JOB TITLE: Senior Pastor
HOURS: Full-Time/Salaried/Exempt/Pastoral Staff
PURPOSE: The Senior Pastor is God’s called and gifted leader and advocate for Riverwood’s vision and mission for the purposes of leading, modeling, and teaching God’s ways.


  • Commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
  • Leadership, giftedness in ministry, and willingness to serve (1 Peter 5: 2-3)
  • Spiritually grounded, i.e. not a new believer (1 Timothy 3:6)
  • Ability to communicate biblical knowledge (1 Timothy 3:2)
  • Good reputation within and outside the church (1 Timothy 3:2, 7; Titus 1:6)
  • Self-control and biblical attitudes in relationships (1 Timothy 3:2-3, Titus 1: 6-7)
  • Measure of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

Education and Experience

  • Completed a Master of Divinity degree with an accredited evangelical seminary 
  • Completed a Bachelor’s degree in ministry from a Christian College and a willingness to complete further education
  • Five or more years of previous pastoral experience (may be as associate, youth, or lay leader)

  • Commitment to Riverwood’s statement of faith, vision, purposes, values, and people
  • Participating member of Riverwood (see Constitution, Article Four) or will become one
  • Baptism by Immersion or willingness to be baptized

  • Accountable to: God, Riverwood’s vision, Board of Elders
  • Accountable for:  Board of Elders, Riverwood’s mission and strategic plan, Riverwood staff

Spiritual Leadership 
  • Develop and lead weekly Sunday Celebrations that glorify and worship God
  • Prepare and deliver Biblically based messages for Sunday Celebrations 
  • Provide relevant and practical application of the scriptures to the everyday life
  • Take responsibility for Riverwood’s regular practice of the biblical ordinances of baptism and communion
  • Participate at weddings, funerals, etc. as needed and as determined by the Board of Elders
  • Oversee adult, youth, and children’s education programs

Leadership Development
  • Participate on Board of Elders, incorporating leader development as a component 
  • Develop and oversee Ministry Team meetings for the purpose of leader development
  • Lead and mentor Riverwood staff, including hiring and arranging training

    • Perform annual, documented evaluations with Riverwood staff
    • Evaluate healthy functioning of ministry teams alongside Board of Elders
  • Provide opportunities for all involved with Riverwood to discover and utilize God-given gifts
  • Enrich personal leadership skills through leadership seminars, coursework, books, etc.

  • Work together with Board of Elders in discerning, promoting, and implementing God’s vision and direction for Riverwood to achieve its stated mission

Guide & Model
  • Petition the Lord in prayer for Riverwood and it’s people
  • Personal relational evangelism with the unchurched and lost
  • Maintain a weekly Sabbath and a daily habit of spiritual disciplines
  • Pursue growth through study and education, both as a pastor and as a person
  • Live a balanced and healthy lifestyle
  • Maintain personal accountability with a mentor

Pastoral Care
  • Provide counsel in crisis situations for a maximum of four sessions (more in-depth counseling will be referred and/or coordinated through other ministries)
  • Ensure relational care is taking place through small groups, coaching, and other relationships
  • Affirm, thank, and recognize Riverwood family and special guests for their contributions, especially those who provide an exceptional and/or excellent ministry to the Kingdom

Community Connection & Beyond
  • Participate in Converge North Central, including statewide church planting strategies
  • Establish and ensure Riverwood’s community involvement with the area body of Christ.
  • Contribute to the local paper as requested