The Senior Pastor has the primary responsibility for preaching and teaching the Word of God and the sustaining of biblical doctrines of NPC. In addition, the Senior Pastor is responsible to ensure the shepherding of members and attendees, discipling and equipping them for the work of the ministry. Finally, the Senior Pastor shall provide the leadership and oversight necessary to develop and implement all the essential activities at NPC along with elders, deacons, and volunteers.
Serve as moderator of the elder board.
Shepherd the flock through loving care of the church family which includes visiting, counseling, and confronting them when appropriate.
Oversee the planning of weekly worship services and the preaching of biblically based sermons that point to Jesus and are applied to daily life.
Oversee the administration of the ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Provide leadership that emphasizes making disciples and the training for the next generation of leaders (2 Tim 2:2)
Lead, oversee and encourage the ministry staff and lay leaders in establishing and directing ministries that effectively reach the church's demographic, ensuring the accomplishment of the church's overall mission
Co-facilitate the annual planning process (with the elders) including evaluation of ministry performance; review the mission, vision, and core values as appropriate; development of key objectives and tactics; establishment of goals; and long-term facility needs.
Be involved in community affairs to the degree which the Senior Pastor and Elder Board agree is appropriate
Conduct weddings and funerals
Provide short term counseling as appropriate
Other duties as required within the scope of this job description
Masters degree from reputable seminary (MDiv preferred)
Ordained or willing to become ordained by ECO. To be ordained by ECO means you are "essentially Reformed" (agree with ECO's Essential tenets www.ecohttps://www.eco-pres.org/static/media/uploads/resources/Essential%20Tenets/new_format_-_essential.pdf)
Prior experience in a church setting that requires leading of staff and casting vision
Meets all requirements of an Elder (1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9)
Prior experience in discipling and equipping believers (2 Tim 2:2-3)
Bilingual abilities desirable but not necessary.
Inspirational preacher and teacher
A godly Christian of good character; above reproach
Able to help implement the mission of a ministry and overall church direction
Ability to work in a team environment in both a leadership and member role
Strong leadership and administrative skills Prioritizes prayer in his private life, public ministry, and leadership
Humility and the fruits of the Spirit
Able to nurture and serve an older congregation while also appealing to both a younger, more diverse, and often Spanish-speaking demographic. Being a good bridge.
What we offer
Full-time-salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
Manse provision possible if desired.
Vacation, study leave, retirement and medical benefits provided; will meet ECO minimums.
A people ready and willing to be led and make a difference
A challenge that we will do our best to make a blessing
A family who will love you and your family with everything we have
To apply, please submit: Cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
NPC is located in the northeast area of Bakersfield, in Kern County, near the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. As of 2019, Bakersfield's estimated population was 384,000. However, the greater Bakersfield area, which includes several unincorporated areas, has an estimated population of 524,000.
Our current staff consists of one full-time, ordained pastor; one part-time administrative assistant; and one part-time custodial assistant.
Along with our pastor, the congregation is led by a team of elders who form the Session. The pastor serves as Moderator of Session, and together, they serve the local congregation in matters of spiritual welfare and in the governance of the church. Spiritual responsibilities include the preaching of the Word, administering the sacraments, overseeing worship services, and promoting Christian education and discipleship through Bible study groups, fellowship groups, and outreach programs.