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Senior Pastor

Hope Church
Springfield, Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 08/08/2013
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Hope Evangelical Free Church is a forward thinking and growing church located in Springfield, Illinois.  Hope Church is seeking a full time Senior Pastor who will oversee 15 paid staff members and worship services consisting of an average weekly attendance of 800.


The Senior Pastor will report directly to the Elders, and as the Elders' sole employee, he will continue to build on the policy governance model already established.  He will serve as the link between the Elders and staff as he continues to build on the foundations already established.  Hope Church is seeking a leader who will bring creativity, innovation and passion to the work of the church, and who will be able to share the vision of Hope Church with the congregation in an infectious and compelling way.  In addition, the successful candidate will develop a strategic plan for vision achievement.  Hope Church is seeking someone with integrity and grace, who is outwardly focused and exhibits a vibrant relationship with Christ.


The successful candidate will possess knowledge, skills and experience consistent with but not limited to preaching, teaching, planning, organizing, and managing staff.  He will also possess good communication skills and the ability to collaborate with paid and volunteer staff, utilizing their spiritual gifts to develop ways to reach people and involve them in the ministry of Christ at Hope Church.


Candidates should possess a relevant undergraduate degree and an advanced degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.  Seminary training is a requirement.  An outstanding candidate will have at least 5 years of experience as a senior pastor or in a relevant field of ministry.


Salary Benefits - Salary will be within the established range for Senior Pastors serving at similar churches as defined by the Compensation Handbook for Church Staff (published by Christianity Today International). The successful candidate will be placed appropriately within that range considering education, background and experience.  Benefits are competitive including family health insurance and retirement contribution.


A full Position Description is available upon request.  Contact Bonnie Blankenship at 217-787-1446 or


About Springfield, Illinois - The Greater Springfield Area is in the heart of the Land of Lincoln.  Its world renowned Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, rich cultural history, thriving business community, higher education possibilities, and cutting edge medical facilities are just some of the characteristics that define Springfield.  The population of the Greater Springfield Area is 200,000 plus, and Springfield itself is growing rapidly to the west which is where Hope's sixty acre campus has been located since 2005.