First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti


First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti
Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

Date Posted: 05/19/2017
Categories: Other Pastor - Senior Pastor
Denominations: Baptist -- American
Church Size: 101 to 150
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Title: Pastor


Purpose of Position: To demonstrate and provide spiritual leadership to the Body of Christ at FBCY by collaborating with leadership to achieve the mission of the church.  

Significance of the position: As this Body of Christ continues to worship, grow and serve, we have a desire to partner with our Pastor to have a greater impact in our community and be successful in making disciples.    

Reports to: Congregation and elders 

Works closely with: FBCY church staff, elders, key ministry leaders, and congregational members as needed.   

Responsible for: Facilitating worship services, administering the Ordinances, and ministering to the congregation and with the elders oversee the ministries of the church.   

Staff Oversight of:Church Administrator, Worship Minister and Communication Director 

Accountability: The Pastor derives authority from God’s call and shall function as a minister of Jesus Christ through the church.  Entrusted with the Gospel, equipped and enabled by God’s Spirit and professional education, the Pastor is accountable to God, the congregation, and American Baptist Churches of Michigan.  


Pastor Profile

First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti is seeking an individual with a Pastoral call who exhibits the following: 

  • Experience: Had a previous successful pastoral role in a church or significant involvement and success in other roles at a local church.   Has worked closely in unity and with church elders or leadership and honors their spiritual support, counsel, and accountability. Has experience in using healthy and God-honoring relational and conflict resolution skills.  

  • Personality: Is friendly and approachable with a high level of collegiality with staff and members of the congregation. Able to maintain a sense of gratitude in all aspects of life.

  • Character:  Is holy, humble, transparent, trustworthy, teachable, and faithful, with a strong personal prayer life, that aligns very closely to the Biblical standards for elders (Titus 1:6-9;  I Timothy 3:1-7). Displays the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23).

  • Gifting: Has a developed gift in preaching, is able to teach theological truths in sermons relating to the Christian, unchurched or de-churched person. Invests in and disciples those who report to the Pastor, and has a true and active shepherd’s heart.  Exhibits other gifts which would benefit and build up the local church.  

  • Passion: Loves Christ passionately. Embraces a proper view of the sinful, grievously lost nature of natural man, promotes a strong view of the pre-eminence of Christ in the life of the believer and the local church, and promotes God’s vision for the church.

  • Servant Leader: A strong, empowering,  and collaborative leader who is able to effectively communicate FBCY’s vision and direction, as well as its missional purpose in the community. Able to develop, clarify, and cast God-given vision for the future of FBCY with the leading of the Holy Spirit and the assistance of FBCY leadership.  Able to assess the past and present as well as step forward toward the future through innovation and implementation.     

  • Theology: Is in agreement with the beliefs of First Baptist Church, and teaches a high view of God including His holiness and grace. Understands that we would characterize  ourselves as between moderate and conservative and would consider this and be open to explore this with the search team if called to interview.  


  1. Qualifications for an elder as found in Scripture

  2. MDiv or similar degree from an accredited seminary or in process of completing

  3. Demonstrated pastoral experience in a church of similar or larger size desirable

  4. Strong organizational and communication skills


Salary and benefits:

First Baptist Church offers a comprehensive salary and benefits package.  Salary based on experience.  


Prior to Application:

Please review our church profile and watch a short video prior to submitting your application.  This will allow you to pray and discern whether you would feel called to serve at FBCY.  The search team would covet your taking the time to pray and consider all this as we would like to have discussions with Pastors who are compatible with FBCY.


Church profile: (copy & paste into your browser if link doesn't work)


Video: (copy & paste into your browser if link doesn't work)


Application: After prayerful consideration and reviewing this opportunity, please submit the following application materials via email to   Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email.


  • Cover Letter – introducing yourself and your interest in the position

  • Resume/CV – your ministry experience, educational background, and at least three references

  • Doctrinal Statement – a 1-to-4 page summary on your theological views on core doctrines

  • Brief philosophy of pastoral ministry – a 1-to-2 page summary of your philosophy and practice of pastoral ministry

  • Narrative of your salvation testimony

  • Two sermons – including a sermon outline and a video or audio recording of recent sermons (or a link to a host site if the files are too large, e.g. DropBox or Google Drive)


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