Senior Pastor

Date Posted: January 6, 2023
Hours Per Week: 40
International Baptist Church of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland, USA
Job Type: Lead/Head/Senior Pastor
Other Details

International Baptist Church of Zurich (Switzerland) – Senior Pastor

The Big Picture

International Baptist Church of Zurich (ibcz.ch), an English-speaking Christian fellowship located in Rüschlikon, Switzerland is seeking a man of God as a full-time pastor.

The Church

We are a family-oriented elder-led church with a congregation drawn from numerous countries, cultures, and denominational backgrounds. We have a weekly attendance between 80 and 100 that come from all over the Canton of Zürich and the surrounding regions. At IBCZ, the applicant must be prepared to servant-lead, work, and walk alongside a plurality of lay elders as a fellow elder. The elders work together and are supported by the diaconate and various ministry leaders.

The Candidate

Required skills and experience:

  • Baptist-ordained pastor.
  • Holds a Masters of Divinity degree (or equivalent) from an accredited seminary.
  • A minimum of 10 years of ministry experience.
  • Pastoral experience in at least two churches, including one senior/solo pastor position.
  • At least one pastoral position in an international church.
  • Experienced and gifted in preaching and teaching the Word of God.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English with excellent communication skills.
  • German language level A1 (written) and B1 (oral) prior to the start of the position.
    • For more details on the CEFR levels please refer to https://tinyurl.com/mmm8v8a5.
    • IBCZ can provide support in obtaining these qualifications.

Personal characteristics:

  • Called by God and Spirit-led.
  • Holds evangelical/conservative beliefs.
  • Pastor, counsellor, and shepherd who is approachable and hospitable.
  • Establishes and nurtures relationships with families and individuals within the church and community.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Has a heart for his church and a passion to preach.
  • As a solo pastor, is self-motivated and energetic.
  • Regularly nurtures his relationship with God through prayer, scripture study and devotional reading.
  • Possess the qualifications and qualities described in 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1 5:9, and 1 Peter 5:1-3.

Additional attributes:

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to lead and develop leaders.
  • A team player that collaborates well with others.
  • Passionate and invested in leading the congregation in spiritual growth.
  • Married with children or strong experience in relating to families and children.

Responsibilities include:

  • Preaches on Sundays.
  • Leads Communion.
  • Leads prayer meetings.
  • Coordinates with the various ministries to plan the worship services.
  • Teaches in various settings, e.g. Bible studies, membership classes, baptism classes, and pre-marital classes.
  • Conducts weddings, baptisms, and funerals.
  • Visits the elderly and the sick.
  • Performs certain administrative tasks with the support of the elders, deacons, and ministry leaders.

What we offer:

  • A loving, lively, committed church family.
  • Compensation according to local terms and conditions.
  • A furnished 3-bedroom (4-rooms incl living room) apartment 5 KM or 10 minutes by car from the church (rent not included in salary).
  • Visa sponsorship for non-Swiss/EU applicants.
  • Allowance for training and leadership development.
  • Pastoral ministry expenses.
  • Contribution towards the Swiss pension system (50% IBCZ, 50% employee).
  • Annual home leave travel expenses.
  • Church car, fuel, and related expenses.
  • Public Transport Fee-reduction card (Halbtax).
  • 25 days of vacation (plus federal holidays).
  • Please note, the church is not able to provide school tuition expenses.
    • Homeschooling is also not allowed in Canton Zurich.

We anticipate a starting date during the summer of 2023. 


The salary range would be between 70,000 and 90,000 Swiss francs depending on experience and the rent for the apartment is 2,171 chf per month.

How To Apply

The Process

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

  • Why do you believe that you might be a good fit as the Senior Pastor at IBCZ?
  • Describe your experiences in ministry and how you may be qualified to serve as the Senior Pastor at IBCZ?
  • In just a few sentences please give a summary of your theology and how that is in line with the Statement of Faith of IBCZ?

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