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Senior Pastor

Bethel Baptist Church
Posted: 12/13/2021
Salary/Range: TBD based upon experience
Galesburg, IL

Senior Pastor Galesburg, IL

Bethel Baptist Church is a community of about 350 Christians who joyfully worship God and who actively seek out unchurched people to help them become authentic followers of Jesus Christ. Founded in 1888, Bethel has a long history of unity and stability. Bethel’s lay leadership is dedicated to and passionate about their roles in God’s church.

Bethel’s Adult Ministries offer many opportunities for spiritual growth, outreach, and fellowship. The Children and Student Ministries partner with the parents to disciple the children and the students as they grow in their relationships with Christ. Bethel models and encourages good stewardship, allocating a significant portion of our annual budget to missions, as we work to fulfill the Great Commission.   Galesburg is home to Bethel Baptist Church. Galesburg is located in West Central Illinois and has a population of approximately 30,000 people. Our community has many features that make living and raising a family in Galesburg appealing. There are three grade schools, two middle schools, one high school, a private Catholic school (grades K-8) and a Christian school (grades PreK-12).  Galesburg also has a strong and active homeschooling community. Galesburg boasts two institutes of higher learning.  Carl Sandburg College is a two-year community college, and Knox College a four-year, liberal arts college.   Job Status:  Senior Pastor is a full-time position. It can be expected that 40 plus hours per week will be required. Job Overview Bethel Baptist Church desires a spirit-led Senior Pastor who professes Jesus Christ as Lord of his life, who is committed to strong Biblical preaching from God’s Word, who will challenge us to be more like Jesus. We are seeking a strong Shepherd who desires to build and foster relationships within our Bethel family and our community. He is to oversee and help care for all necessary pastoral duties required for Bethel to continue to fulfill her biblical mandate. The Senior Pastor must embrace and hold to the Affirmation of our Faith found in the constitution of Bethel Baptist Church.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS:  The Senior Pastor shall be the spiritual leader and executive leader of Bethel Baptist Church.   Teaching and Preaching: Preach and teach the Word, lead public worship services, administer the ordinances, and lead the congregation in a practical Christian life. Lead or participate in one or more of the following Bible Study, Prayer Meeting or Small Group. Administration:  Participate in weekly pastoral staff meetings. Assist in preparing agendas for the Elder Board and congregational meetings. Oversee churchwide publications as needed. Be a member of the Board of Elders and an ex officio member of all ministry teams and committees and in such capacity shall strive to establish and accomplish objectives in conjunction with the strategies of Bethel Baptist Church. Direct the church staff provide counsel, encouragement, and Christian discipline so as to assist the accomplishment of objectives for each staff member. All church staff members are responsible to the Senior Pastor either directly or through another staff member as he directs. Bethel has a current staff numbering four full-time pastors/directors, one part-time Director of Stewardship, three part-time administrative assistants and two part-time custodians. Represent the staff to the Board of Elders. Work with our existing partnerships, Converge MidAmerica and Converge Worldwide.  Pastoral Duties:  Counseling on an as-needed basis. Conduct member weddings as requested. Conduct member funerals as needed. Hospital visitation & home visitations. Miscellaneous: Become and remain a member in good standing of Bethel Baptist Church Perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Elders.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Baccalaureate degree required. Master’s degree from an accredited evangelical seminary and an ordained minister is preferred.  Having served as pastor or associate, minimum of five years preferred. Having experience as a pastor of a multi-staff church preferred.      Adheres to the leadership qualifications as detailed in I Timothy 3. Evidence of a commitment to honor God by making disciples for Jesus Christ.  Support traditional evangelical theology.

TO APPLY Interested applicants should send a resume and video preaching sample to Kirsten at Please note: applicants will not be considered without a preaching sample.

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