- Status: Full Time
- Working Hours: Target 40 hours a week (including regular evenings), with one full day off each week.
About The Meeting House
The Meeting House is a church for people who aren’t into church. Our mission is to grow loving communities of Jesus-followers who live & share His irreligious message. We are one church that meets in many locations. On Sunday mornings we meet at 18 different locations across Ontario, & during the week at over 180 home churches. Check out our website for more details: www.themeetinghouse.com
The Lead Pastor is the key point person at each of our Regional Sites, who stewards the overall mission & vision of The Meeting House in the local site context. The number of people connected to one of our sites can range from 200-800. The Lead Pastor’s primary responsibility is to lead & equip people in discipleship. At The Meeting House, we believe the primary vehicles we can use to fuel this process are home church & our Sunday morning services.
What does a Lead Pastor do?
- Model what it means to be a disciple of Jesus
- Equip & encourage leaders & volunteers in the site
- The primary goal is discipleship of leaders & volunteers
- The secondary goal is strong execution of home church, Sunday morning gatherings & local compassion initiatives
- Ensure that leaders are then equipped to lead discipleship of all individuals at the site
- Provide strong leadership development for home church Elders & ministry Coordinators
- Lead & engage the local site in our Transform goals of Grow, Care, Invite (see themeetinghouse.com)
- Create energy, vision & momentum at the site
- Provide upfront hosting on Sunday mornings & at other site-wide events
- Execute key administration related to effective delivery of key programs & initiatives
Practically, how does a Lead Pastor spend his/her time?
- Development of goals & plans for the site
- Team & one-on-one meetings with home church Elders & Coordinators, focused first on discipleship & then on ministry delivery & execution
- Equip leaders for pastoral care in the site community
- Pray for individuals, the church & the region
- Provide triage in pastoral care situations requiring additional support
- Sunday “face of the place,” emceeing the service & hosting the morning
- Manage site administration & tasks
- Regular visits to home churches (most meet in the evening)
- Regular meetings to integrate newcomers to the church, help others take their next step in community & help seekers explore questions of faith
- Train & equip future leaders
- Participate in regular meetings with other Meeting House pastors & staff to learn about what’s happening, share ideas, encourage & pray together
- Input, insight & feedback on The Meeting House plans & programs
- Special services such as baptisms, child dedications, weddings & funerals
- Other duties as assigned (which in the past has included participating in a flash mob, being an extra in a promotional video & wrapping a trailer for a Christmas parade)
- A maker of disciples – You invest in people, & they catch that vision & go on to disciple others.
- A heart for seekers & the unchurched – You care about seeing others come to know Jesus. You love Jesus more than religion & can talk without using Christian lingo.
- Spiritual maturity – You convey a sense of spiritual wisdom, regardless of your age. People come to you for insight into problems & challenges. You are a person of depth.
- Leadership gravitas – You can speak comfortably & naturally in front of large & small groups. Your own personality comes through. People look to you as a leader.
- Relational warmth – People find you approachable and easy to talk to. You are warm & engaging, & clearly care for people.
- Energy – Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, being around you energizes people. You can cast a vision that gets people excited & motivated.
- Self-starter – You have an ability to get things done. You’ve got a system in place to make sure things don’t fall through the cracks. You follow through on things you say you’ll do. You respond promptly to emails & phone calls.
- Alignment with the core values & beliefs of The Meeting House & our denomination, BIC Canada (candianbic.ca). Among other things, we are a peace church, believe in simplicity & fully affirm women in leadership (we allow men to lead too!). You must become credentialed with the BIC.
- Sense of humour – we take Jesus & His message very seriously, but not ourselves!
What We Offer
You will lead & work alongside amazing people in our community who love Jesus & are learning to put into practice what it means to follow Him. You will join a staff team who genuinely care for each other, love what they do & strive to work to the best of their abilities. None of us are superstars; we just try to authentically follow Jesus together.
We are a fast-paced organization & are willing to try new things and experiment if we think something else will be more effective. We often fail first before finding what works best.
We offer a competitive benefits & pension plan, encourage & support professional development & continued learning, & provide the technological tools required to do the job, including a laptop & smartphone.
With the exception of our pastors who work in our Oakville site, our lead pastors’ office is flexible! They can work from home or from the local coffee shop – wherever makes sense for meetings, planning & getting administrative tasks done.
– The Meeting House is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.
Please go to http://www.themeetinghouse.com/who-we-are/careers/ for more information and instructions on how to apply for this position.