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Westminster Chapel

Senior Pastor


Bellevue, Washington

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Snapshot

Denomination: Non-denominational Evangelical

Neighborhood: Bellevue, Washington 

Weekly Attendance: 1000 - 1200

The role: The Senior Pastor shall serve as the chief shepherd and overseer of this church, teaching, leading, and nurturing the congregation and staff.  

BlessingofBackpacksMeet Westminster Chapel: 

Welcome to Westminster Chapel, where our doors and hearts are open wide. This is a place where people of all ages and walks of life can explore and deepen their faith as followers of Jesus. We are “a community of grace” where we build relationships with God and each other. Beginning with just 13 families, the Lord has blessed and grown our congregation over the past 50 years. Today Westminster has dozens of ministries that meet a wide range of needs. Whether you are beginning a journey of faith or are a long-time follower of Jesus, this is a place where you can belong.

About the Senior Pastor: 

The Senior Pastor shall serve as the chief shepherd and overseer of this church, teaching, leading, and nurturing the congregation and staff.  The main responsibilities shall be to communicate God’s Word, minister to the spiritual needs, and provide biblical leadership for the church and its people.

The Senior Pastor will: 

  • The Senior Pastor will provide counsel, weddings, funerals, baptisms, and communion; and fulfill his responsibility as the lead teaching pastor to bring all generations and nationalities in the congregation into loving and life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. 

  • Guide the church toward mission fulfillment.

  • Provide oversight, encouragement, and direction to pastors, ministers, and staff, enabling effective communication and collaboration at all levels.

  • Meet regularly with the Executive Team and Ministry Team Leaders to ensure integrated development, implementation, and achievement of the Chapel’s ministry goals, objectives, and directives.

  • Maintain accountability to the Board of Elders through verbal and written reports, personal consultations, as well as pastoral and general staff meetings.

  • Oversee pastoral staff.

  • Provide leadership and vision for the church.  Direct plans for ministry and church growth, develop and fine-tune the church structure.

  • Motivate, equip and nurture the people of the church through example, preaching, and teaching God’s Word and spiritual counseling.

  • Spend significant time in prayer and Bible study.

  • Contact/visit hospitalized or grieving church members, as appropriate. 

  • Officiate at weddings and funerals.

  • Provide premarital counseling, counseling regarding salvation and spiritual issues, and other counseling for church members as time permits.

  • Oversee church discipline and manage conflict in the church.  Seek to reconcile relationships and promote unity within the church.

  • Participate in evangelism efforts through preaching and giving invitations during worship services, special services, visitation and other outreach efforts.

  • Speak at retreats and conferences, and visit outreach partners around the world, as invited and within the expectation of pulpit coverage.

  • Staff Care:

    • Provide for skill and spiritual development opportunities when deemed essential to ministry effectiveness.

    • Provide personal mentoring or counseling when needed.

    • Encourage staff members to be their best, do quality work, help one another succeed, offer praise when it is deserved, and that their opinion counts.

CFHMealsWhat you bring: 

The ideal candidate for Senior Pastor: 

  • Demonstrates a continual pursuit of knowledge, understanding and wisdom through formal educational and theological programs, as well as a commitment to personally being a lifelong learner.

  • Continues to demonstrate a commitment to learning through various media (books, CD’s, DVD’s, internet, conferences, etc.), about significant and current issues dealing with spiritual formation and challenges facing the church.

  • Has shown a commitment to formal education by completion of academic and theological degrees.

Education 

  • A minimum education would consist of a bachelor’s degree and seminary completion, with specialized training and experience in the field of ministry focus.

Experience

The ideal candidate for Senior Pastor will: 

  • Have a consistent record of leadership in a ministry team environment.

  • Have a minimum of five years’ experience in a consistent preaching ministry.

  • This person must be an ordained minister with the general character guidelines of elder/deacon (1Tim. 3) and should be a person of maturity in pastoral experience. 

  • Have received and validated a clear conviction of God’s call to be a pastor.

  • Have an appropriate cultural fit - they will be sensitive to the uniqueness of the Northwest.

Personal Characteristics

  • This person must be in agreement with Westminster Chapel’s Statement of Faith and with the general philosophy of ministry.

  •  This person should possess several of spiritual gifts: leadership, administration, shepherding, teaching, exhortation, evangelism, encouragement, wisdom and discernment.

  • This person must be an expresser, caring, and discreet.

  • Personal Spiritual Development: 

    • A consistent personal discipline in God’s word and prayer

    • A commitment to a group of men that he does not lead requiring personal accountability enabling transparency and authenticity

    • Respected within and outside the church for high integrity, morality and dependability

    • If married, a man who leads his family with grace into love, peace and acceptance

  • Leadership:

    • Experience at shaping and casting a vision to lead the church in a way that prepares people to engage in the ministry of the great commission in all areas of their life

    • Able to challenge young and old, families and singles to enter into a nurturing, grace-filled communion

    • Guiding the church in transition from a suburban, mono-cultural oriented church to an urban, multicultural, multi-generational church without sacrificing the support of faithful church members

    • Developing Biblical literacy in the congregation

    • Leading the church staff in a team oriented, servant leadership style that mentors staff to develop their God-given talents consistent with the overall ministry vision and mission

    • Able to function within and submit to an eldership structure of authority, accountability and decision making.

    • Adopts an approach to foster and use evaluations leading to improvement of all ministries

  • Preaching: 

    • Has a preaching style that reflects the authority of Scripture (both Old and New Testaments) and addresses the need to help God’s people understand and actively respond to God’s Word in order to do God's will in this world and bring glory to His name. 

    • Prepares God’s people to systematically spend time reading and studying God’s word on their own

    • Exhorts and equips the congregation to serve through communicating and demonstrating the gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit 

    • Addresses current cultural issues in a way that prepares the congregation to understand the Christian response that allows us to gracefully be “in the world, but not of the world.”

  • Discipleship:

    • Guiding and equipping the congregation (including children, youth, singles, new believers, and families) to fulfill their responsibility and privilege in the areas of:

      • Personal spiritual development

      • Community development within the church

      • Knowing the Scripture

      • Living out their calling in all aspects of life

      • Representing Christ in word and deed 24/7

    • Fostering and supporting Grow Groups (or similar discipleship groups) as an important element of spiritual growth and through the development of Grow Group leaders.

  • Evangelization

    • Equipping, encouraging and empowering the congregation to leverage their relational influences so God can use them to effectively and naturally communicate their faith in Jesus Christ

    • Fostering a culture within the church that demonstrates Jesus’ love for the lost and actively seeks and enfolds new believers

    • Cross-cultural missions – understands and supports God’s love for all peoples both globally and locally and guides the church in its participation.  Fosters our culture of gracefully serving both within the church and in the local and the broader community.

  • Outreach:

    • Promotes and encourages the development of high-impact volunteers to enable various callings within the congregation consistent with Westminster’s ministry vision and mission

    • When appropriate, willing to express Christian views and perspectives in public forms outside of his preaching ministry consistent with Westminster’s ministry vision and mission.

    • Is visible in the wider community 

    • Demonstrates a commitment to learning about the lives of the people in the congregation through a growing understanding and involvement in their lives.

worshipteamWhat it's like to live in Bellevue, Washington: 

Bellevue, Washington is a vibrant, modern city surrounded by the magnificent natural beauty of Mt. Rainier and Lake Washington. Visit Bellevue to explore the great outdoors and indulge in a world-class urban experience with fabulous shopping, dining, arts and culture. You’ll quickly discover why global corporations such as Microsoft, Amazon, REI, T-Mobile, Pokémon, and Expedia make this one-of-a-kind place their home.

Soaring sculptures, engaging exhibitions, unexpected art pieces, vibrant glass formations, take-your-breath-away performances - you will find art and culture around every corner. Experience Bellevue's arts and culture through a walking tour, feed your creative side and explore our world-class museums, or treat your senses to a theatre and dance performance. 

Surrounded by lakes and mountains and dotted with wooded neighborhoods, Bellevue is aptly nicknamed “City in a Park.” This Seattle suburb of more than 120,000 nestles between Lake Washington to the west and Lake Sammamish to the east, with the beautiful Cascade Mountains just beyond.

Bellevue isn't just for outdoor types, though. The city has numerous festivals and museums to feed the body and mind. The city's diversity – about 50 percent of the population are minorities – is also a major quality of life contributor. A wealth of heritages, both American and international, enrich the arts, festivals, dining and daily life.

Nationally recognized public schools are another plus in Bellevue's livability equation. Bellevue School District operates 27 schools for children K-12, including the award-winning International School – a natural fit in a city whose student body collectively speaks more than 50 languages. In 2013 alone, Bellevue's high schools made Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools, the Washington Post's America's Most Challenging High Schools list, and U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools list. Perhaps best of all, Bellevue's many amenities are easily accessible from throughout the city.

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