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Vaughn Forest Church

Lead Pastor

Montgomery , Alabama



Weekly Attendance: 1100

Neighborhood: Montgomery, Alabama

Denomination: Southern Baptist

The role: The Lead Pastor of Vaughn Forest will provide spiritual leadership by preaching the Gospel and communicating the primary vision for the church while leading the staff by example spiritually, personally and professionally. 

VFC WorshipMeet Vaughn Forest Church: 

Vaughn Forest Church was planted in 1994 by First Baptist Church Montgomery with the intent to do that which no one else is doing to reach those that no one else is reaching. Reaching those who are lost with the gospel of Jesus is at the DNA of who we are. In addition; our rich diversity; relevant, and engaging music style; exciting kids and students ministry; cutting edge community events; and a philosophy that church can be fun as all work together to make Vaughn Forest a unique beacon of light that all points straight to Jesus Christ as our only hope for rescue.

We are a staff led church with a lay accountability structure.

We believe that there are three unique attributes that make Vaughn Forest Church special in our area.

The first is practical teaching. We believe that it is so important for everyone to hear Bible-centered teaching that people can apply and actually use in everyday life.  We hear all the time from our folks how much they enjoy coming to hear teaching that relates to where they are in life and the subsequent life change that comes from that teaching.

The second attribute that makes Vaughn Forest unique is the authentic relationships that you find here. Simply put, the people here are real. They care for and love each other and their community and are excited and ready for a big movement from God.

Finally, we believe that the diversity that God has given us here at Vaughn Forest is an incredible gift in our area. Being multiracial, multi-economical, and multi-generational generates an environment where everyone feels welcome.  On the weekend you may see people wearing shorts and flip-flops embracing folks wearing a suit and tie and neither one will think anything of it. We feel that diversity is truly unique in our region.

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About the Lead Pastor: 

The Lead Pastor of Vaughn Forest will provide spiritual leadership by preaching the Gospel and communicating the primary vision for the church while leading the staff by example spiritually, personally and professionally. The individual that assumes this position will have a proven track record of leadership, organizational development, and effective communication.

The Lead Pastor will model for others how to use their God-given passions and spiritual gifts for ministry and mission, while exemplifying servant leadership in all of Vaughn Forest’s ministries. Success in this role will be partially determined by the following:

  • Achieving excellence and growth in all areas of ministry

  • Staff effectiveness – Lead Pastor will continue to lead staff toward a unified vision and focus

  • Church attendance and membership increase

  • Spiritual growth - Evidenced by growth in service, life group participation, and financial stewardship to the church

The Lead Pastor will: 


  • Balance between evangelism and discipleship.

  • Offer solid, biblically based preaching on Sunday mornings (45+ times a year early on and developing others continuously to be able to teach as well).

  • Teach with excellence, clarity, authenticity, and a message connected to real life.

  • Create a well-developed preaching/teaching team.


  • Help crystallize a vision for the future that builds on and honors the past.

  • Develop a healthy environment where staff and volunteers are motivated, equipped, listened to, and held accountable for the work they have been called to do.

  • Demonstrate an ability to cultivate high capacity leaders and effectively delegate ministry tasks among them.

  • Communicate vision to the church and staff.

  • Shepherd and care for the church’s members and the community through and with the staff.

  • Oversee the planning and execution of staff meetings and events to promote personal and professional growth.

  • Develop, mentor, and lead the staff with excellence and with a vision for expanding leadership skills among the team.


  • Continued growth of the congregation to be a multiracial, multi-economical, multi-generational, and multi-cultural community of faith.

  • Increase the number of people engaged in Christ-centered volunteer service opportunities, both within the church and in the broader community.

  • Develop and promote missional activities for the church in the local community and around the globe.

  • Work in partnership with the Creative Pastor and Creative Team to plan, coordinate, execute, and evaluate excellent weekend worship services.

  • Oversee ministries to ensure alignment with the church vision.

What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have senior leadership ministry experience, preferably at a larger church, and with a strong understanding of the vision and direction of Vaughn Forest.

A bachelor’s degree is required, and a seminary degree is strongly preferred for this role.

Personal Characteristics

  • Gives evidence of a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Must agree and adhere to Statement of Core Beliefs and with doctrine that matches that of Vaughn Forest.

  • Married with a spouse who will have a vested interest in the ministry of Vaughn Forest.

  • Demonstrates the qualities of integrity, humility, responsibility, teachability, and servanthood.

  • Believes, accepts, and supports the mission and vision of Vaughn Forest.

  • A demonstrated high level of integrity, guided by a sound set of ethical principles.

  • A disciple-maker, who creates and grows discipleship through leadership and communication.

  • A leader that can create an environment of unity and a ‘can-do’ spirit among a team.

  • A demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and personal development.

  • High relational skills and a love for people inside and outside the church.

  • An unrelenting passion for leading lost people to faith and equipping them to live a life that honors God.  

  • A heart for Christ, the local church, the community, and the needs of the world.

VFC Community EventWhat it's like to live in Montgomery, Alabama: 

Montgomery is a city on the rise located just 3 hours from the beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast in Florida, 2 hours from the exciting city of Atlanta, 45 minutes from all the fun that huge Lake Martin has to offer. Being the Capitol, it is the hub of all government in Alabama and the strategic center of our nation’s Air Force with all the officers schools located at Maxwell Air Force Base. Military is a big deal in Montgomery and with all the officers schools we have an incredible pool of high capacity leaders just waiting to be connected to serve every year.   

We have world class museums, the world-renown Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theater, a great time during baseball season with the AA baseball team, the Montgomery Biscuits, and one of the best zoos in the southeast.

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