ROLE DESCRIPTION – We believe that God has faithfully maintained and supported CCC since its foundation in 1953 because of our historical obedience to maintaining his purpose and desire for our lives in serving God – and because of an enduring and vigorous faith in the sacrificial crucifixion of his son Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. It is our desire for God to continue in his grace and mercy upon this local body and, for that reason, we believe that growth of the church will be crucial to its long term continuation. The Lead Pastor must be someone with the desire and ability to provide a vision for growth and to effectively execute that vision with the support of the Elders, Deacons, and local body. In addition to the focus on growth of the local body the Lead Pastor should desire to provide leadership in all areas of ministry with significant support from the Assistant Pastor, Elders, and Deacons.
PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS - The candidate should manifest the following personal characteristics:
● Personal commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, with an emphasis upon gentleness, self-control, character, knowledge of God's Word, spiritual maturity, personal prayer, and spiritual leadership, allowing the Holy Spirit to direct him/her
● Master of Divinity or equivalent and qualified to serve as a pastor in an evangelical church
● A commitment to the Evangelical Church, its fellowship, theological stance and objectives
● Experience preferred in a local church, particularly in the areas identified below as areas of responsibility
1. Worship. Recognizing that worship should be the central priority of the Christian life, the Lead Pastor will:
a. Administer the ordinances of baptism and communion as necessary
b. Conduct regular worship services in conjunction with the ministry staff, calling upon staff and lay people as necessary
c. Assure that the content of all worship is consistent with scripture and with the Holy Spirit's leading
d. Regularly teach through sermons in worship services, with the primary focus being God's Word and the church's vision, goals, and objectives.
2. Leadership and administration. To effectively lead the Church, the Lead Pastor will lead and partner with the Elders Board, and Board of Deacons. The Lead Pastor will:
a. Have a vision for the ministry of the church which is consistent with the church's vision, goals, and objectives. The pastor should communicate that vision effectively and in a manner which motivates the staff, church leaders and congregants to strive to achieve the vision, goals and objectives.
b. Provide leadership for all of the church staff functions, including the duties of directing the priorities of all staff, evaluating their efforts regularly in conjunction with the church leadership and assuring consistency with the overall direction of the church's priorities in implementing the church's plans toward identified objectives.
c. Report regularly on the activities and effectiveness of the ministry staff to the church leadership and, if called for, to the congregation.
d. Conduct meetings on a regular basis for the purpose of supervising the activities of the staff, Elders, and Deacons - assigning tasks and priorities, and planning for ministry.
e. Serve as ministry staff advocate and liaison with the church leadership and congregation.
3. Spiritual Growth. If Christians are to be more like Christ we must grow deeper in our relationship with him. The Pastor will lead the congregation, by their example, to a deeper walk with Christ.
Personal Growth- The Lead Pastor will:
a. Set aside time for personal study, prayer and devotions daily.
b. Maintain an active prayer life and intercede on behalf of the church, its leaders and congregants.
Congregational Growth- The Lead Pastor will:
a. Encourage spiritual growth to make and deepen disciples through spiritual disciplines, small groups, children, youth, and young adult ministries, and other church programs.
b. Assist individual members in bible study methods and, if possible, provide a mentoring approach toward discipleship development.
4. Outreach. Recognizing that a personal relationship with Christ is the essential component to a fulfilled life for all people, the Lead Pastor will:
a. Foster a culture of outreach that permeates every area of ministry
b. Encourage outreach activities on the part of the church members and friends, by personal example and by teaching
c. Encourage participation in missions, both locally and worldwide
5. Pastoral Care. Recognizing that churches are critical for their members and attendees during times of crisis, the Lead Pastor will:
a. Personally participate in meeting the spiritual needs of the church members and friends, when called upon to do so
b. Assist in the planning and implementation of systems in the church for helping members and friends in need
c. Maintain strict confidentiality in all matters of a personal nature.