General Information

Job Title:

Assistant Pastor of Discipleship

Job Description:

Assistant Pastor of Discipleship is a full-time call to serve the congregation of New Life PCA in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh. This is a supporting role distinguished from the Lead Pastor of

Preaching. New Life is seeking a godly minister or young man with a strong sense toward ordination in the PCA (BFOQ). The candidate will have a strong call toward supportive pastoral ministry with a desire and gifting toward shepherding, counseling, and administrating work. The central responsibility will be supporting the shepherding and discipleship needs of the church. This will include organizing

various ministries that are lay-led, and personally leading many discipleship ministries as well. The pastor will have or develop a good sense of people skills and know how to relate and counsel many types of people in the wisdom of Christ. He must work well and cooperatively with others, quickly grasp and follow directions, and provide clear oral and written communications. But all this is tangential to having the natural initiative for daily gospel ministry with a heart and empathy for others. An ability to counsel and mature the church with intentional time and effort is highly valued. New Life’s first worship service was April 5th, 1992. The congregation is close and caring and looking to broaden and deepen its faithful witness to Christ in the surrounding community.



  • Visit high priority shepherding needs on a weekly basis
  • Schedule in-person visitations with neglected or infrequent members
  • Assist or officiate weddings and funerals as needed
  • Counsel members in pre-marriage, marriage, and personal counseling in a biblical fashion
  • Regularly pray for members of the congregation once a week
  • Maintain the shepherding group ministry with the officers of the church

–Adult Discipleship

  • Organize small groups in the church appointing approved leaders and curriculum
  • Regularly meet with the leaders and help them to effectively lead their groups
  • Assist the lead pastor and session in officer training
  • Lead at least one of your own men’s groups and or co-ed discipleship group every year
  • Be prepared to teach adult education classes as needed
  • Assist lay leaders in organizing men’s and women’s ministries in the church
  • Assist the lead pastor in organizing and leading miscellaneous events and ministries

–Youth Discipleship

  • Provide leadership oversight of Echoes Youth Ministry (6-12 grade)
  • Facilitate a weekly youth event consisting of Scripture based lessons in a fun and social environment
  • Prepare and direct seasonal (quarterly) youth excursions or special events
  • Be prepared to teach education classes for the youth


  • Model public worship for the church by serving as the worship leader on a rotating schedule
  • Preach expositional sermons in accordance with the lead pastor’s off schedule
  • Preside over the sacraments as needed

Position Qualifications:


  • Subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith and attending Catechisms, as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures. The person must know at what points the conscience is out of accord with this standard and must make known these beliefs with valid supporting reasons
  • Report to lead pastor for direct supervision which includes a weekly staff meeting.
  • Must be, “above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.” (1 Timothy 3:2-4)
  • Strong sense of calling toward discipleship ministry in laboring to promote the maturity, peace, and purity of the church
  • Strong communication and organization skills
  • Empathy, adaptability, a heart for pastoral care and shepherding
  • Ability to work well under leadership and direction in an accountable team environment


  • Strong sense of call to long term supportive pastoral ministry
  • A particular gift in counseling ministry with a preferable aptitude for pre-marriage, marriage, family, and personal


  • Possess a genuine saving faith in Christ
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree and graduate degree from an accredited seminary
  • Ordination in the PCA and if not, a desire and ability to pursue ordination in the PCA

Application Deadline


Job Type:

Full Time

Salary Range:

General Information

Church/Organization Name

New Life Presbyterian Church

Contact Name & Contact Info

(724) 744-4760




Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)

City, State

Harrison City, PA

Description of Organization

New Life seeks to be the heart and hands of Christ in our community. As our name implies, we are living testimonies that Jesus changes people, "just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life" (Rom 6:4).

We Are Committed To:

  • Prayer
  • Preaching and teaching the Bible as the Word of God, the source of truth
  • Growing toward maturity in Christ Jesus
  • Reaching out to others in Love
  • Regularly, vibrantly, worshiping God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • Using the gifts of members to initiate ministry under the Lord’s shepherding guidance
  • Loving one another as Christ has loved us

New Life Presbyterian Church is part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The PCA is worshipful with an outward missional focus. On average, the denomination plants a new church every week. The PCA motto is: Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission. We believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus lifted up the authority of the Old Testament and he authorized the authority of the New Testament. Therefore we are faithful to the Scripture because of our higher view of Jesus. We strive to be faithful to the Scriptures because they are the inerrant Word of God. Historically, the reformation was a great time of revival. In this sense New Life is a revival eager church. The reformation was the preservation of the Gospel. The Gospel is the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. We believe salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to God be the Glory alone. Finally, we strive to be obedient to the Great Commission. Jesus commanded us and gave us the privilege to tell the world about the good news of new life found only in Him. We do this with joy because those who have been forgiven much, love much.

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