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Westover Church

Lead Pastor


Greensboro, North Carolina

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Snapshot

Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 2000 (1000 in-person and 1000 online)

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina

The Role: The Lead Pastor at Westover serves the congregation by leading the ministry of the church, ensuring an ongoing focus on its priorities and spiritual vitality.

Westover Outside

Meet Westover Church: 

Westover Church began in 1948 with 218 people. Seventy years later, they are celebrating many decades of God’s faithfulness! The church began simply, with a small congregation and support for three missionaries in 1948. Westover Church veered away from the Old South Presbytery, with former Associate Pastor William Jones leading Westover Church into a new season of boldness with the gospel and supporting missionaries around the world independently rather than through a denomination. 

Their current space, purchased in 1984, has been home to Westover Church through many seasons of growth. A significant portion of the church’s budget still goes to global missions, with 170 family units supported in global missions activities.

About the Lead Pastor:

The Lead Pastor at Westover serves the congregation by leading the ministry of the church, ensuring an ongoing focus on its priorities and spiritual vitality. This is done under the authority of the elders and shared leadership with the staff. He is ultimately responsible to Christ, who is the true head of Westover. The pastor is a member of the church and operates under its constitution.

Worship Center

The Lead Pastor Responsibilities Include: 

Preaching/Teaching

  • Lead in the proclamation of the Word, sound doctrine, and worship.

  • Lead the teaching team in planning and proclaiming God’s Word from the pulpit.

  • Guide the worship team to creatively plan, implement, and evaluate Sunday services to ensure team growth and continued excellence in God-honoring, authentic worship.

  • Oversee the pastoral teaching team to plan sermon series and guest speakers.

Strategic/Vision/Leadership

  • Set the pace for Westover’s overall ministry and serve as its primary champion and communicator.

  • Lead the development and execution of Westover’s strategic vision in partnership with the Elders.

  • Embrace and promote God’s desire for us to live missionally…including church and congregational participation, sending, funding, and shepherding of missionaries at home and around the world.

  • Shepherd, disciple and equip the staff, Pastors, and Elders as a leader of spiritual leaders.

  • Foster community and accountability among staff.

Pastoral Responsibilities

  • Ensure that shepherding and care of the body occurs.

  • Share in general responsibilities such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, communion, etc.

  • Model discipleship through relational engagements.

Group

What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Divinity or comparable graduate degree preferred.

  • Minimum of five years of experience as a lead pastor or comparable experience as an associate pastor/campus pastor of a medium to a large congregation - preaching/teaching in the context of a teaching team, discipleship development, and communication.

Personal Characteristics

  • Skills/Knowledge |  Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, gifted communicator and expositor of God’s Word, high relational bent with an emphasis on caring for staff and leaders.

  • Leadership |  Is engaged as a humble leader of leaders, especially spiritually.

  • Spiritual Gifts | His spiritual gifts include being a pastor/shepherd, leadership, teaching, encouragement, and/or mercy.

  • Passion | Zealous and industrious in ministry to expound God’s Word, to equip leaders to do the work of the ministry. 

  • Doctrinal Position | Embraces Westover’s essentials as outlined in the Constitution of Westover Church.

  • Role | This is a full-time pastoral position; must be ordained and licensed.

Character

  • The Lead Pastor meets all the requirements set out in the Constitution of Westover church, including scriptural mandates found in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. 

  • He maintains a healthy, vibrant, and growing relationship with Jesus. 

  • His relationship with his spouse is thriving and he builds into those closest to him, foremost being his family. 

  • He is a steadfast man of humility, grace, prayer, and love who maintains people who hold him accountable.

  • He evidences authenticity, steadiness, integrity, transparency, and Christ-centered confidence. 

  • He is continually growing, both personally and in ministry, regularly seeking to learn new ways of being and of doing ministry. 

  • His identity is not found in the success of the ministry nor in those he serves, rather in Christ alone. 

  • He seeks the glory of Jesus first in all things. 

  • He works towards a balance of healthy living for body, mind, and soul.

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What it's Like to Live in Greensboro, North Carolina: 

Greensboro, North Carolina, is the third-largest city in North Carolina. Greensboro is known for its diverse population and a myriad of opportunities for young professionals. The city has various entertainment and nightlife, including live music and dozens of unique, locally-owned restaurants and retailers. Greensboro’s proximity to the ocean with beautiful beaches and the mountains with breathtaking vistas and abundant outdoor activities makes its location very desirable. While Greensboro has all the amenities of a major city, it also boasts a low cost of living, is easy to navigate, and has more than 90 miles of trails and greenways, proving to be a relaxed urban environment anyone can call home.

Greensboro traces its origins to people with distinctive cultural backgrounds. Today, that influence has multiplied tenfold, as immigrants and refugees arrive from across the state, the nation, and the world. Greensboro’s cultural life, public schools, well-known Southern traditions, and even restaurants shine with an exciting international hue. More than 52% of Greensboro's population is non-Caucasian, which speaks to the city’s incredible diversity. Greensboro also attracts many refugees and families each year, and Westover Church has responded with many city and community outreach and missions programs, desiring to see the gospel extended through them right in their city. 

Major employers in the area include Honda Jet, Lincoln Financial, Volvo, The Moses Cone Health System, and Syngenta. Major industries have historically been furniture, textiles, and tobacco, but now also include finance, technology, and aviation. 

Housing options are affordable, middle-class neighborhoods with medium-sized houses in safe and attractive neighborhoods selling for $250-$300k. In addition to the seven colleges and universities, strong public schools, charter, and Christian schools, as well as a large homeschool network, Greensboro is a great place to raise a family or settle into the pace of midsize city life. 

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