Senior Pastor – Full Time at Friendship Baptist Church

Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) is situated about 40 miles southwest of Chicago in the suburb of Plainfield, Illinois. Due to our pastor retiring, we are seeking a full-time senior pastor to provide spiritual leadership, oversee an administrative staff, guide the church’s mission and outreach programs, and conduct weekly worship services for a current average of 75 attendees (115 pre-COVID). We are looking for a pastor that shares our desire for church growth through community outreach and involvement.


Plainfield is a growing community of around 47,000 and was recently named one of the top ten “hipsturbias” in America (a term coined by the New York Times). Plainfield is a developing residential area with thriving businesses which presents great growth potential for the church.


Typical Sunday morning services follow a blended style whereby a mix of contemporary Christian songs and hymns complement sermons that are relevant, practical, and biblically centered. FBC is a Southern Baptist Church that subscribes to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. FBC is affiliated with the Illinois Baptist State Association (IBSA) and the regional Three Rivers Baptist Association.


Primary Job Responsibilities

Develop and deliver weekly sermons and facilitate a meaningful worship experience.
Actively develop relationships with church members to effectively disciple, equip, support, and encourage them.
Serve and minister to individuals during times of crisis.
Provide oversight to a 4-person church staff.
Guide the direction of the church’s ministries and outreach programs.
Provide counseling services to church members and guests as needed.
Grow the church in its diversity through evangelism, building relationships, and discipleship.
Perform baptisms, weddings, and funerals.


Minimum Qualifications

Deep love for Jesus Christ and His Word and a clear testimony of a growing relationship with Him.
SBC ordained minister with a Master’s level seminary degree.
3 years of experience pastoring a church.
Subscribes to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and exemplifies the biblical requirements of a pastor as defined in 1 Timothy 3:1-10, Titus 1:5-16, and 1 Peter 5:1-2.
Demonstrated ability to articulate biblical theology in a manner that is understandable and applicable for church members.
Servant leader who exhibits strong communication skills (written & verbal) and collaboration to interact with the congregation, staff, and teams.


Preferred Qualifications

Doctorate in theology, divinity, ministry, or religious studies.
5+ years of experience pastoring a church.
Prior experience and passion for growing or re-growing a church congregation.


Salary and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with educational level and experience.
A comprehensive benefits package, including retirement, will be provided.
Relocation assistance available.



After prayerful consideration, interested candidates please apply to   to submit the following:

Cover letter
Link to at least one video recorded sermon


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Friendship Baptist Church
15801 S Route 59
Plainfield, Illinois 60544


Friendship Baptist Church
(815) 436-2380



Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
Ordained position
Exempt status
Not Exempt
Church Ministry