About the Position
Thank you for your interest in the Lead Teaching Pastor position at The Moody Church!
We have created this information site to introduce you to The Moody Church, including our beliefs, history, and governance. You will also find a Candidate Information Packet and our 2017 Annual Report.
For a glimpse into the “real” Moody Church, please take a few minutes to enjoy the video below, created in 2014 for our 150th anniversary celebration. We hope it will give you a sense of who we are, although we know it only scratches the surface.
First and foremost, The Moody Church is committed to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we continually rejoice in celebrating the joy of changed lives. We are dedicated to making sure The Moody Church is a trusted place where anyone can connect with God and others.
If you have questions or would like to submit your resume, please contact our Search Representative through the form at the bottom of the page. Again, we thank you for your interest.
Primarily through the exercise of his strong teaching and preaching gifts, the Lead Teaching Pastor will assist in shepherding the congregation of The Moody Church toward the fulfillment of our God-given, Bible-based purpose: to evangelize, edify, and equip people to be true worshipers and effective representatives of Jesus Christ so that we all may “have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming” (1 John 2:28).
- He will hold true to the church’s Constitution, including its doctrines and moral teachings.
- He will protect the flock from false teaching and will seek the unity of the congregation.
- He will have either a Master of Divinity or its equivalent, and will demonstrate that he is conversant in matters of theology and contemporary cultural issues.
- He will have a servant style of leadership.
- He will honor the history of the church and help prepare the congregation for the future.
- He must meet the qualifications of an elder, as listed in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:6–9 and as identified in the church’s Constitution.
- He must delight in helping other people grow spiritually through his personal mentoring and encouragement, and in his witness for Christ in personal relationships outside the church.
- He will continue to grow in his relationships with Jesus Christ, his wife, and his family.
- He will devote himself to prayer and the ministry of the Word. He must have a burden for prayer and lead the congregation in seeking God regularly.
- He will be known as a man of integrity, humility, and personal holiness.
- His wife must be a mature Christian woman devoted to the Lord, her husband, and her children (if any). She must be completely supportive of her husband’s role as pastor.
- He must demonstrate a love for God and His Word, and a love for people.
- He must demonstrate a God-given call to the ministry.
- He must have the ability to preach, teach, and apply the Word of God in challenging, relevant ways and delight in doing so.
- He must have the ability to relate well with people from many different backgrounds and ethnicities. He must be mindful of our promise statement: “The Moody Church is a trusted place where anyone can connect with God and others.”
- He must have strong, proven communication and leadership skills.
- He will prepare and deliver messages for Sunday morning services (up to 44 weeks per calendar year), Sunday evening services (up to 40 weeks per calendar year), and will generally lead (but not necessarily deliver the message for) up to 40 Wednesday evening prayer meetings. He will teach/preach in other church services and functions as assigned by the Elder Council. He will give direction to our worship services in cooperation with the Worship Committee.
- He will primarily preach expository sermons drawing out from the biblical text and bring to bear those truths that God intended to communicate to us.
- He must have the ability to communicate and assist the Lead Pastor to unify and mobilize people in pursuit of a common vision, for the glory of God and for the benefit of both God’s people and the wider community.
- He will transition to become the host of Moody Church Hour (with the expectation that this transition will be completed before the end of the second year of his tenure). In concert with the Managing Director of Media, he will develop other digital and broadcast media functions as assigned by the Elder Council.
- He will be available to the congregation for counseling and ministry needs.
- He will represent The Moody Church to the wider community through missions challenges, media opportunities, Bible conferences, etc.
- He will supervise staff as designated by the Elder Council.
- He will perform other duties as assigned by the Elder Council.
- He is eligible to be an Associate (non-voting) Elder.
- He will report directly to the Lead Pastor and work with him and the Elders in all matters related to the ongoing ministry of the church, such as budgets, vision casting, staff issues, etc.
- In carrying out these functions he will work as a member of The Moody Church’s three-person senior leadership team consisting of the Lead Pastor, himself, and the Managing Director of Operations. This leadership team will regularly meet and work closely with the Elders.
The Moody Church has retained AGORA, an executive search firm that specializes in partnering with churches and search teams to identify and place pastors, to partner with us in our Senior Pastor search. For more information or to submit a resume, please email Rob Lauer, President, AGORA at email@example.com and include the code MOODYSP 615-159 in the subject line.