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First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens

Senior Pastor

Somerset, New Jersey

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Denomination: American Baptist/National Baptist 

Weekly Attendance: 2,500

Location: Franklin Township, New Jersey

The Role: First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens is seeking a Senior Pastor who will lead the congregation in all aspects of ministry, including worship, teaching, preaching, administration of staff, and stewardship. 

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Meet First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens

First Baptist Church’s humble beginning without a doubt is a testament to Matthew 18:20, which states: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I will be in the midst of them.” God has truly been in the midst of every avenue the establishment of First Baptist Church has taken. From the few members who decided to leave Zion Hill one Sunday in 1933 to the apple tree in Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Haigler’s yard in Highland Park to the abandoned gas station on Route 27… and now to a membership in excess of 6000 and to the massive new sanctuary. We praise God for those who have  led us to where we are today, for their faithfulness and their visions, we completely understand what Proverbs 29:18 says is true “Where there is no vision the people perish …”

A growing segment of the church’s membership is non-African American—many people of European and African heritage are joining in increasingly large numbers. The diversity provides the church with the opportunity to build upon the Black church tradition while also expanding into communities that are well beyond the traditional constituency of the Black churches.

First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens has long been a church that is active in the community and continues to serve the neighborhood in areas of housing, employment, health care, youth development and economic development. The focus of First Baptist is to provide a three-dimensional ministry that nurtures spiritual growth, supports academic excellence, and promotes economic empowerment.


About the Senior Pastor:

FBCLG is seeking a Senior Pastor that will lead the congregation in all aspects of ministry, including worship, teaching, preaching, administration of staff, and stewardship. The Senior Pastor extends God’s grace to others and leads by example as one who is relational, authentic, transparent, and humble. A successful candidate must have an demonstrated ability to relate to and connect with a multi-generational, diverse congregation; a heart for proclaiming the Gospel; and a desire to extend ministry to the community surrounding the church and then throughout the world thus continuing FBCLG’s active participation in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

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The Senior Pastor will: 

  • Conduct worship that enables people to hear the Word of God and participate in personal and corporate devotion that grow and strengthen their relationship with God. 

  • Prepare and deliver sermons and lessons at all regular worship services of the Church unless as agreed, authorize another to fulfill this responsibility. 

  • Guide the spiritual formation of the congregation through teaching, preaching, and leading by example. 

  • Work with the staff and church ministries to ensure that the Church is provided with opportunities to be involved in hands-on service opportunities within and beyond the Church; and encourage the congregation to give of their time, talents, and resources in service to God. 

  • Be the spiritual leader and administrator responsible for supervising the various ministries of the church in accordance with the provisions of the church constitution and bylaws and counsel with the Diaconate and Trustees. 

  • Support, supervise, manage and provide input for the evaluation of church employees. 

  • Demonstrate a lifestyle of personal discipleship and oversee its application in congregational life. 

  • Provide training opportunities to the congregation for outreach and evangelism.

  • Lead and provide pastoral care ministries in conjunction with other staff, ministries, and the Diaconate. 

  • Seek to nurture the mental, spiritual and emotional health of the individuals in FBCLG. 


What you bring: 

Education and Experience: 

  • An ability to articulate a personal Christian conversion experience; devout personal faith in Christ, proficiency with the Baptist doctrine and polity; and able to fully support the polity and mission of FBCLG. 

  • Must be led by the Holy Spirit to serve God’s people at FBCLG and motivate the congregation to continuously draw closer to God. 

  • Must have a Master of Divinity from an ATS accredited school. 

  • Current ordination in the American Baptist Church or other nationally recognized denomination is required. 

  • Doctoral degree would be a plus.

  • A degree in Business Administration, and/ or finance would be a plus. 

  • Superior written and verbal communication, organizational and leadership skills, and be very comfortable and experienced in providing pastoral care in difficult situations. 

  • Must have held a senior level pastoral position at a multi-staff, multicultural church with a budget of at least one million dollars and had operational input in the budgeting process. 

  • Extremely skilled at strategic planning, ministry development and leadership of volunteers. 

  • Experience in community engagement.

  • An appreciation for and understanding of technology and its relevance and use in ministry. 

  • A demonstrated knowledge of civic issues and understanding of public sector processes and policies. 

  • Fluency in Spanish would be a plus. 

  • At least five years of experience in a senior ministry position, preferably as Senior Pastor. 

  • Willingness to embrace technology as a tool. 

Personal Characteristics: 

  • Is a dynamic and relevant communicator 

  • Is able to clearly articulate and communicate biblical truths and principles across all age groups at FBCLG

  • Is a high-capacity leader, strategic thinker, and problem solver 

  • Demonstrates a good work ethic

  • Places a high value on character, integrity, and authenticity

  • Is theologically sound 

  • Is a strong leader, and is able to successfully navigate difficult situations with grace and love

  • Loves people and is relationally aware and approachable  

  • Is culturally aware and relevant in his mindset and attitude

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What it's like to live in Franklin Township, New Jersey:

Ranked No. 5 on Money magazine's list of America's Top 100 Best Places to Live, Franklin Township is one of New Jersey's initial groups of 104 townships by an act of the New Jersey Legislature. There are 17 unincorporated communities located within Franklin Township. Franklin Township is a township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 62,300. Traditionally a farming community, it has become a fast-growing suburb with massive development in the later 20th and 21st centuries as a diverse blend of races, religions, and cultures. 

Franklin Township has a lot of parks including Colonial Park, a 685.5-acre facility located in the western portion of Franklin Township near East Millstone. The park offers many recreational activities, including picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, paddle boating, golf, and tennis. The park also offer a three-acre leash-free dog area, a 1.4 mile fitness parcourse, paddleboat rentals, an 18 hole putting course, an 18 hole championship Spooky Brook Golf Course, three stocked fishing ponds, softball fields, tennis center, playground, nature trail, a five-acre perennial garden, Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden, an accredited All-America Rose Selections (AARS) display garden, and the Fragrance and Sensory Garden, designed to be of special interest to visitors who are visually or physically impaired. In 2009, Franklin Township appeared on Newsmax magazine's list of the "Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns."  Find out more about Franklin Township, Somerset, New Jersey, here. 

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