Lead Pastor Search Process

The following information was provided on our website to applicants:


Bethlehem Community Church (BCC) is seeking a full-time Lead Pastor. BCC is a non-denominational, elder-led conservative Christian church located about 7 miles southwest of Albany, the state capital of New York. We have been a stable ministry for over a half-century with an average attendance of 250-300 people. BCC is a family of believers from many different social and economic backgrounds, united in our commitment to the great commandment and the great commission. We believe we offer the right servant leader of God an invigorating opportunity to build the Kingdom of God with strong, Spirit-filled disciples.


The Lead Pastor of Bethlehem Community Church will advocate and communicate the mission of God’s church. Along with the Elders, he will be responsible for the spiritual growth, welfare, and life of the congregation.


The Lead Pastor will be the primary teacher and preacher for the church. He will teach God’s word according to sound doctrine, explaining it in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner; providing application while always returning to the finished work of Christ crucified and resurrected. He will preach on at least 42 Sundays in a calendar year, including Easter, Christmas Eve, and during other special services.


Requirements :

The Lead Pastor will be a passionate born-again follower of Christ with a testimony of conviction, repentance, and transformation.


Additionally, the Lead Pastor must:

• Be committed to an orthodox understanding of Christian faith.

• Agree with our “Statement of Faith.”

• Have at minimum a Master of Divinity degree.

• Have experience preaching, preferably for at least 3 years.

• Be a committed biblical scholar.

  • Opportunity Profile

    The Opportunity Profile provided an overview of Bethlehem Community Church as well as detailing the requirements as well as duties for the position of Lead Pastor.  The Opportunity Profile is available HERE

  • Pulpit Process

    The Pulpit Committee sought outside counsel and prayerfully discerned the process that would be utilized to intake, evaluate and progress applicants.  A visual of that process is available HERE

  • Affirmation of the call

    The Elders have determined the process for affirming Andrew as Lead Pastor.  The process can be found HERE