Executive Pastor Search

First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C. is conducting a fair, thorough, and transparent search for our next Executive Pastor.


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Position Description – Executive Pastor

Position Summary:

The Executive Pastor is a spiritual leader of the church who assists the Senior Pastor in programs of spiritual mission and ministry to the community served by The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington D.C. The Executive Pastor is a regular leader of worship as well as other spiritual and fellowship activities. The Executive Pastor possesses a hopeful, vibrant vision of what the Church can be and do in the world. As the person responsible for the day-to-day business affairs of First Baptist Church, the Executive Pastor ensures that the systems of the church (financial, physical and operational systems) serve and support the mission of the church.

This is a full-time, exempt position based at the church under the direct supervision of the Senior Pastor. Flexibility with respect to time and location are at the discretion of the Senior Pastor.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Executive Pastor works under the direction of and in support of the ministry of the Senior Pastor in the following areas: 

  • Executive Ministry to the congregation, staff and community to provide continuity in multiple aspects of church management to ensure implementation of the church’s vision and mission

  • Functions as Chief of Staff supporting the Senior Pastor and Moderator in the day to day operations of FBC and assists in the supervision of FBC’s administrative and support staff

  • Oversees the church’s finances and reports results to the church, in coordination with the Church Treasurer, Stewardship Committee, and other financial leadership.

  • Manages the use, maintenance, and security of the church’s physical plant

  • Works with other church staff, the Personnel Committee, and outside vendors to manage the church’s Human Resources function including:

    • Ensuring compliance with Federal and local legal requirements

    • Applying best contemporary practices in maintaining the church’s personnel records

    • Implementing the church’s Employee handbook and other employment policies

  • Takes an active role in the mission, ministry and leadership of the whole church

  • Assists the Senior Pastor in leading mission and ministry initiatives by:

    • Identifying opportunities

    • Developing concepts and plans

    • Proposing new programs and ministry initiatives (including scope, benefits and resources)

    • Managing the implementation of approved programs and ministry initiatives

    • Directing the day-to-day operation of assigned programs and ministry initiatives

    • Reporting to the Senior Pastor on the status of all programs and ministry initiatives

  • Works to ensure that the spiritual needs of member constituencies are properly cared for including teaching and visiting the sick

  • Works to ensure the smooth transition between existing and new programs and ministry initiatives

  • Collaborates with the Senior Pastor, Ministers and lay leaders within the church to ensure the coordination and implementation of church activities

  • Has direct oversight accountability for the relationships and contracts the church maintains with outsourced service providers, particularly in the areas of financial and building administration

  • Participates in worship leadership as scheduled

  • Functions as Pastor-on-Duty as assigned

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Senior Pastor

Essential Job Functions:

  • Ensures that the systems and operations of the church support the mission of the church

  • Functions independently to oversee the work of others with minimum of direct supervision

  • Effectively communicates complex thoughts, ideas and concepts to others

  • Develops and maintains good interpersonal relationship with others both within and outside the church

  • Provides executive-level management oversight for multiple complex program initiatives throughout the church

  • Leads worship services and other church activities

  • Travels both locally and overnight on church business

Minimum Position Requirements:

  • Graduate-level Degree or equivalent from an accredited School of Divinity

  • Demonstrable skill and extensive experience in executive-level management oversight of complex programs and ministry initiatives throughout the church

  • Demonstrable skill and experience leading worship services

  • Demonstrable skill and experience with contemporary communication technologies

  • Ability to pass a standard background and credit check

  • Experience in the Baptist tradition

  • Project management experience


  • Ordination as a Minister