Zoar MB Church

Lead Pastor Job Description


The Lead Pastor must be a born-again believer actively walking in fellowship with the Lord. He must be open to the Holy Spirit’s direction and sense God’s call to the ministry. He should love people and desire to build them up to their greatest spiritual potential and demonstrate the skills and the interests necessary for the task.


The Lead Pastor shall set the example of godly living (I Tim. 3:1-7, 4:12-16, and II Tim. 4:1-4). He shall be able to teach and preach the eternal and unchanging Word of God. He shall be in agreement with the Constitution and Confession of Faith of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and have completed the Ministry Questionnaire of the Southern District Conference. He shall support the vision, purpose, doctrine, and policies of this church.


The Lead Pastor’s main responsibilities shall be to communicate God’s Word, minister to spiritual needs, and provide biblical leadership for the church. He shall have a passion for discipleship and a willingness to guide a congregation through a transition in leadership and develop a culture of active participation in ministry and spiritual growth in the congregation. He shall have a willing heart to delegate responsibilities and work together as a team for the benefit of the church.


Lead Pastor Responsibilities


  • Plan and conduct the worship services, including the preparation for and preaching of the Word of God
  • Lead in the observances of communion, baptism, and affirmation of membership


Pastoral Leadership

  • Motivate, equip, and nurture the people of the church through example, preaching and teaching God’s Word,              prayer, and spiritual counseling
  • Provide active leadership in fulfilling the vision and purpose for the church, including effectively relating to the          Elder Board and Stewardship Council in planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, training, and evaluating the      total church program
  • Seek to develop new leaders by mentoring, teaching, giving opportunities for ministry, and delegating                        responsibilities effectively
  • Lead by example in stewardship matters, by supporting the work of the church through tithes, offerings, and              regular teaching about financial and stewardship issues
  • Work with the Elder Board to oversee all teaching, including Sunday School, men’s and women’s Bible studies,            and new member candidate instruction
  • Oversee pastoral staff, including conducting staff meetings on a regular basis for the purpose of supervising the        activities of the staff, planning for ministry, and providing for spiritual, relational, and professional growth and            development
  • Encourage evangelism and outreach activities by personal example, teaching and supporting participation in              disciple-making in both local and world missions
  • Use various media technologies to effectively communicate the Gospel in the community



  • Prepare and present an Annual Vision and Ministry Plan to the congregation, with input from Boards, Councils and      Ministries, and approval from those Boards/Councils.
  • Attend and participate in Elder, Stewardship Council, and Trustee meetings as needed
  • Complete an annual self-assessment and evaluative review with the Elder Board and Stewardship Council and/or      congregation
  • Cooperate with district and national denominational leaders in matters of mutual interest and concern, keeping          the church informed of denominational development, and representing the church in civic matters


Pastoral Care

  • Facilitate the contact with or visitation of hospitalized or grieving church members
  • Work with the Elder Board to implement and maintain a system of congregational care for connecting/visiting            with and caring for visitors, new attendees, and all members of the congregation
  • Conduct counseling sessions and make referrals when appropriate
  • Maintain strict confidentiality in all matters of a personal nature, seeking permissions when advisable to involved      professionals in the care of members in need
  • Perform wedding ceremonies and conduct funerals


Personal Spiritual Health and Growth

  • Spend significant time in prayer and Bible study
  • Maintain an average 40–50-hour work week, taking a weekly sabbath, annual vacation, retreat allowance, and            sabbatical as defined in the policy and approved by the Elder Board and Stewardship Council


Board Leadership

  • Work closely with the Elder Board and Stewardship Council in developing the concept structure template into an      effective church structure and implementing the strategic plan of the church with leadership accountability
  • Work with the Elder Board to approve recommendations for baptismal candidates, approve candidates for church      membership, and approve all special speakers
  • Work with the Elder Board and Stewardship Council to provide effective internal communication with the                    congregation, Elder Board, and Stewardship Council through various media as well as effective external                      communication to the community as needed
  • Work with the Elder Board to oversee church discipline and manage conflict in the church, seeking to reconcile        relationships and promote unity
  • Work with the Elder Board to provide annual evaluations of all pastoral and support staff


Other Responsibilities

  • Additional pastoral duties not specified in the above list of responsibilities