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Osterville Baptist Church

Osterville, Massachusetts, United States

Date Posted:
Senior Pastor
Church Size:
151 to 250
Job Type:
Osterville Baptist Church
Job Description:

Position Title: Senior Pastor

Reports To:  The Council of Elders


Osterville Baptist Church (roughly 200 members, 350-400 attending weekly)

824 Main Street Osterville, MA 02655





The Senior Pastor will provide the overall leadership for the spiritual health and ministry of the church, including vision, values, strategy and ministry priorities along with the Council of Elders.

He will be the primary preacher for the church and will devote much of his time to the study of the Scriptures and prayer for the education and edification of the church.  He will lead the staff and have authority over the programs of the church.  He will shepherd the flock of God along with the other pastors and elders, leading them into greater maturity in Christ.


Ministry Goals and Objectives


·          Serve as the lead preacher who gives expository messages on a weekly basis.

·          Craft and enact the corporate vision and strategy along with the Elders

·          Provides strategic leadership to the Elders, Staff and others serving in the ministry including the church vision, values and ministry priorities.

·          Serve as the lead trainer with oversight in the evangelism and discipleship ministries of the church

·          Oversee and participate in the care of the church through visitation and crisis intervention

·          Partner in the ministry of prayer

·          Provide the overall direction for the worship services.


Position Requirements


Personal and Professional Characteristics


·          Born-again, baptized believer who loves the Lord

·          Fulfill the scriptural qualifications of a leader, especially those of I Timothy 3 and Titus 1

·          Demonstrate a clear call to church ministry

·          Possess a proficiency in biblical theology and the ability to convey biblical truth to all age groups

·          Spirit-filled, energetic, enthusiastic, and dynamic

·          Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to listen

·          Possess the ability to disciple, teach and shepherd members of the church community in conjunction with other members of the pastoral team

·          Agree with the statement of faith of Osterville Baptist Church

·          Agree with the vision and philosophy of the church and be able to lead others to vision fulfillment

·          Maintain a healthy balance of personal growth in the Lord, family life, and ministry life


Key Gifts and Primary Ministry Responsibilities


Biblical Preaching


Must be Spirit-led and able to handle and communicate the Scriptures in a robust and compelling fashion.  The Osterville Baptist family has a strong desire to know and follow God through the teaching of the Word and keen ability to minister through the Scriptures will be necessary for success.


Relational Leadership


Must be able work within a group, mentor, encourage, motivate and show true compassion for people at many different stations of life. Must possess abilities in conflict resolution and team building.  Must be able to “share the spotlight.”  Must be able to lead a staff team as well as key volunteers in a unified vision and direction, while carrying out other management functions within the church.




Must possess strong administrative and communication skills and the ability to plan, set goals, promote events, and organize leadership development.   




The Senior Pastor will oversee the discipleship ministries and personally be able to disciple multiple believers.  He will be expected lead and preach the Sunday morning service at least 40 times a year.  He will regularly lead in the administration of the Lord’s Supper and Believer’s Baptism, along with the Elders.  He will be involved in and oversee functions of pastoral counseling, crisis intervention and weddings and funerals in the church.


Qualifications and Experience


·         Masters or MDiv degree required

·         5 years of Full-time pastoral experience is preferred


Interested applicants for the should email the following items to ellen@ostervillebaptist.org:   1) A Resume; 2) a video or Mp3 of you giving a biblical sermon; 3) an individual or family photograph



About our church


A popular vacation destination renowned for its beautiful seashores, idyllic scenery, abounding recreational opportunities and outstanding seafood, Cape Cod, Massachusetts is home to native “Cape Codders” and “wash-a-shores,” alike.  The Cape has a population of approximately 220,000 people in the off-season, and swells to more than twice that in the summer.  While boasting some of the most beautiful and valuable real estate in our country, it is home to people from a wide range of backgrounds and income classes.  The number unclaimed, or those who report no religious affiliation (127K) in Barnstable County, exceeds those who report religious affiliation (95K).  In fact, it is estimated only 1.5% of residents know Christ as their Lord. However, the Cape is also home to many evangelical communities who are truly committed to fulfilling the Great Commission.  Osterville Baptist Church is a growing, multi-generational church in the Village of Osterville, (Town of Barnstable, population 47,821, in Barnstable County),  with weekly attendance of 350 to 400.  Founded in 1835, the church smoothly transitioned two years ago to an elder-led model. We enjoy a strong sense of community, and we are passionately focused on training our worshippers to become mature followers of Jesus Christ. We are committed to transforming our community and world through the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Our Mission Statement and Ministry Purpose


Our mission statement is summarized by three words: Know, Grow, and Go. The mission of OBC is to advance the Kingdom of God by helping people KNOW Christ, by helping people to GROW in Christ, and by helping people GO out to serve Christ — all to the glory of God.


Our Doctrinal Beliefs


·          The Bible is the revealed Word of God: inspired, inerrant and the final authority for faith and practice.

·          There is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

·          We believe in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, His incarnation, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His death for sinners, His bodily resurrection from the grave, and His personal return from heaven.

·          The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict, regenerate, indwell, baptize enlighten, and empower all believers for godly living.

·          People were created in the image of God, but as a result of sin are lost and powerless to save themselves.

·          Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ apart from good works and religious ceremonies.

·          The church is a spiritual body of which Christ is the head.

·          There will be a resurrection of the human body, the eternal existence of all people either in heaven, or hell, or in divine judgments and rewards.

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