Job Opportunity: Lead Pastor

Sylvan Way Baptist Church---Bremerton, Washington, is seeking the man of God’s choosing to shepherd, lead, exhort and encourage this congregation, and to continue our 70 years of “Building God’s Kingdom Together” in the Pacific Northwest.
Opening: Lead Pastor
Date Posted: July 20, 2018
Application Deadline: September 7, 2018
Denomination: Baptist/Member of Converge Worldwide. Church size: 400-500
Hours: Full-Time/Salaried
Accountable To: The Elders
His Objective:
To seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to effectively communicate and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, evangelize the unsaved, and educate and equip the believing congregation to effectively reach others with the Gospel. He will strive to preach the Word of God to the congregation excellently and effectively each week, in-season and out-of-season, promoting a vibrant spiritual relationship with the Lord. He will shepherd our church, feed the flock the Word of God, guard the flock from unsound doctrine and dangers, care for and call back those lambs who stray, and point us towards a Biblically positive vision that culminates in Christ’s return.
His Qualifications:
• Exhibits a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and is unashamed to preach the gospel. In character he is beyond reproach, temperate, self-controlled and meets the scriptural qualifications of a pastor as detailed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Peter 5:1-4
• Shepherds God’s flock under his care, serving as an overseer; not lording over those entrusted to him, but being a spiritual example to the flock. (1 Peter 5:2-3)
• Pastors and teaches, preparing God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ will be built up. (Ephesians 4:11-12)
• Demonstrates a heartfelt love for people and has a Christ-like concern for their spiritual, mental and emotional well-being.
Education and Experience
• Master of Theology is preferred, Bachelor of Theology is minimum.
• An ordained minister or willing to seek ordination within the first two years from the call.
• Ten years of full-time ministry is preferred.

• Pass a criminal record background check.
• Allow a credit check of personal finances.
His Responsibilities:
• Performs all of the Scriptural duties of the office of pastor-teacher by preaching the Word. He values the importance of the weekly sermon and spends significant time in prayer and preparation. He employs a mainly expository preaching method.
• Seeks and promotes prayer as a priority, both personally and in the life of the Church.
• Involves himself personally in many of the day-to-day ministries of the church and in community events in order to develop relationships and model Christ-like servant-leadership.
• Alongside his Elders, he seeks God’s direction in casting ministry vision, setting goals and developing the ministries that will fulfill that vision. He assists and gives counsel to the Elders in their oversight of the church.
• Supervises and develops his Pastoral Staff, providing leadership, goal-setting and a yearly evaluation.
• Supervises, develops and evaluates his ministry team leaders and works alongside them to accomplish the ministry goals that he and the Elders have set forth.
• Oversees funds which are authorized for the ministries of the Senior Pastor by the Budget.
• Promotes and encourages participation by the Church and its members in the Converge Northwest and Converge Worldwide.
In addition to these responsibilities, the ideal Senior Pastor candidate for Sylvan Way will have some experience or the desire to minister to military men and women, and their families.
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation and benefits will be commensurate with experience and are negotiable upon call.
For a closer look at the ministry of Sylvan Way, please visit our website at
Applications for this position will only be accepted through the “Pastoral Placement Process” (P3). To apply, or for more information go to Please note the application deadline.


  • 2 Pine Tree Dr., Suite 510
  • Arden Hills, MN 55112