IDEAL EXPECTATIONS FOR A LEAD PASTOR
A. Care, Counseling and Encouragement – Caring concern will be exercised by the Lead
Pastor in his devotion to families in grief, in joy, in crisis, through counseling
appointments and in hospital and general visitation. Also, the Lead Pastor would
perform follow-ups on prospective members and visitors.
B. Outreach and Evangelism – The Lead Pastor will challenge the congregation to reach
out to the unchurched and unsaved in the spirit of the Great Commission. He will
extend the Christian mission through community leadership and service and
encourage others to do the same.
A. The Lead Pastor should teach from the pulpit utilizing expository teaching and preaching.
B. The Lead Pastor will emphasize the continual need for Christian growth to the congregation. It will be his responsibility to see that a wide variety of learning and discipleship opportunities are made available to the congregation, and he will encourage participation in the activities.
C. The Lead Pastor has the responsibility to coordinate all elements of worship including music. The members of the Board of Worship will offer suggestions and assist the professional leadership wherever needed.
A. Leadership Development – The Lead Pastor will lead and disciple those in leadership roles, both professional staff and lay leaders.
B. Administration – The Lead Pastor will guide and encourage the staff through his leadership and counsel. In addition, the Lead Pastor will work closely with the lay leadership and the appropriate boards, committees, or ministries in planning and organizing programs to meet overall objectives.
C. Office Hours – It is expected for the Lead Pastor to have regular office hours.
D. Experience – It is expected that the Lead Pastor will have lead pastor experience, or comparable qualifications.
E. Educational Background – It would be desirable for the Lead Pastor to have a Master’s Degree from a seminary.
A. The Professional Staff Relations Committee – The Lead Pastor is accountable to the
congregation through the Professional Staff Relations Committee and the Board of
Managers. Performance, compensation and benefits, and reviews shall be
conducted annually by the Professional Staff Relations Committee. Their findings
and recommendations will be submitted to the Board of Managers.
B. Committee Relationships – The Lead Pastor will serve as an ex-officio member of all
church boards and committees and may attend those meetings. He is to attend the
monthly Board of Managers meetings. The Lead Pastor can call a special meeting of any
board or committee, or a congregational meeting at any time.
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