Associate and Assistant Pastors
Job title: Associate Pastor
Compensation: $60,000-$75,000/year DOE
Reports to: Lead Pastor and Elders
Harvest Community Church was started in the late 1980s as an elder-led, non-denominational community church. We are located in Camas, Washington which over the decades has transitioned from a mill town to a fairly affluent small city with people working in all different sectors. We’re located 20 minutes from Portland, Oregon, two hours from the West Coast, 45 minutes from Mount Hood, and at the edge of the Columbia River Gorge. Before COVID, we were a church of approximately 250 people; currently, we have an average of 125 people attending in person and average about 66 weekly views on our livestream. Our church is made up of a good balance of every age group. Our mission is to glorify God by making disciples for Jesus Christ from all peoples through gospel-centered mission, growth, and community.
The Associate Pastor will coordinate with the Lead Pastor and Elders to give shepherding oversight to Harvest Community Church members. This position will work closely with the Lead Pastor in planning the preaching series and Sunday morning services. He will also oversee key areas of ministry and discipleship and develop them by equipping workers and leaders.
This job description encompasses a wide range of needs in our church. We have no expectation that a person entering ministry at Harvest will be proficient in all of these. All individuals will have some strengths and will be learning in others. Please don’t view this description as a point of entry, but as a vision of ministry that we hope eventually this person will grow into.
Key Qualities and Requirements
Meet the requirements of an elder in 1 Timothy 3:1-3 and Titus 1:5-9
Show evidence of an active and growing relationship with Jesus Christ
Agree with Harvest’s “We Believe” Statement
Participate in community and ministry as an active member of Harvest
Humble and teachable
Self-starter and strategic
Collaborates well with a team
Administrative and organization skills
Education: Bachelor’s degree from a Bible college minimum; seminary degree preferred
Experience: 3+ years of ministry experience
Planning and Teaching
Assist Lead Pastor in planning preaching series, Sunday services, and special services
Preach as determined by Lead Pastor
Expand and develop learning opportunities for adults (Bible studies, classes, courses, etc.)
Teach various classes in small group settings
Equip the body in knowing how to biblically engage in current issues, navigating the intersections of our faith with the culture
Oversee Children’s Ministry
Identify and equip workers and teachers for Sunday morning ministry
Identify other areas for developing Children’s Discipleship and equip workers and leaders needed
Community and Discipleship
Develop and implement vision for community groups
Identify, train, and support ministry leaders
Oversee and support women’s and men’s ministry and discipleship
Member care and assist in facilitating new member classes
Increase connection with local community for outreach
Collect budget needs from staff and ministry leaders and work with the financial team to set the upcoming year’s budget
Understand both big picture financial issues as well as details to help the Elders and staff in decision-making
Oversee building and property and supervise maintenance volunteers
Oversee and advise the staff treasurer
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