Employment: Full-time (40+ hours/week) | Supervises: All staff members | FLSA status: Exempt

Upland Brethren in Christ Church in Southern California is looking to welcome a new Lead Pastor. Located in the suburbs approximately 40 miles east of Los Angeles, our mission is to Know and Share Jesus!

We currently have a combined online and in person weekly attendance between 200 and 300. While many of our attendees are over 65, there is a growing group of young families. The congregation is multi-cultural and home to many vibrant children, youth, and adult ministries. We are intentional about reaching out to our community and have a state-licensed preschool and summer day camp in our facilities.

Each of the ministries of the church is focused on making disciples of Jesus and helping people mature in their God-given leadership abilities. We believe that this is the best way to fulfill our mission of helping people know Jesus and share Him!

Job Description

The Lead Pastor provides overall leadership to the life and ministries of the Upland Brethren in Christ congregation in fulfillment of its mission and in pursuit of its vision. The Lead Pastor works closely with staff, church leaders, and congregants to undertake new initiatives and to develop ongoing ministries that fulfill congregational purposes.

As stated in the Brethren in Christ U.S. Manual of Doctrine and Government, the pastor is accountable administratively to the bishop of the Pacific Regional Conference and accountable functionally to the congregation by way of the church board.

Qualifications and Competencies

Written materials do not fully describe the primary attributes at the “heart” of the Lead Pastor’s job description, but the following qualifications are found to be essential in the work of the Lead Pastor:

  • Evidence of a divine call to ministry
  • Spiritual qualities described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:7-9
  • Ability to convey biblical principles through thoughtful and practical preaching and teaching
  • Exceptional leadership skills, including strong relational skills, reliable administrative capabilities, innovative thinking, proactive communication, and high standards of excellence in ministry
  • Ministerial credentials in the Brethren in Christ U.S. (BIC U.S.) or qualifications to pursue credentialing
  • California State School Administrator Certification
  • A seminary degree or Master of Divinity and five years pastoral experience preferred
  • Willingness to make a five-year commitment to the spiritual growth of the congregation

Essential Responsibilities

It is understood that the gifts and abilities of a particular Lead Pastor will determine the degree to which certain tasks are best accomplished through other gifted individuals, lay leaders, or staff; but at the same time, the Lead Pastor assumes overall responsibility for each aspect of this job description:

  1. Lead the governing board and congregation, in partnership with the Bishop, by initiating, developing, and carrying out the church’s vision, establishing short- and long-term goals, creating a plan to realize such goals, developing a system of monitoring progress, and establishing a rhythm of communication
  2. Provide spiritual leadership, using preaching and teaching that aligns with BIC values to foster an environment where people can encounter and grow in Christ
  3. Coordinate with staff and ministry leaders to develop Sunday worship gatherings
  4. Administer believer’s baptism, officiate at weddings and funerals, supervise the remembrance of the Lord’s Supper, and receive new members
  5. Give priority to the training and deployment of congregational leadership for ministry within and beyond the congregation, both locally and around the world
  6. Establish and oversee a system of evangelism, discipleship, and caregiving for an effective ministry of caring for people and families in crisis, sickness, or distress alongside the lay ministers and deacons; counsel people in relation to their spiritual, psychological, and relational health
  7. Lead and support ministry staff and leaders by conducting consistent team meetings and annual check-ins, as well as establishing shared vision, encouraging opportunities for leadership development, creating space for input, and providing feedback and accountability
  8. Serve as school administrator for the CA state-licensed preschool, ages 2 through kindergarten
  9. Be accountable to the conference Bishop and the Church Board, including the submission of quarterly reports to the Bishop, regular monthly reports to the board on progress toward goals, and annual reports to the congregation
  10. Promote the total ministry and programs of the denomination by keeping the congregation informed about its vision, ministries, and heritage (which requires the pastor to be involved in denominational meetings and keeping self-informed); work with the congregation to mobilize funding for the support of denominational ministry

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential responsibilities.


  • Consistently look to improve, expand, and innovate within the scope of this role, welcoming constructive feedback as part of that process and completing BIC Lifelong Learning requirements
  • Regularly attend Regional Conference and General Conference events such as the regional annual meeting, enrichment/development events, retreats, and General Assembly
  • Consistently complete duties and responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Exhibit genuine love and care for the church family
  • Model wise, supportive leadership to staff and ministry leaders
  • Communicate proactively with sensitivity, wisdom, and openness
  • Cultivate healthy, positive relationships in all contexts, including with immediate family
  • Remain within the budgets associated with this position
  • Participate in an annual performance evaluation with members of the church board

Physical Demands of the Work Environment

The Lead Pastor operates primarily in a church office environment and requires prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and regularly operating standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. This position requires mobility within the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

The role of Lead Pastor also involves travel and requires the ability to move about outside the office and operate motor vehicles on a regular basis. This position recurrently requires long hours and weekend work. While performing the duties of the job, the Lead Pastor is often required to remain in a stationary position while making presentations; handle or control objects, tools, or controls; communicate, discern, and discuss within both public and private contexts. The Lead Pastor may be requested to lift and carry up to 20 pounds at a time, often carrying Audio/Visual equipment to events.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified persons with disabilities.


Please note that this job description is flexible in terms of emphasis and particular assignments. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. In consultation with the Bishop and the Church Board and by mutual consent, responsibilities may be shifted or shared between the staff in accordance with gifting, training, and need.

Interested candidates should email their résumé and cover letter to bichr@bicus.org.