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Sparta Church – Pastor of Discipleship

385 Houses Corner Rd

Position Type

Associate Pastor of Worship and Discipleship


Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)

Ministry Area


Avg. Weekly Attendance


Job Description

The Pastor of Discipleship is a man who shall assist in the pastoral duties while emphasizing the development and oversight of the assimilation of individuals and families into the body of Christ at SEFC. He will be responsible for the discipling and equipping ministries of the church so as to develop believers to serve the Lord with passion according to the spiritual gifts God has given them. He will also oversee the care ministry of the church and provide pastoral oversight for the deacon ministry.

The Pastor of Discipleship shall be a man with character and integrity that is consistent with God’s Word. His spiritual life, character, demeanor, education, training and attitude must always represent Christ and His church. This takes constant effort through prayer, scriptural study, professional growth, education, training and personal fellowship with the congregation.

He shall meet the same qualifications as the Senior Pastor (1 Tim. 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Peter 5:2-3).

He shall be a man with exceptional relational and administrative skills (Ps. 78:72).

An undergraduate degree related to Biblical Studies or Christian Ministry is preferred along with a graduate degree in Divinity, Theology, or its equivalent.


Pastoral Duties
Assist in Church Services
Assist Senior Pastor with pastoral duties (funerals, weddings, special functions)
Occasionally assist in preaching
Assist in pastoral counseling

Discipleship & Equipping

1. Assimilation:
◦ Create ongoing opportunities to develop relationships with individuals and families in the church with a goal of discipling them toward spiritual maturity.
◦ Develop and oversee assimilation teams for the purpose of encouraging individuals and families to become active in worship, learning, and serving in the church body.
◦ Coordinate and oversee welcome center, greeter and usher ministries.

2. Discipleship:
Organize and oversee the adult discipleship ministry of the church
◦ Curriculum management
◦ Develop and oversee weekly discipleship groups (Life Groups)
◦ Teach a minimum of one small group weekly
◦ Teach, train, and encourage additional lay leadership facilitating the birth of additional life groups
◦ Develop and organize a mentor/discipleship program
◦ Organize and promote special events to encourage spiritual growth in church body and community

3. Equipping:
Oversee, and disciple by equipping individuals to serve in local church ministry through:
◦ Spiritual gifts assessment
◦ Identifying their God-given personality and passions
◦ Ministry placement of membership and regular attendees

Care Ministry
Lead and manage special care focused ministries (i.e. recovery ministry, grief share, community care ministries, etc.)
Lead the Deacons regarding addressing needs within the church body
Visit the elderly, sick, hospitalized and those grieving in cooperation with the deacons of the church

Reporting and Evaluation
The Pastor of Discipleship will be accountable to and supervised by Senior Pastor. The performance evaluation of the Pastor of Discipleship will be reviewed by the Senior Pastor and the Elder Board.


Sparta Church

973 300-1717


[email protected]




385 Houses Corner Rd


New Jersey


973 300-1717

[email protected]