Ministry Opening | Heritage Baptist Church

Ministry Opening

Associate Pastor Position

At Heritage Baptist Church


Job Overview

Heritage Baptist Church in Gravette, Arkansas is looking for a Full-Time Pastor of Discipleship

Description of HBC

Heritage Baptist Church is a loving and growing body of Christ that is located in Gravette, Arkansas. Our Sunday morning service averages around 160, we have Sunday School classes for all ages, Sunday evening Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies, Wednesday night Adventure Club for our Children’s Ministry, Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible Study for adults, and various periodic ministries throughout the year. We are an SBC church, affirming the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, and we stand firmly and graciously on the Scripture as the Word of God. HBC is an Elder led church, currently with four Elders, and three men who are in Eldership training with the Elders and Lead Pastor. The church currently employs our Lead Pastor, Chris Whorton (17 Years of Pastoral Ministry, Graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 2005); Music Leader, Thomas Tryon; a Secretary, and a Custodian.

Title:            Pastor of Discipleship

Reports to: Lead Pastor & Elders

Oversees:   Under the Elders and Lead Pastor the Pastor of Discipleship will Assist and Oversee The Following Ministries

Adult Ministry

College & Career Ministry

Family Ministry

Student & Children Ministry

Office Administration

Total Compensation Package:



Qualifying Requirements For Pastors of HBC:

The Pastor of Discipleship is to Meet the Requirements of a Pastor as Outlined in Scripture:

1 Timothy 3:1–7 (ESV)

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Titus 1:5–9 (ESV)

5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

Summary of The Pastor of Discipleship Position:

The Pastor of Discipleship coordinates with the Lead Pastor in leading and discipling Heritage Baptist Church members in their knowing and worshipping God as He has revealed Himself in His Word. He will develop and oversee the Adult, College & Career, Family, Student & Children Ministries of the church to ensure that the body of Christ grows in its understanding and involvement in making disciples. Most of these ministries have Leaders who faithfully serve in these areas in ministry. The Pastor of Discipleship will help equip, develop, direct, and support them in carrying out their ministry. Assisting the Office Administration includes overseeing the work of our secretary and the organization of our office operations. The Pastor of Discipleship serves under the leadership of the Elders and Lead Pastor. The roles and responsibilities of this ministry description will change as necessary with the needs of the church body and in view of the gifting of the Pastor of Discipleship.

Job Description

Descriptions of Ministry Responsibilities:

Adult Discipleship:

In cooperation with the Lead Pastor and Elders, the Pastor of Discipleship will oversee the adult discipleship ministry of HBC. The Pastor of Discipleship will cooperate with and support the Men’s and Women’s Bible Study Leaders, the Adult Sunday School Leaders, and Adult Small Group Leaders.

College & Career Discipleship:

HBC does not currently have a specific College & Career Ministry. The Pastor of Discipleship will seek to develop a College & Career Ministry or develop a Leader to pursue its development under his oversight.

Family, Student, & Children Discipleship:

Oversee the discipleship ministries for parents, students, and children. He will cooperate with the student’s and children’s leaders to ensure that parents are prepared to lead their children and that young people have spiritual mentors when their parents cannot be the model. Ensure that ministry leaders connect regularly to communicate with parents, so parents experience a clear partnership in the discipleship of their children.

Parent Discipleship

Coordinate with the Lead Pastor to develop and implement a plan for ongoing parental discipleship, family counseling, and when appropriate encourage parental involvement in student and children ministries. Coordinate with Lead Pastor on useful resources for equipping parents in family life, leading their children to Christ, and discipleship of their children.

Office Administration:

Develop organization of the administrative needs of HBC. Oversee ordering and receiving needs of the church. Oversee the work of our church Secretary.

How To Apply

For those interested in applying for the Pastor of Discipleship position at HBC, please send your resume to