Possesses the qualifications for a pastor set forth in Scripture: 1 Timothy 3.1-7 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. As well as Titus 1.6-9- if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
The Family Pastor will have godly character and maturity in faith. Those seeking this position will be prepared and equipped for ministry, having a Bible college or seminary degree in an area related to family ministry, or five years’ experience in vocational family ministry. The Family Pastor will be gifted in shepherding, and administration. The Family Pastor should be called by Christ, specifically to family ministry and to a support role within the church body. Family ministry should be the foremost passion of the Family Pastor, who will have a heart for discipling kids of all ages and parents. The ability to effectively lead and coordinate volunteers is also sought.
Summary of Position
The Pastor of Family Ministries is the advocate for the generations of the church and will oversee the leadership structures and culture of the church to ensure that the family of God is working together to make disciples of the next generations. The pastor’s ministry efforts will ever be centered on Christ, His Gospel, and His Word to help WBC achieve the Great Commission, Great Commandment, and be and build Gospel Community. The pastor is first an advocate for the young (children, youth and early adults) because these are the people who are least knowledgeable and least experienced in the Christian life. The Pastor of Family Ministries is an advocate for the parents of these young people because they are in the greatest position to influence the young. The next concern is for other mature adults because they have an important role in the discipleship and mentoring of parents and young people, alike. The pastor should be a complement to the Senior Pastor and an extension of his ministry.
Areas of Responsibility
-The Pastor of Family Ministries will oversee the discipleship systems from cradle to college and to their parents.
-This pastor will work closely with the adult discipleship leaders to ensure that parents are prepared to lead their children and that young people have spiritual mentors when their parent cannot be the model.
-The pastor will work closely with the Senior Pastor to refine and implement the vision of the church in family ministries.
-The Pastor will oversee the Board of Christian Education, and will be involved in teaching on Sundays and during the week as directed by the Senior Pastor, according to needs of the church.
-This pastor will oversee the budgets, events, and volunteers encompassed under the umbrella of family ministry.
-The pastor will engage in one-on-one discipleship with peers in the church.
-In conjunction with the Senior Pastor, He will create and execute a youth ministry program that focuses on Bible teaching and disciple-making discipleship. This will include overseeing relational, engaging ministries to nursery children through college, and their parents.
-Ensure that the curriculum used at each level of spiritual development connects to the next.
-Ensure that ministry leaders connect regularly to the home, so parents experience a clear partnership in the discipleship of their children.
-Develop and implement a vision that leads to a focus on teaching the Great Commission, Great Commandment, and Gospel Community through the relational interaction between the pastor, other leaders, and the families.
-This pastor will train, equip, and encourage all volunteers serving in children’s and youth programs.
-This pastor will oversee the safety of children, youth, and volunteers by ensuring all volunteers have met the safety protocols set forth by our Board of Christian Education.
-Develop and implement a plan for on-going parent training and encouragement.
-Oversee training that leads parents into Biblical study to help them understand their role and responsibilities in discipling their kids.
-Be available and equipped to coach parents and children and confidentially mediate on specific issues within their family.
-Encourage intergenerational gatherings to help all members of the Body to recognize how God is working within the whole family of God.
-Work with the Senior Pastor and other ministry teams to ensure that there are opportunities for all generations to worship, learn, and serve together.
Equipping and Encouraging Parents
-Work with ministry leaders to bridge the gap between what children and youth are learning in their programs and what adults are learning in theirs.
-Guide ministry leaders in selecting or developing a curriculum that is cohesive from birth to adulthood and that helps parents to complement the church learning with home learning. WBC currently is employing The Gospel Project, which is designed for this very purpose.
-Develop channels of resources that allow the parents to lead in their home in such a way that promotes unity with the rest of the church family.
If you would like to apply, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org