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First Christian Church

Senior Pastor

Nevada, Missouri

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Denomination: Christian Church - Restoration Movement

Weekly Attendance: 125

Location: Nevada, Missouri

The Role: The Senior Pastor for First Christian Church provides spiritual and pastoral leadership to the members and serves as the spiritual leader of the church to fulfill its mission and purpose as guided by the Holy Bible.


Meet First Christian Church:

In 1857, a group of 20 consecrated Christians met and organized the First Christian Church in Nevada, Missouri. Until the civil war, when they stopped meeting, they held meetings at the schoolhouse, the courthouse, or some other public hall. In 1878, they built a small white building on the site of the present location at the corner of Washington and Austin streets. This was used until 1897 when the need for a larger church was met with the construction of a brick building whose walls enclose the present House of Worship. 

On May 25, 1947, First Christian Church celebrated its Golden Jubilee in an appropriate manner. Seventeen months later, in October 1948, a lightning storm played havoc and the structure was ravaged by fire leaving only a few stained-glass windows in the halls. Under the leadership of Pliney H. Elliot, Minister, the congregation did not miss a single service in the year it took to rebuild – debt-free. 

The present building was dedicated on November 27, 1949. Through the years, First Christian Church has continued to be a beacon of hope in the city of Nevada, MO, and looks forward to reaching future generations by continuing to reach their community with the good news of Jesus Christ. 


About the Senior Pastor:

The Senior Pastor for First Christian Church provides spiritual and pastoral leadership to the members. He serves as the spiritual leader of the church to fulfill its mission and purpose as guided by the Holy Bible. The Senior Pastor is a dynamic teacher, a preacher of God’s word, and is theologically astute, delivering messages that are relatable to a multigenerational congregation. He is a leader that provides a vision for the spiritual and numerical growth of the church. The Senior Pastor advises church leadership in the areas of worship, administration, stewardship, and outreach. He has a genuine love and concern for the members and enjoys providing pastoral care by assisting with visitations, counseling, and prayer. He has a good work ethic and quickly responds to crises that arise in the congregation. Not only is he a teacher of the Holy Bible, but he also spends time mentoring ministers, elders, and the church leadership team in the areas of Christian education.  


The Senior Pastor Will: 


  • Regularly preach and teach the Word of God.

  • Plan and lead worship in conjunction with the other pastors and worship leaders/volunteers.

  • Officiate weddings, funeral, nursing/hospital visits.

  • Work with volunteers from the Worship Committee to develop and maintain a multigenerational music program.


  • Oversee the administration and management of all areas of the congregation's ministry in collaboration with the Elders, Church Board, committees, and staff. 

  • Mentor and assist other pastors, staff, and church leaders responsible for ministries such as youth, education, social action, pastoral care, fellowship, health, and elderly care. 

  • Supervise and manage the church staff.

  • Collaborate with the Property Committee to ensure the facilities are functional and in good working order. 


  • Provide educational opportunities that promote biblical stewardship.

  • Advise church leadership on financial matters of the church.

  • Promote congregational benevolence and mission work for local and adjacent communities. 


  • Collaborate with the Outreach Committee and Elders to promote the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unchurched, the inactive, and the new residents in the Nevada community.

  • Manage the assimilation of new members into the life of the congregation.

  • Encourage all organizations and ministries of the church to carry out the mission work of Christ as supported by the church. 

Goals and Expectations

  • Stabilize and Increase Attendance

  • Establish and Develop the Staff

  • Build Relational Equity in the Community

  • Advance the Church in Areas of Technology, Systems, and Processes


What you Bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience in a key pastoral role position. He has been a vision caster that promoted growth and sustainability. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. 

Personal Characteristics

  • He will be personable and approachable. 

  • Understands cross-generational leadership and relates well to all age groups.

  • Possesses a good sense of humor and doesn’t take himself too seriously.

  • Has a compassionate and servant-hearted attitude.

  • Understands team building and is able to mentor and equip others. 

  • Has a good work ethic and is passionate about God and serving others.


What it's Like to Live in Nevada, Missouri: 

Nevada (pronounced Ne “vey” da) is a small rural farming community with a population of around 8,500. It’s located off interstate 49 in Southwest Missouri, approximately 60 miles north of Joplin, 90 miles south of Kansas City, and 95 miles northwest of Springfield.  It’s just a short drive to areas such as Lake of the Ozarks and Branson. Nevada is a wonderful community where people are friendly and welcoming.  

The cost of living is very affordable compared to many areas around the country and the local public schools are excellent. The Nevada Regional Technical Center prepares high school and adult students for the growing demands of industry and post-secondary education. Post-secondary education opportunities include Crowder College, which offers associate degree programs and Cottey College, a women’s college offering 2-and-4-year liberal arts and science programs. Nevada Regional Medical Center Hospital is a primary health care facility with many of the latest health technologies. Medical centers in Joplin and Kansas City offer additional medical resources. Significant employers include 3M, NRMC, Nevada R-5 School System, US Bank/Mortgage, Walmart Supercenter, and others.

There’s so much to do at the various local lakes like camping, hunting, boating, and fishing. Nevada has several city parks along with a local YMCA, city pool, community center, and performing art events. Seasonal activities include the local farmers market, the annual Bushwhackers Day festival, the Vernon County 4H Fair (largest in the state of Missouri), and the Nevada Griffons baseball season for college-level players from around the country.  And you won’t want to miss the annual Christmas parade around the town square. 

Nevada is a great place to live with amazing people, raise a family, and where you can truly experience all four seasons of the year.

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