Lead Pastor Role Description

Role of Senior Pastor

The senior pastor shall:

• Provide the church with essential Spirit-led leadership and teaching, as the church seeks to fulfill God’s mission.

• Develop and cast vision; strategically plan for the church’s future

• Serve as head of staff; the senior pastor will lead, train, equip and supervise paid and volunteer staff to lead the various ministries of the church towards the fulfillment of our mission.

• Lead regular staff meetings of ministry leaders for the purposes of communication, discussion, brainstorming and leadership development.

• Mentor and develop the Elders team.

• Regularly preach God’s Word from the pulpit.

• Officiate at weddings in accordance with God’s Word and the laws of this state, officiate at funerals, and provide for visitation of the sick and distressed as appropriate.

• Communicate any concerns or major issues affecting the life of the church to the Elder team for prayer and consideration.

• Prepare an annual budget, in cooperation with the Elders and church staff for adoption by the congregation by February 28 of each year.

• Serve as chairperson of the Elders and fully participate on the Elder team.


Qualifications of Senior Pastor

• The senior pastor must meet qualifications for church leadership as outlined in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1:6-9.

• The senior pastor must be male gender.

• The senior pastor must be mature in his faith and ready to impart biblical training to the congregation.

• The senior pastor must have the spiritual gifts of leadership and preaching/ teaching and must provide solid evidence through Christian witness of these gifts.

• The senior pastor must be ordained or willing to be ordained by this local church within twelve months of assuming this role.