Lead Pastor Profile and Job Description


This is the profile of the person we’re looking for in a lead pastor and associated job responsibilities. In it, we highlight character qualities, personality traits, theological convictions, roles, responsibilities, and expectations.

Lead Pastor Profile

The lead pastor will model the purpose of New Hope Church to “pursue relationships that change the world.’ The lead pastor will be an articulate advocate and communicator for the vision of God’s Church, for the Glory of God.  This person will be the primary leader, teacher, and visionary and will have a broad responsibility for the spiritual welfare, growth and life of the church in all areas including discipleship, evangelism, and equipping the congregation for service.  The lead pastor is to embody the essence of a shepherd and servant leader.

In addition, the lead pastor will:

  • Have a vital walk with Jesus Christ evidenced by faithfulness, passion, and an appreciation for God’s glorious grace.
  • Have a gift and a passion for preaching the eternal, inerrant, and unalterable Word of God as revealed in the Old and New Testaments.
  • Practice personal one-on-one evangelism and discipleship and be committed to equipping others to do the same.
  • Be committed to small groups (what we call LIFE groups) as a key strategy for church growth and discipleship.
  • Display an understanding of aligning church strategy and vision within transient communities like Manhattan, KS that includes a collegiate and military presence.
  • Have a heart for collegiate ministry and a willingness to cooperate with existing ministries on the K-State campus.
  • Be an authentic communicator, easy to understand, and down-to-earth.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to share with others in a large group setting and one-on-one from his heart and life.
  • Be willing to be humble enough to accept input from those he is leading, as well as be appropriately transparent with the many, and intimately transparent with a few.
  • Display a track record of personal management, leadership, and professionalism and have developed a personal model for Gospel-driven productivity.
  • Have a minimum of five years of pastoral and teaching experience in a multi-staff church/para-church setting.
  • Be actively seeking to lead his family into relationship with Christ. The lead pastor’s family should be supportive of God’s call on his life. The successful candidate is expected to relocate to within the community of the church.

Lead Pastor Job Description:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities of the lead pastor will be carried out in the context of the staff team and ministry leaders. Our intent is that the lead pastor will give leadership and oversight and delegate responsibility as appropriate.  These essential duties and responsibilities include, but not limited to, the following: Ministry of the Word, Prayer, Leadership, Evangelism & Discipleship, Shepherding & Teaching, and Pastoral Care. The lead pastor will work in conjunction with the elders, ministry staff, and ministry leaders in the implementation of the mission and vision of the church.

Ministry of the Word

The lead pastor will be the primary preacher for the church and will teach God’s Word faithfully, according to sound doctrine. The lead pastor should be committed to an exposition of Holy Scripture that is relevant, authentic and personally applicable. The lead pastor will:

  1. Preach 70% of Sundays within a calendar year.
  2. Cultivate and lead a teaching team to assist in planning, preparation and evaluation of preaching.
  3. Communicate preaching series to ministry staff and volunteers in order to coordinate their respective responsibilities.
  4. Plan preaching for all special services. (Christmas, Easter, etc.)
  5. Supervise the administration of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper in the Central Gathering.
  6. Be a clear and articulate speaker who can be readily understood by our diverse congregation.


The lead pastor will set the pace in Kingdom-focused prayer by spending time praying daily for the ministry of the church, and by providing discipleship to others in prayer at the individual, family, and group levels.


The lead pastor will develop a rich worship life in the church, planning and leading the order of worship for the Central Gathering in collaboration with ministry staff and volunteers. The lead pastor will cultivate and demonstrate a heart for proclaiming the Gospel in Manhattan, Kansas, the surrounding region, and the world, thus continuing New Hope’s active participation in worldwide Gospel advancement.

The lead pastor will lead and hold accountable all ministry staff and will also be a member of the elder team. The lead pastor will:

  1. Conduct regular and frequent meetings with the ministry staff, both individually and jointly, and work to assist and equip the ministry staff in achieving and exceeding ministry objectives as defined by the elder team.
  2. Nurture the mental, spiritual and emotional health of the ministry staff of New Hope Church.
  3. Work with the church administrator to provide optimal functioning of administrative duties, to produce the annual church budget, and to ensure all church requirements are met from state and local levels.
  4. As a member of the elder team:
    1. Work with the other elders to establish measurable objectives for all ministry staff in keeping with the purposes of the church.
    2. Work with the other elders to coordinate and execute an annual church strategy, annual goals, and review of ministry objectives.

Evangelism & Discipleship

The lead pastor will demonstrate a lifestyle of personal discipleship, and oversee its application in congregational life. The lead pastor will:

  1. Support and evaluate existing outreach ministries and encourage creativity in the development of new outreach ministries.
  2. Encourage and motivate the congregation to bring guests to the Central Gathering and LIFE groups.
  3. Develop and lead an Intro to New Hope class for prospective members.
  4. In collaboration with ministry staff and LIFE group leaders, coordinate people’s involvement in ministry, ongoing personal discipleship, and a LIFE group.

Shepherding & Teaching

The lead pastor will lead the elders in nurturing and administering the overall shepherding ministry of the church. The lead pastor will:

  1. Partner with the elders in their shepherding efforts.
  2. Monitor LIFE group’s growth and leadership.
  3. Develop means and methods to:
    1. Equip and train new and existing LIFE group leaders
    2. Cultivate the development of gifts within the body
  4. Engage in personal and professional growth by being mentored and coached on a consistent basis.

Pastoral Care

The lead pastor will be involved in pastoral care of individuals, couples, families, and groups as opportunities arise. The lead pastor will:

  1. Develop and oversee a Pastoral Care ministry within New Hope that seeks to nurture the mental, spiritual and emotional health of the individuals in New Hope Church.
  2. Administer a plan that ensures that every member of New Hope has direct access to pastoral staff, ministry leader, or LIFE group leader.

Educational and Theological Requirements

The lead pastor should possess a graduate level education from an accredited theological seminary or demonstrably possess sufficient training acquired through personal mentorship and experience. The lead pastor must be committed to an orthodox understanding of Christian faith and adhere to our statement of faith as publish on our website.

Finally, the lead pastor must love King Jesus faithfully and passionately, out of the outpouring of God’s sustaining grace evidenced in scripture, creation, and the testimony of the Church and individual members throughout history.