Merriam Christian Chapel is a non-denominational church of about 300. It is located in southern rural Noble County, Indiana, approximately 21 miles northwest of Fort Wayne. God has blessed Merriam Christian Chapel over many years through expository Bible teaching, teen and children’s ministries, missions, and generosity. We are seeking a Senior Pastor to continue this legacy and to lead us into new opportunities of discipleship and local outreach.
The Senior Pastor will be a man called of God and set apart to the gospel ministry, in accordance with our doctrinal statement, and committed to living and serving in a manner consistent with the standards set forth in Scripture for such a leader. The Senior Pastor must be a man who exemplifies a godly character, is compassionate in recognizing and meeting the needs of others, and demonstrates a high level of competence in shepherding a church.
• The Senior Pastor will be called by the Holy Spirit and confirmed by a body of believers through ordination. (Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5)
• The Senior Pastor will equip, educate, edify, and mobilize the church as mandated in Ephesians 4:11-13.
• The Senior Pastor will lead and serve in accord with the expectations set forth in 1 Peter 5:1-3 and Hebrews 13:17.
• The Senior Pastor will exercise biblical authority and carry out a Christian witness as directed in 2 Timothy 4:1-5.
• The Senior Pastor will be qualified to minister in the church as required in 1 Timothy 3:1- 7 and Titus 1:5-9.
The responsibilities of the Senior Pastor may be outlined in terms of his primary biblical roles as follows:
• Elder/Overseer: serves as the lead vocational elder and in cooperation with the board of deacons, serves as the primary vision caster of the church (cf. Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
• Evangelist: models the practice of personal evangelism and ensures that the church is challenged and equipped to be obedient to the Great Commission (cf. 2 Timothy 4:5; Matthew 28:19).
• Shepherd: models the heart of the Chief Shepherd and ensures that the church is well led, cared for, and protected (cf. Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:1-4).
• Preacher/Teacher: the principal communicator of God’s Word in public worship (cf. Acts 6:4; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; Titus 1:9).
• Equipper: partners with other leaders to empower and equip maturing members for significant service and ministry by discovering, developing, and using their spiritual gifts (cf. Ephesians 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:2).
The Senior Pastor, regarding the ministry of the Word, will:
• Proclaim the Word of God and serve as a teacher of Scripture primarily through expository preaching.
• Spend the necessary time in study and prayer to prepare for weekly worship services, additional Bible studies, prayer meetings, classes, and training.
• Demonstrate the ability to share the gospel with unbelievers and equip others to share the gospel.
• Oversee the corporate worship and prayer of the congregation.
The Senior Pastor, regarding shepherding care, will:
• Oversee meeting the spiritual needs of the congregation.
• Equip believers to serve, to be united in faith across generations, and become mature believers in Christ.
• Oversee pastoral care to those in personal crisis through visitation, counseling, and prayer.
• Appropriately and expediently respond to crisis situations that arise in the congregation.
• Perform weddings and funeral services.
• Oversee the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
• Be devoted to prayer for the congregation.
The Senior Pastor, regarding administration, will:
• Mentor and lead pastoral and ministry staff.
• Provide general oversight regarding leadership for volunteers in the execution of their responsibilities and their development as leaders.
• Serve as a non-voting member of all boards and work collaboratively with the chairmen.
• In cooperation with the Board of Deacons, oversee development of and adherence to church policies and procedures. Coordinate strategic planning and implementation of the church’s vision.