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Pastoral Profile Sample

THE PASTORAL PROFILE

(from a model devised within the Baptist Union of Victoria, Australia)

The Pastor will be a person who desires to be a part of us and to become one with us, to meet us where we are and move forward with us.

Key Responsibilities

The Pastor shall

– Give spiritual and inspirational servant leadership to the Church through challenging preaching, Biblical teaching, and meaningful worship so that the people will be moved to apply their faith into their everyday lives.

– Share, through leadership and example, the pastoral responsibilities of the Church, such as nurture, visitation and conflict resolution.

– Lead the Church as a “playing coach” acting as a facilitator, a trainer and encourager of the gifts of the congregation.

– Have a heart for leading people to a Christian commitment.

– Network as a representative of the Church in wider Christian spheres, denominationally, and interdenominationally.

– Help develop and support the vision/mission/values of the Church.

– Take responsibility for, and mentor and encourage youth leadership

Personal Qualities

The Pastor will be:

– A person of prayer.

– A servant Leader.

– A visionary Leader.

– Mature in the faith.

– A team player.

– Committed to Biblical values.

Other important considerations and desirable qualities are as follows:

Interpersonal Skills

– Be a person with strong relational skills – approachable, “down to earth”

– Be a good communicator.

– Have the ability to relate to and to work with all age groups, both sexes and various cultures.

Organisational Requirements

– Have the right of attendance and participation in all the meetings of the Church and its organisational bodies, chairing meetings as agreed.

– Be able to work with a range of theological positions that exist within the Church.

– Be able to communicate effectively with a broad range of academic abilities within the Church.

– Be able to think strategically about future (possibly imminent) development of facilities.

SCHEDULE ONE (2nd attempt) THE PASTORAL PROFILE

JOB TITLE: Pastor, A_____ Baptist Church (ABC)

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the church meeting via the elders and deacons.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: To nurture, grow and develop ABC’s people and ministries to fulfil our mission and vision.

ABC MISSION AND VISION: “Looking up, reaching out, and caring for all.”

Our vision is to be:

– An outreaching church whose imagination has been gripped by the loving heart of God for people and which serves our own community and has a growing global awareness.

– A church that nurtures and trains leaders for mission in the church and the world.

– A church that provides excellent Christian Education, that starts with our youngest children and never stops, including a network of small groups for teaching and learning for all ages.

– A Biblical church where we hear Scripture explained with integrity and relevance to help us to grow more like Jesus and to apply our faith to our everyday living.

– Caring for all ages with organized care but ultimately everyone sharing in the responsibility for caring for others

– A Worshipping church that values our differences and whose worship is full of variety and congregational participation, where everyone, especially visitors, will feel welcome

KEY RESULT AREAS

1. Worship “Looking Up”

To give spiritual and inspirational servant leadership to the Church through challenging preaching, Biblical teaching, and meaningful worship so that the people will be moved to apply their faith into their everyday lives.

In partnership with the worship team and deacons, this will be achieved by:

· Developing an authentic style of worship with a variety of meaningful expressions of worship & participation, that values our differences.

· Organising a relevant preaching roster including preaching at least an average of 3 Sundays per month.

· Supplying home groups with study materials on preaching themes.

· Helping everyone, especially visitors, feel welcome and at ease.

· Facilitate the use of multimedia.

· Supporting the worship team and worship team leader with vision and encouragement to bring out the best of their creativity and effort.

2. Outreach “Reaching Out”

To lead the church in growing the family of God through relevant ministries, warm welcoming, and the everyday witness of the whole Church.

In partnership with the deacons, this will be achieved by:

· Identifying a team leader and building a team to focus on outreach.

· Encouraging leaders of community ministries and visiting their groups.

· Exploring new activities and groups to meet specific community needs.

· Offering our neighbours generous hospitality & celebratory opportunities at Christmas and Easter.

· Teaching programmes to equip us to share our faith.

· Incorporating witnessing themes in Sunday morning teaching.

· Organising courses like Alpha or Essence to introduce others to faith.

· Encouraging the church to focus on building relationships that will give us the opportunity to share our life and faith with others.

· Encouraging members to be involved in various support groups in the community, and set an example as a primary school volunteer.

· Increasing global awareness and involvements through newsletter and prayer spots, guest speakers and exploring a short-term mission trip.

3. Pastoral Care “Caring for All”

To share, through leadership and example, the pastoral responsibilities of the Church, such as nurture of faith, crisis care, visitation and conflict resolution.

In partnership with the community care team and deacons, this will be achieved by:

· Adopting an organized care approach with community care leader and small groups.

· Encouraging everyone to share in the responsibility of pastoral care.

· Enhancing congregational health through leading the church through the denomination’s “Fit for Life” programme”.

4. Leadership “Equipping the people of God for the work of ministry”

To lead the Church as a “playing coach” acting as a facilitator, a trainer and encourager of the gifts of the congregation.

In partnership with the deacons, this will be achived by:

· Being intentional in identifying leadership gifts in our people and in giving them opportunity to develop them.

· Developing and mentoring young leaders and ensuring they have opportunities to serve, in order to prepare them to serve here and elsewhere.

· Seeking to ensure that all our existing leaders are encouraged and supported by those they serve.

· Liaising with all leaders and facilitating appropriate support, training and communication.

5. Buildings “Time to build”

To redevelop our facilities to be up-to-date, multifunctional in purpose, and suitable to our needs.

In partnership with the building and finance committees and the deacons, this will be achieved by:

· Working with a builder to get the necessary permits and quotes.

· Planning an appropriate level of staging construction.

· Aiming for a begin to build goal of $200,000 in finance or commitments · Praying for and expecting God to lead us through the big challenges involved.

6. Networking and broader ministry “Beyond the walls”

To network as a representative of the Church in wider spheres, denominationally, interdenominationally, and in the community.

While it is recognized this is part of Darren’s ministry and gift from ABC to the larger church, this broader ministry will be in Darren’s own time (eg on his Tuesday day-off church) or as part of his annual 4 weeks ministry leave.

This will be achieved by:

· Attending denominational assemblies 2x/year and Baptist ministers’ association meetings 6x/year.

· Building interdenominational links through Good Friday and other combined churches’ ministries and events.

· Active involvement at the local Primary School

· Making time for community and civic relationships and friendships.

· Teaching at the theological college when available

· Writing for Zadok Institute of Christianity and Society

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