Bethany Church

Lead Pastor

Long Beach,


Why I Love This Opportunity

Todd Clark

Senior Associate

The Lead Pastor opportunity at Bethany Church will provide the next point leader the privilege of doing life and ministry with an incredible team and congregation in an incredible geography!

About This Organization

Bethany Church is on mission to glorify God and see people transformed into passionate disciples of Christ.

This is done from a foundation of Theological stability that allows the church to be flexible and creative with how it expresses gratitude and love to God, love for each other, and love for its community.

Some of the core principles of Bethany Church;

CONNECT – We weren’t meant to live this life alone!
– Development of meaningful relationships with one another and ultimately to connect in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
– At Bethany, we believe that the most important relationship you can have is one with God. And His desire is that through this relationship, you would also be rightly connected with others here on Earth.

GROW – We weren’t meant to stay the same!
– A rightly restored relationship with God will lead to a change in the trajectory of our lives.
– He is transforming our minds and our hearts to be more like Jesus.
– Our goal is for people to grow into the person God created them to be.
– This growth happens as we engage in intentional relationships and biblical instruction and respond in obedience to God’s leading.

GO – We weren’t meant to keep this to ourselves!
– We have all experienced brokenness in our lives, but God wants this hurting world to know there is hope.
– As believers whose lives are being transformed through our relationship with Jesus, we can’t help but share the hope we’ve found.
– At Bethany, we believe it is our personal responsibility to go to our friends and neighbors and to the world with the hope of the good news.
– In a strategic effort to reach the world, we also partner with local and global missionaries by sending teams and support throughout the year.

Position Description

The Lead Pastor of Bethany Church is the primary teacher and spiritual leader of the congregation and staff.

He bears the responsibility before God as the shepherd of the congregation.

His primary work includes strategic planning, teaching, mentoring staff, and ensuring the overall health and welfare of the church.

Much of this position’s success relies on the Lead Pastor’s ability to develop a broad collaborative team environment within the staff of Bethany Church, along with his ability to connect personally with the church body and the surrounding community.

The Lead Pastor is also a voting member of the Board of Elders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Vision & Mission: Champion of the mission and vision of Bethany Church and its ministry. He motivates the church body to fulfill this mission through his words and his example. He leads the staff in seeking God’s direction and discerning His plan for Bethany. He effectively communicates this plan to staff and the church body. The lead pastor provides insight and evaluation of the effectiveness of Bethany Church’s mission to its staff and Board of Elders. He provides direction to ensure successful ministry and achievement of the vision.
  • Leading the staff: Partner with the Executive Pastor to provide leadership to the staff team. Together they will lead, evaluate, and mentor existing staff in the respective areas of ministry
  • Preaching: Fulfill all aspects of the preaching ministry, coordinating the scheduling of associate pastors / pastoral staff, missionaries, or outside speakers. The lead pastor Pastor is expected to devote adequate time and research in providing Biblically sound sermons.
  • Discipleship: To promote a culture of passionate vibrant discipleship throughout our congregation by modeling and encouraging relationships with people who are moving toward Jesus.
  • Shepherding: Pray diligently for the church community and to build relationships with the congregation in order to know their needs and provide care. Work with the elders to provide an effective shepherding plan that will adequately care for the flock and encourage their spiritual growth.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Affirms and embraces the core beliefs, doctrines, and theology of and principles of Bethany Church.
  • At least 7-10 years of experience in a senior or executive pastoral role with oversight of teams in a local church.
  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree from an accredited Christian College or Seminary.
  • Experience working with a multi-generational congregation.
  • Understands how to work as a leader in day-to-day staff leadership with Elder oversight.


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