We are prayerfully seeking God’s direction to identify a full-time Senior Pastor who is, first and foremost, a leader and a teacher. He leads with a clear vision and a purposeful direction and is therefore easy to follow. He enthusiastically goes after creative ideas and solutions, empowers laypeople who need to be equipped and unleashed for Christ, and powerfully proclaims God’s Word in a variety of ways. He is a risk-taker who proactively identifies challenges and resolves problems, doing so with minimum relational turmoil. He brings people together in unified teams to develop and implement effective strategies, and he is excellent at promoting ideas to others to reach maximum potential and engagement.
1. Leadership Skills
a. Exhibits the characteristics of a servant leader while effectively leading and shepherding the staff, lay leadership, and congregation to achieve the church’s mission.
b. Consistently casts a compelling vision by combining a deep understanding of the needs of the community, the church organization, and the congregation with strategic thinking and creative responses to opportunities and challenges.
c. Easily inspires confidence throughout the staff and builds consensus throughout the congregation by realistically assessing issues and taking appropriate actions.
d. Naturally recruits, manages, and develops leaders of all levels into a unified team, empowering and guiding staff and lay leaders to develop management skills and take ownership over ministries while maintaining unity of vision and direction.
2. Communication Skills
a. Consistently delivers strong biblical preaching and teaching that is relevant and applicable to people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as those of different levels of spiritual maturity.
b. Comfortably communicates both publicly and one-on-one, with speech and demeanor characterized by authenticity, approachability, and accountability.
c. Clearly articulates the gospel message with an evangelistic method and approach that is personally sincere, rooted in Biblical truths, teachable to disciple-makers, and resulting in conversions.
d. Collaborates with worship staff to develop engaging worship experiences that inspire the congregation to genuine personal worship and growth by application of God’s Word, meet the spiritual needs of all age groups and levels of spiritual maturity, and result in consistently greater Christ-likeness throughout the congregation.
3. Relationship Skills
a. Strongly encourages and loves people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
b. Is equally effective at interpersonal communication both as a listener and as a speaker.
c. Discerns, develops, and employs the unique strengths of others to fulfill their God-given purposes.
d. Provides a healing presence in conflicted relationships, both personal and corporate.
e. Effectively shepherds and ministers to all generations to ensure all are equally assimilated to the church congregation without age gaps.
1. Personal Qualities
a. Meets the New Testament requirements for office as listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 and lives with integrity as an excellent model of a spiritual example that inspires others to develop attitudes and behaviors guided by biblical principles.
b. Dedicated to a strong devotional and prayer life demonstrated by an intentional commitment to honoring his relationship with God above all else.
c. Exhibits an inherent orientation of grace in his relationship with God and to other people.
d. Enthusiastic and passionate when empowering teams and developing vision.
e. Has a heart and desire to reach multi-ethnic groups, both locally and globally.
2. Professional Qualities
a. Has served for at least six years as a Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, or comparable role in a church of similar size to College Ave and experienced numerical congregational growth while serving in that role.
b. Has experience directly supervising multiple staff members and working with various leadership teams.
c. Preferably holds a Master’s of Divinity or master’s degree in a relevant field.
d. Agrees with the Doctrinal Statement, Statement of Faith, and Senior Pastor responsibilities published in the College Avenue Baptist Church Constitution and Operating Procedures Manual. (https://cabc.org/vision)
Interested applicants should email a resume and video sermon sample. Applicants will not be considered without a video sermon sample.