12 October 2011

Job Posting for a "Campus Pastor"

A well-known mega-church is looking for a campus pastor at one of their newest branches. The job description as it appears on the church website is below; only the church name has been removed.

Campus Pastor

  • Do you have a passion and savvy for leading in a multi-site church context?
  • Do you have a strategic mind and a proven ability to lead and manage staff and volunteer teams toward the achievement of challenging Kingdom-building ministry goals?
  • Do you get energized by serving in a multigenerational context and implementing spiritual formation pathways from young families to seniors?
  • Do you exhibit a compelling "platform" presence and enjoy occasional teaching opportunities?
  • [This] is a multi-site church as "one church in multiple locations." The Campus Pastor is a full time role and responsible for courageously leading and diligently developing the [campus] church staff, key volunteers, and congregation.
  • This person will architect and execute strategic plans for this new campus, host weekend services, oversee and coach ministry directors, conduct performance reviews, cross-pollinate with the leaders of [the] other campuses, collaborate with other local church leaders, and champion [the church's] values and mission in this community's unique multigenerational context in an effort to grow this new campus by reaching the unchurched in the community and helping them become fully-devoted followers of Christ.
Now, let's look at the biblical qualifications for a pastor/elder:
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
(1 Timothy 3:1-7)
[I]f anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
(Titus 1:6-9)
Is it just me, or are those not the same? At all. Yet these days, charisma and stage presence trump biblical fidelity. Are you weeping over the condition of today's "church?" Based upon the evidence above, you should be.

7 comments:

  1. Whoever wrote that job description forgot to put that the campus pastor candidate needs to be able to tell jokes and cast visions and take it easy on the Biblical theology in case he has to fill in for the senior pastor. Otherwise nobody will want to come to church and that could ruin the multi-site church business for everybody.

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  2. This sounds like a business sales position requirements and not a Biblical requirements.. My favorite was:

    "This person will architect and execute strategic plans for this new campus, host weekend services, oversee and coach ministry directors, conduct performance reviews, cross-pollinate with the leaders of [the] other campuses, collaborate with other local church leaders, and champion [the church's] values and mission in this community's unique multigenerational context in an effort to grow this new campus by reaching the unchurched in the community and helping them become fully-devoted followers of Christ."

    Remove a "church" lingo and this is word for word what you can see in some job descriptions. This above for example could be very well a description of a local Chase Bank branch manager...

    "cross-pollinate"??? Give me a break there is an innuendo there... Does this explain CCD? That is colony collapse disorder or what happened to the bees? :)

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  3. "Kindom-building..."

    "Spiritual Formation pathways.."

    Right off the bat there's something wrong with this.

    Besides the comments already on here, this sure doesn't sound like a job description of a Gospel Centered Church who needs a Gospel (the real Gospel) preaching pastor.

    What happened to mentioning our Lord Jesus in this ad? I can't find Him in there, unless I missed it.

    Sad, sad, and maddening.

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  4. The bus went into the ditch as soon as I read "and savvy for leading....". I didn't have to go further (although I did) to know it was going to a crock.

    BTW, I was thinking I should sue you since every time I visit your site, I AM surprised. :)

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  5. Oh my! I though you were making that up for an example. I googled it and I was stunned. I will be shocked no more.This is truly the "time" the scripture spoke of. May God cause His people to wake up in these end times. Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Thanks for the post.

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  6. Mike & Judy,

    I truly wish I was clever enough to make up something like this! Unfortunately, Christianity has become such a parody of itself these days that all we have to do is sit back and wait for the next batch of silliness.

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  7. mwhenry,

    Please don't sue! You'll notice that in saying, "Do not be surprised," I'm really giving an imperative. So if you're finding yourself surprised, then it's really a matter of your disobedience, lol. :-)

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