Date Posted: July 6, 2024
Hours Per Week: 40
First Baptist Church of East Greenwich
East Greenwich, RI, USA
Job Type: Lead/Head/Senior Pastor
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First Baptist Church of East Greenwich (East Greenwich, RI) – Pastor

The Big Picture

First Baptist Church of East Greenwich (https://www.firstbaptisteg.org) is looking for a senior minister who will lead this faith-based, American Baptist community as it grows in worship, fellowship and community. We are particularly seeking a pastor who will be creative and adaptive as we seek to become who we are next.

Professional Qualifications

  • Possess a Master’s degree (Master of Divinity preferred) from an accredited seminary or currently be enrolled in a Master’s degree program at an accredited seminary.
  • Hold an American Baptist ordination or meet the ordination requirements established by American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island.
  • Have exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Have an ability to work well with other professional staff and the laity in planning the worship experience and church programs.
  • Possess organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.


  • Conduct worship with sermons that challenge and move the congregation spiritually and are relevant to the communities around us.
  • Work closely with the Director of Music and the Board of Deacons in planning and executing the worship program.
  • Prepare and lead all special services of the church including but not limited to Christmas Eve, Holy Week, weddings and funerals.
  • Lead the congregation through preaching, teaching and example.

Pastoral Care

  • Provide pastoral care for members of the congregation who are housebound, hospitalized or in crisis.
  • Work with the Board of Deacons to see that a shared visitation program is in place for all housebound congregants.
  • In counseling situations, make appropriate referrals to outside agencies/individuals when the level of counseling is outside of the pastor’s expertise. Be familiar with counseling resources in the community.
  • Work with the Board of Deacons in maintaining regular contact with the congregation.


  • Provide training to the congregation in outreach and evangelism.
  • Take an active role in welcoming new worshippers and invite them to participate in worship and in the life of the church.
  • Participate in local activities including working with other pastors in a spirit of ecumenical sharing of the Gospel.
  • Work with others in the congregation in helping to continue the national and international commitment in mission activities.


  • Work with the Boards and the Women’s Alliance in continuing the many fellowship programs that have long been part of the church.
  • Be willing to suggest other creative opportunities for fun and fellowship.
  • Promote along with the Board of Trustees the use of our facilities for community groups.
  • Work with the Director of Christian Education to provide strong educational programs to the youth and adults in the church.


  • Work in accordance with the By-Laws and the appropriate boards in supervising and supporting all staff.
  • Write a monthly Evangel article.
  • Work with the Church Council in developing a Strategic Plan.
  • Establish regular office hours.

The Compensation

Entire compensation package is between $65,000-$75,000 depending on experience. We are open to a bi-vocational pastor.

How To Apply

The Process

Please look over this job description and the church Facebook Page. Along with your resume please answer these questions:

  • Why do you believe that you might be a good fit as the Pastor for First Baptist Church?
  • Describe your experiences in ministry and how you may be qualified to serve as the Pastor at First Baptist Church?
  • In just a few sentences please give a summary of your theology and how that is in line with the doctrine of First Baptist Church.

Please send your resume, the answers to these questions and a link to at least one online sermon to [email protected].