Embarking on the journey to hire a new senior pastor?
Your first step is simple: Put together the most compelling Senior Pastor Job Description you can and post it online
Our guide will walk you through crafting a job description that attracts top-notch candidates and aligns with your church's mission and vision. Grab the downloadable template to get started!
Below is a senior pastor job description you can use as a template:
Welcome to [Church Name]! We are seeking a passionate and visionary senior pastor to lead our congregation in [Location]. If you are dedicated to spiritual growth, community engagement, and embody our values of [list 3-5 key values], we invite you to consider joining our vibrant and welcoming community.
Below are the qualifications we are looking for our new pastor to meet:
Here is a non-exhaustive list of the responsibilities and duties the pastor of [Church Name] must fill:
To apply for the position of Pastor at [Church Name], please submit your resume, a cover letter, and any additional relevant documents to [email address]. The deadline for applications is [date]. Candidates will be contacted for an initial interview, followed by a more in-depth assessment.
At [Church Name], we believe that finding the right pastor is a collaborative effort between the church leadership and the candidate. We look forward to welcoming a new pastor who shares our vision and is excited to lead this church.
If you feel called to be a part of our community, we invite you to apply and join us in fulfilling our mission together.
The above template will save you so much time as you prepare to hire a new head pastor.
But if you want to guarantee that your church finds the right candidate for the pastor position, your job posting needs to answer a few more questions:
Your job description needs to cover your church's vision for the role of the person behind the pulpit.
Articulating this vision will help new candidates know what they're taking on with this role at your church and it also helps weed out any applicants who don't share your ideals.
The template above includes a list of responsibilities. But your church has specific needs that won't be covered by a one-size-fits-all template.
Take some time to list out all the duties a senior pastor needs to fill at your church and include a condensed version of that list in your job posting.
What does a potential new pastor need to know about your church to make them a good fit? Is there anything specific about your congregation, facilities, or community that a minister needs to know? Share that information in your job listing.
Also, what skills do you need a new pastor to have beyond preaching, teaching, and administration? Do they need to be a handyman to maintain the facilities, do outreach for a specific demographic in your community, etc? List any special skills you expect them to have.
In addition to the duties, responsibilities, knowledge, and skills you need a pastor to know about, share any additional requirements that your church expects.
Do you want a seasoned leader to step into your congregation, or do you prefer a fresh perspective? Do you want someone with a seminary degree or do you prefer experience over degrees?
Your pastor job description will need to address these questions.
Some candidates will expect a salary that is outside of your church's budget. Adding a salary to your job posting will save everyone time and headaches.
If a specific salary amount can't be shared publically, consider posting a salary range that a candidate can expect.
Below are the 5 easy steps to create the best job description when looking for a new pastor:
What is the difference between a pastor and a senior pastor?
Usually, when a church distinguishes between a senior pastor and other pastors, it's because they have multiple pastors on staff.
A senior pastor is the lead pastor, the primary preacher and teacher, and typically the one everyone sees as the leader of the church. The church may also have an executive pastor who oversees the spiritual health of the pastors, including the senior pastor, but the senior pastor is the primary leader of the church.
What should a senior pastor do?
As the leader of the church, the senior pastor is the primary preacher and teacher and oversees the ministries of the church. They guide the other staff and volunteers and create a compelling vision for the future of the church.
What is the relationship between senior pastor and associate pastor?
An associate pastor is typically hired to work alongside the senior pastor to share the load of ministry, but also to learn from a more experienced pastor.
Typically, the senior pastor is older and more experienced than the associate pastor. The associate pastor is meant to learn how to lead a church from the senior pastor in the hopes of one day becoming the senior pastor.
Remember, the more thought and effort you invest in creating a compelling lead pastor job description, the more likely you are to attract candidates who are not only qualified but also genuinely passionate about contributing to the growth and well-being of your church.