Description: The Senior Pastor is to provide spiritual and pastoral leadership to the congregation of the Maitland River Community Church, and to lead us in broad based evangelism to the surrounding community. This includes providing spiritual leadership through example, preaching/teaching; working with the board in establishing and implementing the vision of the church, equipping the congregation for the various works of ministry, and through the shepherding of the people in partnership with the Board, Ministry Directors and Small Group leaders.

Accountability: The Senior Pastor reports directly to the Board through the Elders. This position will be evaluated annually under the direction of the Elders in addition to informal, ongoing reflection and re-evaluation.

Qualifications

  • Professes faith in the work of Jesus Christ for salvation and has a solid personal relationship with Christ
  • Demonstrates a life submitted to Christ through lifestyle choices, words, and practice
  • Master’s Degree of Divinity
  • Able to be ordained in the Christian Reformed Church
  • Proven leadership in an outreach minded church
  • Valid driver’s license with access to a reliable vehicle

Leadership/Leadership Development & Discipleship - (30%)

The Senior Pastor is:

  • A cooperative, self-confident motivator
  • An inspirer of all with the vision of the church
  • An effective team builder to bring other disciple-makers alongside
  • Someone committed to developing the congregation to their highest level of spiritual maturity
  • An equipper who gives ministry workers tools for their jobs

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Works alongside the board in the maintenance of a compelling vision, and acts as the key implementation champion for the strategic plan
  • Schedules and participates in the planning and leadership of an annual board retreat that educates, motivates, and supports board members
  • Leads the staff/volunteer team at MRCC
  • Will create a leadership process that is implemented across the ministries of the congregation which strategically develops key leaders, next level leaders, and emerging leaders for the discipleship process.
  • Mobilizes and equips key leaders for each of the identified programs and ministries of the church.
  • Provides support/encouragement for Ministry Directors and Board
  • Will train or arrange for the training of the congregation through teaching and in workshops, discipleship experiences, mentoring and coaching.
  • Teaches a New Members Class at least twice a year that provides a forum to integrate new congregants into an understanding of MRCC’s theology, our small groups and the various opportunities for service within the church and the community
  • Teaches Pre-Confession of Faith classes as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Preaching/Worship – (40%)

The Senior Pastor is:

  • An effective communicator in accurately taking the whole word of God and providing avenues of application that the congregation understands
  • Someone whose genuine spiritual life shows through in preaching
  • A Spirit-led, mature believer who speaks from experience
  • A disciple-maker who leads others into greater commitment
  • An evangelist who speaks the message of Jesus to those who need to hear

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement a weekly teaching schedule that allows attendees to learn the whole truth of God, and to mobilize their daily walk of faith, and become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Prepares preaching schedules in advance, and reviews with the elders quarterly
  • Meets weekly with the Worship Director to evaluate and plan all regular and special services
  • Ensures that worship services are effective regarding content, style, structure and design
  • Creates regular opportunities for people to respond to the message of Christ through evangelistic messages with the result of growth in the Sunday service

Outreach/Community Engagement - (10%)

The Senior Pastor is:

  • A model of interaction with the community
  • A spokesperson for MRCC and the church within the wider community

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Engages in the community through involvement in clubs, committees, as a speaker and/or facilitator or volunteer in key community endeavours according to passion, giftedness and interest
  • Equips and mobilizes key leaders and volunteers within the church in the role of evangelism and in the development of strategic outreach ministries and initiatives. (eg. Alpha, CARS, Men’s Life)
  • Represent the church to Classis and other Classical committees

Congregational Relations/Pastoral Care – (15%)

The Senior Pastor is:

  • A compassionate and empathetic shepherd
  • An effective team builder to bring other shepherd’s alongside
  • A discerning peace maker

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Inspires the congregation to spiritual maturity through personal example connection to other local and far reaching examples and by acting as a connection to the wider work of God
  • Provides care for spiritual, emotional and physical needs as needed in partnership with other church leaders
  • Administers Lord’s Supper, with an Elder, outside of church services as necessary for shut-ins in their homes etc.
  • Proactively identifies problems/ challenges and offers creative solutions for resolution (conflict management)
  • Hospital visits as needed
  • Provides minor counseling (supportive listening), and refers to professionals for those needing more extensive counseling as needed
  • Conducts baptisms and funerals, pre-marriage counseling, and *weddings as required.
    *Note – The pastor is paid by the couple for conducting the wedding ceremony.

Professional Development/Personal Growth – (5%)

The Senior Pastor is:

  • A life-long learner

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Devotes time to spiritual, mental, physical development and well being through personal disciplines
  • Attend courses/workshops as appropriate
  • Attend a small group as a participant, and/or lead a small group
  • Will develop an annual plan in cooperation with board. Key performance indicators will be reviewed bi-annually with the board. A full performance evaluation will be completed annually

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