The Bridge Bible Church is a gospel-centered church located in Somerset, Wisconsin and is currently looking for a Lead Pastor. Somerset is a small town just outside of the Twin Cities and is experiencing growth both numerically and spiritually. The Bridge Bible Church is a church plant (11 years old) with a mission to make disciples of Christ who love God and love others. The Bridge is affiliated with Converge Great Lakes and is part of a strong network of like-minded churches in the surrounding areas that allows us to share life with other gospel-centered church families.
Lead Pastor Profile
The Lead Pastor of The Bridge has primary responsibility for preaching and teaching and leading a team-based ministry model, wherein discipleship, counseling, shepherding and community happen. Applicants should be comfortable with the following: reformed theology (leaving room for the mysteries of God), complementarian, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, expository preaching, elder-led and contemporary setting.
Lead Pastor Job Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential duties and responsibilities of the lead pastor will be carried out in the context of the staff team and ministry leaders. Our intent is that the lead pastor will provide effective leadership and oversight, and delegate responsibility as appropriate. These essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: Teaching, Prayer, Leadership, Evangelism & Discipleship, Shepherding, and Pastoral Care. The lead pastor will work in conjunction with the other elders, ministry staff, and ministry leaders in the implementation of the mission and vision of the church.
The lead pastor must have a personal reliance upon prayer and set the tone for the church body in this area as well.
The lead pastor will be the primary teacher for the church and will preach God’s Word faithfully, according to sound doctrine, consistently expressing the central message of the Gospel in the Sunday morning messages. The lead pastor should be committed to the historical-grammatical exposition of Scripture and seek to present the teaching in a way that is relevant, authentic and personally applicable. The lead pastor should:
- Preach 85% of Sundays within a calendar year.
- Communicate preaching series to ministry staff and volunteers in order to coordinate their respective responsibilities as needed
- Plan preaching for all special services. (Christmas, Easter, etc.)
- Oversee the administration of the ordinances of Believer’s Baptism and Communion.
The lead pastor should meet the qualifications for an elder as outlined in 1 Timothy. Additionally, the lead pastor is expected to be gospel-driven and gospel-driving, mission-minded (for the lost), and an effective trainer and delegator. The lead pastor will lead and hold accountable all ministry staff and will also be a member of the elder team. The lead pastor will:
- Conduct regular and frequent meetings with the ministry staff, both individually and jointly, and work to assist and equip the ministry staff in achieving and exceeding ministry objectives as defined by the elder team.
- Conduct regular meetings with ministry leaders (non-paid leadership)
- Work with the church administrator to provide optimal functioning of administrative duties, and to produce the annual church budget
- As a member of the elder team:
- Work with the other elders to establish measurable objectives for all ministry staff in keeping with the mission of the church.
- Work with the other elders to coordinate and execute an annual church strategy, annual goals, and review of ministry objectives.
Evangelism & 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 creativity in the development of new outreach ministries.
- Encourage and motivate the church body to invite guests.
- Teach the All-In Class for prospective members.
- In collaboration with ministry staff and Community Group Leaders, coordinate people’s involvement in ministry, and ongoing personal discipleship.
The lead pastor will lead the elders in nurturing and administering the overall shepherding ministry of the church. The lead pastor will:
- Partner with the elders in their shepherding efforts.
- Monitor Community Group’s growth and leadership.
- Develop means and methods to:
- Equip and train new and existing Community Group Leaders
- Cultivate the development of gifts within the body
- Engage in personal and professional growth by being mentored and coached on a consistent basis.
Pastoral Care and Counseling
The lead pastor will be involved in pastoral care of individuals, couples, families, and groups as opportunities arise. The lead pastor must also recognize the importance of and have experience with Biblical Counseling. The lead pastor will:
- Seek to nurture the mental, spiritual and emotional health of The Bridge.
- Continue to help with the existing Biblical Counseling Initiative recently started at The Bridge.
Lead Pastor Requirements
- Have a vital walk with Jesus Christ evidenced by faithfulness, passion, and an appreciation for God’s grace.
- Have a gift and a passion for preaching the eternal, inerrant, and unalterable Word of God as revealed in the Old and New Testaments.
- Practice personal one-on-one evangelism and discipleship and be committed to equipping others to do the same.
- Be committed to community as a key strategy for church growth and discipleship.
- Be committed to Biblical Counseling
- Be an authentic communicator, easy to understand, and down-to-earth.
- Demonstrate a willingness and ability to share with others in a large group setting and one-on-one from his heart and life.
- Be willing to be humble enough to accept input from those he is leading, as well as be appropriately transparent with the many, and intimately transparent with a few.
- Display a track record of personal management, leadership, and professionalism and have developed a personal model for Gospel-driven productivity.
- Have a minimum of five years of pastoral and teaching experience in a multi-staff church/para-church setting.
- Be actively seeking to lead his family into relationship with Christ. The lead pastor’s family should be supportive of God’s call on his life.