Lead Pastor (Carmichael Campus)

Website Creekside Community Church

People helping people discover Jesus and follow him fearlessly

Creekside Community Church warmly invite applications and expressions of interest for the position as Lead Pastor. We believe that God has graciously and uniquely positioned us at a significant juncture in our church community. It is our desire to seek the appropriate person who is called to ministry, to joyfully fulfil their assignment with Creekside Community Church. We continue to ask for God’s grace, wisdom and discernment and trust that the suitable applicant will similarly be prayerfully considering this role, drawing upon the Holy Spirit’s leading and enabling in this decision.

We recognise that our next pastor will have a variety of gifts. We also acknowledge that our own vision is limited, and that God can re-arrange some of the priorities outlined below. However, what is most important is that our pastor loves the Lord, and regularly desires to know and experience Him in deeper and richer ways. As our pastor demonstrates this leadership, our desire is that the body of believers will also grow in their love for Jesus. Outlined below are key characteristics and responsibilities associated with this position.

Creekside Community Church meet at the junction of Morayfield, Narangba and Burpengary on the outskirts of northern Brisbane. The church was established in 2004 as a pioneering church plant from Mueller Community Church in Rothwell. Creekside enjoys an association with the Christian Community Churches of Australia, a national network of like-minded churches.

We have witnessed God’s continuing and gracious provision in the establishment of Carmichael campus, located within an emerging growth corridor with a significant young family demographic. As an original part of the Creekside vision, recent growth now sees over 500 primary and middle school students attending this thriving Christian school with further growth expected as the high school rollout continues. Also located on site is Carmichael Kids (kindergarten and childcare), church auditorium and office, Interseed Ltd (NFP support body) and Creekside Café.

As a campus, we recognise our unique community positioning and the immense potential that God has laid out before us. With such a significant link to the community, we desire to be people helping people discover Jesus and follow him fearlessly. We have been blessed with many opportunities to host Alpha courses and as a result, have joyfully witnessed many people discovering Jesus for the first time. As we recall the many ways in which God has blessed us already, we are in eager expectation as we step into this next phase of campus vision with His enabling, grace and provision.

We would encourage all applicants to review the Position Description below. Upon enquiry, we would be glad to provide further information including our Creekside Handbook and organisational chart. We would be pleased to be in contact with you to discuss the next steps. We anticipate moving forward with God’s enabling and appointing a Lead Pastor to serve in this important role.

Blessings!

Creekside Elders and Lead Pastor Advisory Committee (LPAC)

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Please submit resumé and supporting material to:

Jeanene Ginn (Registrar, Carmichael College)

j.ginn@carmichael.qld.edu.au    07 5431 1203

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POSITION DESCRIPTION

Purpose

To effectively lead the vision, mission and pastoral care of Creekside Community Church (CCC), for the glory of God and the building of His church. Incorporating Creekside’s vision and values to lead discipleship, growth and community engagement.

Reports to: Creekside Community Church Eldership

Direct Reports: Pastoral Team, Creekside Community Church Staff, Ministry Leaders & Volunteers

Eligibility and Qualifications

  • Be a man of prayer, the Word and the Holy Spirit’s leading. Exhibiting the spiritual, personal, and character qualifications of a spiritual shepherd found in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:6–9, and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
  • Preferably, formal theological training such as the successful completion of a Bachelor level (or equivalent) tertiary qualification in theology or ministry.
  • Preferably, at least 5 years of full-time equivalent experience in a pastoral capacity.
  • Be in agreement with the church’s Statement of Faith.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership

  • Exercise major Leadership Role in CCC in alignment with the Organisation Chart.
  • Practically casting and implementing the Vision and Mission in conjunction with the Elders.
  • Developing and discipling volunteers, ministry leaders and church leaders.
  • Oversee general church function, operations and communications.

Teaching

  • Exhibit gifts appropriate for the major teaching and preaching role (approximately 3 Sundays per month), including authentic and proficient preaching / teaching and a healthy balance of expositional and topical formats.
  • Delegation and training where appropriate to others, for example to an Associate Pastor (as applicable).
  • Continuance of Creekside Ministry Model enumerated in Handbook and Policies Document.

Pastoral Care and Discipleship

  • Provide “shepherding” in pastoral care and discipleship, overseeing the pastoral team.
  • Oversee the continual development of small group ministry in conjunction with the Groups Coordinator.
  • Oversee the Campus Alignment Pastor (not appointed yet) thus assisting in the provision of spiritual oversight and guidance for Directors of other major ministries (Carmichael College, Carmichael Kids Day Care and Early Learning Centre) in line with the vision of CCC, Interseed and Campus Alignment strategy.

Evangelism

  • Desiring increase of Salvations, Baptisms, new church growth.
  • Continued support of “Alpha” programs.
  • Linking with other local churches and outreach initiatives including RI programs.

Vision and Personal Development

  • Develop the Creekside experience as a template for future Church Plants, Christian Schools and Child Care Centre developments (Model).
  • Participate in continuing ministry development (eg workshops, courses, conferences).

Leadership Development

  • Appropriate balance of personal involvement versus developing gifts of others and mentoring.
  • Work with church leadership to develop an effective discipleship model.
  • Openness to working alongside an “Associate” or “Executive” type pastor, providing support, training and mentoring.

Structure

  • In time, intending to become an Elder.
  • Submission to majority-formed decisions of the Elders.
  • Monthly reporting to the Eldership team.
  • Annual 360-degree performance review.

Ministry Vision

  • A priority for the first few months would be to develop strategies and objectives for 12-month, 3-year and 5-year timelines. This process would occur in conjunction with the Elders and in alignment with the vision, mission and values of Creekside.

Evaluation

It is the desire of the Creekside Elders and Board to provide an environment for exploration and discussion of the above on an informal basis every 3 months, with the goal to provide support and encouragement for the Lead Pastor in this major ministry role.

Employment Conditions

Employment conditions can be explored in more depth with the Elders, but in short include:

Employment Type: Full time, initial term of 3 years renewable.

Remuneration: to be discussed in more detail with the Elders.

Personal and Professional Development: Support provided for appropriate development opportunities.

Leave: 4 weeks annual leave, 2 weeks sick leave, one Sunday off per quarter.

Termination: Appointment can be terminated by either party with three months’ notice in writing, which can be shortened in extreme circumstances.

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Please submit resumé and supporting material to:

Jeanene Ginn (Registrar, Carmichael College)

j.ginn@carmichael.qld.edu.au    07 5431 1203

To apply for this job email your details to j.ginn@carmichael.qld.edu.au.

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