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The Rock of Panama City Beach – Senior Pastor

130 Griffin Blvd
Panama City Beach,

Position Type

Senior/Lead Pastor



Ministry Area


Avg. Weekly Attendance


Job Description

Do you want to preach weekly?
Do you have a vision for where a church could go?
Do you love fellowship around the table with believers?
Do you desire to minister in a non-denominational setting?
Want to serve with Elders who work, serve and love the people?
Can you relate to the Florida culture of residents and seasonal residents?

Amazing opportunity on the panhandle coast of Florida! Panama City Beach is home to The Rock, planted several years ago but now with a Senior Pastor vacancy. Perfect opportunity for someone who loves preaching the word and has the drive and desire to grow a church of less than 100 to a regional epicenter of truth and cultural change.

The Rock is a conservative, Evangelical group of believers who do not use “churchy” language, some raise their hands during their progressive (guitar-led) worship and have deep relational pillars upon which they build fellowship that is always centered around the table. Several weekly opportunities for gathering, the foresight of Elders to re-establish mission/vision during this transition and a group of people who love, laugh with and care for one another make this an unique opportunity for the right man and his family.

They are seeking a PROPHETIC LEADER who can dig deep into the word, but not so deep that they are lost without illustration and application.
They want a KINGLY LEADER who can see what the next season of the church should look like and plot a course in that direction.
They desire a PRIESTLY PASTOR who can do both of those things while loving the current and future membership and their families.


Baptistic in their view of Baptism
Conservative (Biblically and Socially)
Monthly celebration of Lord’s Supper (intinction)


Progressive worship (guitar-led)
New choruses and old lyrics set to updated tunes
Casual “beachy” feel
No Evangelical “code” language
Grace-oriented with gracious people
Debt-free property to build on
Currently meet in warehouse remodeled just for The Rock
Significant financial resources in bank (750K)
Sunday gathering of less than 100 members
Total package for full-time depends on experience (75K min.)

This unique, have to see it to believe it (or at least talk about it) opportunity is looking to move quickly with the right candidate. They are ready to relocate someone as soon as the Holy Spirit identifies the right candidate. Their ambitious and high-caliber understanding of this position compelled them to partner with McGowan Global Institute to lead the search and advise them through this transition. Their professional approach should tell you a lot about their view of this position and the unique understanding the Elders embrace of a smaller church with a big church vision.

Seminary not required, but preferred.
First-time pastors or recent seminary graduates could fit, with sufficient professional and personal experience leading organizations.
Current pastors in a multi-staffed position ready to fill the first chair would be a good fit.
Maturity and not age is a requirement.
Men with strong current marriages and children are encouraged to apply. The Rock loves kids and families!!!



This open position is placed by McGowan Global Institute

McGowan Global Institute (MGI) is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry that partners with church leadership, locally and globally. Our consultants provide the tools necessary for recalibration and flourishing in: RESOURCING, REVITALIZATION, and COACHING. They utilize over 50 years of real ministry experience in assisting churches as they navigate any number of realities within the church. We believe when proven leadership practices are applied to the most important organization in the world that cities and nations will rejoice, and a global economy of grace can be created.

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