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Providence Baptist Church - Senior Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
McLean, Virginia, United States

Date Posted: 03/14/2018
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:



Weekly Attendance: 125

Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)

Location: Mclean, VA

About the Organization:

Providence Baptist Church was organized in 1951 under the sponsorship of Columbia Baptist Church.  At the time, what is now the upscale Tysons shopping/business district, was a rural area nestled along a two-lane highway.  The original church met in a farmhouse setting where they remained until they were able to build a formal worship and education space in 1953. In 1990, after some significant changes, Providence Baptist Church moved into a new space, and soon began to grow and were successful in reaching mainstream families from affluent McLean. 

Soon, Providence enjoyed a leadership team that included a full-time pastor, a long-time part of their family as the Student Pastor, a part-time worship leader, and a full-time Minister to Youth. 

A new pastor arrived at Providence in 2000. A wave of new members came sweeping into the church, but often from other cities and next-door Loudoun County. The new members who often commuted from five to ten miles away brought new energy, new ideas, and a changing culture.

Changes such as a new long-term mission emphasis in Zimbabwe became a unifying theme.  After celebrating the Purpose-Driven Life campaign, the church began the long-term development of Community Groups, which took root and flourished.

God graciously heard the prayers of the church for renewal and revitalization and the staff and directors began to plan and implement a strategy to lead Providence to renewal and resurgence. As they continue the journey to find their next Senior Pastor, Providence Baptist Church reflects on their history – the good and the bad – and sees God’s hand of providence, as they are aptly named, in the entire process. They look to the future with hope for the next thing God is orchestrating in their church and community with confidence that He will continue to be provident and good.


About the Position:

The Senior Pastor at Providence Baptist Church is primarily responsible for the overall mission of the church, and its ministries and operations. They will lead the church by exalting Jesus Christ, embracing his purposes and being a role model with high moral standards and godly servant leadership.

What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Senior Pastor:


A bachelor's degree (e.g., a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies) from an accredited Christian university is required; a Master of Divinity or comparable graduate degree from an accredited university or seminary is strongly desired.


The ideal candidate will have five or more years of pastoral experience in a local church, serving in a large metropolitan area similar to Northern Virginia.

Personal Characteristics

  • The demonstrated ability to interpret, articulate, and share the Gospel in compelling, Christ-centered sermons and other forms of communication.
  • A teachable spirit and a personal passion for continually learning and growing in understanding God's Word: how it intersects with our local area, our moment in history, and our local church congregation by:
    • Demonstrating the willingness to seek new information, training, and resources as needed.
    • Connecting with other pastors and leaders locally, nationwide, and globally.
  • The ability to lead others in pursuit and fulfillment of visionary tasks and objectives by exhibiting:
    • The ability to enthusiastically cast a vision compellingly and consistently.
    • The passion for educating other leaders who can effectively share that vision.
    • The integrity to model what is necessary to achieve the vision.
    • Strong relational skills for building trusted relationships both in the church and community.
  • Exhibit professionalism and a conscientious work ethic, coupled with the ability to adapt to the unique culture in our region and community by:
    • The ability to multi-task and prioritize projects.
    • The ability to work independently without supervision.
    • The ability to work and collaborate with others, incorporating both authority and influence.
    • The ability to responsibly manage a ministry budget.
    • Being punctual and faithfully keeping commitments.
    • Attention to detail with an eye for excellence.
  • A heart for multi-generational ministry and the discipline to leverage this as an asset in the advancement of spiritual and numerical growth.
  • Fulfillment of the biblical qualifications of a pastor (i.e., 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9 and 1 Peter 5:1-4).
  • Faith in Jesus Christ and doctrinal convictions which correspond to the Providence Baptist Church Statement of Belief.
  • Unwavering commitment to serving the Lord in a full-time capacity and becoming an exemplary member of Providence Baptist Church.
  • A spirited team player.
  • A reliable worker.
  • A self-starter and independent worker.
  • Willingness to seek new information, training, and resources as needed.
  • Culturally engaged and excited about reaching people for Christ.
  • Humble, but confident, consensus builder.
  • Someone with a great sense of humor who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
  • A sense of urgency and passion for the Lord.
  • Ability to lead people to Christ.
  • Technologically skilled and a willingness and eagerness to learn.
  • Someone who has a dynamic approach and isn’t afraid to voice it.
  • Biblically sound, charismatic person that can get people on fire for the mission and vision of the church.

About the Location:

McLean, VA, is one of the fastest growing cities in America. It is home to several headquarters of large companies and many more government contractors. Much of the work that fuels the area comes from the Federal Government. With the stability that the Federal Government brings to the economy, it is attractive to young professionals and professional families.

The population density of the area is a significant ministry opportunity. With a density that is almost 900% denser than the rest of the state, there are a lot of people within a small region, which can make outreach significantly easier.

The Tysons area (formerly Tyson’s Corner) is a very upscale community of young, well-educated professionals and upper-middle class families.  The most sought-after school in Northern Virginia, Langley High School, is located just a few miles away in McLean.

The community is deliberately evolving into an edge community where locals live, work, shop, dine and seek entertainment within walking distance or a quick Metro ride.  Fashionable apartment towers are currently under construction across the Tysons horizon.  When they open, the median age in the community will drop dramatically.

According to Washington Magazine, Tysons Corner, VA, is home to the most ambitious re-urbanization project on Earth. County officials drafted an urbanization plan defined by walkable city centers, seamlessly integrated public transportation, and acres of parkland. Politicians rewrote land-use rules, developers invested billions of dollars, and residents shouldered new taxes in an all-or-nothing bet that the transformation would convince people—by the tens of thousands—to move to an area best known for having more than 160,000 parking spaces.

That’s how Washingtonian Magazine has described what’s underway in our very urban corner of Northern Virginia.  For a community like that, God has been refining and refocusing a church like ours. 

Washington, D.C.

It would be an understatement to say that the nation’s capital is a unique place. The centrally located National Mall is an urban planning gem, with excellent open spaces, walking paths, and major monuments in a classic architectural style. Lining the mall is the Smithsonian museum complex, probably the best set of museums in the world in a single location. In reality, the whole mall setup is a museum in and of itself and a major destination for locals and visitors alike. Numerous government offices and first-class hospitality venues surround the mall. To the northwest of the mall, but still within the city limits, lies the upscale residential and commercial enclave of Georgetown, home to Georgetown University, George Washington Hospital, and a variety of entertainment and nightlife amenities. But not all of the D.C. central city glitters; to the north and east, in particular, lies a considerable expanse of socioeconomically mixed neighborhoods and areas of urban decay. 

For most prospective residents, the real story of the D.C. area is the array of residential and commercial corridors surrounding the city. Just south, across the Potomac in Virginia, lies Fairfax County, a built-up area including the satellite city of Arlington and the larger suburbs of Alexandria, McLean, and the more upscale Fairfax. This is hardly the whole Northern Virginia story – the sprawling D.C. suburbs spread for miles into the one-time countryside, south into Prince William County and especially west into Loudoun County along the Dulles Airport corridor.

The super-suburbs (especially west) include such names as Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, and extend to Leesburg, all very large and mostly new residential suburbs, some well-planned and some not.

Extensive commercial and corporate developments lie along the corridor with new-economy names like AOL, Nextel, Siebel, Oracle, IBM, and Accenture mixed with numerous other businesses and government contractors. Employment in the greater DC area is strong in general and particularly strong in this zone.