The essential duties and responsibilities of the lead pastor will be carried out in the context of church staff and ministry leaders. Our intent is that the lead pastor will provide leadership and oversight, and delegate responsibility as appropriate. These essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: ministry of the Word, prayer, leadership, evangelism and discipleship, shepherding and teaching, and pastoral care. The lead pastor will work in conjunction with the leadership team, church staff, and ministry leaders in the implementation of the mission and vision of the church.
Ministry of the Word
The lead pastor will be the primary teacher and preacher for the church, and will exposit God’s Word faithfully, according to sound doctrine. The lead pastor should be committed to teaching the holy Scriptures in a manner that is relevant, authentic, and personally applicable. The lead pastor will:
- Teach on the majority of Sundays within the calendar year.
- Communicate with ministry staff and volunteers in order to coordinate their respective responsibilities.
- Supervise the administration of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper in the central gathering.
- Be a clear and articulate speaker.
The lead pastor will spend time praying daily for the ministries of the church and discipling others in the church in the area of prayer.
The lead pastor will plan and lead the order of worship for the central gathering in collaboration with church staff and volunteers. The lead pastor will cultivate and demonstrate a heart for proclaiming the Gospel in Baker City, Oregon, the surrounding region, and the world, thus continuing Blue Mountain Baptist Church’s active participation in worldwide Gospel advancement.
The lead pastor will lead and hold accountable all church staff and volunteers. The lead pastor will:
- Conduct meetings with church staff and volunteers, and work to assist staff and volunteers in achieving their ministry objectives.
- Nurture the spiritual health of church staff and volunteers of Blue Mountain Baptist Church.
- Work with church staff to provide optimal functioning of administrative duties, to produce and maintain the annual church budget, and to ensure that all legal requirements for the church are met.
- Work with church staff to establish measurable objectives in keeping with the purpose and mission of the church.
Evangelism and Discipleship
The lead pastor will demonstrate a lifestyle of personal evangelism and discipleship, and oversee its application in congregational life. The lead pastor will:
- Support and evaluate existing outreach ministries, and encourage the development of new outreach ministries.
- Encourage and motivate the congregation to bring guests to the central gathering and Life groups.
- Develop and provide oversight for a new membership class.
- In collaboration with church staff and Life group leaders, encourage people’s involvement in ministry, ongoing personal discipleship, and participation in a Life group.
Shepherding and Teaching
The lead pastor will lead church staff and volunteers in nurturing and administering the overall shepherding ministry of the church. The lead pastor will:
- Monitor the growth and leadership of Life groups.
- Equip and train new and existing Life group leaders.
- Encourage members to use their gifts to serve within the body.
- Engage in personal and professional growth.
The lead pastor will be involved in the pastoral care of church members and attendees. The lead pastor will:
- Seek to develop and oversee a pastoral care ministry within Blue Mountain Baptist Church.
- Cultivate an atmosphere of availability between church members and attendees with pastoral staff, ministry leaders, and Life group leaders.
Educational and Theological Requirements
Preferred qualifications for this position are at least three years of experience in a pastoral leadership position and a Master of Divinity from a Southern Baptist seminary, although degrees from other conservative theological institutions will be considered. Minimum qualifications for this position are at least three years of experience in a leadership position and a four-year Bible degree from a conservative Christian college or university.
The lead pastor must be committed to an orthodox understanding of the Christian faith and adhere to our statement of faith as published on our website. Finally, the lead pastor must love Jesus faithfully and passionately, and lead others to do the same.