Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Worship
Olympic Evangelical Free Church is seeking an Associate Pastor to join us in our mission to pursue God, love all people, and multiply devoted followers of Jesus Christ. By discipleship we mean: a passion to see unbelievers embrace the gospel and to help believers continually grow in maturity—through one-on-one interactions and group settings—so that they can glorify God by finding maximal joy in Jesus Christ and increasingly become whole-hearted partners in our God-given mission (Matt 28:18–20).
The Associate Pastor can expect that:
• He will oversee various areas of discipleship while ministering at Olympic. In other words, we are not searching for a pastor of youth, young marrieds, or small groups. Rather, we are searching for a man who can effectively organize, lead, equip, and empower various ministry teams so that we can multiply our disciple-making effectiveness (Eph 4:11–16).
• He will spend roughly 60% of his time in discipleship and 40% of his time planning and leading music for corporate worship.
• The Lead Pastor and the Elders want to invest in his maturity and pastoral development as well. By this we mean that we will provide regular preaching opportunities, timely constructive feedback and encouragement so he can continue growing (1 Tim 2:2).
He will be responsible for bringing glory to God by:
1. Leading, discipling, coaching, and empowering members of the Student Ministry (6th–12th grades) and Children’s Ministry (preschool–5th grade) Teams.
2. Leading, discipling, coaching, and empowering members of the Worship and Audio Visual Teams.
3. Preparing and leading gospel-centered, Christ-exalting, doctrinally-sound music for our corporate worship services.
4. Being an active participant in church events that he is not leading and intentionally pursuing gospel-centered relationships with his neighbors.
Reports to: Lead Pastor
Works closely with: Olympic Lead Pastor, elders, lay leaders, ministry teams, and parents.
Interested in Applying?
- A cover letter for this position.
- Your resume.
- A current picture of (1) you, and (2) you and your family.
- Your philosophy of ministry (1 page).
- Your philosophy of worship (1 page).
- Video samples that demonstrate your music proficiency.
- Video / audio samples of your preaching. If you do not have a sample please indicate in your application so that we can discuss possible alternatives
1. A man who is a mature, growing disciple of Jesus Christ, and who clearly meets the biblical qualifications for an Elder found in 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1 (i.e., is truly Called, clearly manifests godly Character, and demonstrates the necessary Capacity to serve as an elder).
2. A man who is committed to the Bible as his sole authoritative and inerrant guide for doctrine and daily life.
3. A man who is not only a sound exegete, effective teacher, and gifted worship leader; but also, a man who is passionate about actively discipling, empowering, and equipping believers for service in the Church (Eph 4:11–12).
4. A man who is a proven team player and proactive peacemaker.
5. A man who knows, wholeheartedly embraces and upholds the distinctives and doctrine of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) and mission of Olympic Evangelical Free Church (OEFC).
6. A man who maintains proper balance between ministry and family life.
The Ideal Applicant
• Has completed an M.Div. or M.A. in Bible or theology. (Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Bible or Theology and significant experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
• Has demonstrated that he is able to faithfully exegete, teach, and apply God’s Word.
• Has demonstrated that he is able to effectively lead a music team and able to lead a congregation in corporate worship with undistracting excellence.
• Is able to read and transpose chord charts— proficiency in written music and theory preferred.
• Is able to develop the music team, teaching basic music skills and/or connecting them to external resources (videos, articles, websites).
Associate Pastor Profile
He has previous ministry experience in a local church, preferably in a discipleship and/or worship ministry role. He has worked in unity with church elders/pastors, and honors their spiritual leadership, counsel, and accountability. He has demonstrated that he is able to envision ministry opportunities, strategically plan and organize for their implementation, and ultimately execute his plans.
His life clearly aligns with the Biblical character requirements for eldership (Titus 1:6-9; 1 Tim 3:1-7) and distinctly displays the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22–23), whether he is alone, at home with his family, or serving within the Church. In addition to these, he is a man who is not trying to make a name for himself, seeking approval from others, or leading from his abilities alone. Rather, he is transparent, trustworthy, teachable, and able to honestly address his inadequacies because his identity is firmly anchored in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He has a genuine shepherd’s heart (1 Pet 5:1–5). He is a faithful exegete and effective teacher who holds fast to sound doctrine ( Titus 1:9). He is a faithful and passionate worship leader who helps the Church see, savor, and delight in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He has developed gifts in building a disciple-making culture (Matt. 28:16-20) that equips fellow believers for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-13).
He truly delights in Jesus Christ, embracing and proclaiming him as the only true Sovereign, Saving, Satisfier. On account of this, he teaches about mankind’s utterly hopeless condition (Eph 2:1–3) and the good news that mankind is justified by God’s glorious grace alone (Eph 1:3–14; 2:4–7; John 3:16), through faith alone (Eph 2:8–9), in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone (Eph 1:6; 12; 14); while always reminding believers that we are saved for a purpose (Matt 28:18–20; Eph 2:10). He promotes a strong view of the preeminence of Christ in the life of the believer and the local church (Col 1:15-20). He embraces a healthy, biblical vision for the local church (Matt 16:18).
He is encouraging, approachable, and comfortable in front of crowds. In addition to this, he demonstrates emotional intelligence in his interactions with others: weeping with those who weep, rejoicing with those who are rejoicing, challenging those who need motivation, and lovingly warning those who are struggling with sin.
He is in agreement with the EFCA Statement of Faith. In addition to this:
• He must hold fast to the “five solas” of the Protestant Reformation.
• He must joyfully embrace the Bible’s teaching that God’s inexhaustible Sovereignty is fully compatible with human responsibility.
• He must clearly subscribe to a complementarian view of biblical manhood and womanhood (The Danvers Statement).
Philosophy of Ministry:
He can envision, articulate, and implement a Biblically-defined, Gospel-centered, Missionally-driven philosophy of ministry, which embraces the local church as God’s primary vehicle for advancing His cause on earth. He can also organize and lead gospel-centered worship services that help our people remember, rehearse, and respond to the glorious story of redemption each week.
He is willing to pursue ordination in the EFCA if he is not already credentialed by a reputable and like-minded organization.
Initial Discipleship Focus:
• Champion and lead discipleship efforts for preschool through age 18.
• Continue refining our vision for and pursuit of student discipleship, ensuring that we are doing everything we can to fulfill our mission and serve all of our families.
• Lead by example: teaching in the classroom and discipling/training other teachers.
• Coordinate and lead monthly ministry team meetings.
• Work together with ministry teams as they:
o Source and evaluate quality curriculum, augmenting as necessary.
o Recruit teachers and classroom helpers
o Pursue opportunities for community engagement.
o Ensure that child safety and insurance requirements are properly observed.
• Plan weekly and special worship services in cooperation with the Lead Pastor. These services will:
o Be gospel-centered, Christ-exalting, and doctrinally sound
o Value congregational participation over artistic performance
o Embrace the great hymns of the faith and worship songs of the present
o Incorporate prayer, Scripture reading, and historic creeds
• Lead weekly worship practices that help team members grow in their understanding of Biblical worship and develop their ability to serve with excellence.
• Develop and implement a process for interviewing, auditioning, and admitting new members to the music team.
• Pastoral duties, as fits the needs of Olympic and the gifting & experience of this pastor (preaching, teaching, funerals, weddings, counseling etc.)
• Demonstrate proactive leadership that reflects the mission, objectives, core values, and the needs of Olympic.
• Faithfully oversee and administer assigned ministries and budgets in a timely and professional manner.
• Along with the Lead Pastor and elders, shepherd the congregation following the example of Christ, the Good Shepherd.
• Participate in elders and other meetings as required by the church By-laws.