Lacey Bible Church
Lead Pastor Job Description & Church Profile
Originally founded in 1962 as Lacey Baptist Chapel, we are now known as Lacey Bible Church, and we are a growing multi-generational, multi-ethnic congregation that desires to make generations of disciples who love like Jesus.
Our current lead pastor, Jeremy Mikkelsen, is stepping away from this role after serving for nearly five years to pursue an opportunity to lead an alliance of like-minded ministries called the Free Grace Alliance. He is continuing to serve in his current role here at our church until a new lead pastor is identified.
Our church is an independent Bible Church, which has more than doubled in size over the past five years to an average in-person attendance of 125. A little over 200 people call this church their “home.” We are located 10 miles from both the capital of the State of Washington and JBLM, one of the largest military bases in the country. We are about one hour south of the heart of Seattle.
The church facilities include a large traditional church building with a sanctuary that will seat 225, plus classrooms for adults and kids. Our campus is located on a major arterial road in one of Washington’s fastest-growing and most unchurched communities. We own the building, a small parsonage, and seven acres of land debt-free. Our annual budget in 2023 is $270,000. The church is poised for growth.
The church holds to the historic doctrines of the faith. For us, the Bible is the final authority. How we read and interpret the Bible is also critical. We hold to a literal, historical-grammatical hermeneutic. This has led to several theological distinctions. The first is a dispensational theology. The second is a clear gospel of grace, which is received by faith alone in Christ alone, apart from works of any kind. We believe that God offers His gracious gift of eternal life through the death of His Son to everyone – and that people choose to accept it by faith freely. Faith is our human response to God’s promises. It is a decision and act of will; faith’s synonyms include “belief” and “trust.” Believers have both assurance of their salvation and eternal security since salvation is not based on our works but on Christ’s. A detailed statement of beliefs can be found at our website: laceybiblechurch.org
What we are looking for:
We seek a Godly man and gifted pastor-teacher eager to lead our church family to effectively serve as Christ’s ambassadors. The role has three primary aspects:
1) Be the primary teacher of the Word – exegetical, verse by verse, exposition of the Scriptures.
2) Be the primary leader of the elder team – serve as first among equals, to shepherd the church.
3) Be the primary executive – be the director of church staff and volunteers, overseeing the church’s day-to-day operations.
We are looking for three qualities in our new lead pastor. The first is character– does this person have an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ manifested by the spiritual fruit of righteousness? The second is vocational – is this person gifted and experienced for the duties of this ministry? The third is doctrinal – can this person unreservedly affirm the Church’s statement of faith?
● Devoted to his wife (if married), a “one-women” man who manages his household well (Titus 1:6; 1 Tim. 3:2).
● Humble, gentle, peaceful, and a lover of good (Titus 1:7-8; 1 Tim. 3:3).
● Sober, self-controlled, and respectable (Titus 1:8; 1 Tim. 3:2,7).
● Hospitable (Titus 1:8; 1 Tim. 3:2).
● A faithful steward with financial integrity (Titus 1:7; 1 Tim. 3:3; 1 Peter 5:3).
● Above reproach (Titus 1:8).
● Spiritually mature, respectable, and an example to the church (1 Tim. 3:6-7; 1 Peter 5:3).
● Able to teach (Titus 1:9; 1 Tim. 3:2).
● Well trained in the Bible, formal Bible college or seminary training.
● The ability to connect to and lead a multi-generational congregation.
● A clear understanding, ability, and willingness to communicate the gospel.
● A clear understanding and experience of our walk as believers by means of grace.
● A relational and gracious philosophy of ministry.
● Servant leader, self-starting team player with a positive “can-do” attitude.
● Able to unreservedly affirm the Church’s statement of faith.
● Able to clearly articulate the gospel of grace.
● Able to refute common arguments against grace.
Live in a way that reflects Jesus and the truth of the Bible – morally, ethically, and relationally.
Regularly preach and teach the Word of God and ensure the faithful proclamation of the gospel of grace.
In conjunction with other pastors and elders:
To plan and lead weekly worship services, Bible studies, etc.
To officiate baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc.
To provide pastoral care through visitation, counseling, and prayer.
To lead the church in effective evangelism.
To direct the assimilation of new members into the congregation.
To oversee the administration and management of all areas of the ministry.
To support, supervise, manage, and evaluate ministry staff.
To promote faithful financial stewardship and congregational benevolence.
Our Mission: To make generations of disciples who love like Jesus.
We find that mission throughout the Scriptures, famously in the “great commission” of Matthew 28:19. We know it is a short summary: “baptizing and teaching” is part of “make disciples,” and “love like Jesus” is shorthand for “obey everything I have commanded you .”We need to pass this on.
Know truth The gospel is the truth of the Bible
Experience grace The gospel is God’s grace to and for us
Live for eternity The gospel gives eternal life that starts now
Our core values:
Everyone The gospel is for everyone. Everyone is invited in.
Simplicity The gospel is simple. We keep things simple.
Urgency The gospel is urgent. We feel the need to share it.
Humility The gospel requires humility. We need humility in everything we do.
Trust The gospel requires trust. We trust God and each other.
Our Priorities: Free Grace
We rely on grace, God’s free gift of unconditional acceptance, love, and favor, as the means of salvation, the motivation for the Christian life, and the model for our relationships with others. (Ephesians 2:4-10)
We teach the Bible that penetrates our hearts, renews our minds, and transforms our lives. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We worship to proclaim the glory of God and celebrate His presence in our lives, both individually and together, as a church family. (Colossians 3:16-17)
We partner with parents to help children and students grow spiritually. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)
We serve sacrificially, using our personal resources and abilities to serve God and others. (John 13:12-17)
We seek authenticity in our relationships by practicing unconditional acceptance, vulnerable sharing, mutual care, accountability, and spiritual growth.
We are compassionate in our outreach that expresses the love of God and message of Christ to our neighbors and community. (1 Peter 2:11-17)
We invest strategically to train and send out homegrown gospel workers – missionaries, church planters, evangelists, and pastors to maximize our impact for Christ in focused areas of the world. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Ready to dive in? Take a good close read at our doctrine to make sure you are aligned with us:
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Email your resume and cover letter to our elder:
Logistics We hope to have the person identified before the end of 2023. The start date would depend on relocation timelines but could range from “immediately” to June 2024.
We believe in taking good care of our staff. Salary will be based on experience. 90-100k+
To apply for this job please visit www.laceybiblechurch.org.