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 Main Street Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

Main Street Baptist Church
Oneonta, New York, United States

Date Posted: 07/26/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 251 to 350
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Main Street Baptist Church is located near downtown Oneonta, a city of approximately 16,000 residents with two college campuses, situated in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in New York's southern tier. Its congregation of approximately 300 men, women and children, includes couples, families, singles and students who are passionate about their faith in Christ. The church has been in Oneonta for more than 150 years and has maintained a commitment to strong Biblical preaching, reaching unbelievers with the gospel, discipling followers of Christ and supporting and sending missionaries. MSBC had a thorough church assessment in June 2016 to learn what has hindered healthy, sustained growth. The leadership is addressing the need for change in a number of areas revealed by the assessment. These include: a) improvements to the organizational structure, worship services and facilities; b) developing a plan for leadership development; c) creating opportunities for discipleship to foster greater spiritual health and a growing love for those who do not know Christ. Although we have a strong ministry to youth and college students, we are eager to have a greater impact for Christ in our community. Our mission statement: Living for Christ. Making disciples. Making a difference.  


MSBC is seeking a Senior Pastor, who along with our existing staff, will direct the church's life and ministry, help bring about the revitalization we seek and provide leadership for the implementation of our church vision. If God is leading you to apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to Paul Ruffo at or mail them to him at 150 Cemetery Hill Road, Oneonta, NY  13820



  • MDiv or equivalent education
  • Experience as a senior or associate pastor (or similar positions), 5-10 years preferred
  • Pastoral experience in a church of similar or larger size desirable
  • Character which closely aligns to the standards for elders in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9
  • Agreement with the doctrinal statement of Main St. Baptist Church (below)
  • A leader who is teachable and transparent
  • Ability to lead a pastoral team 

Ministry Strengths and Perspectives:

  • Models a vibrant testimony of faith in Christ
  • Burden to share Christ in the church and the surrounding community
  • Spiritual Gifts that function well in the areas of: leadership development and empowerment, vision development and implementation
  • Effective preaching style: gospel-centered, Bible-based messages which are relevant to all ages and will challenge both believers and unbelievers
  • Innovative – willing to help us make major changes as needed
  • Demonstrates a love for God and people
  • Approachable by all ages, accessible to the congregation and competent in interpersonal relationships


  • Work with the associate pastors and elders to set forth vision and direction for MSBC
  • Lead, train and mentor existing staff in their respective areas of  ministry
  • Oversee the office staff and ministry leaders, primarily through delegation and accountability
  • Participate in planning the worship services; primary preacher for both Sunday morning services
  • Oversee the pastoral care needs of the congregation in cooperation with the associate pastors, elders, deacons and others with caring gifts
  • Model the practice of personal evangelism 
  • Equip, educate and mobilize the congregation as mandated in Ephesians 4:11-13



Main St. Baptist Church Statement of Faith


We believe in one God, Creator and Ruler of all things, who is all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present, and changeless in his perfection. He is holy, righteous, faithful, merciful, loving, just and forgiving.

Gen. 1-2; Psalm 139:1-12; Mal. 3:6; James 1:17; Isa. 5:16; 6:3; Lam. 3:22-23; 1 Jn. 4:8; Ps. 130:3-4


The one God exists from all eternity in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection. God the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, is a God of holy love, who hears and answers prayer and mercifully saves all who come to him through faith in Christ his Son.

Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 4:24; Ps. 90:2; Jer. 33:2-3; Matt. 7:7-11; John 3:16; Rom. 10:9-13.


We believe in Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, miraculously born of a virgin, true God and true man. We believe in his sinless life and in his miraculous works, demonstrating his power. Jesus died for our sins as an atoning sacrifice, bearing the wrath of God in our place. He was buried and was raised again the third day, the Victor over sin, death and Satan. He was seen by many eyewitnesses, and then ascended into heaven, where he now intercedes for us.

Lk. 1:31-35; Jn. 1:1,14,18; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; Jn. 20:30-31; Rom. 3:25; 1 Pet. 3:18; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; Col. 2:15; Acts 1:3-11; Rom. 8:34.


We believe in the Holy Spirit who indwells all who believe. The Holy Spirit opens sinners' hearts so they repent and confess, “Jesus is Lord;” all believers are baptized by one Spirit into one body, Christ's church. The Spirit gifts and empowers Christians for manifold ministries, so that the unity and the diversity of the church are both the work of the one and the same Spirit. The Spirit seals believers for the day of redemption.

Jn. 14:16-17; Rom. 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:3-28; Eph. 1:13; 4:30.


We believe the Bible to be the Word of God written, completely and verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original manuscripts, and of supreme authority in the church and the life of the believer in all matters of faith and conduct. The Scriptures lead us to Christ for salvation.

Deut. 8:3; Matt. 4:4; 5:17-18; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:21; Lk. 24:27,44; Jn. 6:39,45-47; 10:35.


We believe that God created the universe out of nothing by his powerful word. He created Adam and Eve in the image of God as the pinnacle of his creative work. As in the creation account, and as affirmed by Jesus, marriage in God’s plan is the union of one man and one woman for life, and children are his gracious gift. God’s standard for sexuality is: within marriage, fidelity; outside marriage, abstinence. But Adam rebelled against his Creator, thus bringing upon himself the just wrath of God. All descendants of Adam are born in sin, with a sinful nature, and need to be saved from sin. God calls all people everywhere to repent and trust in Christ.

Gen. 1:1-2:4; 2:18-25; 3:1-19; Matt. 19:3-6; Heb. 11:3; Ps. 51:5; Eph. 2:3; 5:22-33; Rom. 1:18-3:20; 5:12-21; 1 Cor. 6:12-20 7:1-7; Heb. 13:4; Acts17:30.


Salvation, the gift of God, is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Faith expresses itself through love, and results in a changed life, righteous living, and proper social concern. All who trust Christ will be kept by his power and in his love forever.

Rom. 1:16-17; Eph. 2:8-10; Gal. 5:6; Tit. 3:5-8; James 2:14-26; Rom. 8:28-39.


We believe in the church, created and ruled by Christ. All who believe are members of the church universal. The local church, the local expression of Christ's body, exists to bring glory to God by worshiping him in spirit and in truth, edifying its membership to maturity and ministry, and preaching Christ to the lost. According to the command of Christ there are two gospel ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the immersion of the believer in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit upon confession of faith. The Lord's Supper, the sharing of bread and cup as symbols of his body and blood, is a worshipful proclamation of Christ's death until he returns for his own. We believe each local church is a self-governing body under the authority of Christ and must be free to serve Christ without external compulsion or interference. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love.

Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22; Col. 1:18; 1 Cor. 1:2; 12:27; Jn. 4:24; Eph. 4:11-13; Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Acts 5:29; 1 Pet. 2:9; Acts 15:1-35; Eph. 5:21.


We believe in Christ's personal return in power and glory and in his future kingdom. All people will be raised bodily from the grave, the righteous to the resurrection of life, the unrighteous to the resurrection of wrath. Those saved by Christ will live with God eternally; those who rejected Christ will suffer eternal torment, the consequence of their self-chosen way.