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Westside Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

Murray, Kentucky


Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Weekly Attendance: 300

Location: Murray, Kentucky

The role: Westside Baptist Church is looking for a Senior Pastor that exemplifies a vibrant and genuine relationship with Jesus Christ and has demonstrated ability to effectively communicate the Word of God for life transformation. 


Meet Westside Baptist Church

In June 1981, 60 people met at Murray City Park to discuss God's will for their future. That day marked the beginning of what would be known as Westside Baptist Church.

In the fall of 1981, the church purchased the old Baptist Student Union building on North 15th Street adjacent to Murray State University. On October 3, 1981, Westside Baptist Church was officially chartered under the sponsorship of First Baptist Church of Murray. The charter membership numbered 152.

From 1981 until March 1991, the people met and worshiped at the North 15th Street site. During that time, the membership grew to over 400 and a second Sunday morning worship service was started to accommodate the growing attendance.

On June 3, 1990, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new Worship Center and Educational Fellowship Facility on a ten acre site located on Robertson Road South. On March 3, 1991, the first service was held in the new facility. In 1995, additional education space and a Christian Activity Center were added, and in 2006, preschool and youth wings were added.

Today Westside is a Southern Baptist congregation of over 800 members whose goal is to "help the uncommitted become committed to Christ, His church, and His cause for God's glory.” They are a people who believe they have been "called to make a difference" and whose worship and ministries joyfully embrace the challenges and reflect the freshness of the 21st century.

About the Senior Pastor

The ideal candidate will be highly relational and have a pastor’s heart for people. He will be a leader of leaders and able to mentor and guide the staff, work well with church leadership, and cast vision for Westside Baptist by leading in areas of worship, witness, service, and community. 


The Senior Pastor will: 

  • Lead the organizational and spiritual aspects of the church.  

  • Plan and conduct all church services, including preaching the Word of God.

  • Lead baptism services, weddings, and funerals as needed.

  • Provide spiritual and biblical counseling, as needed and appropriate. 

  • Promote discipleship within the church, including leading all staff in their walk with God.

  • Work with the deacons to plan and promote the caring ministries of the church. 

  • Work with the trustees and deacons to promote the best use, maintenance, and preservation of the church facilities and property. 

  • Represent Westside Baptist in the local community and State and National Southern Baptist organizations.


What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree, not necessarily in a related field. A seminary degree is highly preferred.  

He will have served for five to ten years within a staff team at a church similar in size with increasing responsibility. 

Personal Characteristics

  • Loves people and the local community.

  • Embraces the calling in the community wherever they go.

  • Is an engaging communicator of the Word of God.

  • Is highly relational and has a heart to reach others for Christ.

  • Has a great sense of humor and doesn’t take himself too seriously. 

  • Is passionate about both evangelism and discipleship. 

  • Demonstrates strong leadership skills and motivates others to get involved in the mission of Westside Baptist Church. 


What it's like to live in Murray, KY: 

Welcome to the Friendliest Small Town in America.

Shopping, culture, great restaurants, and friendly faces make up the small town of Murray, Kentucky. Each year, visitors flock to nearby Land Between the Lakes and Kentucky Lake to partake in the outdoor paradise. Murray and Calloway County are only a short drive from these destinations and offer visitors multiple amenities, a progressive university attitude, community spirit, and southern charm.

If outdoor recreation isn't your thing, then spend time in one of our more than 15 locally-owned boutique shops. For upscale children's clothing, affordable home decor, and everything in between, Murray is the best place to indulge in retail therapy. 

Murray was named the Friendliest Small Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today. When you shop in our stores, eat in our restaurants, and attend our events, you will be met with warm greetings and smiling faces. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your visit to Murray, Kentucky, today!

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