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Bay Leaf Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

Raleigh, North Carolina



Denomination: Baptist - SBC

Weekly Attendance: 1000+

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

The Role: The Senior Pastor will oversee preaching and pastoral care at Bay Leaf Baptist Church.


Meet Bay Leaf Baptist Church:

What began as a small "country" church many years earlier found itself in the growing Raleigh metro area by the 1970s. As Raleigh and the nearby Research Triangle area began to expand explosively in the 1980s, Bay Leaf transitioned to a growing suburban church as the land in our previously small, rural community became home to a number of housing developments, schools, and commercial centers. In response, thanks to insightful pastoral and congregational leadership, Bay Leaf undertook the building and ministry programs needed in order to effectively minister to our rapidly changing community. A new sanctuary, gymnasium, and educational building were all constructed in the 1980s and 90s. A culture of prayer, sacrificial giving, and a fervent desire to reach our community for Christ undergirded this growth. International missions efforts became a key part of our ministry during this time period and continue today, particularly in Africa and Asia as well as many other parts of the world. 

More recently, Bay Leaf has invested once again in the future ministries of the church to the still rapidly growing population of the North Raleigh/Research Triangle area by acquiring a 40-acre tract of land at on hub located at the intersection of 1-540 and Highway 50 North in Raleigh. This undeveloped land is situated in one of the most demographically attractive areas for ministry in the entire southeastern United States, with significant ethnic, economic, cultural, and country of origin diversity in the fast-growing population nearby. Approximately 1.5 million people live within a 20-minute drive of this site. 

Today, Bay Leaf is engaged in a dynamic, Spirit-directed, gospel-centered, multi-generational ministry led by talented staff and an equipped and motivated congregation. From our existing debt-free campus, raw land ready to develop for future ministry expansion (with funding set aside), and our new International Ministry Center serving the refugee population in North Raleigh, Bay Leaf is moving forward with sharing the love of Christ and the message of Christ throughout our community and around the world. Bay Leaf started as a family and community church, and despite its consistent growth, it still retains much of that family and community feel today. We are excited for the future as we see how the Spirit of God can best use us to declare His Word and help grow His Kingdom. 


About the Senior Pastor:

The Senior Pastor of Bay Leaf Baptist Church is responsible to the congregation for the preaching ministry and the pastoral care of Bay Leaf Baptist Church.  The Senior Pastor will have an annual review by the Deacon Personnel Committee.


The Senior Pastor Will: 

  • Be the spiritual leader of the congregation.

  • Have responsibility for and authority over the overall ministry of the church.

  • Will embrace the multi-generational mission of the church.

  • Provide energetic and effective leadership and direction for the church and the church staff in the areas of vision, mission, programming, etc., including the church’s visibility and reputation in the community.

  • Proclaim the Gospel through preaching and teaching, and lead the church to proclaim the Gospel in the community and around the world.

  • Plan, coordinate, and evaluate the worship services of the church, and have oversight of the ordinances of the church.

  • Coordinate pastoral care to the entire congregation.

  • Recommend, advise, supervise, and mentor the church pastoral staff.

  • Serve as an ex-officio member of all organizations, departments, and committees.


What you Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • 10+ years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor or other equivalent leadership experience.

  • Multisite campus experience preferred.

  • Undergraduate degree required; Seminary degree highly preferred and ordination.

Personal Characteristics
  • Energetic preaching skills with the ability to communicate effectively across generations.

  • Excellent leadership skills and a demonstrated commitment to operate with excellence.

  • Ability to effectively lead staff and commit to their development.

  • Ability to preach in a culturally insightful way.

  • Passionate about discipleship and sharing your faith.

  • Prioritizes individual prayer life and cultivates an environment emphasizing corporate prayer.

  • Has a heart for the next generation and for the spiritual challenges of the culture.

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What it's Like to Live in Raleigh, North Carolina: 

Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, is one of the most rapidly growing small cities in the United States.  Because of its diverse and robust economy, world-class educational institutions, world-class healthcare facilities, and cultural,  athletic, and entertainment options, Raleigh is routinely ranked among the top areas in America to work, live, and raise a family.  Raleigh anchors the geographic location known as the Research Triangle area of North Carolina; named so because of the world-renowned research universities (NC State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University) that call this area home. Because of these and other institutions of higher learning in the area, the Research Triangle has the highest concentration of Ph.D. 's in the United States.  In addition to the educational and economic impact of these universities, they also provide (along with the Carolina Hurricanes NHL team) a dynamic and fun environment for sports fans.   

Raleigh offers exciting and thriving downtown and suburban experiences filled with several renowned music venues, sports teams, a great arts community, and a diverse culinary scene. It also provides a  variety of entertainment in the arts, with various performing venues and visual arts collections–The Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Theatre, along with many performing arts programs at the universities. Raleigh is also home to many museums and a large number of restaurants that provide an opportunity for casual and elegant evenings out on the town. 

Raleigh provides many options for residents and visitors including a bustling downtown and nightlife to family suburbs with excellent amenities and recreational opportunities to rural and agricultural areas close to the city. Like most of the Southeastern United States, Raleigh has a warm, subtropical climate, with four distinct seasons. The area enjoys excellent weather for much of the calendar year. All in all, Raleigh is an ideal place for any couple or family to live.

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