Lead Pastor Job Description  

Position Summary

The Lead Pastor will provide pastoral oversight and leadership for the entire congregation as we strive to lead people into a growing relationship with Christ.  The primary areas of ministry will focus around preaching/teaching with an aim toward reaching our community, discipleship/education and leadership.  


  • Godly character – elder qualified (1 Timothy 3)
  • Exhibit personal qualities of integrity and honesty
  • Theological education – master’s level degree in pastoral studies is desired, but not required.
  • Must be in agreement with the statement of faith of Bethany Baptist Church and be willing to become a member of this church family
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership skills in working with people
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Willing to provide a current police background check
  • Licensed as an ordained minister or willing to seek a recognized ordination with the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada within the first two years of employment


The lead pastor is accountable to the Lord, Elders board and congregation.  

Ministry Duties and Responsibilities:  


  • Responsible for the preaching and teaching of God’s Word when the congregation gathers for worship
  • Occasional speaking at other church meetings and to other groups within the church
  • Employ a variety of preaching and teaching methods in order to be effective in reaching our community for Christ and leading them into a growing relationship with Christ
  • Provide leadership for mid-week prayer and Bible study gathering  

Discipleship and Education

  • Actively disciples and mentors individuals as Christ did with His disciples
  • Identify and implement an intentional program of instruction for all members
  • Be engaged in equipping believers to answer the questions being asked by those outside of Christ    


  • Seek God’s direction, develop His vision for Bethany Baptist Church, and fulfill that vision in a way that maximizes available gifts and resources
  • Continually evaluate effectiveness of programs and propose creative ideas for improvement – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based goals (SMART)
  • Provide administrative leadership in the day-to-day operations of the total church ministry.

Ministry Expectations

  • To conduct himself in a manner which manifests the Scriptural qualifications and which provides a consistent role model for those under his care.To manifest a shepherd’s heart for people
  • To be comfortable with all age groups (children, youth, adults)
  • To demonstrate strong communication and organizational skills
  • The expected work week will consist of 40-45 hours
  • To agree with and sign the ethical conduct policy and the non-harassment policy
  • To be an active member of the local evangelical ministerium and the Algoma Association of Fellowship Baptist Churches


The lead pastor’s salary and benefits will reflect the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches guidelines.  They will be established by the church board of deacons and approved by the congregation.

  • Four weeks of vacation a year
  • One week of educational leave a year in consultation with the elders
  • One Sunday off every three months              

Approved by Elders, January 19, 2019