Lead Pastor Opening


The Lead Pastor is responsible for providing Biblical, strategic, servant leadership to Garden Chapel’s staff and church family so that together they may fulfill Garden Chapel’s purpose to glorify God by:

  • Worshiping God the Father
  • Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Fellowshipping in the Spirit
  • Faithfully Teaching the Bible
  • Praying Together
  • Serving One Another in Love


The Lead Pastor’s responsibilities are broken down into the following categories.

Preaching, Teaching and Counseling

The Lead Pastor is responsible for the faithful, effective, and inspirational teaching of God’s Word.  In this capacity, he will…

  1. Serve as the primary preacher for weekend worship services.  In doing so, he will:
    a. oversee and coordinate with the other members of the ministry team in order to develop weekly messages/services which communicate the full council
        of God’s Word.
    b. Challenge Garden Chapel’s church family to become more Christ-like.
  2. Equip himself for the work of the ministry through Bible study, prayer, reading and other means.
  3. Provide strategic direction to the other members of the staff and leaders who have teaching responsibilities throughout Garden Chapel’s ministries.
  4. Oversee and/or conduct the Biblical counsel of church family members as needs arise.

Strategic Leadership and Planning

In order to further the implementation of Garden Chapel’s purpose, the Lead Pastor is responsible for the development and communication of a comprehensive vision, associated goals and strategic plan; therefore, the Lead Pastor will…

  1. Work directly with the staff, Elder Board, Servant Board and ministry team leaders to design, develop, and implement plans/ministries which support the vision.
  2. Coordinate/lead weekly staff meetings and other activities to clarify and execute goals and objectives.
  3. Ensure that appropriate staffing, facilities, and programs are available and effectively aligned to meet Garden Chapel’s strategic goals.
  4. Regularly communicate the vision, strategic plans, and implementation status of such to the church family, and monitor their spiritual pulse to ensure that they fully understand and support such.
  5. Actively work to encourage, enhance, and protect the unity of the staff, Elder Board, Servant Board, Ministry Team Leaders, and church family members as they work together to fulfill Garden Chapel’s purpose.
  6. Identify, recruit, and train new leaders.
  7. Build relationships with community for the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Staff & Ministry Team Leader Development

The Lead Pastor serves as the supervisor for staff members and Ministry Team leaders (unless delegated to another staff member or leader).  In this role, he is responsible for the leading, evaluating, and mentoring of these individuals by…

  1. Overseeing training and development.
  2. Providing guidance in the design and implementation of all church ministries.
  3. Maintaining effective lines of communication between the staff, Elder Board, Servant Board, Ministry Team Leaders, and church family.
  4. Conducting annual performance evaluations and providing on-going informal performance feedback.


The Lead Pastor oversees and executes the administration of the church through appropriate staff and Ministry Teams.  In this role he…

  1. Oversees the pastoral care needs of the congregation; and, as necessary, shares with other members of the pastoral staff in hospital visitation, marriages and funerals, communion, baptisms, etc.
  2. Oversees development of and adherence to church policies and procedures.
  3. Oversees the day to day operations of the church office in coordination with other staff members.

Spiritual Leadership

The Lead Pastor is responsible for being a Christlike example to the Garden Chapel family through living out a godly  lifestyle that includes prayer, personal Bible study, humility, approachability, accountability, and active interaction with those in the community who are outside the family of faith.


The Elder Board recognizes that burnout is a real threat to the pastoral staff.  As such, the Lead Pastor shall strive to take two full days off per week and schedule/attend meetings no more than two weeknights per week.


The Lead Pastor is both a member of and accountable to the Elder Board and church membership.

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