Harvest Bible Chapel

1 day
1 hrs
14 mins


One of the top priorities of the Harvest Bible Chapel Elders in 2020 is the prayerful search process for the next Lead Teaching Pastor. Please see the search overview on this page.



The Lead Teaching Pastor will report to the Elder Board and will work with the Elders, Lead Ministry Pastor, and Lead Operations Director to establish, communicate, and implement HBC’s ministry vision and mission. This position will provide leadership of the weekend preaching, high impact weekend services, training and development of staff, and oversight of the Campus Pastors.

Goals and Expectations

Essential Roles and Responsibilities

  • Be the visible leader and primary communicator to the entire staff and congregation of HBC.
  • Lead the weekend Preaching ministry of HBC, including oversight of annual preaching calendar and preachers to fill the pulpit throughout the year (guests and internal preachers).
  • Partner with the Lead Ministry Pastor and Operations Leader to implement the vision of HBC and achieve organizational goals and objectives.
  • Spend a significant amount of time each week in research and study in preparation for weekly preaching. The preaching style is to be expository preaching.
  • Be a visible presence across all campuses throughout the year through weekly campus events and strategic preaching planning on weekends.
  • Partner with Pastor of Worship and Production for the planning of high quality, high impact weekend services that align with the values and mission of HBC.
  • Be available and visible to the congregation as appropriate, including individual meetings and group settings.
  • Oversight and mentorship of all Campus Pastors and individual campus ministry.
  • Partner with the Lead Campus Pastor and oversee the assimilation process, discipleship ministry, and evangelism/outreach ministry across all campuses.
  • Train and develop a team of 2-3 gifted preachers who can preach to our entire church periodically.
  • Train and develop the Campus Pastors in the area of preaching and implement them into the preaching calendar each year.
  • Mentorship of APAC (All Pastors All Campuses) and MDP (Ministry Development Program) through the training of ministry skills, preaching, and theological teaching.
  • Serve as a member of the Elder board with various Elder duties and responsibilities.

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Lead Teaching Pastor.

Education and Experience

  • Masters of Divinity preferred.
  • Minimum 10+ years in preaching ministry preferred.
  • 5+ years in mid-level or high-level ministry leadership (Campus Pastor, Director, Executive Pastor, etc).
  • 5+ years in leadership of a multi-site church preferred.
  • Proven track record of team building and leadership development.

Personal Characteristics

  • Model the biblical qualifications of an elder (1 Timothy 3: 1-7; Titus 1:6-9) and agree to the Harvest Bible Chapel statement of faith.
  • A personal and growing relationship with Jesus that includes a lifestyle of spiritual disciplines. Spirit-led.
  • Models self-awareness, emotional intelligence, humility, and a shepherd’s heart.
  • Vision leadership and implementation.
  • Catalytic leader.
  • Compelling communicator.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Pray with other employees, guests, and members of the church regularly.
  • Be an active, engaged, and accountable member of a small group.
  • Leadership that demonstrates strong collaboration skills.
  • Willingness to adhere to the Harvest Bible Chapel bylaws and policies.
  • Works with an attitude of submission to the Elder board.



If the Lord is leading you to learn more about this role, please visit the Vanderbloemen webpage.

If you are a part of our church family and have any questions about the Lead Teaching Pastor search process, email [email protected].


May 2019

  • New Elder Board Instated

June–August 2019

  • Contract with Dave Stone to be Interim Lead Teacher through the end of 2019.
  • Explore and research other leadership models around the country, including shared leadership approaches.
  • Identify areas of growth in leadership structure and operations.
  • Confirm the mission and five foundational pillars of Harvest Bible Chapel.
  • Decide future leadership structure for both staff leadership and the Elder board.

    September 2019

  • Communicate new leadership structure to church with expanded Elder Board and three staff leaders: Lead Teaching Pastor, Lead Ministry Pastor, Lead Operations Director. See the update here.
  • Finalize interim plan for leadership during the search for Lead Operations Director and Lead Teaching Pastor.

October–December 2019

  • Began preaching schedule with Dave Stone and three staff pastors: Ed Ollie, Eddie Hoagland, and Tommy Creutz.
  • Partner with Slingshot Group to vet candidates for Lead Operations Director.
  • Select Roger McCoy as the Lead Operations Director.
  • Elders and staff leaders finalize job description for Lead Teaching Pastor.

January–February 2020

  • Roger McCoy begins onboarding as Lead Operations Director.
  • Church Leadership Team rolls off and Ministry Leadership Team and Operations Leadership Team instated.
  • Research recruiting firms to help with Lead Teaching Pastor search.
  • Extend contract with Dave Stone as Interim Lead Teach through June 2020.

March 2020

  • Contract with Vanderbloemen for Lead Teaching Pastor search.
  • Begin completing search questionnaires regarding position details (ie: church information, theological beliefs, lifestyle, personal traits, leadership qualities, job duties, etc.).

April 2020

  • Search questionnaires completed.
  • Search firm meets with Elders and staff in formulating the Lead Teaching Pastor profile.
  • Search Committee established: Lay Elders, Roger McCoy, Dr. Mike Vanlaningham, Greg Bradshaw, Beth Freeman, Todd Rukes, Jenn Abbatacola.
  • Lead Teaching Pastor search video completed.

May 2020

  • Lead Teaching Pastor search goes public and Vanderbloemen begins search (internally and externally).

June 2020

  • Mid-search update meeting with Vanderbloeman and the Search Committee to discuss the search progress. There has been good progress so far and a steady flow of candidates.

July 2020

  • Vanderbloemen to present candidates to the Search Committee. Search Committee to begin the internal interview process.

August 2020

  • The Search Committee has completed interviews with the top candidates and has narrowed this search to a smaller group of candidates with more interviews scheduled in the near future.