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Calvary Evangelical Free Church – Senior Pastor

Trumbull, CT

Position Type

Senior/Lead Pastor


Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), Other

Ministry Area


Avg. Weekly Attendance


Job Description

Meet Calvary Evangelical Free Church:

Calvary Church is a vibrant, multi-generational, ethnically diverse, Christ-centered, Evangelical Free Church of about 400 located in the New England town of Trumbull, CT.

Founded in 1889, Calvary Church has led a dynamic, outwardly focused ministry centered on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with individuals and families of various generational stages in the greater Trumbull area and beyond.

Calvary today is well positioned to undertake all that our Lord has prepared for it in the years to come. This is an exciting time for Calvary, as we seek God’s will to work diligently to advance His Kingdom, both locally and globally for present and future generations.

About the Senior Pastor:

The next Senior Pastor at Calvary Church will join the church at a time when it is well positioned for growth and innovative ministry. The Senior Pastor should be a visionary leader who is relatable to the congregation, bringing a dynamic, Christ-centered leadership style to equip, empower, and release the congregants and staff to do the work of the ministry.

The next Senior Pastor will lead an enthusiastic team of staff and ministry leaders to implement the vision developed by the Overseeing Board. All boards other than the Overseeing Board, committees, organizations, and ministries will be accountable (directly or indirectly) to the Senior Pastor, who is accountable to the Overseeing Board of which he is a voting member.

The Senior Pastor should have a strong love for and commitment to the Word of God and to seeing non-believers come to know and grow stronger and deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ. He should be articulate and able to communicate God’s Word with power and personal application. The Senior Pastor will possess strong interpersonal skills and a passion for learning and growth in his faith

The Senior Pastor’s Responsibilities Include:

Preach the gospel. Communicate scriptural truth and a Biblical message. Clearly and accurately teach the Word of God in a way that engages both believers and non-believers to discover and apply Biblical truth in their own lives.

Maintain a thorough knowledge of Scripture.

Encourage the congregation to move to a higher level of commitment to Christ and understanding of the Bible.

Lead with presence and connect with a multigenerational congregation containing different levels of faith.

Lead with a passion for outreach and evangelism.

Have a strategy and passion for leadership development and discipleship.

Co-lead with the elders and unites staff and ministry team leaders to maximize the effectiveness of the ministry.

What You Bring:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Senior Pastor:

Education & Experience

Graduate degree from a recognized, accredited theological seminary

5+ years pastoral leadership experience

Agreement with the EFCA statement of faith

Ordained or willing to be ordained in the EFCA

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Able to proactively communicate what is most important and supportive to his efforts

Effective in all forms of communication (verbal, e-mail, text, etc.)

Able to contribute effectively and positively in conversations, staff meetings, board meetings, etc.