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First Baptist Church Stratford


First Baptist Church Stratford
Stratford, Iowa, United States

Date Posted: 08/01/2016
Categories: Christian Teacher - Church Developer - Discipleship Pastor - Evangelism Pastor - Family Pastor - Interim Pastor - Music Ministry - Outreach - Pastoral Care Pastor - Senior Adult Pastor - Senior Pastor - Teaching Pastor - Worship Pastor - Young Adult Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 50 to 100
Job Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

First Baptist Church is seeking an enthusiastic and passionate individual to fill the opening of Part Time Pastor.  This position has the potential to become full time for someone with the ability to cultivate and generate relationships and the willingness to invest time to grow an established church.  While current attendance has averaged around 45 dedicated worshipers, the Church has historically had a strong church body, peaking at over 100 active members in 2009.


Located in the central Iowa town of Stratford, First Baptist Church is a small town church where no one is a stranger for long. Whether you are a newcomer to the community, a longtime resident, or just passing through, our services are designed to be relevant to your needs. Our desire is that you feel as though you are only a visitor once; after that you're part of the family!


Established in 1856 by Swedish immigrants, First Baptist Church has a legacy of service for Christ that has endured for generations. Our members have an appreciation for the achievements of the past, a passion for service in the present, and a desire for greater things in the future. We want to become a biblical community of believers, unified in purpose, and dynamic in growth. Our mission is to do that by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, winning the lost and preparing members for life long ministry. 

The Church is dedicated to the spiritual growth and enrichment of individuals and families in the Stratford Community and surrounding counties and we are seeking a candidate to lead our church to carry out this mission.  The Pastoral position reports to the Church Board of First Baptist Church.  The successful candidate will bring the following:

Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in ministry, religious studies, and other relevant areas is strongly preferred or other evidence of extensive studies in these areas. First Baptist Church also values non-ministerial education, including professional and secular education in diverse fields that help facilitate strong communication skills. 

Experience: Ministerial, pastoral, and leadership experience are required. The successful candidate will have service and experience in leading ministries, evangelism, teaching, and preaching, preferably five years. First Baptist Church of Stratford Iowa also values a broad-based skill set including non-ministerial experience, professional and secular employment, leadership, and management in diverse fields.

Personal Spirituality: The ideal candidate (Pastor) will be a spiritual person with a strong commitment to Jesus Christ and open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Ideally the candidate will have a strong, healthy family life, excellent personal and professional ethical character, a commitment to ongoing personal and professional growth, and an interest in community involvement.

Duties and Responsibilities: The primary pastoral duties and responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

1.     Preaching, Teaching, and Revival

2.     Evangelism and Winning Souls

3.     Community Outreach for Church Growth through Building Community and Business Relationships

4.     Worship Leadership

5.     Church Leadership, Management, and Coordination

6.     Member Development and Care

7.     Local and Overseas Missions Support

Benefits: Package will be negotiable to include a salary and a parsonage, with the option for health insurance and/or retirement benefits.

Please note that a background and reference check (including criminal, civil, and credit history) will be completed on all final candidates prior to receiving a final offer. If interested send a chronological resume with salary history to: For additional information visit our website at, or