Minimal Responsibilities of a new Pastor
1. Administrator: The Pastor should possess good administrative skills; capable of leading the church staff, the deacons, and lay leaders to carry out effectively their respective ministries.
2. Community Relations Supporter: The Pastor should be aware of and concerned with community needs, activities and affairs and knowledgeably capable of addressing these concerns from a pastoral perspective; thus establishing respect in the community.
3. Counselor: The Pastor should be an effective counselor, setting aside a portion of his time for counseling, and making referrals when appropriate.
4. Denominational Relations: The Pastor should be knowledgeable of and concerned about our church’s efforts to cooperate and maintain historic values with sister churches in missions, education, evangelism, and other denominational activities.
5. Evangelizer: The Pastor should be involved personally in evangelism, sharing the gospel with those inside and outside the church.
6. Leader: The Pastor should be a leader capable of inspiring, encouraging, and motivating church members to use their time and talents in doing the work of the church.
7. Missionary Vision: The Pastor should be excited about his calling to the ministry and to our church, should exhibit a vision for doing God’s work here, and should enthusiastically share it with the church. The Pastor should support home and foreign missions, be aware of local community needs and lead the church in ministering to these needs.
8. Prayer and Worship Leader: The Pastor should arouse all people to prayer. His worship leadership should help members and those attending services to experience worship in both the church services and their personal lives.
9. Proclaimer: Each Sermon should have substance and should be delivered in a manner which holds the attention of the congregation. He must prepare well and then forth-tell God’s Word from the pulpit.
10. Student: The Pastor should have an ongoing program of study (incuding, but more than personal Bible study & prayer) to develop new skills and knowledge and participation in activities which renew his physical, emotional, and spiritual energy and zest for his ministry.
11. Visitor: Within the limits of his time, the Pastor should visit the church membership, including times of hospital care, grief, personal crises and joy. The Pastor should be friendly, approachable, and personable and should relate well to each age group in the church.
Senior Pastor Minimum Qualifications:
1. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ
2. Four years college & Seminary
3. Minimum of 10 years pastoral experience that includes Senior Pastor experience. Preferred to be from a church in the Southern Baptist Convention
4. Prefer married. Divorce under any circumstances not accepted.
5. Man that knows he is called of God to the ministry
6. Believes the Bible is the infallible word of God from beginning to end and be willing to support and adhere to the bi-laws of the First Baptist Church of Dover
7. Leadership skills
8. Good preaching skills
9. Can relate to and with all age groups
10. Believes God is calling him specifically to our church
11. Has a vision or plan to help us grow to the potential of our campus
12. A man that has experience and has a proven track record
Would prefer resume include link(s) to prior preached sermons.
1 Timothy 3 2-7 NKJV
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence. (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover, he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.