Position Title: Lead Pastor

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Fulfill the calling as primary preacher/teacher and vision caster as well as demonstrate an ability to inspire and build community.
  2. Develop leaders’ other ministerial gifts so that GCAC is able to thrive in its mission, vision, strategy, and structure.
  3. Oversee the day-to-day ministry of the congregation and administration of the church.
  4. Recognize and enlist evangelistic, pastoral and teaching ministries, along with that of the Elders, and additional staff members, as necessary for a healthy and balanced spiritual ministry to the body of believers.
  5. Staff the church as necessary to help administer the affairs of the church.
  6. Coordinate the teaching schedule and preach eighty-percent of Sundays throughout the year.
  7. Monitor the heartbeat and metrics of the congregation to assure that people are growing in Jesus and in relationships with one another.
  8. Provide thoughtful and compassionate pastoral care to congregation members in a holistic manner, caring for the members’ spiritual, emotional, mental and physical needs.

Personal Characteristics

The ideal candidate will show a passion for and commitment to GCAC’s mission, have a demonstrated history of Jesus-centered inclusive theology, and a strong desire to champion a thoughtful and authentic Christianity to help build a diverse community.

  • Devotes himself to prayer and is guided by the Scriptures
  • Is a strong leader and visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Is relatable and approachable, a good listener, and comfortable and committed to ministering to a diverse congregation
  • Is a highly gifted communicator
  • Is relationally healthy and understands the important balance of transparency and confidentiality in sacred spaces
  • Is not afraid to trust the staff and leadership at GCAC
  • Is comfortable delegating, and leads with a collaborative spirit
  • Encourages people, and equips them to try things and learn from their mistakes
  • Lives in a spirit of authenticity
  • • Can develop leaders of leaders, and equips others to speak, lead, or teach
  • Shows humility when it comes to leadership and spiritual gifts


  • Thoughtful teaching, rooted in Scripture
  • Teaching should strike a balance between being deep and wide. Older Christians should learn something, but it needs to be accessible to seekers.
  • Teaching should be practical and should answer the question, “What’s the next step?”
  • Teaching should foster a learning environment where people are challenged and motivated to live more like Jesus and grow in their faith.
  • In this position, applicant should expect to teach 80% of Sundays.


  • Masters of Divinity or compatible seminary degree with further theological training is preferred
  • Ordination is required. Accreditation as an Official Worker of the Christian and Missionary Alliance is preferred


  • Prior experience as a Lead Pastor or Associate Pastor
  • Prior experience ministering within a multicultural setting preferred
  • At least 2 years preaching experience is preferred

To Apply:

After prayer and familiarizing yourself with the materials in the Church Profile, our websites www.gcacmd.org and www.gicf.church, please submit the materials below to the Pastoral Search Committee via email at pastorsearch@gicf.church.

Please include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two to three sermons (video preferred, audio/podcast acceptable)
  • Three references and descriptions of each relationship (we will notify you prior to contacting)
  • One person you supervised / mentored in ministry
  • One of your supervisors when serving in a ministry position
  • Someone who can speak well of your spiritual health (mentor, deacon, elder, etc.)