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Emmanuel Baptist Church OP

Senior Pastor

Emmanuel Baptist Church OP
Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Date Posted: 11/16/2015
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Baptist --SBC
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

At Emmanuel, our mission is to help people find Jesus and become more like him. Strategically positioned in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the church exists to provide our community a worship venue where God’s redemptive message is clearly presented and lives can be transformed. We encourage attendees to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through meaningful connections with other believers and to live out their faith by serving the Lord with gladness as we impact our neighbors and the nations for Christ.


Pastor Lou Fortier effectively led the church for more than 13 years and recently left to pursue a missions call. We are burdened to minister to more people within our geographical area. Our goal is to broaden the ministry reach from the current 600 persons (approximately 400 adults and 200 youth/children with an average Sunday morning worship attendance of 300) to a vision goal of 1,000 persons and are seeking a senior pastor who can provide the strategic focus necessary to expand our impact. Emmanuel enjoys an easily accessible location, ample facilities, a ministerial budget of approximately $900,000, capable lay servant leaders, and a dedicated full-time staff of six persons that would make this opportunity an attractive ministry field for interested candidates. Emmanuel is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and its theological beliefs align with the Baptist Faith and Message as approved on June 14, 2000.


Emmanuel is seeking a senior pastor who, first and foremost, loves Jesus and is a man of character and integrity. He should be consistently honest and trustworthy, modeling an authentic Christian life. As the teaching pastor, we are seeking a candidate whose primary gift is clearly communicating the truth of God’s word in a relatable and conversational manner that connects with a broad range of attendees. The message should be uncompromising on Christian essentials, while translating God’s truth into practical application that promotes life change. Finally, the successful candidate will possess strong leadership skills. We desire a senior pastor who can set an inspiring shared vision for the future and work alongside high capacity staff and lay leaders to set ministry objectives, assess progress, and make necessary adjustments that will move us towards our desired strategic goals. As a sign of our intentionality, Emmanuel recently revised its Constitution and By-laws to clarify and facilitate the senior pastor’s ability to efficiently lead the ministry of the church.


The successful candidate will ideally possess a Seminary degree, preferably an M.Div. or M.Th. Beyond education, the successful candidate will have at least 7+ years of church leadership experience. He will be theologically aligned with the church as described above.


Emmanuel recently celebrated its 50th year of ministry. Over the past half century, Emmanuel has birthed new churches in our region, sent missionaries to unreached people groups, and engaged in missions work across the world, including closed countries.


Given its proximity to major transportation arteries in the region, attendees span the southern metropolitan area. The most beautiful aspect of the church are its people. There is a high degree of diversity among its membership, spanning a broad cross-section of age, race, ethnicity, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds. Members are united by the work of Jesus Christ in their lives and a commitment to passionately love God individually and together, purposefully grow in Christ in such a way where no one walks alone, and profoundly influence people by meeting needs and making Jesus known to our neighbors and the nations.


Overland Park and the surrounding area is considered among the best places to live in the country. The website, which researches the most livable small- to medium-sized cities in the nation, ranks Overland Park as No. 14 on its list of “Top 100 Best Places to Live 2016.” Our city enjoys excellent schools, great recreational facilities, numerous entertainment options, and a stable economy. Overland Park is also nationally recognized as a great place to raise a family. City leaders, top employers, and most residents put children first when it comes to spending and programming. The website, rated Overland Park No. 1 in the nation in its ranking of 2015’s “Best City for Families” and No. 1 in the nation for “First Time Home Buyers”, given its excellent amenities combined with affordable housing. The 2012 median household income in the city was $70,300. Adding to the quality of life, the Kansas City region is known for its famous BBQ, professional sports teams, and over 35 miles of paved hiking and biking trails in Overland Park alone. The Kansas City area is also home to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, providing a source of top quality speakers, events, and access to a large theological library.


Interested candidates are invited to follow the following steps in order to apply and be considered for the position:

  1. Prepare a cover letter describing your interest and a resume summarizing your qualifications and experience.

  2. Submitasamplepreachingsermonclip(preferablyvideo,viaaweblinksuch as YouTube).

  3. Send the cover letter, resume, and link to the sample preaching sermon clip to

A member of the senior pastor search committee will respond indicating receipt of these materials and outline next steps.