McLean Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

McLean Baptist Church
McLean, Virginia, United States

Date Posted: 03/11/2018
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: 151 to 250
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

McLean Baptist Church is seeking a Senior Pastor to lead our moderate Baptist community of faith. Over the course of the past year, the church has been through an Intentional Interim process led by Dr. Layne Smith and with support from the Center for Congregational Health. This process built on several years of visioning and planning by the congregation. Through this work, we have articulated who we are (Values, Mission, and Vision statements) and what is important to us. Our Mission and Vision and Church Profile are available at



Applicants for the Senior Pastor position should have:

  • demonstrated professional and life experiences relevant to the desired attributes and position responsibilities listed below
  • a master of divinity degree or higher
  • experience managing ministerial and administrative staff



McLean Baptist’s ideal Senior Pastor:

  • has a deep and pervasive relationship with Jesus Christ
  • preaches in a captivating and engaging way
  • is a strong leader with ideas compatible with McLean Baptist’s values and future goals, is not reticent in sharing his/her own ideas on the appropriate course of action, and is a consensus builder across the congregation as a whole, between individual members, and with lay leaders in the face of diverse opinions
  • possesses effective leadership, management and administrative skills
  • has a warm and inviting personality
  • communicates effectively
  • understands the challenges of declining church attendance and re-growing a church in a diverse, dense suburban community; should be motivated by these challenges; and can motivate the staff and congregation to work toward a shared vision for growth
  • has experience identifying, resolving and managing conflict in a loving way with an opinionated and vocal congregation
  • has a strong calling for pastoral care and can inspire the staff and congregation to work together to grow and maintain a nurturing, giving community



During the Intentional Interim process, the congregation identified the most important responsibilities of our Senior Pastor:

  • preparing and preaching inspiring sermons
  • planning and leading meaningful worship experiences
  • leading and managing ministerial and support staff (currently 5 people) as an effective team
  • supporting the spiritual development of our congregation
  • leading our pastoral care ministry
  • supporting our outreach efforts
  • supporting our local and global missions efforts
  • advising and working cooperatively with lay leadership to set priorities for achieving the mission and vision of the church



  • The Senior Pastor's priorities are set, along with McLean Baptist Church's priorities, in concert with the Church Leadership Council
  • Senior Pastor performance evaluations are performed periodically as a shared responsibility of the chairs of the Deacon Body, Church Leadership Council, and Personnel Committee


Compensation commensurate with experience. Current range $115,000-$135,000, plus benefits. 

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