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Grace Polaris Church
Grace Polaris Church exists to honor God by multiplying devoted followers of Jesus through worship, community, training, and witness.
As we anticipate the joy of releasing/sending our current Lead Pastor Mike Yoder to be the Executive Director Elect at Encompass World Partners beginning in January 2023, our College of Elders through our Lead Pastor Search Committee is seeking the leader that God is raising up to assume the role of our next lead pastor.
The lead pastor must (1) adhere absolutely to “Our Beliefs & Identity” document, (2) meet the qualifications of an elder as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9, and (3) be fully ordained in the Charis Fellowship.
To express interest in being considered for the position, please send (1) a resume and (2) a brief statement about why you desire to pursue this opportunity to Executive Pastor Jonathan Wiley. Questions about the position or recommendations for the position can also be sent to Pastor Jonathan. The Lead Pastor Search Committee will handle all expressions of interest with careful confidentiality.
Timeline to express interest: If you sense the Lord leading you to pursue this opportunity or make a recommendation, please do so no later than November 14, 2022.
Role and Responsibilities
The lead pastor of Grace Polaris Church is the primary shepherd, chief teacher, and organizational leader of the church. He serves as a member of and under the spiritual oversight of the College of Elders and leads all other staff in pursing the stated mission of Grace.
The lead pastor should exhibit godly character qualities set forth in Scripture, especially as outlined in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1. He must be a man worthy of respect, fervent in prayer, a competent leader, and demonstrate a marriage and family life that reflects well on the Gospel. He should embrace a pastoral calling and exhibit a vibrant and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
The lead pastor carries out his role in three primary ways:
- Teaching – He advocates for the authority and sufficiency of the Scriptures. He serves as the primary Bible teacher for the corporate gatherings of the church family. He determines the content of regular preaching in sermon series, consistent with the stated doctrine and beliefs of the church. He oversees other teachers in worship services and is responsible for the biblical fidelity of other teaching settings in the church, especially through pastoral staff.
- Teamwork – He works extensively with other elders, leads a staff team, and shepherds the congregation. 1) He serves as a member of the College of Elders and works closely with the moderator to foster unity, pursue a common vision, address shepherding and organizational issues, and ensure that congregants receive ongoing care and training. 2) He leads the staff team, including defined roles and regular accountability. He also ensures proper stewardship of finances and facilities, especially in collaboration with the executive pastor or senior staff team. 3) He mobilizes pastoral staff and other lay leaders to actively equip believers for maturity and ministry, and he champions faithful Gospel witness through the church locally and globally.
- Trajectory– He casts a compelling and consistent vision to describe how the church pursues its stated mission and involves everyone according to needs, opportunities, and gifting. He represents that vision, consistent with our beliefs and values, in other settings. Such representation includes active participation in the Charis Fellowship and our district of churches, with other evangelical churches in central Ohio, and at local functions that are important for the church. In addition, he serves as the primary voice to call believers to contribute time, treasure, and talents to the church’s health and mission.
He intentionally attends to the needs and responsibilities as a husband and father. He serves as the primary church liaison to Worthington Christian School and serves on its board (or his delegate). He initiates partnerships and collaboration with the Charis Fellowship, its ministries/organizations, and fellow pastors. He ensures healthy friendships and accountability for his own spiritual health.