A pastor is a gift from God to His church (Eph. 4:11-13). The pastor is responsible to lead and feed his congregation with the goal of equipping them to minister as mature believers, using the gifts God has given to them (John 21:15-17, Rom. 12:4-8). Scripture defines the job of the pastor and is his primary tool (2 Tim. 3:16-17, Eph. 6:17, 1 Tim. 6:2b-3, 2 Tim. 4:1-2). It is in Scripture that the pastor’s character is prescribed (1 Tim. 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9), his motivation set (1 Peter 5:1 -3), his accountability declared (James 3:1, 1 Tim, 5:19-21, Heb. 13:17), his reward established (1 Tim. 5:17-18, 1 Cor. 15:58, 1 Tim. 6:6, 1 Cor. 3:9) and his purpose focused (Col. 1:28-29). This profile is an expression of these and other pertinent Scriptures.
PREFERRED PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
- Personality: Warm, outgoing, confident in his convictions but gracious rather than authoritative, good sense of humor, compassionate. visionary, characterized by integrity.
- Family: Married. The pastor’s wife should be ready to exercise her own spiritual gifts and talents within the church. The family should reflect a healthy Christian home.
RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD (REQUIREMENT)
Preferred candidate would be passionate about his personal relationship with his Heavenly Father; enthusiastic about his own walk so that he can model to the congregation an authentic and have a growing heart for God.
Candidates must be ordained and possess at least a Master in Divinity, though a Doctorate in Ministry (or comparable) degree is preferred. Candidates should be well-read and committed to ongoing learning and growth.
Preferred candidates should have ten (10) or more years of pastoral experience, with at least 5 years in multi-lingual Chinese-American Churches in North America. He should have experience and be competent in all pertinent phases of ministry, including multi-staff leadership. He also should have positive leadership in staff mentoring, development of lay leadership and should understand and be sensitive to Chinese-American and Chinese immigrant culture.
We seek candidates who will develop a vibrant, expository pulpit ministry that emphasizes relating the breadth of Scripture to the listener’s life. Candidates should be able to relate to a wide spectrum of ages, different Chinese ethnicities, including different generations, overseas or American-born backgrounds. He should be able to communicate effectively with these diverse groups. It is preferable that he is proficient in English, Cantonese and Mandarin and that he is familiar with the cultures of these language groups in America. He should adopt a team approach that is based on a relational style of leadership, able to work well with both men and women. Candidates must be skilled in listening as well as speaking.
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY (REQUIREMENT)
CEFCLA views the local church as a fellowship of believers whose primary purpose is to glorify God. In that context, the role of senior pastor should be one that equips the saints for the work of ministry and mission by enabling each part of the church body to fulfill its distinctive role. This will be accomplished primarily through preaching and teaching, modeling of values, discipling the pastoral staff and leaders and promoting worship as a vital element of congregational life. We consider the missionary outreach of the church to be one of its highest callings. Preferred candidates should possess a burden for the lost, demonstrated by an active involvement in fulfilling the Great Commission, both locally and globally. We are one church with three congregations under the lordship of Jesus Christ, loving and respecting one another, serving joyfully together to make disciples of all nations.
The senior pastor must support the Evangelical Free Church of America and uphold the constitution and by-laws of the Chinese Evangelical Free Church of Los Angeles.
About this Church
CEFCLA is a multicultural church family under the lordship of Jesus Christ, loving and respecting one another, serving joyfully together to make disciples of all nations. CEFCLA has about 750 members worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ in three languages – Cantonese, English and Mandarin.