Full time with benefits

Living Word EFC

Pharr, TX
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Job Description

Below are descriptions of the various requirements and responsibilities that the pastor will need to be involved with.

1. Education/Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree, Master’s from seminary preferred
• Willingness to pursue Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) credentialing
• Five to eight years of related ministry work or experience desired (paid or unpaid)
• Alignment with the current EFCA Statement of Faith, compatible theologically and compliment philosophically with lead pastor.
• Ability to communicate well verbally and written form.
• Spanish speaking ability is a plus.

2. Preaching:
Preach with an emphasis on exegetical/expository preaching with a sound unwavering commitment to the Word of God; preach the whole counsel of God, not for agendas, political correctness, nor fear of man’s opinions; being able to accurately handle the Word of God.
• Shepherd the congregation and share biblically sound teaching and preaching as needed.

3. Leadership:
Lead by biblical example and lifestyle, putting God first; eager to serve with humility and have a teachable spirit.
• Committed to servant leadership.
• Partner with the church elders in carrying out the church vision and purpose.
• Development and growth of new and ongoing ministries, helping people apply the Word daily.
• Upon approval of the church members, become a member of the elder board.
• Commit to working as a team with the staff and members of Living Word.

4. Pastoral Care/Counseling:
As part of the elder board, consider the needs of the entire church family; watch over the flock; guard the church body against false teachings and secular ideas; encourage and reach out to all members of the church family; promote a spirit of unity and of love among the people; leave the ninety-nine for the one. Provide sound biblical counsel, advice and guidance. Encourage those mature believers in the faith to assist with spiritual counseling opportunities.
• Provide pastoral care to people and families to strengthen their relationship with Christ and each other.
• General pastoral responsibilities including, but not limited to preaching, leading Bible studies or other training classes, baptisms, weddings, funerals and visitation.
• Willingness to work a flexible schedule that meets the needs of those who he shepherds.

5. Personal Character & Devotional Life:
Pray diligently for the saints and encourage a lifestyle of prayer; commit to both public and private prayer; lead by example.
• Maintain a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ through personal Bible study and prayer.
• Maintain biblical qualities of an elder.
• Maintain our regular, public reading of the Scriptures at worship services.
• Devote substantial time to study the Scriptures in sermon preparation.

6. Fellowship:
Actively participate, encourage and promote fellowship within the body.
• Assist in coordinating and participating in retreats, camps, mission trips and other activities of the church.
• Connect through fellowship in the members’ lives and activities.
• Know the congregation by engaging relationally and showing interest in them. This will include getting to know personal and family stories of the active members of the church.

7. Discipleship/Outreach/Evangelism:
Equip the saints by first having the Word impact and change them so that they can be ready for acts of service, evangelism and discipleship training; actively promote opportunities to share the gospel with unsaved and to grow all believers to maturity in Christ.
• Ability to teach and relate well to all ages in various ministries.
• History of making disciples, commitment to relationship discipleship—involved in people’s lives.

8. Administration:
Work with and guide existing church staff; delegate responsibilities appropriately; encourage the efforts of the church committees, ministries and missions to effectively function as a church body; recognize the elder board’s responsibilities in governance and work in cooperation with the board and the congregation.
• Work with the worship leader to ensure weekend services are planned and executed to glorify God and strengthen His people.
• Provide input as needed for church administrative and annual budget needs.
• Attend scheduled church business meetings.
• Prepare for elders workshops and annual meeting.

About this Church

Living Word Evangelical Free Church, Pharr, Texas was established in October 1987 in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The valley has a rich culture of Hispanic heritage as well an influx of Winter Texans from up north each year. Worship is a combination of contemporary and traditional style led by gifted and talented musicians. Living Word is composed of young families, singles and people in all stages of life, many of whom are actively serving our Lord.

One of the most outstanding strengths of our church is its focus on the accurate exposition and application of the Word of God through preaching and teaching. Through the significant challenges due to the Covid 19 pandemic, our Lord was faithful to keep us actively serving Him and growing our numbers. During that same period, our Lord gave us the resources to pay off our mortgage. In the summer of 2023, Living Word expanded its ministry by adding Spanish worship and Sunday school services. Fellowship at Living Word is strong and there is a sense of excitement about what the future holds.