The Bible Fellowship Church of Denville, located in Northern New Jersey, is seeking a Lord’s Servant to replace our Pastor who is retiring after 50 years of pastoral ministry. Denville, NJ is an upper middle-class community with a population of 17,000 with a median income of approximately $125,000 per year per family. Denville is situated 31 miles west of New York City with direct access to highways, trains, and buses. It is a great place to raise a family. Despite being so close to big cities such as NYC and Newark, Denville still retains its small-town character and has a highly rated school system. Denville has multiple modern playgrounds, a major river, and eleven lakes and ponds for recreational activities. Businesses, social organizations, and the police department are very active in many events.
Prior to COVID, the congregation numbered about 50 people of various cultures. Since COVID, in-person attendance has averaged 20-30. We regularly have seven households following our on-line services. The majority of the congregation is 50 years old or older. We have 5 families with children. The members of our local church are faithful, loving, and generous in their stewardship. One of the strengths in our congregation has been sound Biblical preaching and teaching. It is our desire to maintain this quality of preaching/teaching in the future with the hope of attracting new families to the Word of God through the expository preaching of Scripture.
Our congregation supports ministries outside of our congregation including the BFC of Newark neighborhood outreach, Women’s First Choice Resource Centers, Market Street Mission, Samaritan’s Purse and more. The Denville BFC meets at our own building situated less than a mile from downtown Denville. The three-bedroom parsonage has a fenced in back yard and is only a five-minute walk from a middle school and a ten-minute walk from the church.
We are blessed with a Hispanic Baptist Congregation which shares our church building as their house of worship. To be fully transparent, currently the church presently pays a Pastor an annual salary of $25,995, together with additional benefits as follows:
- Parsonage Use: $2,500/month, ($30,000/year)
- Utility Allowance: $ 677.08/month ($8,125/year)
We do not pay for health insurance or self-employment tax.
We will provide 3 weeks’ vacation each year. We also will pay into the Ministers Annuity Fund the sum of $9,200. Note that at the mutual discretion of the Board of Elders and yourself, that some of this amount can be distributed as salary rather than put in the Annuity Fund.
This is a call to serve bi-vocationally, that is, with the understanding that, should you be called, you will need to provide part of your support through other employment than the ministerial position to which we are calling you. We promise to review with you the adequacy of this call and its conditions each year, to increase our provision for your support as we are able, and to provide full support for you as soon as it is possible.