Solo Pastor Wanted (Updated Jan. 2017)
The First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, founded in 1812, located in the Oakland section of the City of Pittsburgh, PA, a thriving and diverse university, medical, business and cultural center seeks a solo pastor to build our congregation.
VISION AND MISSION
As a “House of Prayer for All People” we seek to glorify God in all that we do, to love God, and to love and encourage one another. Our mission is transformation: Transforming lives — through faith — in the risen Christ.
A transformed life is a new life, exemplified in worship, the worship of Christ as Lord and Savior. To fulfill our mission and build the congregation our immediate focus is on worship; on creating sustainable, engaging, biblical based worship that inspires people to return again and again, to grow as followers of Christ. As such dynamic preaching is one of the principal qualifications for the position; focused on interpretation and application of scripture, including a regular invitation to follow Christ. Audio or video sermon samples are essential.
As a small urban congregation, averaging around 40+ people at our 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship service, we are blessed with a healthy stream of visitors and plenty of unrealized potential. Visitor follow-up will also be a key aspect of the pastor’s responsibilities. Our principal challenge at this time is to retain a healthy share of these visitors; particularly those who indicate that they are looking for a church home.
RESPONSIBILITY & OPPORTUNITY
We are the beneficiaries of both a solid financial position and a historic urban “House of Prayer”. We tithe on both endowment and property rental income in support of missions and missionaries and use the remainder to take care of the property. We are blessed in that 100% of the financial support coming from our congregation supports worship. Not a penny of the tithes from our congregants goes to building maintenance. With this blessing comes responsibility: As a House of Prayer for All People, we also seek to glorify God, and serve our community, through the activity that takes place inside the historic sacred place entrusted to our care. We seek a pastor that will work to maximize these opportunities — to impact our neighborhood and world for Christ.
Aspects of congregational life that define who we are include the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, as well as the traditions of the Priesthood of all believers, congregational autonomy, and tolerance for differing views. In addition, we seek to practice hospitality, generosity, compassion for spiritual and physical needs, and sharing space.
We are an American Baptist Church. Our next Pastor does not need to be an ABC pastor, but must be willing to become an ABC recognized ordained pastor. Theologically, we are moderate or mainstream.
In addition, we anticipate that our pastor will also carry out the traditional aspects of the role of solo pastor, including pastoral leadership, encouraging healthy personal relationships with God, one another and community, visitation of the sick, weddings, funerals, counseling, encouraging personal tithing and helping others to utilize their gifts in support of the church; To help those who are far from God, grow closer to Christ.
This is a full-time position with benefits. The compensation package we offer is generous, given the small size of our congregation: Based on experience, up to around $47,500 salary including housing, plus up to $20,000 in benefits. We might also be willing to consider a retired individual, or a bi-vocational pastor. If we, and our pastor remain focused on our mission to transform lives, and grow spiritually, we will witness the fruit of that success, objectively, through more people joining us in the worship of Christ as Lord and Savior. In a healthy and sustainable worship environment, the generosity of those whose lives are transformed will be the driving force behind future resources for compensation and ministry.
Interested individuals, please send a resumé to the chair of our Pulpit Vacancy Committee, Petroula Zoll at firstname.lastname@example.org.