Job Description

Position: Senior Pastor

Church: Ada Christian Reformed Church

Location: Ada, Michigan

Reports to: Council

Weekly Attendance: 70 (plus 15 online)


Denomination: Christian Reformed Church in North America

Ada Christian Reformed Church has begun a search for a Senior Pastor to support its mission and vision by providing spiritual leadership for the congregation, staff, and community. Relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Senior Pastor will be responsible for the direction, thrust, and ministry of Ada Christian Reformed Church, including its priorities and spiritual vitality.

Qualifications—The Senior Pastor will:

  1. Have a personal and maturing commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, modeling a life of discipleship and outreach.
  2. Be able to give testimony to his love for the Lord, the local church, and his call to pastoral ministry.
  3. Affirm a Reformed interpretation of Scripture and the historic confessions of the CRCNA.
  4. Hold a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary.
  5. Be gifted as a communicator, leader, and pastor.
  6. Be teachable, humble, and responsible.
  7. Love the local church and be passionate about reaching the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


  1. Preaching: The Senior Pastor will thoughtfully and prayerfully prepare and boldly deliver biblically based and relevant sermons which, with the help of the Holy Spirit, equip listeners with an understanding of biblical truths in a clear and discerning way.
  2. Worship: The Senior Pastor will plan and lead the Sunday services (as well as services on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Holy Week). He will be supported by a music coordinator and worship leaders.
  3. Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care: The Senior Pastor will provide timely spiritual direction and pastoral care for those seeking baptism, profession of faith, church membership, marriage, healing, and encouragement, as well as for those suffering the loss of love.
  4. Leadership and Management: The Senior Pastor will serve as the spiritual and organizational leader of the congregation partnering with the Council towards a unified vision for the future of the church. He will also equip, inspire, model, and lead the staff in ministry and outreach.
  5. Evangelism: The Senior Pastor will cultivate a passion for evangelism that encourages, supports and mentors members in their relationships with unbelievers, as well as developing skills to lead individuals to saving faith in Jesus.
  6. Public Presence: The Senior Pastor will represent the congregation in the community and denomination.

Supervisory Relationships:

  • The Senior Pastor reports to and is accountable to the Elders.
  • The Senior Pastor leads, manages, and holds accountable the staff.

Expectations – The Senior Pastor will:

  • Meet or exceed the requirements for ordination as a Minister of the Word & Sacrament in the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). Consequently, he will be ordained or be ordainable as such, though ordained individuals from other historically Reformed denominations will be considered.
  • Affirm and be willing to teach/preach a traditional view of marriage, gender, and human sexuality.

About Ada Christian Reformed Church

Ada Christian Reformed Church is a Christ-centered community of brothers and sisters in Christ—a family. As such, people find loving support, caring comfort, and friends to walk with through life. Together, as a community of young and old, long-term church goers and those new to Christ, they grow in their faith and discover the amazing hope found in Jesus. Recently, the Council prayerfully discerned that the next chapter of life and ministry for the church best be characterized by a renewed commitment to penetrate the community with the Gospel. Towards that end, they adopted five “Kingdom Values” that they hope will shape the ministries of the congregation and serve as a standard for leadership and decision-making. These values are Others, not only

Us; Unexpected Generosity; Kingdom before Comfort; Mission, not Membership; Focused on Neighbors. Changing Lives. The Council, with the Congregation, now await the arrival of their next Senior Pastor to guide the congregation into this vision of the future.

The ministry is supported by a 5.5 acres campus with three separate buildings. One includes a lovely sanctuary and remodeled lobby. A second provides space for administration and

education. A parsonage currently is home for an Afghan refugee family. The Senior Pastor has the privilege of working with a staff that includes a Commissioned Pastor, Coordinator of

Worship Arts, and Office Coordinator. The annual budget is $250,000.

Experience Required
1-5 years


Education Required
Master's Degree

Date Posted
1 month ago
Ada, Michigan


Church Size
100-200 people people

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