Pastor at International Baptist Church of Zurich
Rüschlikon Switzerland

Seeking Pastor for the International Baptist Church of Zurich

The International Baptist Church of Zürich (IBCZ), an English-speaking Christian fellowship located in Rüschlikon, Switzerland is seeking a man of God as a full-time pastor.

We are a family-oriented elder-led church with a congregation drawn from numerous countries, cultures, and denominational backgrounds. We have a weekly attendance between 80 and 100 that come from all over the Canton of Zürich and the surrounding regions. At IBCZ, the applicant must be prepared to servant-lead, work, and walk alongside a plurality of lay elders as a fellow elder. The elders work together and are supported by the diaconate and various ministry leaders.

Required skills and experience:

Baptist-ordained pastor
Holds a Masters of Divinity degree (or equivalent) from an accredited seminary
A minimum of 10 years of ministry experience
Pastoral experience in at least two churches, including one senior/solo pastor position
At least one pastoral position in an international church
Experienced and gifted in preaching and teaching the Word of God
Fluent in spoken and written English with excellent communication skills
German language level A1 (written) and B1 (oral) prior to the start of the position. For more details on the CEFR levels please refer to IBCZ can provide support in obtaining these qualifications.

Personal characteristics:

Called by God and Spirit-led
Holds evangelical/conservative beliefs
Pastor, counsellor, and shepherd who is approachable and hospitable
Establishes and nurtures relationships with families and individuals within the church and community
Strong interpersonal skills
Has a heart for his church and a passion to preach
As a solo pastor, is self-motivated and energetic
Regularly nurtures his relationship with God through prayer, scripture study and devotional reading
Possess the qualifications and qualities described in 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1 5:9, and 1 Peter 5:1-3

Additional attributes:

Strong organisational skills
Ability to lead and develop leaders
A team player that collaborates well with others
Passionate and invested in leading the congregation in spiritual growth
Married with children or strong experience in relating to families and children

Responsibilities include:

Preaches on Sundays
Leads Communion
Leads prayer meetings
Coordinates with the various ministries to plan the worship services
Teaches in various settings, e.g. Bible studies, membership classes, baptism classes, and pre-marital classes
Conducts weddings, baptisms, and funerals
Visits the elderly and the sick
Performs certain administrative tasks with the support of the elders, deacons, and ministry leaders

What we offer:

A loving, lively, committed church family
Compensation according to local terms and conditions
A furnished 3-bedroom (4-rooms incl living room) apartment 5 KM or 10 minutes by car from the church (rent not included in salary)
Visa sponsorship for non-Swiss/EU applicants
Allowance for training and leadership development
Pastoral ministry expenses
Contribution towards the Swiss pension system (50% IBCZ, 50% employee)
Annual home leave travel expenses
Church car, fuel, and related expenses
Public Transport Fee-reduction card (Halbtax)
25 days of vacation (plus federal holidays)
Please note, the church is not able to provide school tuition expenses. Homeschooling is also not allowed in Canton Zurich

We anticipate a starting date during the summer of 2023.



International Baptist Church of Zurich
Gheistrasse, 33
Rüschlikon, International 8803


IBCZ Pastor Search Committee
[email protected]


Rüschlikon Switzerland
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
Commensurate with experience
Ordained position
Exempt status
Church Ministry