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Lead Minister

Church Background: Washington Christian Church (WCC) has a nearly 185-year  history in the thriving city of Washington (pop. 17,000) in central Illinois, also drawing  members from surrounding communities. WCC seeks to fulfill the Great Commandment  and Great Commission through its vision of “Love, Grow and Go.” WCC has a history of  staff stability and also has a well-established preschool that serves the community. Our  body of around 160 currently has an average weekly attendance of 80. Additional details  of who we are and whom we serve can be found at our website ( 

Job Summary:  

The Lead Minister will: 

  • Preach, teach, train, disciple, encourage, and shepherd the congregation with  Biblically sound principles for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission Be a strong leader who encourages and works in cooperation with the church  leadership, staff, and ministry leaders to implement WCC’s vision 
  • Be accountable to the eldership and supervise staff 
  • Encourage outreach and growth opportunities to connect with those within the  congregation and others outside the church community 
  • Be visible within the community as a representative of Jesus and His Kingdom 

Necessary Qualifications: 

  • A growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ 
  • Belief in the infallibility and inerrancy of God’s Word and committed to the  theology and principles of the Restoration Movement 
  • Committed to leading a disciple-making culture 
  • Demonstrate competency in Biblical exegesis through expository and topical  preaching 
  • Establish and maintain God-honoring relationships with church leadership, staff,  church members, and the greater community 
  • Ability to organize work and set priorities 
  • Communicate effectively  
  • Maintain professionalism and confidentiality with church leadership, staff, and  members 

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies and a minimum 8  years of ministry experience. Master’s Degree is preferred. 

Version: March 20, 2022 

Detailed Job Description: 

The responsibilities of the Lead Minister will include those listed below: 


  • Provide Biblically-grounded preaching  
  • Collaborate with the Worship Minister in planning worship services Be an active leader/teacher in our discipleship ministries 

Pastoral Care 

  • Ensure the pastoral care of members 
  • Engage with visitors and prospective members 
  • Provide spiritual short-term counseling, and/or referrals as needed Provide premarital counseling, officiate weddings, and perform funeral services Be available to offer pastoral care in times of community crises 


  • Participate in the development and implementation of the church’s vision and  goals 
  • Communicate the church’s vision and goals effectively 
  • Empower and equip the leaders, staff, ministries, and members to implement  WCC’s vision 
  • Guide Washington Christian Church in helping people find, follow, and be like  Jesus 
  • Promote outreach into the community and surrounding areas 
  • Coordinate and lead staff meetings and participate in meetings with church  leadership 
  • Maintain an agreed-upon schedule of office hours 

Personal & Professional Growth 

  • Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning  
  • Meet at least yearly with the elders for review 


  • Full-time compensation package includes base salary and benefits and is based  on experience 

Please submit resume, link to video (preferred) or audio sermon in a worship setting,  references and cover letter to Washington Christian Church by email:

Physical Address

Washington Christian Church
1012 N. Main Street
Washington, Illinois

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