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Lead Pastor

Messiah Church of York
Posted: 05/29/2024
Salary/Range: TBD
York, PA

Messiah Church of York (York, PA) – Lead Pastor

The Big Picture

Messiah Church of York ( is seeking a Lead Pastor to shepherd our congregation as we trust Him and step out in faith, keeping our eyes on our Lord and Savior.

The Church

Messiah Church of York is a newly independent, evangelical church tracing its roots back to the late 1800s and the York Fifth United Brethren Church.  It was under the UB umbrella that the current facility was constructed and opened in 1959.  After the formation of the United Methodist Church in 1968, the name was changed from Fifth to Messiah.  In 2023, the church ended its affiliation with the United Methodist denomination and now operates as an independent church following a Wesleyan theology. The church has seen many generations since it first started and has been a beacon on the hill in North York Borough, York, Pennsylvania for many years.  We have over 200 members with about 100-125 regularly participating in weekly services and online. The church is active in the community through relationships with a local elementary school, summer kids camp and more.  We have partnered with the borough and other nearby churches for family activities and with the Lebanon Cemetery board of directors to assist in the revitalization of a historic African American cemetery that borders our property.  Our current mission statement is “To KNOW Christ, to GROW in Christ and to SHOW Christ ” and we are excited to see God working in the people of the church as we strive to live out this mission.  Now as Messiah Church of York, we are praying that God will lead the right candidate to us to shepherd our congregation. 


  • A clear testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Five years of demonstrated ministry experience and a track record of contributing to church growth preferred.
  • Bible College or Seminary Training, with a preference for candidates holding a degree.
  • Proficiency in public speaking, coupled with the ability to infuse faith into life through energetic and heartfelt weekly sermons.
  • A strong teacher demonstrating a love for God’s Word.
  • Has a God-given passion for uplifting the church and connecting with the community.
  • Possesses the necessary skills and discernment to provide guidance and counseling to church members, rooted in biblical principles.
  • Possesses a genuine desire to guide a church that actively engages with its community, effectively reaching out to people. This commitment extends to modeling an evangelistic lifestyle by building meaningful relationships with individuals who are distant from God.
  • The pastor should demonstrate high moral character, integrity and adhere to scripture.
  • View the position as a ministry and a calling and not just a job.
  • Be proficient in time management, effectively prioritizing workloads, and consistently achieving goals.
  • Holds a religious perspective consistent with Wesleyan traditions and theology, including a traditional view of marriage as between one man and one woman.


  • Pastor and minister to the congregation
  • Plan and lead Sunday worship service, mid-week bible studies, and other special religious services throughout the year
  • Lead the sacraments of Baptism and Communion
  • Officiate weddings and funerals as requested
  • Visit individuals who are homebound or in the hospital
  • Provide biblical-based spiritual counseling
  • Disciple and grow the local body
  • Encourage, support, and assist with local community outreach
  • Serve with administrative council to manage the church; support, guide and train lay leadership; create mutual accountability; oversee programs of the church; and goal setting, planning and evaluation.
  • Set aside a designated day for rest and ensure that you are accountable for adhering to it. Maintain a healthy balance between your ministry commitments, family life, and other responsibilities.

The Compensation

Total Compensation Package: $100,000 to $110,000

Base Salary: from $60,000

Parsonage: 4BR, 2-1/2 BA, 2 car garage, full basement, adjacent to church; utilities included; Central York School District

Type: Full-time, exempt

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, healthcare and SIMPLE IRA match.


The Process

Please look over this job description. Along with your resume please answer these questions:


Why do you believe that you might be a good fit as the Lead Pastor at Messiah Church of York?


Describe your experiences in ministry and how you may be qualified to serve as the Lead Pastor at Messiah Church of York?


In just a few sentences please give a summary of your theology and how that is in line with the beliefs of the Messiah Church of York.


Please send your resume, the answers to these questions and a link to at least one online sermon to

To Apply: