Covenant Church – LEAD PASTOR

Covenant Church


Denomination: Baptist – SBC

Weekly Attendance:  400

Location: Grove City, OH

The Role: Lead Pastor

Meet Covenant Church:

We want to continue the mission of Jesus, to seek and save the lost. In the gospel of Luke, Jesus says that He came to “seek and save the lost.” At Covenant Church, we take this as a statement of truth and also a call to action. We are hyper-focused on showing people the Way, introducing them to the Truth, and then walking with them for Life. Simply put, we exist to seek and save the lost.


About the Lead Pastor:

Covenant Church is seeking a full-time Lead Pastor who is responsible for the overall vision and direction of Covenant Church. The Lead Pastor is also accountable for the shepherding of Covenant Church and the staff.

The Lead Pastor’s Responsibilities Include:

Listen to God

Fast, pray, read, and stay in front of the vision for Covenant Church.
Shape the culture

Maintain a healthy staff culture.

Evaluate and maintain a healthy gospel-centered culture within Covenant Church.
Communicate Biblical truth

Be the primary Sunday morning communicator for Covenant Church, teaching a Biblical worldview as laid out by our beliefs and affirmed interpretation of scripture.

Meet sermon content deadlines with the knowledge that all worship, discipleship writing, and marketing is dependent upon getting sermon content completed in a timely and agreed upon fashion.
Cast Clear Mission & Vision

Casting vision is not limited to the Sunday morning stage. The Lead Pastor must cast a clear vision internally to staff and elders as well as personally to those who call Covenant Church their home. Vision should be in-line with the core mission and vision of Covenant Church.

Work with the executive pastoral team and eldership to provide oversight and alignment for a healthy organization.
Develop Leaders

Encourage staff in their own personal and spiritual development.

Be involved in personal discipleship.

Be involved in a small group with family.

Executive Role Responsibilities:

Recruit, hire, and train Executive Pastoral Team members.

Provide weekly oversight of staff within areas of responsibility.

Provide regular oversight of volunteers within areas of responsibility.

Measure effectiveness of current vision by identifying important metrics.

Provide vision for and work with the Executive Pastoral Team (EPT) to develop and submit an overall church budget to the elders for approval.

Work to increase giver engagement and spur the church toward obedient financial investment in life change.

Work with the rest of the EPT to give vision and guidance to the finance team, including monthly update meetings and regular communication with leadership.

Must be able to work as a part of the Executive Pastoral Team to identify areas of growth, and weakness and implement plans to increase gospel effectiveness.

Work with the rest of the EPT and elders to plan for future growth and steward resources effectively toward current goals.

What You Bring:

Education & Experience

Undergraduate degree required

Seminary degree preferred

Ordained or Ordainable

Minimum of 5 years of experience
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Maintain God ordained priorities and carry the vision of Covenant Church well

Attend/Lead a small group consistently

Able to develop the staff, set clear expectations, and lead staff productively

Understands modern culture and can integrate creative ideas such as the use of social media platforms

Agrees to adhere to the conduct laid out in the Covenant Staff Handbook

Track record of making disciples

Genuine individual who connects with people well and embraces the whole community, willing to lead Covenant Church into a new season, and transition the church into the new building in a healthy way
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications


Good at internal communication and follow-through

Exceptional, gospel-centric teacher

Strong visionary that can push Covenant staff to grow with integrity and consistency

Willing to give at least 10% of income to the vision of Covenant Church

Team-oriented & flexible

Transparent with elders about personal life.

Approachable communicator who is grace-oriented

Appropriately vulnerable


Live in Grove City, or the immediate surrounding area

What It’s Like to Live in Grove City, OH:

Grove City is a rapidly growing suburb of Columbus, OH – which is consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing and best places to live in the Midwest. While Columbus is certainly known for The Ohio State Buckeyes, there’s so much more to central Ohio than just the university.

Columbus is teeming with things to do. There is the world class Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, as well as a thriving art, music, and theater scene. Columbus is home to the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, the MLS’s Columbus Crew SC, and MLB’s Triple-A affiliate, the Columbus Clippers.

There’s plenty of space to get outside with 19 Metro Parks to choose from, along with an untold number of parks throughout Central Ohio communities. You can bike on over a hundred miles of bike trails along the Olentangy and Scioto river, and there are wonderful hiking & walking trails throughout the entire area.

Grove City is just 12 minutes from downtown Columbus – but maintains a small town feel and culture. Grove City is home to more than 40,000 people, and continues to grow quickly. Many families choose the Grove City suburb because of the affordable housing, amenities, and the safety of a true community.

Central Ohio is fertile ground for the Gospel of Jesus. There are more than 2 million people in central Ohio, but it’s consistently ranked as one of the least churched and religious cities in America. People in Grove City have a great need for the Gospel and there is tremendous opportunity to see spiritual fruit.


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