Senior/Solo Pastor Positions
The Baptist Church of Perry is an evangelical rural local church in a beautiful area of Western New York. We take seriously our privilege to glorify God by enjoying His gifts together; His Son, His Spirit, His Word, and His Gospel. We prize correct doctrine (tending towards reformed theology), our freedom in Christ (minimizing legalism), our unity as the Body of Christ (even in our business meetings), our ministry one to another (high proportion of involved members in ministries), and our times of fellowship and prayer. We are committed to keeping a large missions budget (27% of our church budget goes to our 17 missionary couples). We communicate actively with our missionaries weekly to be able to pray for them which they constantly tell us is unique among their supporting churches. We are privileged to be made up of a variety of ages, intellectual abilities, and educational levels. We are not a racially diverse congregation due to the demographic make-up of the community. We are sometimes discouraged that we are not growing in numbers. Our dress has become on average more casual over time. We enjoy blended worship styles together; our occasional a Capella hymn verse sounds pretty good. We offer children’s ministry in the form of Sunday School, AWANA, and Youth Group. We find our faith and confidence in God’s provision for us to be solid as we face trials together of lost loved ones, a darkening culture around us, and this first pastoral transition in 27 years.
We anticipate that our Pastor will have some giftedness in preaching as a main task but will also come with some enthusiasm for visitation and for challenging us in areas like evangelism. We will view him as a fellow laborer in the Kingdom in which we each serve an essential role. We would love to enjoy a closeness with his wife and family. A Pastor with young children might help us reach younger families. We would also prefer to have our next Pastor called to serve with us here in Perry for a long time, God willing; one who waits on and relies on God in these challenging times while promoting faith that rests on His Spirit rather than ourselves.
Our constitution expresses that our Pastor shall be a competent preacher full of the Spirit, be a wise leader, be devoted to prayer and the study of the Word and hold doctrinal convictions consistent with the Confession of Faith and acceptable to the Elders. A Pastor shall preach and equip the saints for the work of ministry. He shall provide for the ordinances, weddings, funerals, pastoral counseling, and ministry to the sick and dying. He may be a member of all boards and committees as needed. As a chief Elder, a Pastor shall be responsible to lead the Elders of the church in fulfilling together their duties as a voting member of the Elders, including directing the affairs of the church, consulting together regarding doctrinal questions that arise, pursuing our purpose as a church, assessing our shortcomings, and protecting our unity. The Elders assist in the administration of church ordinances and share pastoral responsibility for the congregation.
We are an independent Baptist Church. We are concluding an Intentional Interim Process and now searching for a Senior Pastor. North Baptist Church has worked through a five-stage process including conflict resolution, identity discovery and organizational restructure.
He shall fulfill the qualifications outlined in First Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-11. He shall demonstrate wholehearted commitment to Jesus Christ and to the Statement of Faith, Purpose, Mission, Biblical Core Values, Vision, Constitution and Bylaws and Operational Documents of North Baptist Church.
He must have a clear testimony of salvation and proven track record of Christian living as taught in First Timothy 3 and Titus 1. He must demonstrate the spiritual gifting, abilities and calling to effectively teach, preach, equip and lead the Church in serving the community and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We are a rural, small town Church of 42 members with an average attendance of 26. We have a well kept, historic building that was built in 1869 and is centrally located between Oneonta, Norwich, Sidney and Cooperstown, NY. The Church has had a continual presence and ministry in the community since it’s founding in 1793. Our Sanctuary can accommodate 175 – 200 people and the basement fellowship area can seat up to 100 people for dinners or Special Events.
We will work with a Biblical passion to develop a church that is spiritually alive, unified in the Spirit and mobilized for ministry, that expresses love and sensitivity toward one another and our community, and is aggressive in local and world evangelism.
We are looking for an Ordainable or Ordained by a church of like faith, communicator, administrator, self-motivated, family man, with a degree in counseling and/or pastoral studies. We hope for someone with 5 years of experience but we are open to less. A bible college background is preferred with at least an undergraduate degree in a related field of ministry. We also prefer an encouraging mentor who is approachable and non-judgmental to our older congregation.
East Durham NY
Our church motto is “Saved to Serve,” and this is what we hope to express to others and particularly to our local community. Our chuch family consists of approximately 55 individuals, many of which are children! We are located in a small rural, predominately Irish/Catholic, community. We strive to have our church building doors open to all and have hosted several community events. Our church family is friendly, warm, and welcoming and we have been told that this is the overall feeling that individuals have when visiting with us!
We are looking for a part-time pastor who is a born-again believer and a preacher of the fundamental doctrines of the Bible. He shall state his belief without mental reservations. He must be an ordained or licensed Baptist minister/pastor. He must be able to present God’s Word in a comprehensive fashion to a congregation of diverse ages.
Raymond T Morton