Lead Pastor

Date Posted: November 29, 2022
Hours Per Week: 40+
Hillsboro First Baptist Church
Hillsboro, OR, USA
Job Type: Lead/Head/Senior Pastor
Other Details

Reports to: Board of Elders

Reporting to the Lead Pastor:  All pastoral and ministry team leaders

The Lead Pastor is to be a man who knows that God called him to be a pastor who leads the flock with the love that Christ demonstrated when He washed the disciples’ feet  (John 13).

He must believe that the whole Bible is literally inspired by the Holy Spirit.  He must believe, teach, and defend our  statement of faith. He is to be totally committed to equipping church members to fulfill our mission:  Love God, Love People, Make Disciples, Following Jesus. He should lead church members to fulfill our aspirational goals. He will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leadership to take appropriate opportunities to cast vision for more faithful ways for our church to embody our mission and aspirations in order to penetrate our world with the light of His Word. 

He should lead our church by setting a good example of servant-leadership, with the humility of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:5-8)— 

  1. In his home:  If married, he must care for his wife and children in keeping with qualifications for elders that  he must manage his own family well and teach his children to obey with proper respect  (1 Timothy 3:4). 

  1. With his team: He will recruit, disciple, and train additional servant-leaders. He must love, care, and pray for and with them, supporting and protecting his team leaders by providing them with clear organizational directions, training, and plentiful resources for them to have every opportunity to be effective in their ministries. He will encourage them privately and publicly acknowledge their successes with thankfulness and rewards. 

  1. With the board of elders: He will serve with the Board of Elders as the leader among equals submitting to their authority. He serves the board as a non-voting member who presents first drafts for their approval before changing old ministries and launching new ministries and visions. 

  1. With the congregation: Like our Good Shepherd, he will serve and nourish the body with weekly expositional preaching (2 Timothy 4:1-4; Titus 1:9)  He will train others to handle the Word effectively so that they can train others to do the same (2 Timothy 2:2). He will, personally and through others,  provide pastoral care through counseling, visitation, crisis situations, and prayer. He will oversee the ordinances of Communion and Baptism. He will oversee weddings and funerals. 

  1. With the culture outside of the church: He will love them, attend to them, go to them, be with them with  integrity, transparency, warmth, and hospitality. He will pursue meaningful relationships with community leaders. 

Education: We prefer a Master of Theology degree but will give fair evaluation to each applicant individually.

Experience: We desire 5-10 years of pastoral and preaching experience.

Expectations:  We realize that the Lead Pastor needs each one in our church to follow his lead and be willing to be equipped to do their part (Ephesians 4:11-16). We know this ministry is arduous as the Lead Pastor is the tip of the spear in a spiritual warfare. We know that no pastor possesses all the gifts necessary to build  a church. What we are looking for is a pastor-teacher who understands his role to equip us with the Word, modeling the mind of Christ, depending on the indwelling Holy Spirit. If married, we anticipate that  his wife and children will be involved in the church and supportive of our church like other members who actively participate in the worship service and be involved in ministry as the Holy Spirit leads them.

Compensation:  It is our desire that our Lead Pastor and his family will be cared for adequately. This is a full-time pastoral position, and we intend to provide a compensation level that will enable the wife to remain in the home and not outside the home if she chooses to do so.  The compensation package will take into account the unique and challenging housing situation in the Hillsboro area.

How To Apply

Please Submit Application Materials to [email protected]