Pastor Search

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Purpose Statement of the Pastor Search Team

The purpose of the pastor search team is to select our next Senior Pastor whom God is already preparing for Mountaintop. The pastor will help lead Mountaintop to complete her founding mission: to reach the unchurched people of Birmingham with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to help them, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to become fully devoted followers of Jesus.

The Selection Committee consists of our Board of Elders: Doug Mills, Mike Hart, Anthony Hill, Rick Harris, David Campbell, Chad Hathorne, Ron Wall, and Pastor Emeritus Dr. Bill Elder.

Dr. Elder is functioning as an active elder until the new Senior Pastor arrives. During this period his main functions are to serve as a director for the spiritual formation of the elders and as an advisor who provides insight on pastor candidates. He also serves as a theological advisor on the spiritual soundness of pastor candidates under consideration.

Five church members, including both men and women and ranging in age from 30 to 72, have been asked to view sermon videos of candidates and give feedback. These members understand that they will not be voting for the pastor candidates, but their feedback will be valued and considered by the Board of Elders.


It starts with prayer

Selecting a new Senior Pastor is vital to the future of our church; for that reason, we believe prayer is the first and most important part of the process. We ask you to join us in prayer as we seek to discern God’s will for Mountaintop Community Church.

The church is open for corporate prayer every Wednesday from 12 - 12:45 pm.


Pastor Search Update

Take three minutes to listen to Elder Chad Hathorne give an update on the status of the pastor search.


Senior Pastor candidates are evaluated on the following criteria

Experience: The candidate’s ability to lead a church of comparable size or larger; his understanding of most aspects of church ministry; his record of discipleship; and his prior church references and performance.

Preaching Style: The candidate’s ability to deliver a well-prepared message which maintains attention through inspiration and charisma, promotes spiritual and behavioral growth, and leaves a lasting impact.

Biblical Foundation: The candidate’s knowledge of Scripture and his belief in its infallibility, and his ability to teach it and reveal to the congregation new revelations about Christ.

Conviction: The candidate’s willingness to challenge the congregation with Scripture, particularly where Christ's teachings are counter to societal norms and even when such teaching may cause us discomfort.

Discipleship: How the candidate promotes discipleship through his messages, programs, and worship; and how he communicates that growing the body in Christ is a core function of the church and the mission of its members.

Management: The candidate’s ability to lead people and projects, to communicate well with church staff, and to display skills in conflict management and financial management.

Character: The candidate’s strong moral character and beliefs, as demonstrated publically and privately in his prayer life, his family life, his biblical study, his social values, his management of relationships with women besides his wife and family, and his pastoral motivation.

Approach: The candidate’s plans to advance the spiritual mission and biblical directives of Mountaintop, and his plan to develop disciples for Christ. The candidate’s spiritual gifts will be evaluated to determine if they align with his plans for Mountaintop.

Vision: The candidate’s overall vision for the future direction of Mountaintop and whether it aligns with Mountaintop’s mission, direction, and values as communicated to him by the elders.


How can someone apply for the Senior Pastor Position?

All applications are being accepted at [email protected] Interested candidates should send a resume and a link to them preaching a message.


Pastor Search Process

This document includes the information listed on this webpage and the complete pastor search process as outlined by the elders.

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Mountaintop Community Church By-laws

The By-laws outline the criteria for the position of the senior pastor and the process of selecting a new leader.

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