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Senior Pastor Full Time

First Baptist Church St. John

Saint John, MO


First Baptist Church St. John Senior Pastor Description

Role:  The pastor’s role in the Body of Christ is to feed and lead congregations and communities through the ministries of preaching and teaching God’s Word and administering the Sacraments—baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The role of pastor in Christ’s Church is a servant role.

Professional Qualifications

Ordained Baptist minister with preaching experience (optional)
Theological degree from an accredited seminary or divinity school (recommended)
Devout personal faith in Christ in the Baptist tradition (required)

Knowledge, Skills, and Character

Comprehensive knowledge of the Bible
Strong religious conviction
Ability to show impartiality
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
Ability to show compassion for struggles and concerns of others
Ability to relate to a wide diversity of congregants

Working Conditions:

The position of pastor requires great flexibility in hours available for work, including evenings and weekends.
The pastor should be in the office a sufficient amount of time for accessibility to members of the congregation and for regular communication with staff

Responsibilities – oversee management of all areas of the congregation’s ministry (additional details below)

Provide spiritual, pastoral, outreach, administrative and servant leadership to the congregation
Prepare weekly sermons that capture the essence of the biblical vision; preach and conduct worship services
Interpret biblical scripture for the congregation
Provide care and counseling to the congregation (e.g., visit the sick, bereaved, prospects, etc.)
Officiate at special services (e.g., baptisms, weddings, funerals, infant dedications, etc.)
Collaborate with church music leaders to integrate appropriate worship music into church services
Attend at church business and deacon meetings, including some committee meetings to coordinate ministries
Support, oversee and evaluate church staff
Ensure church facilities are functioning
Represent the congregation in denominational or community organizations and activities to learn new ways the church can support and engage with the surrounding area

Specific details for the Responsibilities listed above:


Spiritual Formation:

Guide the spiritual formation of the congregation through teaching, preaching, and leading by example.
Work with the staff and congregation to ensure that the Church is provided with opportunities to pray and to study the Bible, e.g. Wed. night prayer service and Sunday night adult Bible Study.
Work with the appropriate committees to ensure that the Church is involved in service opportunities within and beyond the community.
Work with the Finance Committee to encourage the congregation to give time, talents, and resources in service to God.


Oversee all areas of the congregation’s ministry in consultation with the Deacons, Trustees, and Committees.
Support, supervise, manage and provide input for the evaluation of church employees in conjunction with the Personnel Committee.
Build a sense of teamwork among church staff and Committee Chairs. Hold and/or attend regular meetings to coordinate the ministries of the church and facilitate communication.
Enable Deacons, Church Officers, and Committee Chairs to better perform their duties through training and support.
Work with the Trustees to see that the facilities of the church are functional and in good repair.


Have a heart for diverse ministries and an understanding of the challenges of sharing the gospel in a city with many differing views and opinions.
Make a concerted effort to engage new visitors and encourage them to take an active role in the church.
Provide training opportunities to the congregation for outreach and evangelism.
Work with the congregation to support various mission opportunities, to encourage the Church in giving to missions, and to involve the Church in personal mission service.

Pastoral Care:

Provide pastoral care in conjunction with other staff, committees, and deacons through visitation, counseling, and prayer.
Visit or contact church members to encourage their involvement or to address their personal needs (especially all homebound church members).
Make appropriate referrals when necessary and quickly respond to crisis situations that arise in the congregation.

To apply for this job email your details to Pscfbcsj@gmail.com

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