Job Description

JOB TITLE

Lead Pastor

HOURS

Part-Time; Housing Allowance

REPORTS TO

Church Leadership

Objective

To seek to understand God’s vision for the church and effectively communicate this vision to the congregation. To ensure that a Biblically-based message of significance is delivered with excellence to the congregation each week. Act as leader, shepherd, and chief executive officer of the church, under the supervision of the church leadership.

Qualifications

Spiritual

  • A deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ evidenced in daily life and exhibiting character qualities outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter: 5:1-4.
  • Exhibits personal qualities that are of the highest integrity and unquestionable honesty. Earnestly seeks God’s will above all other possible motivations.
  • Excellent communicator; visionary in leadership and supervision of staff.
  • Endorses and supports the pastoral staff and effectively communicates the visionary culture of Grace Community Church.
  • Possesses an irenic spirit of cooperation and fellowship within the church body. Demonstrates a passionate, heartfelt love for people with a Christ-like concern for their spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
  • Exhibits Christ’s love by developing positive and encouraging relationships within the church body.

Education and Experience

  • Associate or Bachelors level degree required. Preferred degree from from a respected theological school or seminary.
  • Licensed as an ordained minister or willing to seek ordination within the first two years of employment.
  • Five or more years of experience in pastoral ministry, preferably in roles that involved preaching and supervision of staff and volunteers.

Requirements

  • Become a member and be committed to ministry at Grace Community Church.
  • Pass a criminal record background check.

Responsibilities

PREACHING: Value the importance of the weekly sermon. Seek to discern God’s message for the congregation and spend significant time and effort using professional skills to develop and deliver that message to the best of one’s ability. Employ a variety of expository and topical preaching methods.

VISION-CASTING: Seek God’s direction and develop His vision for our church in a way that maximizes the gifts and resources available. Seek to find new ways and additional resources to accomplish God’s plan for our church.

STAFF LEADERSHIP: Develop and manage staff for successful ministry; serve as direct supervisor for support staff. Provide ongoing leadership development and spiritual oversight of church staff. Be personally involved in the selection, supervision, goal-setting, and evaluation of staff members as needed.

COOPERATION: Exhibit strong diplomatic skills and lead within the context of a congregational style of church governance and be accountable to the church council. Be an excellent recruiter of gifted leaders and a strong encourager to all. Work to accomplish a vision for the church with respect for and in cooperation with lay leaders and committees.

CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP: Exhibit a passion for ministry. Lead by example. Work shoulder-to-shoulder with lay leaders and volunteers in the ministries of the church. RELATIONAL: Work with and relate to staff, church council, lay leaders, volunteers and the congregation as a whole. Show evidence of love for people in the congregation while reaching out, developing relationships, and have compassion for the triumphs and problems in their lives.

PRAYER: Seek and promote prayer as a priority, both personally and in the life of the church.

EVALUATION/DEVELOPMENT: Continually evaluate the effectiveness of programs and propose creative ideas for improvement. Offer an overall vision to develop and grow the ministry. Spend time in personal study in order to expand relevant knowledge and keep current with the latest trends in ministry.

BUDGET: Participate in the planning of the church budget in cooperation with the church council in preparation for congregational approval

Compensation and Benefits

Monthly compensation; benefits eligibility is outlined in the current version of the Pastoral Contract.

How to Apply

Grace Community Church is a member of Converge MidAtlantic. Applicants can respond to our office by sending the following items: resume, cover letter, references, and a link to audio/video of sermon.

Phone: 330-757-7970.

Lorain, OH

Demographics & Info

Lorain Ohio is the largest city within Lorain County. Once an industrial giant in the area of auto manufacturing, steel making and ship building, the major employers today are Mercy Regional Health Center and Lorain City Schools. Lake Erie and the Black River are important industrial and recreational resources for the city, making Lorain a highly popular summer destination for boaters and fisherman.

Because of the large ethnic communities created by immigrants coming from Europe to Lorain for jobs in the 1920’s, Lorain became home to numerous ethnic churches and social clubs. Many still exists in 2020.
The racial make-up of the population consists of 61% white; 22% Hispanic, 15% African American and 2% other. Lorain’s unemployment rate is 7.3%. and the average income of a Lorain resident is $19,240. The median household income is $35,330 a year compared to Lorain County which is $54,932 a year.

Lorain has three public school districts within the city boundaries and several charter schools. In Lorain County, Lorain County Community College (the first Ohio Community College) and Oberlin College and Conservatory (the first college to matriculate African Americans and women) provide opportunities for higher education for Lorain County residents.

Grace Community Church is located at 1908 W. 20th Street behind the Leavitt Homes Housing Development, commonly referred to as “the projects”. When we envision evangelizing to the community, it is the youth within these households that we are attempting to reach.