SENIOR PASTOR

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Irvine, CA 92604
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Irvine, CA 92604
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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Irvine, CA 92604
Job Description
>>APPLY HERE: https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/good-shepherd-lutheran-church-senior-pastor

Denomination: Lutheran Congregations on Mission for Christ (LCMC)

Weekly Attendance: 250

Location: Irvine, CA

The Role: Senior Pastor

Meet Good Shepherd Lutheran Church:

Here at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, our mission is simple - to know Christ and make Him Known - based on Matt 28.

Our vision (how we achieve our mission) is to connect people to live the life of a Jesus follower through spiritual formation that creates personal transformation and engagement in the Kingdom.

Jesus commanded us to make disciples of people from all nations, teaching them "everything" He commanded us. Moreover, Jesus explicitly stated His own purpose: "I will build My Church," (Matt. 16:18). But, how is it built? Through the equipping of people. Ultimately, it is the Senior Pastor's role to make that a reality.

Paul states in Ephesians 4:11-16: "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors, and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Paul expresses the final state of the church: "we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." This is God's goal, His vision. And we want this for our church.


About the Senior Pastor:

The Senior Pastor will act as a strategic leader, helping to direct church initiatives and activities following the approved church direction. The Senior Pastor shall endeavor to extend the focus of spiritual formation, creating personal transformation, engagement, and leaders who can be a catalyst for evangelism.

The Senior Pastor will be called to work with staff and lay leaders to continue the building of people who connect and care for others. They will be an embodiment of the maxim, "the pastor builds the people and the people build the church." We believe that church leaders equip the people, and the people do the work of the ministry, which, in turn, builds up the Body of Christ.

The Senior Pastor will be a servant leader, shepherding new members into the wider congregation and acting as a resource for those looking for a church to call home.

The new Senior Pastor will work alongside Pastor Tom Brashears for a season (no more than one year) to ensure a smooth transition.

The Senior Pastor's Responsibilities Include:

Execution of Church Vision The Senior Pastor will be called to effectively execute the Church Vision. The church has a strong identity and is not looking for a change agent, but someone who can step in and build on the successes of current church leadership.

Worship and Preaching The Senior Pastor ensures two worship services with engaging bible-based sermons are held weekly.

Individual Development, Discipleship, and LifeGroups The Senior Pastor will shepherd the church toward deeper involvement with God and relationships with each other. The Senior Pastor will continue to build a system of lay-leaders that can support discipleship efforts.

Church Development The Senior Pastor will be asked to help grow both the size of the church membership and the depth of its spiritual vibrancy.

Pastoral Care The Senior Pastor will personally care for people and be an integrated part of the church community.

Preschool The Senior Pastor will be accountable to the Church Council for the operations of the preschool. They will be called to further develop a preschool model that is closely integrated with church activities and the larger local community.

Staffing The Senior Pastor will lead the staff with strong empathy, trust, and engagement while also developing lay leadership to help with ministry-focused activities and discipleship. The Senior Pastor will act as a partner supporting financial administration efforts. Their focus should remain on the spiritual wellness of the congregation.

Outreach, Missions, and Service Ministry The Senior Pastor will be a servant leader with a deep and heartfelt passion for this ministry.

Policy Governance Well-established policy governance protocols are in place, and the Senior Pastor along with the Church Council will be responsible for ensuring that church operations are executed per those protocols.

What You Bring:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Senior Pastor:

Education & Experience

Bachelor's degree and Master of Divinity required.

Minimum five years of experience in a leadership role at a church

Must be or willing to become an LCMC pastor.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Strong, experienced Bible-based preacher

Proven ability to relate to all age groups and cultures

Ability to provide quality pastoral care for the congregation, developing deep personal relationships and being present for important life events

Lead from a place of spiritual vulnerability and intimacy with Christ, with actionable messages and themes that congregants can apply to their daily lives

Ability to manage multiple people

Ability to delegate to staff

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

Highly relational, outgoing, personable, approachable, warm, and enthusiastic

Loves and experiences God, Christ-centered, and passionate about ministry

Servant leader

Comfortable working with people of all ages and cultures

Organized, effective, and charismatic leader capable of running a multi-faceted organization with humility, vulnerability, and a sense of humor

Unbiased, non-judgmental, and adept at navigating political differences to keep the focus on shared Christian community.

Has a true calling for fostering discipleship in others

What it's Like to Live in Irvine, CA:

At the heart of Orange County, Irvine offers its residents family-friendly activities, ethnic diversity, and a breadth of multicultural experiences. Irvine is committed to providing quality resources and initiatives to serve its children and youth. The city is proud to be home to two outstanding, nationally recognized school districts, serving grades K-12. It is also home to the University of California, Irvine, and Concordia University. From educational opportunities to youth employment programs, Irvine prioritizes the needs of the next generation.

With its extremely low per capita violent crime rates, yearly FBI data has shown that Irvine is the safest city of its size in the nation for 17 consecutive years. The city protects this rank with determined leadership and residents who are committed to security. Irvine offers the best of both worlds, providing a true Southern California experience while fostering a community that is committed to safety and opportunity!

>>APPLY HERE: https://www.vanderbloemen.com/job/good-shepherd-lutheran-church-senior-pastor
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