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Willamette Christian Church

Lead Pastor

West Linn, Oregon



Denomination: Christian Church (Restoration Movement) 

Weekly Attendance at Willamette Campus: 2000

Neighborhood: West Linn, Oregon

The role: The Lead Pastor at Willamette Christian Church will simultaneously own and submit to the overall leadership and vision of WCC, while bringing independent and vision-minded leadership and advocacy to the Willamette Campus. 

WCC3Meet Willamette Christian Church: 

We’re a group of people who are passionate about sharing God’s love with our community. We gather each week to experience God through worship and a relevant and practical Bible-centered message.

We don’t claim to have it all figured out, and recognize that each of us is in a different spot in our journey with Christ. Whatever your thoughts on church and beliefs about God, you’re welcome here!

About the Lead Pastor: 

The Lead Pastor at Willamette Christian Church will simultaneously own and submit to the overall leadership and vision of WCC, while bringing independent and vision-minded leadership and advocacy to the Willamette Campus. They will pastor and lead a paid and volunteer ministry leadership team which develops leaders and plans to influence and serve the community. They will develop goals, objectives, outcomes, and action plans that help people to know, love, and follow Jesus.

The Lead Pastor will: 

  • Personally ensure that a robust and healthy spiritual life exists for them and their family, including an ongoing accountability relationship.

  • Participate in active rhythms of a healthy spiritual life, including appropriate rest, engagement, and spiritual practices.

  • Provide an image of what a godly person looks like by imitating Jesus both in the workplace and outside of the church.

  • Practice relational leadership.

  • Promote healthy and appropriate relationships with family, staff, and volunteers.

  • Cultivate and protect a culture of discipleship that is aligned with our core values.

  • Maintain an active and engaged team relationship with the staff at all campuses.

  • Personally attain and maintain strong relationships with members of the WCC family, and cultivate an environment of warm, welcoming, hospitable environments and relationships.

  • Fully understand the lifecycle of participation at WCC.

  • Commit to personal development of self through active learning.  Initiate and seek out opportunities to grow as a leader and communicator.

  • Communicate consistently and clearly to inspire the church family, staff, and volunteers as disciples.

  • Cultivate an environment that welcomes in the unbeliever and creates a safe place for all people to learn and grow in faith.


  • Provide direct supervision, decision making, and fiscal accountability for all ministry related efforts at WCC.

  • Bring vision, creativity, and Kingdom-minded perspective to determine ministry plans locally and as part of the enterprise.  

  • Lead and engage in the life of the local body and the life of the overall church through select events including appropriate weddings, funerals, celebrations, Rooted, baptisms, Vision Nights, and others as identified.  Lead a ministry team that can scale to serve these needs as well.

Primary teaching and worship responsibilities

  • Participate as a member of the teaching team that discerns, plans, and implements teaching series and messages that are based on truth, grace, and immediate application. This includes researching and preparing series ideas, advocating for the needs of the campus and the overall church, participating in regular retreats and planning sessions, and engaging in healthy feedback.

  • Lead the WCC campus as the primary communicator of God’s Word at WCC worship services and all venues for the WCC community.

  • Inspire and lead the worship services team to prepare and respond to the unique needs of the community through the development and plans of worship services.

WCC1What you bring: 


The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, and likely a master’s degree. Seminary experience or further theological training is not required but is a great bonus.


  • The ideal candidate will have ten or more years of leadership experience, likely as a Senior Pastor at a similar church, or a large church (2,000 plus).

  • The ideal candidate will have some teaching and preaching experience of ten times a year or more.

  • The ideal candidate may have been a Campus Pastor or in a similar leadership role.

  • They will have a proven history of developing others into leaders, teachers, and pastors.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Has a great sense of humor

  • Is able to laugh at themselves

  • Is winsome

  • Ties humor into message and weaves a good message

  • Doesn’t take themself too seriously

  • Is authentic

  • Is humble

  • Is able to share their failures

  • Loves people

  • If married, leads their family with biblical leadership, truth, and love

  • Is relatable to all members of the church, especially parents and families

  • Is able to connect with a younger demographic, including high school students

  • Is athletic and sporty, to fit in well with the culture and community where Willamette is located

  • Has a heart for missions

WCC2What it's like to live in West Linn, Oregon: 

Today’s Portland area is a wonderfully well-evolved, progressive, and cosmopolitan Pacific Northwest center, located at the junction of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Originally founded as a trading center, Portland first grew during local gold rushes, but then evolved first into a forest and food products processing and shipping point, now more recently into a center for the knowledge economy. The greater Portland area includes Vancouver, Washington across the Columbia River. South of the Columbia, numerous neighborhoods and communities spread east and south along the Willamette River, and west up into wooded plateaus west of downtown.

Downtown Portland is an almost perfect model for what today’s larger city should look like. Set along the banks of the Willamette, the downtown core is clean and modern with a financial district, well-patronized downtown shopping, and several parks. Just north is the more historic Pearl District, anchored by the restored Portland Union Station tail hub and its famous “Go By Train” neon sign at the top. The surrounding streets are studded with small restaurants and businesses in well-maintained older brick buildings. The downtown population is steadily growing with new riverfront high-rise units and a number of Pearl District residential developments. The city has excellent destination museums, cultural amenities, and entertainment venues in an interesting blend of modern and historic facilities.

Likewise, many of the neighborhoods radiating from the city’s core, and especially south and east, maintain this good balance of old and new. Areas close in are gentrifying and becoming more expensive, causing some dislocations among longtime residents. Older, tree-lined streets and boulevards are framed with well-kept late Victorian and early 20th-century bungalow style homes and plenty of small street-corner restaurants and businesses. Most of these neighborhoods are set up well for walking and using the area’s good public transportation facilities.

Farther away from downtown, suburbia has emerged, but to a lesser degree than many other cities. There is a well-enforced “urban growth boundary” prohibiting much of the sprawl development seen in other U.S. cities. Beaverton and Tigard are middle-class suburbs up on the plateau west of town, featuring some of the area’s larger employers led by Intel and Nike. With no Washington income tax and no Oregon sales tax, many residents choose to live in Vancouver and work and shop in Portland. Vancouver also has an excellent supply of family homes, good jobs, and schools.

Once heavily dependent on the forest products industry, the economy has diversified and now includes a strong high-tech and creative employment presence, earning Portland the nickname “Silicon Forest.” While there is still significant blue-collar employment mainly in forest product mills and transportation, today’s workforce is slanted toward executive and professional positions.

The area has good public transit with a light-rail system among the nation’s best. Excellent intercity rail service is also present mainly in the form of the Amtrak Cascades, connecting Eugene, Oregon to Portland, Seattle, and ultimately Vancouver, B.C. Recreation and outdoor activities abound at the coast, 60 miles west, and the Oregon Cascades and Mount Hood ski area, 50 miles east. Rugged and interesting Cascade mountain areas northeast and southeast offer plenty of outdoor recreation and skiing, and the Columbia River is well known for watersports, (especially windsurfing).

The urban growth boundary has kept the urban and suburban landscape attractive and livable, and cost of living is moderate among West Coast cities. The city has a lot to offer for all lifestyles and interests; the area has strong cultural amenities and a highly educated population for a big city.

West Linn is a town of approximately 25,000 people and the church is a primary contributor to this upscale community.  West Linn is home to the top schools in the state, and is considered a desireable suburb just 20 minutes outside of Portland.  45% of the people attending WCC are from West Linn, and 55% from 15 neighboring cities. While the role is designed to serve this campus, this campus is poised to adopt other struggling or young churches, and to create mini- and micro-sites.  The community of believers are motivated, leadership minded and committed to kingdom-growth beyond the West Linn area.

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