Willowdale Baptist Church is a diverse urban local church in the heart of North York in Toronto. We are committed to presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, encouraging them to become fully committed followers of Jesus Christ.
We are currently looking for a part time Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship who will be responsible for outreach, evangelism and discipleship, through planting new Life Groups, directing he church's newcomer adoption strategy and assisting in communication and Sunday service.
JOB DESCRIPTION FOR:
PASTOR OF OUTREACH AND DISCIPLESHIP
WILLOWDALE BAPTIST CHURCH
The Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship will work to support many of the ministries of the
church under the leadership of the Senior Pastor. This person will work together seamlessly
with others on the church staff as we function as a team to accomplish the ministry vision
that the Lord is imparting to staff and church leadership. The scope of this job takes in,
broadly speaking, everything to do with the ministries and potential ministries that reach out
into the community seeking to draw people in as well as the ministries that seek to grow
people into fully developed followers of Jesus Christ. This will be a permanent, part-time (20
hours per week) position.
The successful candidate will be a team-oriented, positive, humble and teachable immersionbaptized
follower of Jesus Christ who seeks to honour the Lord in all areas of his life. The
Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship will attempt to exhibit a lifestyle that brings glory to the
Saviour. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in leadership and
mentorship. He will be able to participate in church services in a leadership role. He will have
shown a passion for communicating the gospel to the lost. Spiritual gifting will include
teaching, preaching, as well as encouragement. He should fit the description of an elder as
defined by the WBC bylaws.
The Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship will be in agreement with WBC’s statement of faith
and bylaws. Experience in leadership in an evangelical church setting is an asset, as is Bible
College or Seminary training.
Because the Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship will need to work embedded in the local
community, consideration will be given to the person living or who is willing to relocate into
the North York area within a 30 minute commute of the church.
The following are the general roles and responsibilities of the Pastor of Outreach and
Discipleship. The duties may be further clarified as the successful candidate begins the
ministry and finds his place in the WBC staff ministry team.
1. Sunday Participation
The Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship (hereafter referred to as the POD) will be regularly
involved in WBC’s Sunday morning services according to his ability and giftings. He will be
expected to be able to make announcements, participate in the call to worship and other
worship leading opportunities, scripture readings and other elements of service leading
including communion leadership, leading sharing times, participation in the ministry of
baptism and occasional preaching. Any musical abilities can be used on the worship team as
well according to the worship leading schedule, although musical abilities are not required.
The POD will attend all Sunday morning worship services along with his family and the family
will make WBC their home church. The POD and his wife (if married) will be willing to become
members of WBC (based on their testimony of trusting faith in Jesus Christ and baptism by
2. Life Groups
The Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship will have overall responsibility for and be the
“champion” for WBC’s Life Group (small group) ministry. This responsibility will include the
recruitment and training of Life Group leaders and members, the strengthening of existing
Life Groups, and the planting of new Life Groups throughout the WBC family. The POD will
take the lead in finalizing and implementing a Life Group Growth Strategy currently being
formed by the Strategic Ministry Planning Team which will seek to plant at least one Life
Group in every condominium complex, apartment building and seniors’ residence within a 10-
minute walk of the WBC building.
The POD will also join another initiative currently underway to increase the congregation’s
understanding of the basics of the faith through a basic discipleship series that people will be
trained in and then, after taking the training themselves, be qualified to lead others through.
3. Outreach and Evangelism
The Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship will take leadership and have general oversight over
the current ministries of WBC that exist primarily for outreach, evangelism and discipleship...
Evangelism Explosion, English as a Second Language classes, Community Dinner (last
Wednesday of each month), Missions Committee, Young Adult Ministry, Baptism and
Membership processes. The POD is not expected to serve in each of these ministries; he is the
staff member having oversight of these areas.
The POD will also take leadership and provide oversight for the development of any new
ministries with an “outward focus” These ministries may include various evangelistic
endeavours, discipleship initiatives, mentorship plans, community outreaches or potential
parking lot ministries. Some evening and weekend work should be expected.
4. Development of WBC’s Adoption Strategy
The Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship will take the lead in crafting a comprehensive
adoption strategy the goal of which will be to help people go from casual visitor… to regular
attender… to contributing attender… to committed member… to serving leader. The elders of
WBC can be extremely helpful in the development and implementation of this adoption
This will help people identify with WBC and commit to not only attending here but to using
their gifts and talents to serve the Lord in the ministries of WBC, thereby expanding our
5. General input into WBC’s website, social media presence, communication pieces and
Communication, both within the congregation and to the community about WBC’s ministry, is
an important part of the Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship’s responsibilities as he works
with other staff and volunteers. These areas may also include updating Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, etc. The POD will, ideally, be part of a Social Media team which will also include
the Office Administrator, Ministry Co-ordinator and select other tech-savvy volunteers. This
group may also work on other communication needs including updating the screen in the
lobby, finishing the church re-branding, and keeping the welcome centre and welcome
packages functioning well. Others of WBC’s leaders already have a vested interest in the area
of social media, branding, and communication… and can, therefore, be relied upon for
significant help in this area.
6. Other duties
Other ministry responsibilities may be assigned by the Senior Pastor as the successful
candidate becomes part of the WBC staff team and as needs arise in the ministry. The Pastor
of Outreach and Discipleship will be expected to attend and take part in staff meetings
(currently on Tuesday mornings) and attend the Sunday morning services (except when on
vacation or leave), making sure to arrive at least half an hour before the service time to be
available to the congregation. The POD will also be an invited guest at Board of Management
meetings and, ideally, will become a member of the Strategic Ministry Planning Team.
The WBC staff and board are aware that this is a part-time position as currently advertised. It
is not expected that the successful candidate will be able to achieve all the expectations
immediately. We are striving for a culture of team work and interdependence where each
leader feels empowered, encouraged and supported through the ups and downs of ministry
and where every staff member and volunteer can develop a healthy, balanced, God-focused
Applications for this position will be accepted until June 15, 2019 after which time applicants
that the search team consider to be a good potential fit for the position will be contacted for
an interview. Please apply with resume to Senior Pastor, Bruce Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or in the mail to:
Rev. Bruce Jones
Willowdale Baptist Church
15 Olive Avenue,
North York, ON M2N 4N4