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First Baptist Church – Pastor

15 Oak Ave

Position Type



Baptist (Other)

Ministry Area


Avg. Weekly Attendance


Job Description

With a long history in the downtown area of Aurora, Illinois, First Baptist Church finds itself at the intersection of an exciting and challenging ministry. To continue our presence in Aurora, we are looking for a creative, strong leader who will help us:
• adapt to the changes brought by the retirement of our long-term Pastor and the changes in our culture since Covid,
• to see a new vision for ministry in Aurora,
• as well as strengthening our diverse congregation through spiritual growth, worship and discipleship.

The foundation and history of our church lies in caring for one another and mission done in a variety of ways, and the opportunities for the future are numerous:
• Our building is large with many opportunities and rooms for ministry.
• First Baptist Church’s building is right on the edge of downtown Aurora which is a whole ministry in and of itself.
• We are just down the street from Waubonsee Community College, a half mile from West Aurora High School and 1.5 miles from Aurora University.
• We are within walking distance of many apartments and homes.
• Our neighborhood connects us to a diverse population with many possibilities for connection and presence.

We are currently overwhelmed with the possibilities of ministry in reaching out into Aurora and need YOUR help in prioritizing and implementing the mission God would have for us.

What First Baptist Church in Aurora Desires in a New Pastor

First Baptist’s Pastor gives spiritual oversight to the congregation, using God-given gifts, and personal skills, in the leadership of worship, teaching, prayer, vision and outreach of the church. Working with the Church Council and the congregation, the Pastor is responsible to keep the church focused on the mission of the church.

As we have looked at FBC’s leadership needs, the following are some of the strengths we are looking for in our next Pastor:
Worship Leadership – as the largest gathering of the congregation, we value our Pastor’s leadership in working with our Music Minister and laity in the implementation of our worship experience.
Interpreting the Faith – to guide us in discipling one another and with understanding our historic faith as it interacts with the ever-changing world around us.
Outward Ministry Leadership and Church Growth – recognizing the need to reach out beyond ourselves, we need a pastor to walk with us in the uniqueness of our ministry setting and see the possibilities of reaching into our community, enhancing and growing the outreach we are doing for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
Preaching/Communication – to connect the congregation to the Word of God and be able to effectively communicate the truth of God’s Good News to those both inside and outside the church.
Pastoral Care – to be a caring presence in our congregation, in our homes, and in our community.
Visitation – to be present in our community. There are so many options of places to be present: Colleges/University, downtown Aurora, schools, businesses, neighborhoods, hospitals and homes.

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