Senior Pastor

Western Springs Baptist Church

Western Springs, IL 60558

Denomination: Baptist - Other

Category: Senior Pastor, Lead Pastor

Church Size: 100 - 250

Salary: Not specified

Posted on: September 22, 2023

Time Type: Full Time


Job Description:

Special instructions for Senior Pastor applicants: in addition to reviewing the job description below kindly visit our current opening page and follow the instructions for submitting a resume, responding to our Candidate Questionnaire and providing links to sermon videos. You will also find helpful information about our church and downloadable forms. 

The Senior Pastor's primary responsibility under the authority of Scripture is the spiritual development and discipleship of the congregation by the leading of the Holy Spirit. He will place a high priority on biblical preaching and proclaim the Word without apology. The Senior Pastor will have a vibrant relationship with Jesus and a passion to discover Christ and display His transforming power. The Senior Pastor's focus will be as follows:

1. He will provide expositional biblical instruction that inspires and invigorates the congregation toward spiritual growth, goals and gospel proclamation.
2. He will be a godly example to the congregation in prayer, word, thought, and action.
3. He will lead the staff, the Church Board, and the Spiritual Leadership Council in setting a ministry vision and will lead the congregation in fulfilling it.
4. He will oversee pastoral care through spiritual oversight.
5. He will have a heart for the lost, leading the church in evangelizing others.

A. Preacher
1. The Senior Pastor will be responsible for weekly preparation and delivery of sermons during most Sunday morning worship services.
2. The Senior Pastor will engage in deep study and consistent prayer.
3. The Senior Pastor will oversee the planning and leading of worship services in tandem with other staff.

B. Leader
1. The Senior Pastor will supervise, guide, and support the church staff.
2. The Senior Pastor will cast vision in developing and implementing plans which help move the congregation into a new life cycle by appraising, evaluating, planning, goal setting, motivating, modeling, and persevering.
3. The Senior Pastor will articulate and implement church-wide direction for worship, evangelism, growth, ministry, and fellowship.
4. The Senior Pastor will lead the church in deepening its global mission awareness and commitments through church programming and individual participation.
5. The Senior Pastor will assist the Moderator in leading the Church Board, Spiritual Leadership Council, Personnel Committee and other committees as needed.

C. Shepherd
1. The Senior Pastor will nurture the body through discipling and teaching.
2. The Senior Pastor will oversee the development and empowerment of lay leaders.
3. The Senior Pastor will teach adult classes and Bible studies as needed.
4. The Senior Pastor will shepherd those considering membership through involvement in Gateway to Ministry membership classes.
5. The Senior Pastor will conduct and/or oversee pastoral care, including hospital visitation, counseling, crisis intervention, baptisms, child dedications, weddings, and funerals.

WSBC Bylaws, Article II, Section 4
"The Senior Pastor in conjunction with the Spiritual Leadership Council serves as the spiritual leader of the church and is responsible for the functions of ministry as taught in God's word. He is subject to the authority of the membership. The Senior Pastor shall:
a. In conjunction with the Church Board, SLC and committees of the church, implement and coordinate all plans and programs necessary to carry out the objectives and mission of the church, including the direction of the activities of the ministerial staff and church office personnel.
b. Preach and teach the word of God; guide, advise, and provide spiritual leadership to the congregation.
c. Be a member of the church and ex-officio (non-voting) member of all boards and committees of the church, able to call meetings of any board or committee or to call a congregational meeting.
d. Conduct his life in keeping with the office he holds, and shall preach and teach in harmony with the scriptures, the Church Covenant and our Confession of Faith."

About Western Springs Baptist Church:

Based in a Chicago suburb, we are an unaffiliated Baptist church, emphasizing scriptural and evangelical principles. Our diverse congregation focuses on the gospel's truth. We stress the importance of communal learning, growth, and service as part of the local church body. Our ministries cater to all ages, fostering discipleship, worship, and spiritual healing. Our vision statement is 'To Discover Christ and Display His Transforming Power', and The Scriptures are the supreme authority for our faith. We believe in mankind's sinfulness and God's reconciliation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Our governance allows both genders to serve in elected lay leadership positions. We have various ministries including Diaconate, Discipleship, Evangelism, Facility and Finance, Fellowship, Missions, and Worship. Each committee serves as a task force to manage relevant ministries. Our church, characterized by strong biblical preaching and community outreach, is debt-free and has a 110-year history. 

Job Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this role should hold a Master of Divinity or equal from an accredited seminary. The ideal candidate will have 8-10 years of ministry experience, including a minimum of five years as a senior or associate pastor. The candidate must demonstrate strong biblical preaching, primarily expository, and be able to effectively relate to people of diverse backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive knowledge of both the Old and New Testaments along with working knowledge of Greek and Hebrew. He will have a broad understanding of history and be able to link biblical times with current culture. He should share our vision "To Discover Christ and Display His Transforming Power," manage differences positively, and be well-organized. A commitment to our Confession of Faith, a balanced understanding of God, and a dedication to worship and prayer are essential. He must exhibit Christ's compassion, reflect Christ's teachings, and desire to intimately know our congregation and community. 

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Senior Pastor
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Full Time
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100 - 250

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Dawn Nelson
4475 Wolf Road
Western Springs
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