Senior Pastor

Pastor Profile Senior Pastor - Leaf River Baptist Church JOB TITLE: Senior Pastor HOURS: Full-Time REPORTS TO: God, His Word and The Church Elders Located near the center of Ogle County, Illinois, Leaf River Baptist Church’s mission is to know Christ, to be like Christ and to be Christ’s body. We are a multi-generational church of about 70 attenders known for solid Biblical teaching, prayer and mission outreach. Since our founding in 1984 our church has pulled membership from several local communities including Forreston, Adeline, German Valley, Leaf River, Mt. Morris, Oregon, Byron, Davis Junction, and the Freeport area. We are 30 minutes away from Rockford, the third largest city in Illinois. This area is a great place to raise a family with its excellent schools and many recreation opportunities offered by the area’s State Parks, State Forest, local parks, forest preserves and the Rock River. Dedicated believers have gathered here under the leadership of a single pastor for 33 years and are still faithful to seek God’s will for this country church. As our pastor retires, we seek a senior pastor to lead this fellowship into the next stage of our journey. QUALIFICATIONS SPIRITUAL A deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ evidenced in daily life and exhibiting character qualities outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter: 5:1-4. Exhibits personal qualities that are of the highest integrity and unquestionable honesty. Earnestly seeks God’s will above all other possible motivations. Excellent communicator; visionary in leadership and a passion for ministry. Possesses a spirit of cooperation and fellowship within the church body. Demonstrates a passionate, heartfelt love for people with a Christ-like concern for their spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Exhibits Christ’s love by developing positive and encouraging relationships within the church body. Possesses potential and desire to remain in long-term ministry at Leaf River Baptist Church. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE At least a 4-year Bible College Education from an accredited theological institution. Licensed as an ordained minister. At least 3 years’ experience in pastoral ministry. REQUIREMENTS Become a member and be committed to ministry at the Leaf River Baptist Church. Pass a criminal record background check. RESPONSIBILITIES PREACHING: Value the importance of the weekly sermon. Seek to discern God’s message for the congregation and spend significant time and effort using professional skills to develop and deliver that message to the best of one’s ability. Employ Word-centered expository preaching with need based topical messages. EQUIPPING: Partners with other leaders to empower and equip maturing members for significant service and ministry by discovering, developing and using their spiritual gifts. VISION-CASTING: Seek God’s direction and develop His vision for our church in a way that maximizes the gifts and resources available. Seek to find new ways and additional resources to accomplish God’s plan for our church. LEADERSHIP: Provide, along with the elders, ongoing leadership development and spiritual oversight for the church. Be personally involved in planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and evaluating the total church program. COOPERATION: Exhibit strong diplomatic skills and lead within the context of an elder leadership church governance and be accountable to the elder board. Be an excellent recruiter of gifted talent and a strong encourager to all. Work to accomplish a vision for the church with respect for and in cooperation with lay leaders and committees. RELATIONAL: Work with and relate to staff, lay leaders, volunteers and the congregation as a whole. Show evidence of love for people in the congregation while reaching out, developing relationships, and have compassion for the triumphs and problems in their lives. PRAYER: Seek and promote prayer as a priority, both personally and in the life of the church. EVALUATION/DEVELOPMENT: Continually evaluate effectiveness of programs and propose creative ideas for improvement. Offer overall vision to develop and grow ministry. Spend time in personal study in order to expand relevant knowledge. CONTACT INFORMATION If you are interested in this leadership opportunity, we are engaging with our conference's search system, the Converge Pastor Placement Process (P3). Register with P3 to create your profile, and see if our ministry goals are aligned.


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Under 100

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Steve Wells
6941 N Mt Morris Rd
Leaf River


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If you are interested in this leadership opportunity, we are engaging with our conference's search system, the Converge Pastor Placement Process (P3). Register with P3 to create your profile, and see if our ministry goals are aligned.