I. Senior Pastor Qualifications
A. The senior pastor must meet qualifications for an elder as given in 1Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9, and 1Peter 5:2-3. These qualifications deal with many areas of personal life, which are critical for fitness to serve as a leader in the church.
B. The senior pastor must devote himself to fervent prayer, diligent study of God’s Word (Acts 6:2-4) as well as godly lifestyle.
C. The senior pastor must be in agreement with the church constitution, doctrinal statement, and the philosophy of ministry of Living Water Bible Fellowship.
A. Good communicator. He must be an effective communicator from the pulpit and in on-to-one relationships. He must be able to demonstrate the relevance of the Scriptures in daily life. He must be able to use discernment in exposing the obvious and subtle errors of society and have the wisdom to teach the biblical model of life and thought.
B. Balanced understanding of Christian life. He must know the importance of God’s grace in the Christian life, affirming that salvation and sanctification are the result of God’s grace and not human effort; that good works are the outworking of God’s grace in the believer, and that legalism is an enemy to true spiritual maturity.
C. Team builder. He should be a strong leader who models, trains, and inspires others to do the work of the ministry. He should have a clear vision of the ministry of Living Water Bible Fellowship and the ability to impart this vision to others with a value of consensus.
D. Exemplary lifestyle. His personal life should be an example of integrity, humility, honesty, and openness. His life will be a reflection of Christian maturity.
E. Heart of love. He must have a love for God, his family, God’s people, the church, the lost, and the ministry. He must be a person with a caring, shepherding spirit.
F. Man of faith. He must realize that without wisdom from God it is not possible to do the work of the ministry or even live a fruitful Christian life. He must model a life of faith and prayer.
G. Personal accountability. He should desire accountability with the elders as well as others who will work with him. This will help to protect and preserve his character, integrity, and personal walk with God.
A. Biblical preaching. He will deliver expository preaching with relevant application. He must have a commitment to the sufficiency and inerrancy of the Scriptures. He must be a faithful student who is consistently prepared for pulpit ministry.
B. Shepherding heart. While the senior pastor is not expected to be the sole pastoral caregiver within the congregation, he must, out of a shepherd’s disposition, cultivate an environment in which healthy pastoral care is unfolding in a manner that empowers the spiritual giftedness of others within the leadership and the body at large.
C. Training. Although it is not mandatory, it is desirable that the senior pastor have a formal seminary education, having achieved at a minimum a Master of Divinity degree.
II. Specific Senior Pastoral Duties
Preaching / Teaching Responsibilities
A. To preach expositional messages covering all the counsel of God so that the church members are fed a balanced spiritual diet.
1. To challenge believers in relevant and practical ways toward obedience and submission to the Lord.
2. To present the gospel clearly to the lost, giving regular opportunity for the unsaved to respond in faith.
B. To devote time
1. For daily prayer.
2. For regular disciplined Bible study.
3. For sermon preparation.
4. For regular attendance at God-centered conferences / retreats for spiritual growth and maturity.
C. To select qualified substitutes to fill the pulpit when absent.
A. To supervise the church staff
1. To oversee the pastoral and church staff in order to meet the church’s needs, vision, and values.
2. To encourage the body in the development and exercise of their spiritual gifts and talents in their areas of ministry.
3. To give direction and support to the ministry team, keeping every ministry focused on biblical principles for the glory of God.
B. To assist church leadership.
1. To serve on the Board of Elders as the first among equals.
2. To interact with the Board of Deacons regarding matters relevant to their responsibilities. 3. To serve as an ex officio member of all other church related committees.
A. To oversee all aspects of regular worship services as well as all ministries operating under the auspices of Living Water Bible Fellowship.
B. To oversee official church functions such as weddings, funerals, and church ordinances (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper).
C. To oversee the provisions of pastoral care for the church, including home and hospital visitation, pastoral counseling, and crisis intervention.
D. To promote the ministry of Living Water Bible Fellowship in the Guttenberg community and throughout the world by being a godly example and ambassador of Christ and His church.
E. To participate as an active member of the overall ministry of Living Water Bible Fellowship.
Contact Lon Lindenberg for more information or to apply.