Employment at Village

Village Baptist Church Lead Pastor Job Posting

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Overview

Village Baptist Church, a multicultural, multi-generational faith community in Beaverton, Oregon, is seeking a Lead Pastor to shepherd and lead our dynamic, missions-minded church.

 

Established in 1949, Village Baptist Church serves the culturally diverse community in and around the western suburbs of Portland, Oregon. Village pursues Jesus through genuine relationships, engaging worship, and service opportunities to foster spiritual growth and the transformation of our community. Our mission is to be a multicultural community in Christ, pursuing truth, responding in worship, marked by love, and living the Gospel.

 

Village Baptist is a healthy, thriving, and multifaceted congregation. We have an average of 1500+ weekend attendees with five weekend services that include both contemporary and traditional worship styles.  Village is home to five ethnic fellowships with primary services available in English, Korean, and Spanish heart languages.  A cohesive leadership team (staff and board) is in place to serve the body and the community at large through a wide variety of ministries and local partnerships. Outside our local area, Village’s vibrant and long-standing international missions focus spreads the Gospel message and love of Christ to people around the globe, prioritizing Lebanon, India, the First Nations people of British Columbia and other opportunities.

Position Overview

We are seeking a Lead Pastor to provide spiritual leadership by modeling an active, disciplined spiritual life while shepherding, leading and developing other leaders within Village. The Lead Pastor will passionately teach and preach the Word of God, communicating in a manner that is intriguing, engaging, challenging and inspiring. This inspirer shall draw out and communicate the vision for Village. With a warm, captivating pastoral presence, the Lead Pastor will initiate connections and build relationships throughout the multicultural, multi-generational congregation. This natural leader will empower and develop the leadership team, investing in their growth and demonstrating personal care. Through strategic planning and ministry alignment, the Lead Pastor will determine priorities and navigate the church to short and long term goals.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Spends adequate time with the Lord in order to maintain a healthy personal relationship with Jesus, as well as gain the insight and wisdom needed to provide visionary leadership and spiritual instruction to the church family.
  • Demonstrates a healthy balance between family life, personal life, and ministry while also available and willing to work the hours required to effectively shepherd and lead the congregation.
  • In accord with the Scriptures and our church bylaws shall be responsible for the preaching of God’s Word, shepherding the church, structuring the staff, and leading the body to accomplish the mission and vision of the church.
  • Shall build personal relationships with staff and Board leaders, investing in their development, demonstrating care and drawing out their talents, strengths, and experience. Facilitate an engaged, dynamic, and aligned team environment.
  • Shall ensure that Village’s ministries are in accord with the Word of God, our Declaration of Faith, the Church Covenant, and the bylaws.
  • Shall collaborate and cast vision by working with the leadership team to pray, dream, draw out and clarify a compelling, unifying vision for the future of Village. Articulate and communicate the vision in a way that motivates the body to engage and generate momentum.
  • Shall determine priorities and set strategy by guiding the staff and Board in advanced planning to integrate and align ministry programs with the church’s vision. Collaborate with the leadership team to craft an annual ministry plan that includes short term goals and lays the foundation for the arc of future ministry at Village.
  • Shall be responsible to oversee all staff and church ministries, ensuring that roles and responsibilities are clarified. Build unity within the staff and church ministries and shepherd/mentor church leaders.

Minimum Requirements

The Lead Pastor will possess the biblical qualifications of an elder (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9, 1 Peter 5:1-3), demonstrate Biblical integrity in all things (Titus 2:7-8), and model Biblical leadership as an equipper (Ephesians 4:11-13). This follower of Christ should live out Scripture’s “one another” commands in relationships and exhibit a personal ministry of evangelism.

  • Profess personal faith in Jesus Christ as evidenced by spiritual growth and passion for God
  • Masters of Divinity or an equivalent graduate theological degree and demonstrate theological competency
  • Ordained by a church that professes Jesus as Lord and Savior and is of like faith and practice to Village Baptist Church
  • Significant experience preaching and teaching in a large church context
  • Passion for and demonstrated success in a cross-cultural and/or multicultural ministry leadership position
  • Minimum of 10 years ministry experience with multiple years of senior leadership experience
  • Proven team leader and people developer, with experience in a multi-person staff setting
  • Experience in local and global missions
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Beaverton, Oregon

Beaverton Oregon is the 6th largest city in Oregon with a population of about 95,000.  Named among Money magazine’s 2016 top 10 Best Places to Live in the US, our low crime rate, quality schools, active community participation, accessibility to transportation, and clean air and water makes this city a great place to live and work.  An ethnically diverse community, approximately one-fourth of residents grew up without English and one-fifth of the population is foreign-born.  Beaverton is home to over 100 parks encompassing 1,000 acres including 30 miles of hiking trails and a network of bike paths. Located 7 miles west of Portland, living in Beaverton means you are close to big city amenities, the ski slopes of spectacular Mt. Hood to the east, and the rugged beautiful ocean beaches to the west.  Beaverton is part of the high tech industry corridor known as Silicon Forest.  Village Baptist Church is also located less than one mile from the Nike World Headquarters campus.

 

Beaverton is influenced deeply by Portland’s culture. Like Portlanders, Beaverton residents are physically active, socially progressive, and volunteer-minded. But Christianity Today writes that “unlike other cities that might be called ‘post-Christian’, Portland is a place where Christian faith has always been marginal.”  This opportunity is a chance for a lead pastor to join Village Baptist Church in being a beacon of hope and love to a largely un-churched region.

To Apply:

Send your resume along with a cover letter to application@vbconline.org summarizing how you meet the minimum requirements.  Please also include a separate document (Word or PDF) answering the following four questions (in 200 words or less per question):

 

  1. What is your approach to and style of preaching?
  2. Describe your leadership experience in multi-cultural ministry.
  3. How has God used you in local and global missions?
  4. In what ways have you demonstrated successful leadership in a large congregation?

 

All applications will be kept strictly confidential.  References, a description of your philosophy of ministry, and samples of sermons will be requested after an initial phone interview of qualified candidates.

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