Senior Pastor

Website Palestine Baptist

Palestine Baptist Church (PBC) is looking to fill the position of senior pastor. As a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, we are a passionate group of believers seeking to live and love like Jesus by being grounded in the word, growing in our faith, and going in ministry to Him by being the hands and feet of Jesus. Our average attendance is 225, and we are located in Huddleston, Virginia in  beautiful Bedford county.

Bedford County is a growing county minutes away from beautiful Smith Mountain Lake and often referred to as a bedroom community to both Roanoke and Lynchburg.  Our area is primarily agricultural and our church is diverse in that we have white & blue collar professionals, farmers, young families with stay at home moms and we’re surrounded by beautiful farmland. We feel fortunate that a large part of our congregation are young families in the 30 – 40 year old range therefore we work hard to maintain a strong children’s program.


Led by the Spirit of God, the pastor agrees to:

1.  Seek the mind of Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all things.

2.  Provide Spiritual leadership to the church.

3.  Be a person of integrity in his family, the church, and the community by setting a  personal behavior

standard required in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 John 4 and 1 Peter 5: 1-4.

4.  Be loving and gracious to all.

5.  Be diligent in work according to the work schedule shared with the church.

6.  Use his ministry gifts, knowledge, and wisdom to glorify Christ through the church.

7.  Lead the church in planning and implementing ministries that fulfill the Great Commission.

8.  Preach to instruct, inspire, and enable the church for ministry.

9.  Equip the saints for the work of the ministry through biblical teaching and training.

10.  Coordinate baptismal services; officiate weddings and funerals.

11.  Mediate conflict to produce healthy, productive relationships in the church.

12.  Lead and supervise church staff to include spiritual mentorship, performance reviews and strategic

planning; delegate responsibilities to staff members or church officers as needed.

13.  Lead the church Leadership Team in its task or delegate responsibility. Provide administrative


14.  Counsel other church leaders and ministry teams regarding their work.

15.  Conduct premarital, vocational, family, and bereavement counseling sessions as needed. Advise

other professional help when needed.


16.  Work with deacons, church officers and teams in performing assigned responsibilities. Be available

for and lead in training as needed.


17.  Administer orientation of New Members and path to developing service opportunities {which may

be delegated with oversight}


18.  Cooperate with and lead the church in cooperating with associational, state and denominational



19.  Evangelize the lost through preaching and also personally as a disciple of Christ.


20.  Commit to engage in the lives of the church family.


21.  Respect the ministry gifts of church members and encourage their growth and involvement in the

life of the church.


22.  Oversee and implement a plan for healthy Small Group ministry inclusive of leader training, support,

communication of vision, and oversight if delegated to ministry leader.


Required Qualifications:


·        Must be in agreement with the doctrinal statement of the Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in the year 2000.

·        Should be ordained by a Southern Baptist Church.

·        Must bear witness to a clear testimony of conversion, evidence of the fruit of the Spirit, and a commitment to personal and spiritual growth.

·        Must pass extensive background check.


Preferred Qualifications:

·        6 – 10 years experience as a pastor

·        Bachelor’s degree and a Seminary degree.