Intern Associate Pastor

Emmaus Church

Job Description

Title: Intern Associate Pastor

Supervisor: Senior Pastor


The Intern Associate Pastor is one who is both gifted by God and called by God to church ministry, loves people, has a passion for evangelism, outreach and missions both personally and at the ministry level within a multigenerational congregation setting. He strives to be led by the Holy Spirit. He has a passion for the Word of God and desire to proclaim the Word of God with conviction and confidence; moving the congregation to serve locally and globally. The Associate Pastor casts a vision for the ministries under his direction. He lives out the Great Commission by sharing the gospel boldly from the pulpit, being in the community, and through one-on-one relationships.


The following defines the specific functions performed by the Intern Associate Pastor in cooperation with the Senior Pastor:

  1. Vision, direction and leadership of the church’s teaching
  2. Work with the Senior Pastor to ensure weekend services are planned and executed
  3. Communication skills to effectively preach several times a year and be prepared to be the emergency backup speaker in case of last-minute need. Always have an “emergency sermon” ready
  4. Oversee Sunday morning volunteer groups such as welcome center, coffee, communion, and special event tables
  5. Able to recruit, teach, train, spiritually support and effectively provide guidance and oversight to volunteers of adult small groups and adult teachers and leaders; assist small group teachers and leaders with curriculum/study selection within the church
  6. Serve on Sundays by being available in the lobby and entry areas to greet, answer questions and pray for attendees 
  7. Serve as the primary contact for visitors. Keeps track of attendance and coordinates follow-up contact with new guest, and members who have not attended church for a couple of weeks
  8. Know the congregation by showing genuine interest in them. Intentional about building relationships with congregation, to include getting to know personal and family stories of the active members of the church. 
  9. Tends to the spiritual needs of the congregation as one who will give an account to God
  10. Responsible for tracking the spiritual growth and progress of members
  11. Responsible for new member orientation class
  12. Visit members in the hospital, care facilities and homes
  13. Able and willing to conduct funerals and weddings
  14. Provide pastoral care to children, youth, and families; provide confidential pastoral counseling in emergencies and on a short-term basis
  15. Create a community environment for the congregation
  16. Teach small groups or Sunday School classes as needed
  17. Provide staff oversight for the directors/volunteers responsible for Children/Student/Sunday School ministries
  18. Aware of Spiritual Warfare and how to function in it


  • Possesses personality, temperament and interpersonal skills to relate and serve effectively within a multi-generational congregation setting
  • Exhibits evidence of Christian character and servant leadership as stated in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-4 in work environment as well as in home/family setting
  • Gives evidence of a spiritually balanced life (prayer, Bible study, rest, worship, financial stewardship)
  • Doctrinally aligned with Emmaus’ Statement of Faith, doctrinal positions, mission, and core values (
  • Gives evidence of a strong work ethic and personal integrity


  • Engaging experienced teacher/presenter who can bring practical life application to the scriptures
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to guide a seeker to become a baptized disciple of Jesus
  • Knowledge and ability to use the Bible to guide a new disciple to ongoing spiritual maturity
  • Bachelor Degree preferably from a Christian college or university aligned with Emmaus’ Statement of Faith and doctrinal positions - with emphasis in Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Discipleship, Education or Church Leadership (
  • Seminary/Graduate Degree, or present pursuit thereof, is desirable.  Ideally this degree is from a Christian college or university aligned with Emmaus’ Statement of Faith and doctrinal positions - with emphasis in Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Discipleship, Education or Church Leadership (


The Intern Associate Pastor will be classified as a part-time employee. This is a 15-20 hour per week position.

About Emmaus Church

Emmaus was founded in 2003 when Michael and Jeanne Dean felt the call of God to move their family from Keyser, West Virginia to Winchester, Virginia to plant a church. Mike had been the pastor at Fountain United Brethren Church there and though he assumed he’d retire there, God had other plans. They asked their daughter Briana and her husband Caleb Nei, a worship leader, to join them in starting a church in the area.  They prayerfully agreed and Emmaus Church was begun.

With a vision to see Jesus made real to the people of Clarke County, they met for a few years in the small meeting room at the Recreation Center at Chet Hobert Park. The church quickly outgrew the room and moved their location to Berryville Primary School.  A few years later, they began to meet in the auditorium at Johnson-Williams Middle School. And now meeting at The Ruritan Building at the Clarke County Fairgrounds

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

—Statement of faith from the National Association of Evangelicals

Experience Required
Entry Level


Education Required
Bachelor's Degree

Date Posted
1 year ago
Berryville, Virginia


Church Size
100-200 people

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