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Calvary Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

New York, New York

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Denomination: Non-Denominational (Unaffiliated Baptist)

Weekly Attendance: 480

Location: New York, New York

The Role: Senior Pastor

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Meet Calvary Baptist Church:

Calvary began in 1847 as a small church in lower Manhattan, meeting in different locations and moving uptown with the growth of the city, where it eventually arrived at its current site on West 57th Street in 1883.

While Calvary Baptist is not affiliated with any particular denomination, it is committed to being a partner with hundreds of like-minded churches and Christian ministries all over New York. Indeed, its strategic central location in midtown remains both a beacon and a hub for spreading the gospel.

The church has a rich heritage of faithful and dynamic preaching. In his autobiography, Billy Graham spoke fondly of Calvary on multiple occasions. At the beginning of the legendary 1957 Crusades, he wrote, “First thing I did the next [Sunday] morning, .... Ruth and I went to church at Calvary Baptist on West 57th Street across from Carnegie Hall to hear John Wimbish preach.”

This legacy of faithful Biblical preaching is one of Calvary’s three distinctives.  The others are its astounding diversity and its unique location.

And what a location it is! Calvary is situated between Sixth and Seventh Avenues on West 57th Street, two blocks south of Central Park, set between some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and perfectly situated for public transportation access from all five boroughs and the surrounding suburbs.

This central access has made it possible for people from all walks of life to come together to hear the Word of God and to connect with one another in fellowship and in service. It’s difficult to describe Calvary’s diversity; you have to experience it! It has people from every state in the U.S., people from every ethnic background, people in every profession including students, the homeless, the retired, entertainers, families from the Bronx, singles from Brooklyn, immigrants from Queens, and business professionals from Jersey and Staten Island. It’s inspiring to see a church composed of every people, tribe, language, and nation committed to reaching out to a world of every people, tribe, language, and nation!


About the Senior Pastor:

The ideal candidate for Senior Pastor shall profess a personal faith in Jesus. He shall demonstrate keen spiritual insights appropriate for spiritual leadership and vision casting for the church. He shall be able to exegete the Scriptures accurately and be able to articulate the Word of God in a manner appropriate for a nationally recognized pulpit and international radio ministry.  

He shall display vitality in his spiritual walk as a believer and shall meet the Scriptural qualifications for Elder. He shall exhibit the ability to provide pastoral care in a multicultural, multiethnic, urban environment. The ideal candidate will exhibit a spiritual maturity and experience that qualify him to provide counsel to departments and members. He shall have a heart for evangelism and outreach.

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The Senior Pastor Will: 

  • Teach, serving as the chief expositor of Scripture in the church and overseeing the preaching and teaching ministries, adhering to the full counsel of God.  

  • Administer the ordinances (baptism and communion); oversee the ministries of the church, supporting the entire leadership to ensure that God is glorified in all aspects of the church’s functions.  

  • Meet regularly with staff, especially pastoral staff, encouraging them in their spiritual journey as well as developing their skills.  

  • Know the congregation, caring for their needs by modeling the character of an elder among the congregation.  

  • Assist in maintaining the highest possible ministry standards and professional ethics in accordance with the goals, mission, and purpose statements of Calvary Baptist Church.

  • Support the leadership of CBC, contributing to the spirit of unity among the staff and congregation.

  • Work closely and frequently with the Worship and Executive Pastors to plan the public services of the church.

  • Serve together with the elders, deacons, and other pastors in the development and execution of both vision and strategy.

  • Participate in the annual strategic planning process including the evaluation of ministry performance; review of mission, vision, and core values; developing key objectives and goals; etc.

  • Encourage evangelism and missions, engage and encourage missionaries of the church.

  • Partner with like-minded New York City ministries in the advancement of the gospel.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • The ideal candidate will be ordained and will have 7 to 10 years of relevant pastoral ministry experience.

  • A Master of Divinity or comparable graduate degree from an accredited conservative, evangelical, theological seminary or its equivalent is required.

  • Spiritual gifts appropriate for this assignment include pastor/shepherd, teaching, exhortation/encouragement, leadership, and evangelism.

  • Experience and knowledge of a multi-staffed, multi-generational church are essential.

Personal Characteristics

  • Serve as a humble servant leader and man of integrity.

  • Be an example of Christlikeness both in the church and the community.

  • Be personable, approachable, and hospitable.

  • Have a shepherd’s heart and love people.

  • Be a disciple-maker that leads by example and passion.

  • Will understand and lead Calvary Baptist with cultural relevance.

  • Have a teachable spirit and be a team player.

  • Will understand and honor multigenerational, multicultural ministry.

  • Be a collaborative leader - willing to listen to church leadership and staff.

  • Will honor the past but look toward the future.

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What it's Like to Live in New York, New York: 

Everyone has a different picture of what it’s like to live in New York City, based on the thousands of films and television shows that portray the city, on its constant backdrop in every news broadcast, or its culture and influence that are inseparable from American history. Simply mentioning New York sports teams or highlighting its iconic places like Times Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Wall Street, the World Trade Center, Broadway, Fifth Avenue, the Statue of Liberty, United Nations, etc., bring a myriad of images to mind.

Families who move to New York City discover, paradoxically, that it is both larger - and smaller - than they would have imagined. One’s neighborhood becomes a home, and yet, traveling from one point in the city to another can seem like traveling to another continent. New York’s mass transportation system, the largest and most complex in the country, is essential for Manhattan dwellers.

Calvary’s central midtown location is situated between Sixth and Seventh Avenues on busy 57th Street, across from Carnegie Hall and two blocks south of Central Park. The building is set between some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, and most importantly, it has optimal access by public transportation from all five boroughs and the surrounding suburbs. Having been in this location for over 135 years, Calvary’s outreach and connection to the local community is immeasurable.

According to missions agency Global Gates, “if the more than four million individuals from unreached people groups in Metro New York were counted as their own city, it would be the second-largest city in the U.S., larger than Los Angeles…One-third of the top 100 unreached people group communities in North America most in need of missionaries are in Metro New York.”

Affordable housing is the first thing that comes to mind when people think about moving to New York, and Calvary remains committed to providing the level of compensation that will enable the next senior pastor to live close to the church.

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