When hiring a new executive pastor, it may be difficult to know where to start.
But I have good news! The first step is simple: Create an exciting executive pastor job description to post online.
This post will walk you through crafting a job description that attracts the best candidates who align with your church's mission and vision. There is also a downloadable version of this template below to get you started!
Below is a pastor job description you can use as a template:
Welcome to [Church Name]! We are seeking an experienced and visionary executive pastor to lead our congregation in [Location]. If you are dedicated to spiritual growth, raising new leaders, church growth, and embody our values of [list 3-5 key values], we invite you to consider joining our growing church.
Below are the qualifications we are looking for our new pastor. The executive pastor must have...
Here is a non-exhaustive list of the responsibilities and duties the pastor of [Church Name] must fill:
To apply for the position of Executive Pastor at [Church Name], please submit your resume, a cover letter, and any additional relevant documents to [email address]. The deadline for applications is [date]. Candidates will be contacted for an initial interview, followed by a more in-depth assessment.
At [Church Name], we believe that finding the right executive pastor is a collaborative effort between the church leadership and the candidate. We look forward to welcoming a new head pastor who shares our vision and is excited to lead this church.
If you feel called to be a part of our community, we invite you to apply and join us in fulfilling our mission together.
The above template will save you so much time as you prepare to hire a new head pastor.
But if you want to guarantee that your church finds the right candidate for this position, your job posting needs to answer a few more questions:
Your job description needs to cover your church's vision for the role of the person leading your ministry team.
Articulating this vision will help new candidates know what they're taking on with this role at your church and it also helps weed out any applicants who don't share your ideals.
The template above includes a list of responsibilities. But your church has specific needs that won't be covered by a one-size-fits-all template.
Take some time to list out all the duties an executive pastor needs to fill at your church and include a condensed version of that list in your job posting.
What does a potential candidate need to know about your church to make them a good fit? Is there anything specific about your congregation, facilities, or community that a minister needs to know? Share that information in your job listing.
Also, what skills do you need a new pastor to have beyond preaching, teaching, and administration? Do they need to know how to increase fundraising yearly, oversee the expansion of the church, etc.? List any special skills you expect them to have.
In addition to the duties, responsibilities, knowledge, and skills you need an executive pastor to know about, share any additional requirements that your church expects.
Do you want a seasoned leader to lead your team, or do you prefer a fresh perspective? Do you want someone with a degree or prefer experience over degrees?
The job description will need to address these questions.
Some candidates will expect a salary that is outside of your church's budget. Adding a salary to your job posting will save everyone time and headaches.
If a specific salary amount can't be shared publically, consider posting a salary range that a candidate can expect.
Below are the 5 easy steps to create the best job description when looking for a new executive pastor:
What qualities make a good pastor?
"Select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you."
Jethro admonishes Moses to appoint other leaders to handle the affairs of the Hebrew people so that Moses could focus on representing the people to God and instruct them how to live.
This is the purpose of an executive pastor. When a church gets too large for one man to manage themselves, it is good to divide the responsibilities between two or more leaders so that each can use their gifts to serve the church.
When should a church hire an executive pastor?
This is entirely up to the church.
When the lead pastor of a church is no longer able to keep up with the responsibilities of leading, it's time to consider hiring someone to share the load.
Does an executive pastor preach?
They certainly can!
An executive pastor has one job - to share the load of the lead pastor. That can include preaching, counseling, and other tasks.
The more effort you invest in creating a compelling job description, the more likely you are to attract candidates who are not only qualified but also genuinely passionate about contributing to the growth and well-being of your church.