Senior Pastor

First Baptist Church of Rochester

Rochester, NY

Category: Senior Pastor, Lead Pastor

Posted on: May 17, 2022

Job Description:

As we say farewell to our Senior Pastor of six years, who with his wife is leaving the area as she pursues an exciting professional opportunity, the First Baptist Church of Rochester, NY finds itself seeking a new Senior Pastor. We look forward to meeting an energetic, engaging, and enthusiastic servant of the Lord who will lead our church and congregation into the future. See the following job description for details. Applications (resume and cover letter) may be submitted via email to:

Senior Pastor Search Committee
Attn: Dave Hood, Chairperson

Visit our website at http://www.rochesterfbc_noemail to learn more about FBC Rochester.


POSITION: Senior Pastor

REPORTS TO: Congregation and the Church Council

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Senior Pastor provides spiritual, pastoral, outreach, administrative, and servant leadership to the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Rochester. The Senior Pastor relates to and connects with multiple generations and a diverse congregation. The Senior Pastor extends God's grace to others and leads by example as one who is relational, authentic, transparent, and humble.


Plan for and conduct worship weekly where members participate both in person and remotely.
Coordinate worship by consulting with the Worship Committee, Associate Pastor, Music Director and staff, on all elements of worship services.
Prepare and deliver sermons at all regular worship services of the Church. (Note - The Associate Pastor participates in Sunday worship and delivers 6-10 sermons a year.)
Prepare and lead all special worship events of the Church, including but not limited to Christmas Eve and holy week services, as well as weddings and funerals unless otherwise provided for as authorized by the Church.

Faith Formation:
Guide the faith formation of the congregation through teaching, preaching, and leadership by example.
Support the Associate Pastor and Christian Education Committee to ensure engaging programming outside of worship for adults, children and youth.
Provide opportunities for study, education and fellowship beyond Sunday worship (e.g. Wed. night studies / classes).
Collaborate with the staff and Missions Committee to manage financial mission support and to identify hands-on service opportunities within and beyond the Church.
Work with the Church Council and Trustees to encourage the congregation to give time, talents, and resources in service to God.

Oversee all areas of the congregation's ministry in consultation with the Church Council,_noemailmittees and the Trustees.
Support, supervise, and manage the Associate Pastor and the Minister of Communications and Operations.
Provide input for the evaluation of all Church employees in conjunction with the Minister of Communications and Operations and the Personnel Committee.
Build a sense of teamwork among Church staff, the Church Council, Trustees and_noemailmittee chairs. Hold and/or attend regular meetings to coordinate the ministries of the Church and facilitate_noemailmunication.
Collaborate with the Trustees to see that the church facilities are functional and in good repair.

Expand membership by fostering a we_noemailing culture, encouraging visitors, and following-up with visitors.
Provide training opportunities to the congregation for outreach and evangelism.
Work with the Missions Committee to support various mission opportunities, to encourage the Church in giving to missions, and to involve the Church and individuals in mission service.
Support the congregation's embrace of the LGBTQ+_noemailmunity.
Connect with multiple generations and encourage a diverse congregation.
Serve as a liaison and conduit to the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester / Genesee Region, neighboring churches, and clergy.

Pastoral Care:
Visit or contact church members to encourage their involvement or to address their personal needs (especially homebound church members).
Provide pastoral care in conjunction with other staff,_noemailmittees, and members through visitation, counseling, and prayer.
Make appropriate referrals when necessary and quickly respond to crisis situations which arise in the congregation.

Working Conditions:
The position of Senior Pastor requires great flexibility in hours available for work, including evenings and weekends.
The pastor should be in the office a sufficient amount of time for accessibility to members of the congregation and for regular_noemailmunication and collaboration with church staff.


About First Baptist Church of Rochester:

First Baptist Church of Rochester is striving to be a faith community centered in the fully inclusive love of God, overfilling our congregation and spilling out into the world around. At FBCR we hope to have a positive impact on the world around us. We strive toward social justice, we share our building and our resources with worthy partners, and we volunteer and serve around Rochester in myriad ways. We recognize though, that while changing the world for the better is of critical importance to us, we can only do that together. That's why community is the foundation of everything we do. We worship together, serve together, learn together, grow together, play together from time to time, and we take care of each other. 


Professional Qualifications:
Devout personal faith in Christ, familiar with the American Baptist tradition (although not necessarily American Baptist) and able to fully support the polity and mission of the church.
Graduate theological degree from an accredited seminary or divinity school (Mdiv).
At least five years of experience in a similar ministry position is preferred.  

Position Information:

Job Title:
Senior Pastor
Time Type:
Full Time
Job Category:
Senior Pastor, Lead Pastor
Organization Type:
Baptist - American
Worship Style:
Church Size:
100 - 250

Contact Information:

Organization Name:
First Baptist Church of Rochester
Contact Name:
David Hood
175 Allens Creek Road
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ZIP Code:
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