Job Title: Senior Pastor

Reports to: Board of Directors

Position Status: Full-Time

Desirable Characteristics/Abilities and Purpose:
The Senior Pastor shall possess a steadfast devotion to the person, principles, and lifestyle of Jesus Christ as evidenced by conduct consistent with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. A successful candidate shall model the practices and disciplines of a life of faith, and continue to demonstrate growth in biblical understanding and commitment to the Church as the Body of Christ. The Senior Pastor will be required to balance professional obligations with personal and family time, requiring excellent time management, efficiency, and commitment to healthy priorities. The Senior Pastor must demonstrate a vision for ministry and teaching, consistent with the vision, practices, and values and core values of Fellowship Community Church.

The successful candidate must demonstrate and possess an energetic, compassionate, and confident spirit and view himself/herself as a team leader with other volunteer and paid church staff, the Board of Directors, and members of the congregation. The preferred management style for the Senior Pastor is one of enabling, equipping, and motivating others to participate in ministry. The Senior Pastor must possess an understanding for and commitment to listening and building trust and credibility with the congregation before suggesting major changes.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

Personal Behavior: The guidelines for the Senior Pastor for personal behavior and standards are those found in I Timothy 3:1-7 and I Peter 5:1-4 along with Church policies.


Professional Behavior: The Senior Pastor must view himself/herself as a co-walker on the path to spiritual maturity with members of the congregation and aspire to work and live as a model of Christian living and commitment in the community of faith and the community of Lincoln, Nebraska. The successful candidate shall function as a shepherd, providing guidance, encouragement, and comfort. The Senior Pastor must recognize and understand the diverse needs of individuals in the congregation while always seeking to foster unity within the congregation. The Senior Pastor must be a bridge-builder and encourage participation and growth by all.

Preaching and teaching: The Senior Pastor shall prepare and deliver consistent, high quality preaching and teaching that is intellectually challenging and focused on spiritual formation. The Senior Pastor shall coordinate leadership of public worship and assign or invite other staff or guests speakers to provide or otherwise participate in leadership and worship. The Senior Pastor will be required to collaborate in the planning and executing of church programs in education, discipleship, outreach, and ministry training, with other church leaders and staff.

Strategic leadership and planning: The Senior Pastor shall coordinate with staff and church leaders to fulfill the mission and purposes of the Church. The Senior Pastor shall lead, motivate, encourage, and guide in the creation and continuing renewal of the goals and vision of Fellowship Community Church. Such duties shall include, but are not limited to:

Coordinating/leading staff meetings and other activities to clarify and execute goals and objectives.

Ensuring staffing, facilities and programs are effectively aligned to meet strategic goals.

Cooperating with state, regional, and national leaders in leading and guiding the Church.

Keeping the Church informed of developments within the state, regional and national Church of God movement.


Staff supervision and development: The Senior Pastor is responsible to lead, evaluate, mentor, and administer volunteer and paid church staff in their respective areas of ministry by:

Encouraging participation of members of the congregation and staff in local, state, national, and international ministries.

Engaging in continuing education and professional development and encouraging church leadership and staff in training and development.

Advising in the hiring and dismissing of staff to the Board of Directors.

Providing leadership to the pastoral staff in the design and implementation of all Church ministries.

Maintaining and fostering open and effective communication between the staff, the Board of Directors, and the congregation.

Administration: The Senior Pastor is the head administrator of the Church, overseeing staff and lay leadership and working to support and maximize the Church’s goals in ministry, business, and facility maintenance and use, while organizing and offering logistical support functions to staff and lay volunteers. Such duties shall include, but not be limited to:

Overseeing the pastoral care needs of the congregation and, as necessary, coordinating with other volunteers and staff for necessary hospital visitation, home visits, baptisms, baby dedications, counseling, marriages and funerals.

Serving as a representative of the Church in civic matters, as well as, attending Church sponsored events.

Managing and overseeing church office duties and providing direction for the effective functioning of the office support functions.

Overseeing the development of Church policies and procedures, while working to ensure such policies and procedure are properly followed.