Lead Pastor Garrdidate Packet

Lead Pastor Garrdidate Packet
Brookville Bible Church
871 South Franklin Street
Holbrook, MA 02343
www. brookvi I lebi ble.org
Pastoral Candidate Profile Overview
Pastoral Profile Checklist
Pastoral Skills Ranking
Pastoral Candidate Questionnaire
Pastoral Gandidate Profile Overwieur
Brookville Bible Church
is a
multi-generational, ethnically-diverse, Christcentered, evangelical church of about 125 member-attendees located in the
New England town of Holbrook, MA. Brookville envisions an outwardly
focused ministry, centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ, to families of various
generational stages and ethnic backgrounds in the greater Holbrook area.
The next Lead Pastor should be able to relate well to people of all ages, but in
particular to those in their 30's and 4A's, and have proven pastoral
leadership. He should be a seminary graduate and have strong teaching and
preaching skills. He should be a visionary leader and a team builder, seeking
to train, empower, equip, and release the staff and congregants to do the
work of the ministry.
The next Lead Pastor will be responsible to lead our staff and implement the
vision developed by the Governing Council (elders and lead pastor). All staff,
task force teams, organizations, and ministries will be accountable (directly or
indirectly) to the Lead Pastor, who, in turn, is accountable to the Governing
Council of which he is a voting member.
The Lead Pastor should have a strong commitment to the Word of God and to
seeing non-believers come to know and grow in Christ. He should be articulate
with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for learning. lt is preferred that
the next Lead Pastor be someone who either currently resides in or who grew
up in New England and who, therefore, understands the unique challenges of
pastoral ministry in our region.
Instnrctions For Lead Pastor Appticants
There are three sections in our application packet:
Pastoral Profile Checklist
Pastoral Skills Checklist
Pastoral Candidate Questionnaire
Please read the instructions for each section and respond accordingly.
lnclude a cover letter along with your resume and a personal doctrinal
Provide your personal core values and/or mission statement (if you have one)
and a current photo.
Email the completed packet as one attachment to
pastora lsearchtea m @ brookvillebible.org.
(Electronic submissions only - please send as a word document, not a pDF)
lf you have questions
about the contents of this packet, please email
[email protected] No phone calls please.
Thank you
for your interest!
Pastoral Prolile Ghecklist
(1Tim 3:1-10; Titus 1:6-9)
Pleose ossign a volue ranging from 7-5 (7 weak, 5 strong) to the boxes that
you believe ore consistently accurote in describing your life and ministry.
Gospel-centered while living in a healthy tension of biblical
fundamentalism and evangelicalism demonstrated in a clearly constructed
statement of faith and able to work with both Arminian and Calvinistic
theologies regardless of preference.
Acknowledge that justification and sanctification are by grace alone
through faith alone in Christ's righteousness
thus avoiding religious
-moralism while fully embracing the grace of alone,
Pet 5:12;2Tim 2:1,; L
Cor 15:10; Titus 2:L1,-12).
A proven record of being a team player and team builder in past
ministries as demonstrated by observable teams that have been started
and led.
Loves people as an under-shepherd and demonstrates awareness
that the church is Christ's bride. Cares for people in a nurturing and
developmental way, not lording it over them but using authority and
position for the benefit of people's health and growth - both in the gospel
and in life skills (2 Cor L:24; 1. Peter 5:2-4).
A demonstrated commitment to emotional health that includes
personal humility, an honest understanding
personal strengths and
-weaknesses, as well as acceptance of limits, of
and the ability to express
Commitment to being an equipping pastor rather than engaging in
solo ministry demonstrated by a list of names (when asked) of people who
have gone into or been effective in leadership functions in churches where
the applicant has ministered (Eph 4:12).
oneself in an emotionally healthy way.
demonstrated commitment to personal and professional
accountability within the local congregation demonstrated by a list of
names (when asked) of people who have journeyed with you in mutual
accountable relationships.
Committed to intentional personal and congregational spiritual
formation as demonstrated by the practice of discipleship.
Committed to life-long learning demonstrated by ongoing learning
patterns including a wide range of reading interests, maintaining active
and intentional mentoring, and a completed seminary education or
graduate degree.
Experience in family ministry with the desire to reach nesting-stage
Willing to encourage people who are on a journey toward a
relationship with God- Witling to allow people to participate in church
before they believe.
A demonstrated willingness to serve the larger community beyond
the church. lntentionally making time to connect relationally while actively
considering the spiritual needs of the larger community. Not hostile
towards those who oppose Christ (1 Peter 2:15).
Well-spoken and positive in personal and public venues with a good
crowd presence, not socially awkward or excessively introverted-
preach gospel-centered messages (redemptive historical
hermeneutic) in an interesting and relevant fashion while demonstrating
thoughtful exegesis with a demonstrated understanding of historic
Christian doctrine.
Able to tolerate the moderate use of alcoholic beverages by church
attendees even if personal convictions prohibit its use.
Committed to building biblical community as demonstrated in past
participation in leading and training leaders for small group ministry and in
the ability to listen well to others.
Experienced at conflict resolution as demonstrated by dealing with
conflict in the past on church and family fronts. Should be currently
dealing with any unresolved conflict.
Sensitively bringing the church into the 21't century musicatly through
a demonstrated willingness to integrate theological depth with cultural
19._ Age 30-50 with significant pastoral experience.
20. _Either raised in New England or currently lives here.
Pastoral Skills Ranlring
Please ronk yourself in order with the following skills from 7-70
(with 7 being your weakest and 70 being your strongest)
Team Building
Vision Casting
Pastoral Care
Pastoral Gandidate Questiorrnaire
1. Candidate's name
2. Spouse's name
3. Address
4. Marital status
5. lf married, how did you meet your spouse?
6. lf married, what role, if any, do you expect your spouse to
have at the
What is the gifting of your spouse?
How does she currently support you?
How do you currently support your family?
7. Children (names and birth dates)
Have you been
If yes, when was it and what were/are
the circumstances?
9. Current ministry assignment
10. Do you rent or own your home?
11. Do we have your permission to perform a background and credit check
(information will be requested when appropriate)
12. Past ministry assignments
(List name, place, and tenure of formal and informal ministry
assignments, with a short summary of how you served)
13. Education and training
(include significant seminars in which you have participated)
L4. How did you come to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
15. Briefly describe your personal call to ministry.
16. What are your spiritual gifts?
17. What kinds of acquired skills do you have?
18. What are your current personal growth areas or weaknesses?
19. What are your desires and dreams for ministry?
20. What do you currently do to nurture your relationship with God?
21. What books have you read over the past six months?
22. What person in church history (not any biblical figure please) has
influenced you more than any other and why?
(e.g. Augustine, Spurgeon, etc.)
23. Describe the last significant conflict in your ministry. How was it
24. How are you currently equipping people for ministry?
25. What process(es) do you currently have in place for leadership
26. Describe your view of the role of music and preaching in the worship
service for a local church.
27. Describe the relationship you have with non-Christians and how you
move them toward a relationship with Christ?
28. Describe your current male relationships that contribute to your
personal growth
nd accounta bility.
29. Describe your hobbies and interests.
30. What life experiences have had a profound influence on you and why?
31. What doctrinal issues are important to you and why?
32. How would you characterize the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life?
33. How would you characterize the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your
leadership (including preaching)?
34. Please state your position regarding a literal heaven and hell, and your
view on eternal security.
35. Please state your position regarding how grace works in a person's life
for both justification and sanctification.
36. How many hours do you spend in sermon preparation and describe
how you work on preparation for a message?
37. Describe your process for determining a sermon series. Please include
your preference for how far in advance you prefer to plan.
38. How is your current ministry reaching into the community to serve?
39. Tell us about a small group you are currently leading. lf you are not
leading a small group now, tell us the last time you led one and what
you did.
40. Considering what you know about this church and the geographical
region it is located in, why would you want to come and pastor here?
Brookwille Bible Ghrrrclr
Glrruclr and Gomrnrrnity Profile
Our Statement of Faith:
a. General
1. God We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and
eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son
and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously
purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for
His own glory.
that God has spoken in the 66 books of the Scriptures, both Old
and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired
Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation
of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human
knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it
teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in allthat it promises.
2. The Bible We believe
Condition We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but
they sinned when tempted by Satan. ln union with Adam, human beings are sinners by
nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's
3. The Human
saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled, and renewed.
4. Jesus Christ We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man,
one Person in two natures. Jesus- lsrael's promised Messiah- was conceived through the
Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under
Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right
hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
5. The Work of
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative
substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins.
His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
6. The Holy Spirit We believe that the Holy Spirit, in allthat He does, glorifies the Lord
Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they
are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also
indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and
7. The Church We believe that the church comprises all who have been justified by
God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the
body of Christ of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches,
whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated
two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the
gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in
genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
8. Christian Living We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from
His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely, and
others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion
toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God's Word, the Spirit's power, and
fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. ln
obedience to Christ's commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always
bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
9. Christ's Return We believe in the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and,
as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and
energetic mission.
10. Response and Eternal Destiny We believe that God commands everyone
everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the
Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world,
assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the
believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new
earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
b. Family, Church, and Community Life
1. We believe that Christian marriage has been created by God to join one man and one
woman in a lifelong, exclusive relationship of mutual care, support, and intimacy.
Marriage creates the family unit within which children (or a child) are born or adopted,
and nurtured. God has created the husband's and wife's roles in marriage on the model
of the relationship between Christ and His church.
2. We believe that fidelity in marriage and chastity in singleness are the only proper
expressions of God's plan for human sexuality. We further believe that unrepentant and
active sinful behaviors including, but not limited to adultery, domestic and emotional
violence, transvestism, bisexual conduct, fornication, gender change, homosexual
behavior, incest, pedophilia, as well as pornography and other forms of sexual
perversion are the result of mankind's fallen nature, and are impermissible. We believe
that Jesus Christ offers acceptance and healing by repentance through the Holy Spirit to
persons entrapped in sexual sin, breaking its power in them and freeing them to know
and experience their true identity and freedom in Christ.
3. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to allwho confess and repent
of their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
4. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect,
and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual
are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of this
5. We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of this church as the
local Body of Christ, and to provide a Biblical role modelto the church members and the
larger community, it is imperative that all persons employed by this church in any
capacity, or who serve as volunteers in any leadership, teaching, or representational
capacity, should abide by and agree to this Statement of Faith and conduct themselves
6. The purpose of this section b. is to set a general standard with regard to immorality,
not to deal with all possible exceptions which might arise. Biblical spiritual discernment
along with sound Scriptural judgment wfll no doubt be needed to address any number
of unanticipated immoral situations.
Our Governance Model
During the past year, with the help of our lnterim transition pastor, we have worked to
up-date our church by-laws and implement a policy-governance model of church polity.
The 'Ends', outcomes determined by the Governing Authority (Elders and Lead Pastor),
are distinguished from the 'Means', the manner in which the outcomes are achieved by
the Lead Pastor and Staff.
BBC Policy-Governance Based Organizational Chart
God's Direction with Congregational lnput
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People Flow:
SpecEl Servrres
Our Congregants
The Congregation is generationally diverse in age, economic status, and stage of life. The
peak attendance was in the mid-1990's to mid-2000's with approximately 240 people
attending on any given Sunday. Church attendance has been in decline over the past
decade and especially so over the past 5 years. Current attendance averages 80 on
Sunday morning. We are predominately a Caucasian congregation over the age of 40,
however, we have several families with children and youth. As in many congregations
today, there is a void in the 20's and early 3O s range. We have launched an initiative to
proactively support the formation of a new young adult ministry at Brookville. We
expect the next lead pastor will play a key role in encouraging a young adult renaissance
at Brookville Bible Church.
During the past year we have also championed and encouraged the formation of a
Haitian church plant. The Haitian ministry core of 8-L0 people regularly attends the
Brookville morning worship service. Beginning in January 2Ot5, this new congregation,
with a constituency of approximately 35 attendees, will begin holding weekly Haitian
services on Sunday afternoons at Brookville Bible Church- We at Brookville view the
opportunity to serve the Haitian community as a missionary endeavor that God has
placed on our front step. The next lead pastor, we expect, will be open to and wise
about how God may choose to guide the development of the Haitian congregation in
our midst.
A survey of 30 core members at BBC in the fall of 2014 helped us gain insight into our
spiritual gifting, team styles, and body building roles. ln the area of spiritual gifting our
five top spiritual gifts fall in the support cluster of giving, encouragement, helps,
administration, and intercession. At its core, BBC is a very giving and mercy-filled
congregation. On the other hand, we scored much lower in the gifting areas of
discernment, wisdom, knowledge, prophecy, and leadership. The next lead pastor, we
expect, will be one who is keen in discernment and able to help us become more aware
of how wisdom, knowledge, and prophecy encourage our growth to maturity in Christ.
With respect to team styles, our preference is to be cautious by staying together
{preserving the unity). Given this style, we tend not to take the risks necessary to launch
and sustain new ministry initiatives- We are seeking to bring balance to our team style
with the launching of new initiatives among young adults and the Haitian community.
With respect to our body building roles, we are very good at listening and supporting
but we are weak at training and equipping. ln order for BBC to develop new ministry
initiatives, we will need a lead pastor who is an experienced equipper -one who can
train, release, and empower others for ministry. Whoever can do this well will be
wonderfully supported by the very willing and eager ministry core congregation at BBC!
Our Mission at BBC
To bring God glory through making disciples.
We will accomplish this through Christ-centered:
Our Core Values at BBC
We are a Christ-Centered Church - lt is the person of Jesus Christ and the gospel,
which is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Roms 1:16).
This Christ-centered value is at the heart of who we are and who we are
"lf anyone speaks, let him speak os the oracles of God. lf anyone ministers, let him do
it as with the ability which God supplies that in all things God may be glorified
through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory ond the dominion forever and ever.
Peter 4:11
"And He is the heod of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from
the deod, thot in oll things He moy have the preeminence." --Colossians 1:18
2. We are a Bible-Based Church -
We value sound theology in our teaching and
preaching. We seek to teach God's Word with integrity and authority so that the
un-churched, unbelievers find Christ; and we, as believers, mature in Him.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, ond is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness, thot the man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work " --2 Timothy 3: 16-17.
"So Christ himself gave the opostles, the prophets, the evongelists, the pastors ond
teochers, uto equip his people for works af service, so that the body of Christ moy be
built up ts until we all reach unity in the faith ond in the knowledge of the Son of
God and become moture, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4:L1.-L3
We are a Safe Church - We are committed to providing a spiritually, emotionally,
and physically safe environment where people can care for and love one another
as God's truth and grace become a way of life. We ever seek to be a church
'where Jesus is Lord and people are loved.'
"And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." -John 8:32
"For the groce of God hos appeored, bringing salvotion to alt [people],12 instructing
us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires ond to live sensibly, righteously ond godly
in the present oge." -Titus 2:71-72
4. We are a Discipling
Church - We value and are committed to discipleship
through biblical training and authentic modeling of our lives as active, intentional
followers of Christ. Discipleship has historically been and continues to be one of
the actual (we do it) core values at BBC in which we seek to see every
relationship in our sphere of influence as a discipleship relationship.
"Go therefore ond make disciples of all the notions, boptizing them in the name of
the Fother and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obserue oll that I have
commanded you ond lo, I am with you olwoys, even to the end of the oge." -Matthew 28:79-20
We are a Missional and Serving Church -- We are committed to mission, service,
and the declaration of God's worth to those who have yet to experience the
scandalous grace of God. The Food Pantry ministry is a wonderful example of
how BBC has faithfully reached out and into our community through sovereign
relational connections as well as a variety of acts of service, kindness, and
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, becouse He has onointed me to preoch good news to
the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight
for the blind, to release the oppressed." --Luke 4:18
"This is what is written: the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third
day, ond repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to oll
the nations, beginning at Jerusolem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I
am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stoy in the city until you are
empowered from on high." -- Luke 24:4-48
Our Vision and Future
The vision of BBC is to make, encourage and equip followers of Jesus to share God's
grace and love to our larger community through authentic relationships, loving service
and outward focused ministries. For this to happen, we seek to become, increasingly, a
dynamic pastor-led and elder-protected intergenerational fellowship of Christ-followers
that is passionate about loving God, loving one another, and serving our community. We
can already see this happening around us in some measure through the building of
prayerful, intentional, innovative, and relational bridges to the families served by the
food pantry ministry, many of whom are Haitian.
Our History & Facilities
is a 146-year old church which began with four people on May 30, 1868 as South
Randolph Baptist Church. The name was changed to Brookville Baptist Church in 1872 and
to Brookville Bible Church in 2A72.ln 1902 the Christian Education annex was added to
the original building, completed for Sunday worship on June 25, L868. The first parsonage
at 985 S. Franklin Street was purchased in the spring of 1943. A parsonage adjacent to the
church at 869 S. Franklin Street was purchased and the previous parsonage sold in the
spring of 1958. This adjacent property was sold in the spring of 201.4. Remodeling of the
Christian Education annex was also completed in the spring of 1958 with Sunday School
attendance at 19A. The new sanctuary (32O seating capacity) and Ludden Hall were
completed in 1963 at a total cost of 5L50,000.
ln L979 a second parsonage, at 12 Francis Street, was purchased for 540,000. A decade
later in 1990, land in the Woodman estate abutting the church parking lot was purchased
for 560,000, which added 40 additional parking spaces and a retention pond. ln 2005, the
remainder of the Woodman property, a house and additional parking space, was
purchased for 5300,000. BBC currently carries a mortage debt of $280,000 and assets
from the sale of the parsonage set aside in a vision fund of 5t00,000+.
Our Community
Holbrook, a town of 10,800 people, borders Braintree to the north, Weymouth and
Abington to the east and southeast, Brockton to the southwest, and Randolph and Avon
to the west. Holbrook is a relatively young community with 23% of the population under
18 years of age and only L6% who are 65 years and older. The median age of a Holbrook
resident is 38 years. The median age of an attendee at BBC is much higher - mid 50's.
BBC understands that we need to reach the younger generation if we are to remain
viable and relevant as a congregation. The decadal growth rate for Holbrook 2O0O to
2010 was flat at +0.L% (2010 census data).
According to a recent Gallup poll New Hampshire and Vermont have the lowest level of
church attendance in the country with only 24% attending weekly, or almost weekly,
services. Massachusetts is not far behind. Though the New England region has been and
continues to be heavily Roman Catholic, disenchantment with the church over recent
scandals and church closures is high. Many Catholics do not attend mass regularly and
are searching. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of Catholics has decreased and the
"unclaimed denomination" has increased, both by about 10%. The number of mainline
Protestants has decreased while evangelical Protestants have increased slightly. BBC is
also positioned to serve minority communities such as it is currently doing among the
Haitian population of southeastern Massachusetts.
BBC's Current Ministries & Staff
ln the spring of 20L3 the congregation rated its ministry program as part of a situation
audit completed by the Church Resource Ministries Return Team. As in any ministry we
have several areas in which we need to improve, especially with training equipping, and
outreach. There is great opportunity here for the next lead pastor. Here are the results:
Proeram/Ministrv Ratings
Youth Group for jr High and Sr High
Women's Ministries (Breakfasts, Lunches, and weekend retreat)
Small Group Bible Studies (men, women, and couples)
Vacation Bible School
Sunday Greeters/Ushers
CM (Nursery, 2's-3's, elementary)
Missionary Ministry
Boys and Girls Clubs for the Younger Kids
Sunday School
Jr Church for up 5th grade during church
Men's Fellowship (monthly breakfasts, Christmas baskets, etc)
Sunday Worship Services
Flower Ministry
Comfort Ministry
Worship Team, Sound
Marriage Ministry
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
Facilities/Church Services Team
lnternet Technology (Website, e-News, etc)
Leadership Development
Local Outreach
BBC's Current Staff:
lnterim Transition Pastor - David Brooks
Part Time
Office Administrative Assistant - Donna Harris
I Sr. High Youth Director - Kevin Murphy
Young Adult Ministry - Lorraine Heidke-McCartin
Senior Adult Care Ministry - Carol Roman