The Lead Teaching Pastor, in cooperation with the pastoral staff and ministry leaders, will equip the congregation for ministry. His primary responsibilities will be preaching, teaching and leading. The Lead Teaching Pastor will train the congregation to study the Bible, discover and exercise their spiritual gifts, take walking in holiness seriously, and grow in the grace and liberty available through Christ. He will be a shepherd and a man of proven Christian character who uses his unique gifts and experiences to expand the Kingdom (I Peter 5:2-4; Acts 20:28). He will be dependent on the Holy Spirit to live a life worthy of his calling.
The Lead Teaching Pastor is accountable first to God and His Word, then to the congregation. He will be directly supervised and evaluated by the Elder Board. He will provide a pulpit ministry that incorporates the expounding of Scripture in all doctrine, presents a clear message of salvation and exhorts the congregation to incorporate scriptural teachings in their daily lives. He will live by and uphold the EFCA Statement of Faith.
Specific Expectations: The Lead Teaching Pastor will:
• Teach and preach during Sunday morning worship services.
• Teach in other settings when opportunities or needs arise.
• Work in equal standing with the Administrative Pastor.
• Provide insight to the Administrative Pastor who will supervise all other pastoral and church staff.
• Serve as a voting member of the Elder Board and on other committees as mutually desired by him and the Elder Board.
• Work together with leadership teams and pastoral staff to implement the vision to reach Seward and the surrounding area for Christ.
• Provide leadership training and discipleship.
• Be available to conduct pre-marriage counseling, weddings, funerals and baptisms.
• Be available to disciple as needed.
• Model and promote personal evangelism and world mission.
• Exhibit humility, teachability and a desire to continue growing in wisdom regarding God’s Word and ministry.
• Assist in caring for the needs of the HEFC family as guided by his gifting and the Elder Board.
• Present quarterly and annual reports at business meetings.
• Participate in the planning and implementation of various ministries and events.
• Participate in Midwest District and local community activities.
• Be ordained or obtain ordination in the EFCA within 3 years of hire.
• Reside in or near the city of Seward.
• Attend HEFC with his wife and any children living at home.
Work Schedule and Benefits:
The Lead Teaching Pastor will maintain a 40-hour work schedule per week, with Saturday and one (1) additional day being scheduled days off. It is desired that he will devote the necessary time each week to teaching and preparation. He will receive four (4) weeks and one (1) additional Sunday of paid vacation per year and up to five (5) paid personal days per year. He will receive health insurance, an HSA, life and long-term disability insurance. He will attend Midwest District Conferences, Pastors and Wives events in the District, the EFCA National Conferences and other events as needed or directed by the Elder Board. He will have church office space and secretarial support as needed. A paid 3-month sabbatical will be provided after every five (5) years of service.
About this Church
Hillcrest Evangelical Free Church (HEFC) in Seward, NE is seeking a Lead Teaching Pastor to equip us for ministry. We are a gospel-centered community that exists to raise up servant leaders who impact others for Christ in Seward County and around the world. We view God’s Word as our ultimate authority and source for truth to live out daily. We are committed to welcoming and loving people and growing together in transforming to be like Christ. We believe that who we are in Christ motivates what we do for Christ. We are lifelong learners and imitators of Christ, motivated to be missional here and everywhere. We desire to be a church of disciples who make disciples. You can learn more about us at www.HillcrestEFC.org.