Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
To spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ, particularly as it relates to the communication of that passion among people groups in overseas, and in cross-cultural contexts, so that the mission of the church is carried out, the theological teaching of the Elder Affirmation of Faith is joyfully embraced, and the “10 Dimensions of Church Life” are made manifest.
Qualifications and Requirements:
He will be expected to joyfully minister in accord with the Bethlehem Pastor’s Covenant. The Minister for Global Outreach should endeavor to experience and maintain the joyful camaraderie and creative complementation of gifts and ministries of the Preaching Pastor, Executive Pastor, vocational pastors, elders and staff.
The Minister for Global Outreach will be a member in good standing of Bethlehem Baptist Church. If not a member when called by the church, he will complete the process within three months of the date when employment begins. Beyond the doctrinal and ethical implications in embracing our Affirmation of Faith and our Church Covenant (implicit in membership), the Global Outreach Pastor will manifest a hearty support for the leadership of the church in general and specifically for that of the Preaching Pastor.
He shall have a good grasp and hearty endorsement of the biblical and theological orientation of the leadership of Bethlehem as expressed in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Elder Affirmation of Faith. The Global Outreach Pastor needs to meet the spiritual and character qualifications of elder as found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 and to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22. He should be wise, discerning, decisive, sensitive, tender and firm. He should be a man of prayer and a man of the Word, sensitive to what the Spirit is saying to Bethlehem. He should devote himself to daily prayer and Bible reading for the sake of guarding himself from sin and stirring up his heart and mind to renewed passion for Christ and should lead his family in regular times in the Word and prayer.
The Minister for Global Outreach shall have significant cross-cultural ministry experience.
- Leadership – the Minister for Global Outreach should be able to lead in a variety of contexts (individual, small groups, large groups) in such a way that Jesus Christ and His Gospel are central. He should be a self-starter and an initiative taker.
- Relational—the Minister for Global Outreach should have a heart to care for people, not just manage systems; that drive should manifest itself in the appropriation of time.
- Administrative—while seeking mainly to shepherd people, the Minister for Global Outreach should have the skill set and ability to effectively manage the various administrative tasks associated with the position.
- Preacher—the Minister for Global Outreach should be an effective preacher who is able to rightly handle the Word and joyfully engage in expository exultation personally, while identifying competent campus preachers who speak especially to the campus’ unique context.
- Teacher/Equipper—the Minister for Global Outreach should be able to effectively “equip the saints for the work of the ministry.”
- Communicator—the Minister for Global Outreach should be able to clearly and concisely communicate the needs and aims of the campus to all-church leadership and similarly communicate decisions from all-church leadership to campus staff and congregation.
- Peacemaker—the Minister for Global Outreach should be able to tactfully and winsomely unite people with varying perspectives to advance harmony and love and to achieve common goals.
Essential Ministry Responsibilities:
- Grow in grace and knowledge of God…
- By maintaining a devotional life of prayer and meditation on the Word.
- By faith-enriching reading and study.
- By engagement in personal and corporate worship.
- By glad participation in mutual care and accountability with other believers.
- Develop strategies, tools and systems that maximize the following at Bethlehem:
- Casting a Vision:
- Of a people gripped by God’s global purpose, serving that purpose with their lives, talents and resources by sending or being sent.
- Among our pastors and elders, other staff, Global Partners, congregation, and those watching us.
- Through use of appropriate means such as preaching, teaching, leadership, prayer, example, meetings, special events, etc.
- Foster a passion for mission among our Bethlehem church plants and other like-minded churches within our sphere of influence.
- Education: Be aware of current missions trends and issues, helping the church to formulate positions.
- Integration: Strive to create Global Outreach systems, policies and procedures that cooperate and coordinate with the other ministries of the church, particularly the other outreach ministries.
- Provide pastoral guidance, encouragement, mentoring, training and structure to those with a growing sense of God’s call.
- Keep the Nurture Program relevant and tooled to the changing needs of our church and our world.
- See that the Nurture Program has the leadership, structure and attention needed to make it helpful to those in it and a service to the GO Teams wanting to know who might become interested in being sent.
- See that those in the Nurture Program are given timely counsel on preparatory resources and potential impediments to future ministry.
- Work to help our pastors and elders, other church leadership, GO staff, GO Teams, the congregation and our potential GO Partners understandOptimalCapacity.
- Provide the necessary structure and mindset for moving Nurture Program graduates through an encouraging and suitable application process.
- See that the GO Teams have the necessary tools needed to decide whom they will send, or endorse, or decline.
- Develop appropriate strategies and criteria (e.g. strategic focuses,OptimalCapacity, endorsing well qualified applicants Bethlehem can’t send for other churches to consider support, etc.) to ensure that we send our Global Partners strategically and in a manner worthy of God.
- See that the GO budget receives proper oversight and attention, striving to maximize its reach.
- Build healthy relationships with credible sending agencies as time allows.
- Partner with the leadership of other TCT churches to awaken and sustain their spreading vision.
- Keep the prayer needs of our Global Partners before the congregation, using all the tools and resources the church provides or the GO Team creates.
- See that our Barnabas Support Teams are given supervision and encouragement, helping them to understand the valuable and essential role they play in caring for our Global Partners.
- Provide or delegate provision of pastoral care and oversight to our Global Partners on the field or on Home Assignment, particularly for those who are struggling.
- Foster partnership within the GO department, Short Term Missions Mobilization and other departments at BBC for the sake of GP care.
- Orchestrate and evaluate field visits to our Global Partners.
- The Minister for Global Outreach, together with all the pastoral staff, will be available for worship leadership, preaching, crisis ministries, special projects or whatever else the Lord directs through the consensus of the pastoral team. Participation in pastoral staff meetings and other pastoral staff events will be normally expected.