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First Baptist Church Cottonwood

Lead Elder/Pastor

First Baptist Church Cottonwood
Cottonwood, California, United States

Date Posted: 05/08/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 101 to 150
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


The Pastor/Vocational Elder will:

Have charge of the spiritual welfare of the congregation, he shall preach the Word. Schedule his time to reflect priority for study, prayer, and preparation for preaching and teaching.


Seek to know the members of the congregation on a personal basis so as to be available for shepherding them in their walk with God.


Interact with the church leadership, staff, and congregation to motivate and encourage innovative and visionary thinking which responds to God’s will.


Have direct oversight for the missionary and outreach dimension of this church’s ministry.  He shall provide leadership in working with mission and outreach ministry.


Insure that the Counsel of Elders is given adequate spiritual leadership in order to grow toward Christlikeness.


Give over-all direction to the church and guidance in its growth; assuring that the various functions of the church are being carried out properly on a day-to-day basis.


He shall give leadership in the financial plan of the church and stewardship ministries.


Be available to the congregation for counseling, on short-term limited basis.  He shall refer most counseling to other competent resources.


He should encourage First Baptist Church to be involved with other Christian ministries. 


He will have direct oversight of the public Worship services, he will work directly with the Worship Leader.



Terms:  This position is full time position.  Salary is commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the experience of the candidate. 




Pastor/Vocational Elder shall be a mature Christian with gifts and skills backed with the experience necessary to fulfill the following qualifications:


A man of true Christian experience according to the characteristics of 

I Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:5-9.


Possess sufficient Biblical and theological knowledge with a minimum BA in Biblical   studies.  


He shall be in agreement with the Statement of Faith and the Constitution and Bylaws of First Baptist Church.


Have a heart for pastoral ministry and has received a call of God for such ministry.


Have an ability to work on a team toward specific goals in a mutually edifying and supportive manner.


Demonstrate continual growth in an understanding of planning, organizing, leading, motivating, and developing the leadership team.  


He must have a teachable and open attitude toward ministry.


Have a desire for church outreach and ultimately toward world missions.


Be leader of the Counsel of Elders and the congregation. He shall have direct oversight with both paid and unpaid staff, teachers and leaders.


Demonstrate leadership in corporate prayer.



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