Employment (Churches)

Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Worship

Olympic Evangelical Free Church, Poulsbo, Washington

Effectively organize, lead, equip and empower ministry teams to multiply our disciplemaking effectiveness.

Ministry description

The associate pastor can expect that:

  • He will oversee various areas of discipleship while ministering at Olympic. In other words, we are not searching for a pastor of youth, young marrieds or small groups. Rather, we are searching for a man who can effectively organize, lead, equip and empower various ministry teams so that we can multiply our disciplemaking effectiveness (Eph 4:11–16).
  • He will spend roughly two-thirds of his time in discipleship and one-third of his time planning and leading music for corporate worship.
  • The lead pastor and the elders want to invest in his maturity and pastoral development as well. By this we mean that we will provide regular preaching opportunities, timely constructive feedback and encouragement so he can continue growing (1 Tim 2:2).


  • A man who is a mature, growing disciple of Jesus Christ and who clearly meets the biblical qualifications for an elder found in 1 Tim 3 and Titus 1 (i.e., is truly called, clearly manifests godly Character, and demonstrates the necessary capacity to serve as an elder).
  • A man who is committed to the Bible as his sole authoritative and inerrant guide for doctrine and daily life.
  • A man who is not only a sound exegete, effective teacher and gifted worship leader; but also, a man who is passionate about actively discipling, empowering and equipping believers for service in the church (Eph 4:11–12).
  • A man who is a proven team player and proactive peacemaker.
  • A man who knows, wholeheartedly embraces and upholds the distinctives and doctrine of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) and mission of Olympic Evangelical Free Church (OEFC).
  • A man who maintains proper balance between ministry and family life.

The ideal applicant:

  • Has completed an M.Div. or M.A. in Bible or theology (spplicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Bible or Theology and significant experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Has demonstrated that he is able to faithfully exegete, teach and apply God’s Word.
  • Has demonstrated that he is able to effectively lead a music team and able to lead a congregation in corporate worship with undistracting excellence.
  • Is able to read and transpose chord charts—proficiency in written music and theory preferred.
  • Is able to develop the music team, teaching basic music skills and/or connecting them to external resources (videos, articles, websites).


He will be responsible for bringing glory to God by:

  1. Leading, discipling, coaching and empowering members of the student ministry (sixth–12th grades) and children’s ministry (preschool–fifth grade) teams.
  2. Leading, discipling, coaching and empowering members of the worship and audio visual teams.
  3. Preparing and leading gospel-centered, Christ-exalting, doctrinally-sound music for our corporate worship services.
  4. Being an active participant in church events that he is not leading and intentionally pursuing gospel-centered relationships with his neighbors.

How to apply

Read the full job description on our site.

Submit the following documents in PDF format to oefcapst@gmail.com:

  1. A cover letter for this position
  2. Your resume
  3. A current picture of (1) you, and (2) you and your family
  4. Your philosophy of ministry (1 page)
  5. Your philosophy of worship (1 page)
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