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Calvary Baptist Church

Executive Pastor


Columbus, Georgia

About the Organization:

The history of Calvary Baptist Church began July 4, 1908 when thirteen people met in the home of Mrs. R.J. Gilbert in downtown Columbus for the purpose of organizing Jordan City Baptist Church. The church began as a mission of Rose Hill Baptist Church to reach a new area of the city, which developed around the Jordan Mill, built that same year.

With approximately 550 in weekly attendance, the abundance of the ministry has maximized in both numbers and depth today. The church is known for its connections with the community, diversity, discipleship, developing leaders, and military family representation. It consists of a group of believers who gather together to worship, fellowship, and live in community together. Jesus is the head of Calvary Baptist, and its believers strive to follow His leadership as one diverse and unified fellowship. 


About the Position:

The Executive Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church will implement the vision of the church, execute philosophy and help protect the culture of the church. His executive level responsibilities including:

  1. Leadership of staff operations
  2. Execution of budget
  3. Sunday/Wednesday service programming support
  4. Special event management
  5. Counseling church members

This position will seek ways to create systems that will minister to the members of Calvary Baptist Church. The Executive Pastor will have oversight responsibilities in several different areas within the church, which may span from assimilation and connections, outreach and, youth and family ministries, to communications, worship, and leadership development. These endeavors will find unison with all aforementioned responsibilities pertaining to the role.

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What We Are Searching For/Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution would be preferable.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of growing a ministry in a community setting that has interactions with people from multi-generational backgrounds and economic statuses. The candidate will have at least 3-5 years of professional, executive experience in businesses or churches of 1,000 attendees or more.

  • Possess extensive pastoral or management experience, with additional experience in leadership development, team building, delegation and organization/administration.
  • An understanding of budget, financial, and fiscal management, as well as human resource management.
  • He shall have zeal for the work of pastoral ministry.
  • He shall have an ability to work on a team towards specific goals in a mutually edifying and supportive manner.
  • Fully understands and passionate about leading from the ‘second chair’ with the many opportunities that it affords: completely loyal to and serve as a trusted confidant of the Lead Pastor with a high degree of dedication to minister in the church through this position.
  • Strong organization skills, excellent strategic and management leadership.
  • Assertive, including (after appropriate input and research), the ability to make conclusive, sometimes difficult, decisions.
  • Demonstrated history of strong, positive interpersonal and communication skills, including positive experience in conflict resolution.
  • A collaborator and a team player.
  • A high level of energy and a readiness to take on significant challenges.

About the Location:

Columbus, Georgia, once the site of a Creek Indian Village, is one of the few cities in the United States to be planned in advance of its founding. Established in 1828 as a trading post to strengthen the western border of Georgia, Columbus was the last ‘frontier town’ of the original Thirteen Colonies. 

Columbus, the third largest city in Georgia, among other things, supports the large nearby Fort Benning army base. The base occupies the better part of the county and dominates the economy and the local mindset. The area was once a textile producer but has modernized and diversified into financial services, and is in fact headquarters for AFLAC (insurance) and Synovus, a regional banking conglomerate. Even with the transition, the employment picture is fairly stable. 

The area has a number of museums, mostly of a military theme, and some historic interest and urban revitalization in this very Southern city. There is a strong and growing arts community in Columbus. Other services and amenities are available in Atlanta, 100 miles away. 

The area is a mix of gently rolling, wooded hills and a level, open plain. Ground elevations range from 200 feet to 500 feet. The climate is typical of the humid southeast, with pronounced maritime and continental effects. Summers are warm and humid with most days in the 90’s, a few into the 100’s, and frequent thunderstorms. Occasional heavy rains originate from hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are mild with temperatures seldom below 20 degrees. Snow is rare. First freeze is early November and the last is late March. 

Interested in this position? Apply here.

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