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First Baptist Church of Eugene

Lead Teaching Pastor


Eugene, Oregon

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Snapshot

Denomination: Baptist

Weekly Attendance: 1,200

Location: Eugene, Oregon

The Role: Lead Teaching Pastor

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Meet First Baptist Church of Eugene:

First Baptist Church Eugene is a gospel-centered church with an emphasis on Biblical teaching, discipleship, and community outreach. Started in 1858 with 7 people in a log cabin, FBC Eugene was the second church established in the surrounding territory. The current facility was completed in 2004 and paid off in 2016. In the past year, we transitioned to a team-based leadership with three Lead Pastors emulated after the prophet, priest, and king model.

The ministries of FBC focus on small groups, youth, and kids, college and international students, adults, families, and Camp Harlow. Local and global missions have been an important part of FBC’s history with missionaries around the world and active local outreach. 

We believe we are called to live, love, and lead like Jesus. And as His Spirit leads and empowers us, we believe we will continue to become more effective ministers of the Gospel.

 

About the Lead Teaching Pastor:

The Lead Teaching Pastor directly oversees the teaching ministries of First Baptist Church Eugene (FBC) including Sunday services, as well as developing and supporting other modes and environments of instruction. The LTP is also responsible to lead and collaborate in the disciple-making process in and outside the pulpit by teaching through personal example and formal training programs.  The mission of the Lead Teaching Pastor is to oversee and ensure that instruction offered is Spirit-led, rooted in the Scriptures and prayer.  Teaching shall demonstrate a commitment to the application of the Word in the lives of the church family.  The outcomes will be centered towards accomplishing FBC’s mission, vision, and goals with increasing ministry excellence for the glory of God.

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The Lead Teaching Pastor Will Achieve the Following: 

General Areas of Responsibility

  • Serve as a full-time elder on the church Elder Board and participate in regular Elder Board meetings.

  • Participate in regular Pastoral Staff meetings.

  • Participate in staff prayer meetings.

  • Participate in a Life Group.

  • Perform periodic training sessions for the Elders, Pastors, and Staff.

  • Participate in periodic staff retreats.

  • Participate in periodic elder retreats.

  • Pursue personal growth opportunities to increase ministry effectiveness.

  • Resolve conflicts through active listening, personal reflection, reconciliation, and forgiveness.

  • Build relationships with business and community leaders, and among the Lead Pastors, be considered to serve on community think-tanks or parachurch organizations (e.g. One Hope).

  • Perform other duties as assigned by congregant elders.

  • In partnership with the other Lead Pastors:

    • Within the (three) Lead Pastor team: be committed to the pluralistic leadership model as a co-equal member through collegial and collaborative communication and behavior. 

    • Translate and execute the decisions of the Elder Board (11) into strategies of ministry.

    • Serve and lead with humility, openness, curiosity, and clarity.

    • Cultivate and lead a healthy, inclusive, collaborative, respectful, and emotionally healthy culture and working environment.

    • Serve, lead, train, and encourage FBC’s staff.

    • Facilitate the Executive team with the Lead Pastor team.

    • Facilitate the Pastoral team with the Executive team.

    • Develop and maintain leadership tools for the development and evaluation of pastoral staff (including but not limited to): organizational health, personnel development, staff training, decision–making processes, personnel goal setting, and evaluation.

    • Develop and maintain programming tools for coordination, collaboration, and communication (including but not limited to): strategic planning, team meetings, ministry programming, calendar coordination, program goal setting and evaluation, programming policies, and procedures.

    • Work with Congregant-Elder members to help establish and set the vision, direction, budget, and annual Key Result Areas (KRAs) of FBC.

Distinct Areas of Responsibility

  • Preach the Word.

  • Teach sound doctrine/theology.

  • Be an example to the flock in life and ministry.

  • Cast FBC’s vision and promote the support of its mission through the pulpit ministry.

  • Prepare and preach expository messages at least 35 weeks a year in FBC’s public worship services.

  • Oversee the production and format of public worship services.

  • Do miscellaneous pastoral care and helping appointments.

  • Do periodic teaching for various departments.

  • Participate in regular Production Team meetings.

  • Prepare the annual preaching ministry and calendar during a summer study month (or broken out over the year.

  • Mentor young pastors.

  • May attend or delegate representation of FBC at CBNW monthly/annual meetings.

  • Assist with oversight of the development of other training and teaching opportunities at FBC and the community.

  • Assist with oversight of the development of additional teaching mediums/tools to reach non-believers and others not attending FBC.

  • Periodically speak/teach in other FBC departments, churches, and events that align with FBC’s teaching mission and Lead Teaching Pastor role.

  • Evaluate programs and staff under direct ministry structure, sharing any notable issues and/or high-priority decisions as needed with the Elder Board for awareness and guidance.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • At least an M.Div.; preferably a D.Min.

  • Ongoing professional development.

  • Demonstrated experience with online engagement and familiarity with digital communication methods.

  • A minimum of 5 to 7 years of leadership and ministry experience.

  • At least 5 years of notable teaching experience in a large environment.

  • Extensive experience can be substituted for degrees or certifications in some cases.

  • This position requires a proven performance record in pastoral and organizational leadership, including multicultural, diversity, and equity teamwork.

Special Knowledge/Skills Required

  • A mastery of the Bible, theology, preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and leadership.

  • Wise, relational, discerning, self-initiating, loves people, demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit in all areas of life and relationships, is able to confront sin directly, though lovingly.

  • Handles money responsibly.

  • Given to prayer and demonstrates a growing consistency/mastery of the spiritual disciplines.

Personal Characteristics

  • A good teacher of the Bible.

  • Great pastoral interaction.

  • Loving, warm, and empathetic.

  • A lover of people - greets and gets to know members and new people alike.

  • Someone who can relate to and teach both the senior Christians and new believers.

  • Humble and soft-spoken - not too harsh or dogmatic.

  • Teaches the Bible faithfully, knowledgeably, and practically.

  • Has a good sense of humor.

  • Is compassionate and values relationships.

  • Stay relevant.

Spiritual Requirements

  • Affirmed and approved by FBC as a recognized elder/pastor.

  • Willingly submits to the FBC Membership Commitment and all other commitments as taught in the FBC Connection & Membership classes.

  • Able to shepherd the flock; i.e., able to lead, feed, and protect the flock (See Acts 20:28-31; I Pet. 5:1-4).

  • Meets character/spiritual qualifications of an elder (I Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9):

    • Above reproach (I Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:7)

    • Husband of one wife (I Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6)

    • Temperate (I Tim. 3:2)

    • Self-controlled (I Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8)

    • Respectable (I Tim. 3:2)

    • Hospitable (I Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8)

    • Able to teach (I Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:9; Heb. 13:7)

    • Not given to drunkenness (I Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7)

    • Not violent, but gentle (I Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7)

    • Not quarrelsome (I Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7)

    • Not a lover of money (I Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7)

    • Able to manage the family (I Tim. 3:4; Titus 1:6)

    • Not a recent convert (I Tim. 3:4)

    • Good reputation with outsiders/non-believers (I Tim. 3:7)

 

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What it's Like to Live in Eugene, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest: 

Eugene-Springfield is a sports-oriented, artsy-liberal, college town, with academic niches, logging communities, outdoor enthusiasts, and a growing tech job market. Among others its size, Lane County is one of the most unchurched counties in the United States. Eugene is the home of the Oregon Ducks and  TrackTown USA, hosting International Track Meets and the Olympic Trials. Lane County is 81% White, 9% Hispanic, 4% Mixed, 3.3% Asian, 1.4% Black, and 1.3% Other. Because of its mild climate and community feel, Eugene-Springfield has a normal cost of living with a slightly higher real estate index than other parts of the Pacific Northwest.

With a large rural population along with unique urban centers such as Portland, Seattle-Tacoma, and Eugene, the Pacific Northwest has a diversity of communities, world-views, and opinions. The mild climate and diverse geography (mountains, coasts, high plains, rivers, forests) attract many outdoor enthusiasts with activities such as hiking, biking, camping, running, and water sports. The Pacific Ocean and beautiful snow-capped mountains for skiing are a 90-minute drive from Eugene. The culture is both community and cause-oriented. People tend to see themselves as open to different belief-value systems, practices, and cultures but can be quick to stop listening if offended or challenged.

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