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First Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

First Baptist Church
Sister Bay, Wisconsin, United States

Date Posted: 09/10/2009
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Job Title: Senior Pastor
Accountable to: Board of Elders
Church Affiliation: Baptist General Conference and the Great Lakes Baptist


To serve as the senior pastor of the body of believers known as First Baptist Church of Sister Bay. Through preaching, teaching sound Biblical doctrine, shepherding, leading and encouraging, ensure that God’s purposes for the church are understood and realized. The purpose for the church includes the vision of connecting people to God through Jesus Christ and to provide resources for them to become the people God created them to be.


The Senior Pastor will be experienced in church leadership and ministry with senior pastor experience preferred. He will be ordained and be Bible School or Seminary educated, with a M. Div. preferred. He will be able to give written assent to the Statement of Faith and Constitution of the Church.


The Senior Pastor will be a member of the Elder Board. He will work with the Board to develop a vision for the future of the church. He will have experience in leading a process for effectively communicating that vision, and creating the unified congregational ownership of the vision necessary for its successful implementation. He will shepherd our congregation and provide compassionate pastoral ministry to our many senior citizens while striking a balance between this and outreach in our community. A major focus will be to draw into fellowship young adults and families with children.

It will be important for him to both participate in and encourage the spirit of cooperation which exists in our community between believing churches, including collaboration with Community Vacation Bible School, youth outreach, i.e. soccer clinic, the BRIDGES program for internationals/college summer workers, and Wednesday night youth group and Adventure Club.

He will provide administrative leadership and work in harmony with the Elder Board and congregation to enable the advancement of God’s Kingdom in our community. He will develop and train potential leaders in the church and make himself available for weddings, funerals, baby dedications and baptisms as needed. He will have a passion for people accepting Christ as their Savior.

He will be interested in continuing small group development within the church. He will possess administrative and pastoral shepherding skills, be effective at visitation, comfort and counsel for members of the congregation and be an active participant in the life of the church.

He will be a man of prayer, living a life consistent with Biblical standards as set forth in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. He will demonstrate an ability to work harmoniously and effectively with a church board, display a Christian attitude and a warm relational style and have an active personal spiritual life.


First Baptist Church of Sister Bay was organized in 1877. On September 5, 1881, Charles Wassell accepted the call to become the first pastor of the 20-member congregation. The current membership is 154, with an additional 32 associate members. The average summer attendance is approximately 300 (2 services) and the average winter attendance is about 110 (one service). We have a strong Junior/Senior High Wednesday night program averaging 50+ young people, currently being led by Gary and Cindy Lundquist. Prior to the passing of our pastor, we were beginning the search for a full-time youth pastor, but that search has been tabled for the time being. We also have a solid Adventure Club program on Wednesday night that runs during the school year. The present physical facility was built in 1975, with an education wing being completed in 1993. The church is debt free.

Northern Door County is driven by tourism. It has also become a retirement destination for baby-boomers. Because of this, our congregation leans toward retirement age, and many of our members are “snowbirds”, leaving us in the Fall for warmer climates. Because of this, we have a fundraiser each August that fills the coffers of the “Winter Reserve Fund”, so that when a large segment of our congregation is not here, we are still able to meet our financial obligations.

Sister Bay is a small village of about 900 people located on the shores of the Bay of Green Bay. It is the quintessential old fishing village of days gone by. The main industry is summer tourism; the largest employer is Scandia Village Retirement Home. It is approximately 25 miles north of Sturgeon Bay, a larger community of approximately 10,000, where there is some industry, and more opportunity for year-round employment than in northern Door County. Sister Bay is located about 80 miles north of Green Bay where the closest regional airport to the area is located. The local school is located in Fish Creek and houses all levels from kindergarten through high school. The school has high academic standards and excels in its sports and music programs. Northern Door County has many cultural activities throughout the summer season, including Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Peninsula Music Festival, Peninsula Player Theatre, many camp grounds, numerous golf courses, charter fishing opportunities, Peninsula State Park, miles of hiking trails and endless water activities. It boasts high limestone cliffs and miles of tranquil shore line. It is an idyllic place to live and offers a safer, slower pace of life in which to observe the beauty of God’s handiwork.