The associate pastor oversees the Outreach Ministry and Family Ministries.
The associate pastor must be a mature man who meets the biblical qualifications for the office of elder as delineated in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. As a seminary graduate, he must be ordained or willing to be ordained. As a theologian, he must be in agreement with the 1) Doctrinal Statement in the Church Constitution, 2) the expanded Doctrinal Statement of the senior pastor, and his 3) Distinctives. He must be growing in his relationship with Christ, in holiness and humility, and prioritizing his home and family. He and his family (as applicable) must be willing to become members of Immanuel Bible Church, fulfilling the New Testament prescription for healthy church membership.
The associate pastor must be a shepherd and an expositor. He must be a strong leader, organized manager with strong administrative skills, and willing to cast vision. He must be relational and work well with people, able to build teams. Communication skills and computer skills will be required for the work. The associate must feel called by God to serve as an assistant and leading supporter of the senior pastor, engaging in a close professional/ministerial relationship. By his position, he will serve as an elder in the church, reporting to the senior pastor, accountable to the elder board.
The associate pastor will be regularly engaged in some form of a teaching ministry. He will also preach in the Sunday morning Worship Service. Charged with oversight of the three main areas below, he is not responsible for doing all the work himself. He will be a delegator, seeing that ministry is done properly with excellence; he will receive cooperation and input from the senior pastor. There may be some fluidity in the work with assigned new tasks. In addition, Immanuel aims to support the associate's particular giftedness, giving him platforms to exercise the gifts God has given him.
Participate in weekly staff meetings, bi-weekly elder meetings, and other meetings as required.
Maintain regular office hours (with flexibility) and availability for general pastoral responsibilities. Maintain good communication, cooperation, and coordination with staff, elder board, and the congregation at large.
Participate in the planning and leadership of regular church services and gatherings as designated by senior pastor. Participate in and contribute to various church-wide endeavors.
Exercise hospitality by hosting people in your home, utilizing a church expense account, and loving by example.
Develop and oversee a budget that effectively and wisely utilizes church resources for the following two ministries.
Presently, we go door-to-door in our neighborhood to share the gospel, pray, and distribute Bibles. A core group led by young men have a heart for the lost. The associate has excellent "raw material" to work with and solid support in this ministry.
This ministry is poised for success. It has the facilities, resources, financial backing, and largest volunteer contingency in the church. The associate has good opportunities to try new ministry ideas and tweak existing initiatives.
(A complete Job Description and additional materials will be sent upon application.)