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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:

In the late 1870s, a small community of approximately twenty-five families lived nearly fifteen miles north of the capital city of Raleigh. A one-room schoolhouse was built in the center of this community. 

The school needed a name, and the people of the community chose “Bay Leaf.” This name sounded like “Bailey,” a common family name in the community, but it is also claimed that the name was taken from the bay trees that grew around the spring from which the school drew its water. Sunday School started meeting in the little schoolhouse, and on August 19, 1880, the Bay Leaf Missionary Baptist Church was organized.

Present-day members can take pride in the fact that Bay Leaf Baptist Church has always had a commitment to missions. Even when the pastor was paid less than $50 a year, the church gave $8 to missions annually. Also, the church was effective in reaching people in the community for Jesus, and many were baptized in the Neuse River!

By October 1887 there was obviously a growing need for a church building. A collection was taken and $250 was pledged for the construction of a building that was completed in 1889.  By 1958, new buildings were again needed, and a series of building projects were voted on, funded by the growing congregation, and completed. And in the 1980s into the 1990s, a new sanctuary, gymnasium, and educational buildings were all completed!  Tremendous prayer and sacrificial giving undergirded this growth.

In 2006, the church leadership saw the opportunity for continued growth and expansion of the ministries of the church to the growing north Raleigh population and a 40 -acre tract of land was purchased at the intersection of I-540 and Creedmoor Road. This land is situated in one of the most rapidly growing corridors of the Raleigh/Research Triangle area and is, therefore, one of the most demographically attractive areas for ministry in the entire southeastern United States with significant racial, economic, cultural and country of origin diversity in the nearby, rapidly growing population. 

Today, Bay Leaf is engaged in a dynamic, gospel-centered ministry led by highly talented staff and a motivated congregation. From our existing campus, raw land ready for development and our ministry center serving the international and 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 rapid growth, it still retains the family and community feel today. There are opportunities for members of every generation to serve, worship, and grow together!


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 and overseer of the congregation.

  • Have charge of the welfare and oversight of the Church.

  • Will embrace the multi-generational mission of the church

  • Provide leadership and direction for the church and the church staff in the areas of vision, mission, programming, etc.

  • Proclaim the Gospel through preaching and teaching, and to 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 to have oversight of the ordinances of the church.

  • Provide a pulpit supply as needed.

  • Coordinate pastoral care to the entire congregation, including hospital visitation.

  • Serve as a counselor to those in need.

  • Provide leadership for the administration of the total church program.

  • Recommend, advise, and supervise the church staff.

  • Mentor young ministers and seminary students.

  • Conduct weddings, funerals, etc. as needed.

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

  • Serve as a moderator of the church in the absence of the Church Moderator.


What you Bring: 

Education & Experience

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

  • Multisite campus experience.

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

Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to preach powerful messages that effectively translate across generations.

  • Forward-thinker and visionary with a passion for growth.

  • Excellent leadership skills and capacity to use discernment and insight to make key decisions as a leader.

  • Relatable to staff and committed to their development.

  • Ability to preach in a culturally insightful way.

  • Passionate about discipleship and sharing his faith.

  • Prioritizes individual prayer life and cultivates an environment conducive for 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 Southeastern United States, Raleigh has a humid, 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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