309 Waltz Farm Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Job Title: Senior Pastor
pastoral leadership to the congregation of Living Proof Baptist Church (LPBC). His
distinctive priority is to provide well-prepared, expository preaching and teaching of the
Word of God and to prepare the people of God for the work of the ministry as fully
devoted followers of Christ.
The Senior Pastor is to have the heart of a shepherd (1 Peter 5:1-4), committed to
protecting the flock with a fearful sense of God’s love for the church, His bride. Further,
he is to be a man of God who has a deep love and zeal for the Scriptures, demonstrates
a rich prayer life, has a fast reliance on the Holy Spirit, and bears the attributes of a
disciplined, joyful follower of Christ.
Vision for Leadership at Living Proof Baptist Church,” which reflects the biblical
qualifications described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-8, and 1 Peter 5:1-4. This
document is available on the LPBC website at: http://livingproofbc.org/about-us/our-story.
In addition to the above, the pastor shall:
- Be a willing and eager shepherd of God’s flock, not lording his position over the people but humbly serving as an example of godly character marked by grace (1 Peter 5:1-3).
- Demonstrate a God-given ability to provide sound instruction in the Word: preaching faithfully from the pulpit; teaching effectively in a variety of settings and formats; and encouraging, correcting, admonishing, and equipping the congregation for ministry with diligence and patience (2 Timothy 4:2-3, Titus 2:1; Acts 20:20, Colossians 1:28; 2 Timothy 4:2, Romans 15:14; Ephesians 4:11-12, 4:2).
- Be a faithful and diligent student of the Word, equipping himself for ministry and modeling a desire to know God more fully (Philippians 3:8-10, 1 Timothy 4:14-16, 2 Timothy 2:15).
- Have an exemplary reputation in the Christian community as well as in his larger neighborhood community with a personal and family life meeting the biblical qualification for a pastor (I Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-4).
- Have a heart for seeing the lost come to Christ and is equipped to provide leadership in local and global outreach/mission endeavors (2 Corinthians 5:20, Ephesians 6:19-20).
- Support and affirmation of the LPBC Constitution and By-Laws, as well as the LPBC Church Covenant.http://livingproofbc.org/about-us/our-story/
- Support and affirmation of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000: http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp
- LPBC desires a seminary graduate with 5-10 years of pastoral (or similar ministry) experience.
Serve as the primary preacher during Sunday morning worship service, being confident in the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ to transform the saints and make alive those who are dead in their sins.
In addition to preaching, seek out and lead (or facilitate) times of teaching, equipping, and training in various contexts (e.g. large group, small group, one-on-one) among believers of all ages at LPBC, for the purpose of developing spiritually mature,devoted servants and worshippers of Jesus Christ. This includes training elders and other leaders in the church to take-on the work of the ministry.
In conjunction with the elders, lead and guide the church through various means (e.g. shepherd groups, outreaches, mission trips, etc.) to love and serve one another and the world with the objective of proclaiming the gospel and making disciples. Being both courageous and humble, one that leads, initiates, and resists apathy.
Vision and Direction
Equip the congregation to carry out the Great Commission as fully devoted followers of Christ. In time, to cast a vision for LPBC on how to walk out the Lord’s particular purposes for LPBC.
Support and participate in the care of the members with the elders, deacons, shepherd group leaders, and other members of LPBC. This would include biblical counseling and encouragement to help members to have a gospel perspective on their situations. Visiting the sick as expressions of Christ’s love in the power of the gospel.
While not needing to be directly involved in leading all of the various elements of the Sunday morning worship service (e.g. call to worship, scripture reading, singing, etc.), provide oversight and guidance to these elements during its planning in order to foster an experience that is biblical, contemplative, and participatory, with the ultimate goal of preparing the worshippers to hear the Word of God proclaimed.
Being a part of the Williamsburg community so as to be aware of opportunities for the gospel to be spread. This would include fostering friendships with other like-minded Christian churches and parachurch ministries in the area, being aware of the local college campuses and international student workers who come to supply the local tourist industry, and being supportive to the opportunities that the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV) has for both him and church members. In order to fulfill any of these responsibilities, the pastor must give himself daily to the Word of God and be in constant prayer. And beyond his personal time, he should ready himself to hear from the Lord through His Word and then be emboldened to walk by faith as he directs God’s people who are called Living Proof Baptist Church.
secondly to the other elders of LPBC. As mentioned earlier, he shall affirm and support the LPBC Constitution and By-Laws, LPBC Church Covenant, and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. He shall work with the church elders, deacons, ministry leaders, and paid and volunteer staff to effectively lead and/or participate in, as appropriate, the various ministries and functions of the church.
Information about the Church: This church profile is intended to provide prospective pastoral candidates a closer look into our church - information supplementary to what can already be found on our church website at http://www.livingproofbc.org.
Our desire in sharing this information is to help candidates determine if Living Proof Baptist Church (LPBC) is the church God is calling them to lead. We are praying for and believe in a long-lasting relationship between church and pastor.
The church began in a home with less than 20 people and has persevered in strength and faith over the years. Here is our brief history:
- May 2001 - Church established and led by two men
- 2006 - Church moved into a larger facility
- September 2008 - Founding pastor (Marco Smith) resigned due to wife’s illness
- September 2009 - Pastor (Eric Scholten) hired
- February 2013 - Two additional elders appointed
- June 2014 - Other founding elder moved out of state
- August 2014 - Pastor (Eric Scholten) resigned due to a call to a church in Florida
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