Employment (Churches)

Senior Pastor

Westfield Evangelical Free Church, Westfield, Massachusetts

Lead a church and staff team to accomplish the mission to “help everyone become complete in Christ”.

Ministry description

Following the 40 year tenure of Senior Pastor David Young, Westfield Evangelical Free Church is looking for their next pastor. The timing couldn’t be better to join this transformational church as they anticipate a new season of refreshed ministry. Over the last 40 years, WEFC has grown from six people meeting in a house to a multigenerational congregation of 500+, a sizable church for New England. With a mission to “help everyone become complete in Christ,” WEFC is an elder-led congregation with a staff of five, including three other pastors, and an annual budget of $1M. The worship center can seat 625, and is a wonderful resource for ministry and community. Through faithful stewardship and a commitment to debt reduction, they recently paid off their 20-year mortgage in 14 years. This is an attractive opportunity for a new pastor to enter into this warm and loving community, and collaboratively work with a solid team to guide them into the future.

Qualifications

  • Possess a talent and passion for biblical teaching with a preference for an expository, text-based approach to sermons that includes a focus on practical application
  • A theological Master’s Degree or higher
  • Theological agreement with the EFCA Statement of Faith
  • Willingness to be credentialed and/or ordained in the EFCA
  • No less than five years of full-time Lead Pastor or Campus Pastor ministry experience in a multi-staff setting with regular preaching opportunities and oversight of paid staff and volunteers

Responsibilities

Westfield Evangelical Free Church (WEFC) is a healthy church positioned well for a fruitful next season of meaningful impact in Westfield and beyond. While it is never easy to say goodbye to a long-term pastor, the church is ready to welcome a new pastor who will love them and lead them. Wholesale change is not needed, but the incoming Lead Pastor will be called on to innovate and maximize WEFC’s approach. Many ministries are strong and valued (biblical preaching, men’s and women’s ministries) but areas for development and improvement also are present. Young families and young adults are underrepresented groups, and some stylistic adaptations may be needed in order to help WEFC resonate and connect with a wider range of people. International mission and local outreach are very active, but there is an opportunity to better integrate the Gospel message into practical service. The staff team is dedicated and works well together, but they are eager to find new ways to collaborate and synchronize their strengths for an improved team environment. With so much potential, the incoming Lead Pastor will be well positioned to help WEFC realize their hope the best days are yet to come.

How to apply

WEFC is working with NL Moore & Associates to conduct their pastor search. To receive the Opportunity Snapshot, please contact Kara Bubar, Search Associate with NL Moore & Associates at kara@nlmoore.com with your interest.

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