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Pastoral Staff Positions
Senior Pastor – A senior pastor is the lead pastor of the church who shepherds the congregation through exemplary living, regular preaching and teaching, administrative oversight, and personal spiritual care.
Assistant Pastor* – An assistant pastor serves the pastor and church through a variety of responsibilities according to the needs of the church and the direction of the pastor.
Youth Pastor* – A youth pastor’s primary responsibilities are focused upon teenage young people but may also include children’s ministries and/or young adult ministries.
Music Director* – A music director (or music pastor) leads the church’s music program including directing the choir and other musical groups. He usually leads the church’s congregational singing.
Interim Pastors – Churches should consider having an interim pastor help them through the transition to a new pastor. An interim pastor fulfills pulpit responsibilities, provides pastoral care and church administration, and advises the membership about how to find a new pastor.
GFA provides an interim pastor service through qualified retired ministry couples. Interested churches should contact Dr. Marsh Fant for more information at 864.609.5500. Seasoned pastors and Christian leaders desiring to serve as interim pastors may also contact Dr. Fant.
Church Planters – America needs sound, biblical churches in areas where there is no gospel-preaching church. Connecting groups of people who are endeavoring to form a new church with men who are interested in serving as church planters is a priority for GFA.
Pastoral Interns – Men who have completed their formal ministry education may be looking for a church in which they can be mentored for 6-12 months with a pastoral internship. Others may have been called to the ministry later in life and desire a short period of orientation prior to entering pastoral ministry. We want to connect these men to pastors who are eager to mentor men for ministry.
*Candidates and churches may want to discuss combining ministry responsibilities. For example, a church may desire to have a youth/music pastor. If your church is interested in a combination position being filled, please indicate this on your church’s profile.
Before You Move: A Guide to Making Transitions in the Ministry,John Cionca Particularly helpful for prospective candidates, though churches will also find it beneficial. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, 2004, now out of print but can be found online. This is a revised and expanded edition of the previously published title Red Light, Green Light: Discerning the Time for a Change in Ministry, 1994.
Church Law and Tax Store You will find helpful resources regarding church staff compensation, church finance and administration, and legal issues.
RE: CHURCH episodes RE: CHURCH is a GFA podcast to encourage pastors and church leaders as they refocus, renew, and revitalize their churches.
Helps for Churches and Candidates You will find a variety of practical articles by Bruce McAllister to help you in your search for God’s will. (Helps can also be accessed through the link at the top of your screen.)