associate pastor 


American Protestant Church of The Hague

General Background

For over 50 years the American Protestant Church of The Hague (APCH) has been a “home away from home” for both expatriate and resident English-speaking Christians. Our 300 regularly attending congregants represent a richness of nationalities and denominational diversitya.

APCH is a place where people can meet Jesus, engage in life-giving community and where everyone is welcome. We believe in creating a space where people can have authentic encounters with Christ, discover their gifts and use them for God’s glory.

APCH exists to Worship God the Father, Grow in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and Serve in the power of the Holy Spirit with the ultimate goal to make disciples of Christ. While APCH is made up of many different traditions, our congregation is committed to Protestant convictions: our lives are guided by Scripture alone, we are saved by Faith alone, by Grace alone, through Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.

Role Description

The Associate Pastor will assist the Senior Pastor and the APCH Council in carrying out the church’s mission and vision and in further developing and growing specific ministry areas.

Primary Gifts

The Associate Pastor will possess primary gifting in at least one if not both of the following areas: Music & Worship Leadership and Youth Ministry Leadership.

Music & Worship Leadership

Assist the Senior Pastor in the long-range planning and design of inspiring and rich worship experiences, grounded in a love for God and honesty about life, the Associate Pastor will:

Demonstrate an ability to make use of a variety of styles including contemporary genre to spread vitality and engage the congregation through compelling musical worship experiences
Possess unique musical gifts and can lead engagingly in a broad range of music and musical forms
Help to bridge generational/cultural differences by incorporating a balance of musical styles which can have multi-generational appeal, through which many perspectives can relate and connect with God
Train, develop, support and nurture musical talent and worship leaders

Youth Ministry Leadership

Responsible for shepherding APCH’s Youth Ministry Team and youth outreach, the Associate Pastor will:  

Possess a genuine love and affinity for young people, an ability to connect relationally with middle and high-school aged kids
Maintain a distinct vision of discipleship for youth, both inside and outside of the faith
Work with the Youth Ministry Team to organize various youth programs including teaching the bible and evangelism
Provide counseling and mentoring support to youth; partner with parents in shepherding, discipling and care
Train, develop and support Youth Ministry Team volunteers to evolve and grow the youth program

Secondary Gifts

In addition to either or both of the primary gifts highlighted above, giftedness in some of the following ministry areas preferred:

Adult Discipleship
Missional Living
Ministry Operations
Pastoral Care
Finally, under the guidance of the Senior Pastor, the Associate Pastor will serve the church by engaging in general pastoral ministry support as needed, including:  

Providing pastoral care, including home and hospital visitations, help to care for those in need (whether spiritually, physically or financially), assist in managing conflict or crisis situations that might arise.
If so gifted, periodically preach and teach the Word of God and administer the Sacraments to the congregation.

APCH seeks an individual who has been clearly called to be a Pastor in an international, inter-generational and inter-denominational context. The candidate must be mature in the Christian faith, have solid ministerial preparedness and be vibrant, energetic and healthy.

Ministerial Qualifications

Minimum four years of relevant Christian ministry experience
Seminary degree from an institution rooted in the Protestant tradition
Ordination in a Protestant denomination preferred
Proven ability to work in an international, cross-cultural context
Native or near-native English-speaking fluency with evidence of excellent communication and writing skills
Demonstrable living faith, grounded in Christ and the core tenants of the Reformation and the Christian church
Personal Characteristics and Qualifications

Mature in the Christian faith, demonstrating strong character and integrity
Mature Professionally—recognizes the gifts and the imperfections of the church; energized by the call of renewal to God’s people and church
Possesses Christ’s heart for people—living out a life and casting a vision characterized by compassion, love and concern for humanity
Maintains a passion for ministry and exercises spiritual gifts to further the church’s missional purpose and bless those inside and outside the faith

Application Process

Qualified candidates are encouraged to carefully review the Associate Pastor role description for genuine ‘giftedness and fit’ and to prayerfully consider a potential call to serve at APCH. Applicants are kindly requested to submit the following three items:

Cover Letter
Detailed personal CV/Resume
Written response, not to exceed 500-words, to the following:
“Describe your spiritual gifts and how these have been specifically used in various areas of ministry to further the mission of the local church”

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