exultation personally, while identifying competent campus preachers who speak especially to the campus’ unique context.

Essential Ministry Responsibilities:

General Overall Church Aims:

Note: The following three items are listed on all pastoral job descriptions. They unify the pastoral staff around care for our congregation, common church-wide priorities outside the pastor’s area of ministry, and our commitment to Bethlehem College & Seminary. Along with the rest of the Pastoral Lead Team, this Lead Pastor will be involved in setting an example for and creating the tone for pastoral care, and determining the overall priority goals.

  1. Congregational Care: Each pastor will maintain a clear focus on congregational care, dedicating a significant portion of his ministry towards crisis care, counseling, weddings, funerals, relationship building, etc.
  2. Overall priority goals: In addition to each campus and ministry area’s own aims, our pastoral leadership may set regular church-wide, short-term priority goals intended to focus attention on common objectives, unifying the staff in our common mission. Each pastor will lead his ministry team to fulfill these goals.
  3. Bethlehem College & Seminary: Each pastor will be assigned one or more seminarians to mentor.

Responsibilities for Specific Areas of Ministry:

Vision Caster for the Campus (30%):

  1. Provide visionary pastoral leadership that expresses the mission of the church through the uniqueness of the campus by…
    1. Casting vision for the campus.
    2. Shaping and influencing the ethos of the campus.
    3. Strengthening community, building up the body, and equipping the saints for the work of ministry.
    4. Knowing the current state of affairs on the campus:
      1. Continuous evaluation of worship services, activities, mid-week programming, special events and ministries of the campus for effectiveness in shaping ethos and congregational participation..
      2. Understanding current cultural influences and geographic context surrounding the campus and the opportunities and challenges arising from that context.
      3. Evaluating all ministries and activities of the campus in light of our common mission, our DNA priorities, the Elder Affirmation of Faith and effectiveness in reaching ministry goals.
    5. Facilitate the creation and implementation of the campus budget, providing oversight, direction, recommendations and proposals as appropriate.
    6. Writing an annual campus report/vision paper to the congregation (i.e., a “State of the South Campus” report).
  2. Ensuring that the congregation is growing in the knowledge of God and biblical truth by…
    1. Regular vision casting for the congregation:
      1. Development of a campus-contextualized preaching plan incorporating a proactive vision for the well-being of the people.
      2. Regular, joyfully engage in expository exultation.
      3. Seeking and providing feedback and evaluation of the preaching on the campus.
    2. Overseeing all teaching in the various campus venues, such as Sunday school classes, men’s and women’s studies, all departmental training seminars and special events on the campus.
  3. Working with Bethlehem’s pastors for Church Planting and Global Outreach to ensure the campus is actively engaged in Bethlehem’s vision for church planting and Global Outreach by:
    1. Confirming the call of God by commissioning those called to Global Outreach and Church Planting.
    2. Setting an example for the staff and congregation on what it means to be outreach oriented.
    3. Casting vision for the next church plant, including the appointment of congregation elders.
    4. Celebrating the work the Lord is doing globally.

Congregational Care Buckstopper (30%):

Note: The Pastor will ensure the following primarily through delegation to gifted and called pastors, elders, deacons and members.

  1. Provide pastoral leadership and oversight of congregational care on the campus by…
    1. Lead a robust welcome ministry for the church.
    2. Lead the development and implementation of a system of member care that will ensure biblically faithful shepherding of covenant members on the campus.
      1. Provide for the training, equipping and coordination of pastors/elders and lay leaders who have responsibilities for member care on the campus.
      2. Ensure the regular, intentional discipleship of Bethlehem’s South members.
    3. Lead the processes for membership and baptism on the campus.
      1. Ensure appropriate shepherd leadership for all people desiring covenant membership and baptism.
      2. Ensure that regular Covenant Affirmation and baptism services are conducted.
      3. Ensure a robust process for member tracking and follow-up.
      4. Provide support and leadership for the campus elders in handling church discipline cases.
    4. Ensuring that prayer is the visible engine driving all efforts in the campus’ congregational life and ministry.
    5. Ensuring that the Bethlehem counseling philosophy and strategy is implemented on the campus.
    6. Lead the mobilization of campus staff, elders, deacons, and others to ensure member care including crisis intervention, weddings, funerals, counseling, abuse response, prayer, and other needs.

Ministerial Seal Team Leader (30%):

  1. Provide coordinated and collaborative pastoral leadership on the campus by…
    1. Executing all responsibilities in harmony with the church constitution, by-laws, and elder approved strategic directions, practices and policies.
    2. Regular visibility and participation for the campus team in weekend worship services, prayer gatherings, and special services as is appropriate.
    3. Representing the campus at various levels of all-church leadership (Leadership Team meetings, pastoral staff, elder council meetings, strategy meetings, etc.).
    4. Supporting, coordinating and cooperating with the various all-church initiatives and activities.
    5. Solving problems on the campus by means of information, communication, collaboration and biblical peacemaking.
  2. Oversee employees working on the campus by…
      1. Supervising staff performance and activities on the campus.
        1. Directly supervising campus-specific staff reporting to this position.
          1. Partner with HR and the Staffing Resource Team in job description creation, interviewing, hiring, and training employees.
          2. Ensures ministry responsibilities are fulfilled.
          3. Approves short-term ministry objectives.
          4. Conducts annual performance evaluations and provides regular performance feedback.
          5. Approves paid time-off requests.
          6. Ensures appropriate balance between the various ministries.
        2. Indirectly supervising all other staff working on the campus who report to other supervisors.
      2. Mediating and/or arbitrating staff conflicts, working with appropriate supervisors and appealing to the Leadership Team as needed.
      3. Diligently pursuing staff unity and team building among campus-specific staff while not neglecting unity and cooperative teamwork across campuses.
      4. Direct Reports:
        1. Pastor for Worship & Music
        2. Pastor for Small Groups Child and Family Discipleship, South
        3. Pastor for Youth and Family Discipleship, South
        4. Director for Women’s Ministry, South
        5. Lead Administrative Assistant for Lead Pastor, South
  3. Provide pastoral leadership of all the “Outreach” ministries on the campus and thus ensuring that the congregation is engaged in the work of disciple making in the surrounding neighborhoods and the nations.

Other Duties (10%):

The Pastor will carry out such other duties as may be assigned by the church from time to time.