I found this job opportunity on ChurchStaffing.com (I get their weekly email). I enjoy reading through these just to see how other churches break down responsibilities & do their job descriptions. This one I found completely overwhelming:
Basic Job Description
1.Assist the senior pastor in fulfilling his role as the primary spiritual leader, vision caster, pastor, and teacher of the church.
2. Assist the senior pastor with projects as requested.
3. Participate in leading the church services as required.
4. Monitor the church ministries and alert the senior pastor of any areas of concern.
5. Assist in developing, organizing and giving leadership to the ministries within the church as directed.
6. Develop educating and training materials as agreed upon with senior pastor
7. In conjunction with the Pastoral Staff, conduct visitations to perspective members, hospitals, and shut-ins on behalf of the church when requested.
8. Assist the Pastor with worship and pastoral care concerns to include assisting in funerals and weddings as requested.
9. Assist in scheduling and coordinating events.
10. Provide counseling and referral to those in need.
Additional Areas of Primary Responsibility
To provide for the organization, operation, and oversight of the Christian Education and discipleship programs.
1. Assist in all facets of adult Christian education. Coordinate efforts with the Minister of Youth when applicable.
2. Coordinate with the Sunday School Director to administer the Sunday School Program.
a. Assist with recruitment and training of volunteers.
b. Assist with the training and recruitment of the teaching staff.
c. Advise the staff on securing materials and equipment for classes.
d. Help the Sunday School committee organize for education and growth.
e. Evaluate use of rooms for maximum benefit.
f. Assist with the Child Protection Program.
g. Determine need to start new Adult Christian education classes every six to twelve months.
3. Supervise selection and distribution of church and Christian literature.
4. Coordinate efforts to inform the church and community about educational ministries.
5. Provide learning resources for adult education programs
6. Work with the Pastoral Staff to develop and implement discipleship training
In conjunction with the Pastoral Staff, conduct visitations to perspective members, hospitals, and shut-ins on behalf of the church when requested.
1.Under Senior Pastor direction, develop and execute Ã¢â‚¬Å“Visitation Ministry,Ã¢â‚¬Â through recruitment and training
a. Coordinate visitation programs.
b. Involve and train deacons or other lay persons in visitation
c. Visit those who are in the hospital, nursing home, or at home to provide spiritual encouragement and prayer.
2. Provide appropriate reports to the pastors, appropriate committees, and church.
Let me remind you that this is the “basic” job description! And of course it includes the “Assist the senior pastor with projects as requested” catch-all clause. All I have to say is, is the entire staff going to go on an extended vacation once you’re hired? Holy Macarole! Churches are notorious for over-working staff and having no way of measuring results, because you are working for God, right? I’m not saying that this specific church is out of wack or anything, but this is the trend, from the church staffers that I have worked with and talked with.
I’m currently revamping our job descriptions. I started a few months ago by creating very detailed documents, but tried to fit everything on one page, so as to not overwhelm staff. Let me just say, you can fit a lot on one page when you use 8pt font. So I started from scratch again. One sentence, tell us what you do at LifeChurch. Then do that one thing as well as you possibly can. Now we know that there’s a ton of other stuff you’ve got on your plate – but focus on this one thing. And if you’re not doing that one thing, then we’ve got problems.
Here’s my new job description: My job as the executive pastor is to empower the staff to carry out the vision of LifeChurch.
What do you think?