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Jackson St. Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

Jackson St. Baptist Church
Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States

Date Posted: 07/22/2016
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 101 to 150
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Jackson Street Baptist Church

Full-filling the Great Commission since 1871 



1206 Jackson Street

Scranton, Pennsylvania 18504


E-mail – 


Jackson Street Baptist Church represents an active congregation of approximately 100 people who have a strong desire to be relevant for the Kingdom of God in this world. We believe this relevance comes from growing in Christ, building a community, and joining in the Great Commission. We believe our commitment to Christ is represented in how we abide by the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

Great Commandment: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-39)

Great Commission: “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All Authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Jackson Street Baptist Church believes that at the heart of our journey we are on is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the story of the Son of God bringing life, hope and transformation into a lost and hurting world. This journey draws us to a community of those whose lives have been transformed by Jesus and to demonstrate God’s love to a needy world and to tell His story.

We seek a Pastor who will lead us on this journey, whose call is clear and confirmed by Church leaders (Ordained). We seek a Pastor who can help us honor and respect the legacy of our heritage while helping us reach the current and next generation for Christ. We seek a Pastor with the sensitive wisdom (Experience) to build and nurture growth in a diverse community who is equipped (Education) to help us hold to the fundamentals of our faith as we strive to fulfill the Great Command and Great Commission. We seek a Pastor willing to be accountable in his faith as he holds us to be accountable in ours. A Pastor who is willing to lead by example, word and deed and especially through exegetical preaching from the word of God. We seek a leader who will help us reproduce future leaders for the Kingdom of God.


Formal Education

Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary.


Ministry Experience

Deep relationship with Christ, mature, growing, Spirit-controlled and seasoned knowledge of the Word of God. Has evidenced his spiritual gifts and is experienced with, and loves people. He is ordained; has served full time in a pastorate position as a senior pastor. Beliefs must be compatible with the doctrinal statement of the Jackson Street Baptist Church.

Personal Attributes and Skills

  1. Strong devotional/prayer life, growing spiritually and becoming a deeper Christian, knowing God intimately and is sensitive to His call and increasingly responsive and obedient to His will.

  2. Love and care for people, approachable, personable and encouraging. Possessing the gifts of preaching and teaching, never wavering on the truth of God’s Word, applying that truth to the needs of people’s lives. Disciple others so they become mature, involved believers.

  3. A strong, effective leader, working to build leaders, properly delegating ministry tasks to them focused by the church’s purpose and vision, while motivated by Scripture and the direction of the Holy Spirit.

  4. Keep the church focused on the need to see outreach, at home and around the world through our missions program.

  5. Willing to work with other Bible believing, evangelical bodies of believers to enhance the Kingdom without compromising the doctrine of Jackson Street Baptist Church.

  6. We are in need of a humble, sincere man of God that will love the church family and walk us gently through the changes needed in order to grow in faith as well as increasing active members.

  7. A man who understands the commitment of the ministry and is indeed “called”.

  8. He needs to be an effective preacher, teacher, counselor and shepherd.

  9. Good communicator with the Boards and congregation.


The Pastor will visit the sick, bereaved and shut-ins. He is encouraged to contact all first time visitors.


Hours per week in Ministry

The Pastor will perform ministry on a full time basis. He will keep family and ministry in balance. Pastor will allot some of his time for study and preparation realizing this time will vary with individual pastors. The leadership of the church will cooperate in protecting this time. There will be regular church office hours of no less than 20 hours per week.


Days Off Per Week

The pastor will be allowed two days off per week. Pastor and congregation should be flexible in changing the days if emergencies or other needs arise.


Allotted Vacation per Year

The Pastor is allowed three weeks per year for vacation.



Compensation will be negotiated based on experience, education and other factors.





The church is located at 1206 Jackson Street, Scranton, Pa in a residential area. There are many churches located in close proximity,



The property was built about 144 year ago. The present church facility was renovated in 1956. The worship area will seat approximately 550 people and has an up to date audio/visual projection system and two large screens located in the front. There is presently on-site parking (three parking lots) for more than 150 cars.



The church was founded in 1871 and moved to several different locations. The highest membership and attendance occurred after the Billy Sunday revival meetings held in Scranton in the early 1900s. During 1970 and 1980 our church had an average weekly attendance of over 300 at our Sunday morning services. Since that time our attendance has been in decline mainly due to deaths and a declining population in our area.


Church Staff (salaried)

Church presently has a secretary who works 20 hours a week, two part time custodians and a paid organist who also serves as choir director. In the past we have had paid full time Youth Pastors/Christian Education Directors. Money is still designated in our church budget for filling that position with the Boards’ approval.


The church is governed by a Joint Board consisting of a Board of Deacons and a Board of Trustees. The Pastor is to work in conjunction with the Joint Board and the by-laws of the church. The Pastor and his family should become members.


Present Ministries

The church has a single Sunday Morning service with traditional music, a Sunday evening Bible study and a mid-week Bible Study and Prayer service. Children’s church is provided during the morning service.


Sunday Worship Style

We have a well-established choir that works closely with the music committee and organist/pianist and provides a musical selection at our morning worship service.





The church supports four missionaries currently serving in England, Cambodia, Taiwan and Alaska and regularly supports other local ministries in our area. Of the four missionaries one is Conservative Baptist, one American Baptist and the other two are independent. The missionaries we support are all in agreement with the church doctrinal statement.



Our membership is approximately 420 however; attendance at our Sunday morning service is between 100 and 125.



Scranton is the 6th largest city in Pennsylvania with a population of approximately 76, 000 people. Scranton offers its residents: museums, colleges, state parks, the Steamtown National Historic Site, and more. Sports are popular with a AAA Baseball team (New York Yankees) and a Professional Hockey team (Pittsburgh Penguins). Outdoor activities include hiking, walking and biking trails, swimming, golfing, a ski slope, water parks, hunting, fishing, and numerous swimming pools. Scranton is host to the Annual Steamtown Marathon. Entertainment is available including Broadway shows, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra and outdoor concerts (with nationally known performers). Scranton has an international airport (AVP). Within a 2 to 3 hour drive; you can visit New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlantic City, the Soccer Hall of Fame, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Boxing Hall of Fame. The Pocono Mountains are less than an hour away.

Scranton has excellent police and fire departments, and a group of neighborhood crime watch groups, to keep its citizens feeling safe and secure while living in this great city.