For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
To spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ, particularly helping shepherd the Downtown Campus congregation by equipping people to be disciple-making disciples 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:
The Pastor for Discipleship, Downtown Campus will be expected to joyfully minister in accord with the Bethlehem Pastor’s Covenant. He should endeavor to experience and maintain the joyful camaraderie and creative complementation of gifts and ministries of the Preaching Pastor, Campus Pastor, Executive Pastor, pastors, elders and staff.
He 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 Pastor for Discipleship, Downtown Campus will manifest a hearty support for the leadership of the church in general and specifically for that of the Pastor for Preaching and Vision.
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 Pastor for Discipleship, Downtown Campus 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 Pastor for Discipleship, Downtown Campus must be a leader, collaborator, teacher, problem solver and peacemaker.
- Leadership – the Pastor 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 Pastor 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 Pastor should have the skill set and ability to effectively manage the various administrative tasks associated with the position.
- Preacher—the Pastor 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 Pastor should be able to effectively “equip the saints for the work of the ministry.”
- Communicator—the Pastor 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 Pastor 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.
- Faith-enriching reading and study.
- Engagement in personal and corporate worship.
- Glad participation in mutual care and accountability with other believers.
- (50%) Ensure that the discipleship vision described in the Bethlehem Philosophy of Discipleship document (Appendix A) is implemented on the Downtown Campus by …
- Leading the Small Group/Household Group ministry.
- Pressing toward the goal of incorporating every member into a Bethlehem small group overseen by the campus elders.
- Leading the men’s discipleship ministry on the campus with an aim toward men’s maturity in Christ and Christ-exalting leadership, especially in the home and also in every sphere of life, including the church, workplace, community and world.
- Ensuring that the small group system functionally links our pastors/elders to our members in ongoing oversight and care through small group leaders (and household heads through small-group leaders).
- Providing for the training, equipping and coordination of elders, small group leaders, and household heads, coordinating with staff on other campuses as necessary.
- Laboring to see that those who are single, divorced and widowed are incorporated into the life of small groups and households of the church.
- Equip and train lay counselors, partnering with other Bethlehem counseling staff, to disciple through difficult situations while only personally providing counseling for five hours per week.
- (25%) Ensure that all of the teaching for adults on the Downtown Campus is in accord with the Elder Affirmation of Faith by …
- Overseeing all Adult Ministries in partnership with other staff, including Women’s Ministries, Sunday School Classes, Wednesday evening adult Connection classes, parenting classes, marriage classes, TBI classes, and all other classes for adults.
- Partnering with the Family Discipleship department to ensure that households, especially household heads, are being appropriately taught, equipped and encouraged in our household discipleship.
- cPartnering with the Outreach department to ensure that discipleship at Bethlehem includes engagement in evangelism, mercy and missions to our near neighbors and the nations.
- (25%) General pastoral duties:
- Preach as assigned
- Participate in regular pastoral staff meetings.
- Engage in pastoral duties (i.e., weddings, funerals, counseling, weekend services, etc.)
- Regularly attend Bethlehem services as your “church home.”
- Other duties as assigned.