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Job Description for Pastor for Care & Counseling, North


To spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ by mobilizing, modeling, partnering in, and championing a compelling, Christ-centered vision for soul care and the ministry of counseling at Bethlehem’s North Campus, enabling the church staff and congregation to better carry out its mission, our DNA priorities and the 10 Dimensions of Church Life, 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 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 must be a proven biblical counselor himself, trained and knowledgeable in the practice of biblical counseling and current in best practices of biblical counseling.

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. 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.

Essential Ministry Responsibilities:

General Overall Church Aims:

  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 and Seminary: Each pastor will be assigned one or more seminarians to mentor.

Responsibilities for Specific Areas of Ministry:

  1. Counseling Point Person (40%)
    1. Serve the elders as our visionary and mobilizing “point person” for Counseling Ministry at Bethlehem’s North Campus.
    2. Champion a Christ-centered and compelling vision for biblical counseling rooted and based on the biblical convictions expressed in the Council of Elder’s Guiding Philosophy for Counseling (10/26/2010) and Bethlehem’s DNA document.
    3. Act as an advisor and resource to pastors, elders, ministry leaders and lay counselors at the North Campus for training, curriculum development, structure, best practices, recommendations, etc.
    4. Develop and maintain a list of referrals who most closely match Bethlehem’s vision for care and counseling toward restoration for those problems that are beyond the scope of Bethlehem’s pastors and lay ministers expertise.
    5. Build and oversee the portion of the budget assigned to congregational care and counseling North.
  2. Counseling Training & Equipping (30%)
    1. Recruit, train, equip, encourage and oversee a growing team of biblically trained, gifted and called men and women of the North Campus to serve as lay counselors.
    2. Champion the vision for counseling through ongoing adult education seminars, classes and courses at Bethlehem.
    3. Equip, recruit, mobilize and oversee teachers for training in partnership with other staff.
  3. Pastoral Counseling (20%)
    1. Engage in crisis counseling from a God-centered, Bible-saturated, Spirit-filled perspective, either as a counselor for others or as an observer, further equipping and maintaining the quality of counseling care provided by lay counselors.
    2. Provide oversight, leadership and resourcing for lay leaders and pastors in ministry to domestic abuse victims and abusers.
  4. Pastoral Care Duties (10%)
    1. Join the elders in the patient, loving and aggressive pursuit and restoration of members who are delinquent in their covenant commitments, providing appropriate follow-through on cases calling for church discipline so as to rescue as many as possible for faith and obedience, thereby giving authenticity to covenant membership.
    2. Participate with the North Campus pastors and elders in caring for individuals and families as special needs arise; particularly in partnership with the pastoral leadership over diaconal ministry.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  1. Direct Reports:
    1. To be determined.
  2. Supervisor Responsibilities:
    1. Participates in interviewing, hiring, and training employees.
    2. Participates in job description creation.
    3. Ensures ministry responsibilities are fulfilled.
    4. Approves short-term ministry objectives.
    5. Conducts annual performance evaluations and provides regular performance feedback.
    6. Facilitates conflict resolution.
    7. Approves paid time-off requests.
    8. Ensures appropriate balance between the various ministries.

Other Duties:

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