First Baptist Church of Vienna, Virginia, which is located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, is seeking a full-time pastor, called by God who will be the spiritual leader of the congregation. The pastor is responsible to God and the church to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, to teach the Bible, to provide Christian leadership in all areas of the church and to engage in pastoral care for the congregation.
First Baptist Church of Vienna (FBCV), a predominately African American congregation, founded in 1867 by former slaves, is the first and oldest church in Vienna, Virginia. Over 50 years ago, the congregation moved from its original site to the current location at 450 Orchard Street. In 1996, the building was expanded to accommodate church growth and increased needs. Currently, FBCV has over 1000 individuals on its membership rolls and a budget in excess of $1.1 million. There are approximately 40 ministries that provide service, support, fellowship and outreach to the congregation and beyond. FBCV is a missionary Baptist church that is a paradigm for how the church can positively influence both the local, national, and international community. A detailed profile of the church is located at www.fbcv.org/church-profile.
Candidates must be Holy Spirit filled and guided. Candidates’ personal character and financial standing must be above reproach both inside and outside the church. Candidates must possess at least a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited theological seminary and will have at least five (5) years of senior level pastoral experience or five (5) years significant related ministry experience which includes experience in church administration (e.g. Assistant Pastor, Executive Pastor, Associate Minister, ministry leader) plus five (5) years of general ministry experience. Candidates must also be licensed and ordained in the Baptist church.
Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to prepare and deliver biblically sound, stimulating, inspirational and Spirit-filled sermons; should have a demonstrated aptness for Bible-based teaching; should possess strong interpersonal skills; and should be approachable and demonstrate inclusiveness for all demographics within the congregation.
The successful candidate will have a vision for growing church membership that is both educated in the Word of God and strong in relationship with Christ, particularly a vision, commitment and experience for increasing the numbers and spiritual development of youth and young adults in the congregation. Candidates must be open to new ideas, proficient in the use of technology and must have a proven record as a skilled administrator and manager of church staff and programs. The successful candidate will have a commitment to Christian Education, a zeal for missions and evangelism.
To view a complete copy of the vacancy announcement and application instructions, please to our website www.fbcv.org, click on the “Pastoral Search”.