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14711 W. Morrison Road, Morrison CO
Reaching Lakewood, Littleton
and Morrison for Christ.

The Pulpit Committee would like to provide information regarding Red Rocks Baptist Church to prospective candidates. Below is information on the job description of the Senior Pastor as well as the history and current state of RRBC. For more information on this process or to submit a resume, please email karlan@rrbcpulpitsearch.org.

RED ROCKS BAPTIST CHURCH SENIOR PASTOR JOB DESCRIPTION

SENIOR PASTOR

The senior pastor joyfully leads the congregation, devoting himself to prayer and the ministry of the Word. His character is to be above reproach, temperate, hospitable, managing his own house well, not self-willed, not quick-tempered – will be an example to the congregation and will protect the gospel witness in our community. He will faithfully shepherd the members of Red Rocks, seeking their growth to spiritual maturity, and equipping them for the work of the ministry. He will guard against false teaching and straying from the faith. He will encourage the church in following the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. He will lead, knowing he will give an account to God for his stewardship, submitting himself to the authority of God’s Word.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The Senior Pastor will demonstrate the character and teaching abilities described in passages such as Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

  • Strong agreement with Red Rock’s Statement of Faith.
  • Ordination, licensing, or recommendation to the ministry from a church of like faith and practice
  • References of character and ability
    • Clear background checks (e.g., Criminal Record, Child Abuse, and Neglect)

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Ministry of the Word

  1. The Senior Pastor will lead the preaching and teaching ministry. Recognizing that God’s Word is central to church life and spiritual growth, he will ensure that Red Rock’s main worship gatherings feature primarily expositional preaching supplemented with topical preaching as the Lord leads you. The Senior Pastor will devote himself to the study of God’s Word.
  2. The Senior Pastor will collaborate with the other pastors of the church to coordinate the preaching schedule for worship services. The Senior Pastor is expected to be the primary preacher on Sunday mornings and to ensure that the pulpit is filled with faithful preachers when he is absent.
  3. The Senior Pastor will collaborate with the other pastors to appoint teachers and identify topics for other teaching opportunities (e.g., Sunday School).
  4. The Senior Pastor will equip the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-12

Prayer

  1. The Senior Pastor will devote himself to prayer. He will regularly pray for the members of the church.
  2. The Senior Pastor will model the commands and examples of Scripture during public prayer at church gatherings.
  3. The Senior Pastor will lead the church in a culture of prayer, in which members regularly pray for one another.

Corporate Worship

  1. The Senior Pastor will lead in planning the order of worship to include expositional preaching, topical preaching, prayer, Scripture readings, congregational singing, and the ordinances.
  2. The Senior Pastor will oversee the church’s practice of the ordinances, including believers’ baptism and regular observance of the Lord’s Supper.

Membership

  1. The Senior Pastor will seek to preserve the unity of the church, building a culture of love for one another and leading members through reconciliation when necessary.
  2. The Senior Pastor will demonstrate faithful membership to the church.
  3. The Senior Pastor will collaborate with other pastors to conduct membership interviews, recommend candidates for church membership, and assist transitioning members with finding a new church home.
  4. The Senior Pastor will provide leadership to situations of church discipline, in accordance with Scripture (e.g., Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 5:1-5).

Pastoral Care

  1. The Senior Pastor will collaborate with other pastors to ensure each member of the church receives ongoing pastoral care.
  2. The Senior Pastor will provide counseling to church members and, if necessary, refer members to trusted counselors outside of the church.
  3. The Senior Pastor will conduct pastoral visits to hospitalized members, widows, and shut- ins and performs requested pastoral services (e.g., weddings, funerals) as appropriate.

Evangelism

  1. The Senior Pastor will serve as an example of personal evangelism.
  2. The Senior Pastor will encourage and lead the church to declare the gospel in the community and among the nations.
  3. The Senior Pastor will lead by example in engaging the local community, desiring to see disciples of Christ multiply.

Oversight

  1. The Senior Pastor will ensure the completion of ongoing administrative tasks of the church. This responsibility includes overseeing church staff and volunteers in their responsibilities.
  2. The Senior Pastor will oversee a healthy deacon ministry. He will communicate church needs to deacons by meeting regularly and delegating tasks to the deacon body.
  3. The Senior Pastor will collaborate with other pastors to set the agenda for and lead members’ meetings.
  4. The Senior Pastor will assist with church financial matters, such as advising on the annual church budget and approving expenses that do not require congregational approval.
  5. The Senior Pastor will be the primary point of contact for church members, former members in ministry, Red Rock’s missionaries, and supported ministry organizations.

Red Rocks Baptist Church Bio

Red Rocks Baptist Church was founded by a group of five people as Barnum Baptist Church on Dec 24, 1936. Pastor John Nichols was the founding pastor. In 1945, Barnum Baptist Church became First Baptist Church of Westwood and was Pastored by F. W. McKnight followed by Cliff Morton in 1952. The name of the church became South Sheridan Baptist Church (SSBC) on November 18, 1956, by a vote of the congregation. Due to health issues, Pastor Morton resigned in 1959.

On May 29, 1960, Pastor Ed Nelson became the senior pastor. Under the leadership of Pastor Ed Nelson, SSBC grew in membership and property. The congregation swelled to over 1000 in the 1980s and the church owned 80% of a city block. Pastor Nelson oversaw the opening of an elementary school in 1967. In 1971, the elementary school merged with a high school started by several churches in 1964. The new school was named Silver State Baptist School and consisted of grades Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Pastor Nelson hired Pastor Les Heinze in August 1984 as an assistant pastor. Pastor Nelson continued as senior pastor until his retirement from SSBC in May 1990. He served 30 years as SSBC’s senior pastor. Pastor Les Heinze was called and confirmed by the congregation to become senior pastor in May 1990.

During Pastor Heinze’s tenure, God led him to relocate from the current location on South Sheridan Blvd in Lakewood to an area with an increasing potential to reach more people for Christ. A committee of Deacons was formed to evaluate the South Sheridan location. The committee was then tasked with examining potential locations.

The current Morrison location was found, but consisted of several parcels with different owners. God opened doors and the Morrison Road property was purchased in December 2001 and consists of 30.58 acres. The church voted to change its name to Red Rocks Baptist Church (RRBC) on July 15, 2002.

Pastor Heinze wanted to leave the South Sheridan location to establish a gospel preaching church in a new location. While waiting for the Morrison Road property to be developed, the South Sheridan main church building, chapel, and pastoral office building were sold in 2004 to another church. The RRBC congregation began to meet in the gymnasium. In June of 2005, the school building and gymnasium were sold.

The church secured a loan for $5,102,207 to begin construction, and the church broke ground on July 10, 2005. While construction was taking place on the Morrison campus, the RRBC congregation rented another church at the corner of Kipling St. and Alameda Ave. The “Red Rocks Baptist Church” name began to be used at this time. The remaining Sheridan Blvd. property was sold in December of 2007. The RRBC congregation remained at the Kipling property while construction was being completed on the Morrison Road property. RRBC resided on the Kipling campus from July 2005 to March 2007. The opening service was held on March 25, 2007. The Morrison campus is 27.18 acres with the remanent being two commercial lots (3.4 acres total).

In an effort to reach younger families, the Red Rocks Christian Preschool began in August 2007 to meet the educational needs of nearby families. After many successful years, Silver State Baptist School closed in June 2016, while the Red Rocks Christian Preschool continues to reach young families with a staff of 12 dedicated employees. The RRBC assistant pastor oversees the pre-school while Director Leatha Peats, assisted by two Assistant Directors, Rebekah Fuller and Lilli Villalobos manage the school. Today, Red Rocks Baptist Church has a staff consisting of the Senior Pastor, one Assistant Pastor, one Youth Pastor, a Music Pastor, a Business Manager, two Administrative Assistants, and one custodian.

Red Rocks Baptist Church is currently in the process of selling 7.8 Acres of land to a developer. The acreage consists of two commercial lots, and athletic fields comprising another 4.4 acres. The contract was signed on March 25, 2022, and the sale is expected to close on October 12, 2022.

A typical Sunday at RRBC begins with Sunday School at 9:30 AM. Classes are broken down by age groups with each adult or family having the option to attend the class of their choice. The Sunday morning service begins at 10:30 with the 1st-4th grade children being dismissed after the song service. The evening service begins at 5:30 PM with the adults in the Fireside Chapel, the teens in their own room, and the younger children (3 years old through 6th grade) attend AWANAs.

Red Rocks Baptist Church has 179 giving units. The average Sunday giving is $22,500. The 2022-2023 fiscal budget runs from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023. The budget is for $1,121,600. The Red Rocks Preschool budget is $618,920 for the same fiscal year. Red Rocks Baptist Church supports Missions through “Faith Promise” giving with a current budget of $151,000 supporting 32 missionaries and 2 organizations.

RRBC’s mission statement is “To Know Christ and Make Him Known”. The vision for the church is to reach the surrounding community for Jesus, sharing the gospel with those who do not know Jesus while training men and women to be committed followers of Jesus Christ.