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Idlewild Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

Lutz, Florida

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Denomination: Baptist - SBC

Weekly Attendance: 3,980

Location: Lutz, Florida

The Role: Senior Pastor

2005 VanDyke Campus

Meet Idlewild Baptist Church:

Idlewild Baptist Church was officially organized on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1934 with 37 charter members.  Visionaries, men and women of God from the past, looked beyond their little neighborhood and that passion God birthed in them 88 years ago to touch lives with the love of Jesus Christ has faithfully continued for generations.  Today, the message has never changed: the Word of God is preached, sung, taught, and lived out by the faithful people of Idlewild.  God has richly blessed the church with over 15,000 members and  a strong commitment for unashamedly sharing the Word of God in Tampa and beyond.  

Sacrificial giving has always been an integral part of Idlewild.  With each new bold and seemingly incredible expansion program, God blesses the church and challenges its members to a higher level of trust in Him. 


About the Senior Pastor:

The Senior Pastor shall be the spiritual leader of the Church. In this capacity, he shall be its chief administrator, and shall provide leadership in all areas of Church Life and Ministries.

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The Senior Pastor's Responsibilities Include:

  • The Senior Pastor would manage the business of the ministry and be skilled in good planning, organization, and delegation of the day-to-day affairs of the Church. With the support of the Executive Pastor, will serve as the overseer for the church staff.

  • The Senior Pastor would connect with the congregation personally, helping each one live in the rescuing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He is a shepherd of his flock and cares for the spiritual well-being of his congregation & staff. 

  • The Senior Pastor is expected to be a personal soul-winner and to lead the congregation in planned efforts for evangelism. He will have a passion for missions and lead the church in supporting missions, including association, state, national and international missions.

  • The Senior Pastor, in partnership with the worship team, should actively plan, coordinate and lead in conducting corporate worship, in addition to promoting family and private worship.

  • The Senior Pastor will meet with the staff and deacons on a regular basis to report on the spiritual, organizational, and financial health of the church.

  • In addition to the above, all Idlewild Pastoral Staff are evaluated on the following Characteristics: Resourcefulness, Thoroughness, Wisdom and Knowledge, Flexibility and Cooperation, Judgment and Discernment, Diligence and Initiative, Timeliness, Attitude, Member Relations, Employee Management and Mentoring, Financial Management Planning and Communications.


What You Bring:

Education & Experience

  • 10+ years of ministry experience, most of which is in a large church setting

  • Senior Pastor experience strongly preferred

  • Meets the Biblical qualifications (1st Timothy 3 and Titus 1)

  • Undergrad degree required.  Seminary degree is strongly preferred.

  • Commitment to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000

  • Has significant leadership experience in thriving ministries.

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

  • Engaging, biblically faithful teacher

  • Ability to cast vision for the future as a disciple making church

  • Demonstrates humility and compassionate relational skills.

  • Desires to  lead, mentor, and guide church leaders, ministry staff, and the congregation into a deeper walk with God.


What it’s like to live in Lutz, FL:

Lutz is a suburb of Tampa in Hillsborough County with a population of 22,871.  Lutz is one of the best places to live in Florida, offering residents a sparse suburban feel with lots of family friendly parks. Many families and young professionals live in Lutz and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Lutz are highly rated.  The culture of Lutz FL is very quiet and peaceful where you will be able to escape the lifestyle of the city. Lutz is also one of the safest communities in all of Florida. The people of Lutz are well-known in the area for being incredibly friendly and hospitable.

This metropolitan area includes Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, all of which surround Tampa Bay. The area is varied and cosmopolitan with a pleasant climate and balanced local economy.  There are plenty of amusement parks, museums, outdoor activities, and major-league professional sports, including baseball (Rays), football (Buccaneers), and hockey (Lightning). Nearby beaches and especially those to the south near Bradenton are attractions for locals and tourists alike. Transportation and air service are excellent. Beachside areas in Clearwater and St. Petersburg are tastefully developed, with palm-tree lined boulevards and pockets of interesting restaurants and shops.

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