Hillside is a congregational church led by elders and deacons. As we have grown, the church’s need for more pastoral leadership has become increasingly apparent. Our pastoral staff is currently comprised of two paid elders (pastors) and two paid deacons (a youth pastor and a pastoral worker), who work in close co-ordination with one another.
Overview of Church and Community
Currently, our two paid elders work together in a co-senior pastoral role. We are seeking to add a third person to this team. We do not expect our leaders to exhibit every gift and are looking for someone who is clear that their gifts are in pastoral care and discipleship. This individual will be capable of being in a solo senior role, but will be more enthusiastic about working in partnership with others in a team based on gifting’s, than they are about working in a hierarchical structure.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
The position requires a person with theological training, ideally an MDiv or equivalent. They need not be ordained. However, they should fully support our Baptist convictions, particularly our congregationalism and our desire to empower every member of the congregation for mission and ministry. The role is full-time, though we are open to discussion of less hours in certain circumstances, and will be paid according to qualifications and experience, as set out in the CBWC’s salary grid.
Role and Responsibilities
This person will be the church’s ‘chief shepherd’, with strong pastoral gifts and enthusiasm for being with people and creating community. They will be a ‘people person’ who gains energy from being with others. They are more likely to be an extrovert than an introvert. We are looking for someone with previous experience as a senior or solo pastor, or experience in a pastorally focussed associate role. This pastoral team member is someone who is proactive in identifying individuals’ needs - spiritual, emotional and physical - with the ability to recognize what is going on in people’s lives and how the church can support them pastorally and encourage them in their spiritual growth. There will be plenty of opportunities for preaching, however this is not the primary role this person will be expected to play.
If your primary spiritual gifting’s are found in pastoral care, discipleship and fellowship and you are drawn towards working in an empowering team environment then we encourage you to explore this possibility with us by submitting your resume with a cover letter to: email@example.com.
Hillside Church welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.