Interim Pastor

at Wilcrest Baptist Church

United States
Determined Upon Hire USD

Job Overview

Interim Pastor Job Description

The Interim Pastor will be responsible for shepherding the church until a permanent Senior Pastor is identified and hired. The Interim Pastor will focus ​on ​transitional ministry. He will lead the congregation, the organizations, and the church staff in performing their tasks. In this role, he will provide the congregation, staff, deacons, and committees, with biblical counsel and leadership. The Interim Pastor will perform various other duties pertaining to the office of pastor as necessary.

The Interim Pastor will not be considered for the permanent position of Senior Pastor. Those interested in the permanent position should apply for the permanent position and not the interim position.

The Interim Pastor will step down from this position once a permanent Senior Pastor is called to the church. The Interim Pastor will also provide support to the pastor search committee as requested.

Job Description

Pastoral Character

  • Set as a guideline of personal behavior the standard required in I Timothy 3:1-7 and I Peter 5:1-4
  • Leads his own family in family worship
  • Manages his household well
  • Loves his wife as Christ loves the church
  • Teaches the Word of God to his children
  • Maintains consistent times of personal prayer and devotion
  • Seeks to walk in a manner worthy of the calling of God for the glory of God


The Interim Pastor will be at the church house each Sunday, beginning at 9 AM (or earlier if needed for a deacon meeting or other appointment). He will preach on Sunday mornings, attend other Sunday church activities, and participate in weekly church discipleship and fellowship. The interim pastor will participate in all mid-week church activities (i.e. Wednesday night activities for preschool, children, youth, and adults).

The Interim Pastor is to lead weekly staff meetings and be available for monthly deacon meetings and committee meetings as needed.

Maintain consistent office house each week at the church office as agreed upon with the personnel committee.

Church Vision & Health


  • Equip the church to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20
  • Equip the church to fulfill the Great Commandments of Matthew 22:37-39
  • Equip Wilcrest to be God’s multi-ethnic bridge that draws all people to Jesus Christ, who transforms them from unbelievers to missionaries
  • Lead the church to be a house of prayer for all nations
  • Provide for the overall health of the church family
  • Lead the church to hold fast to sound, biblical doctrine and theology
  • Seek to preserve the unity of the church (Ephesians 4:3)


Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary preacher of the Word of God during this interim period. Preach Sunday worship services, and equip others to be able to teach and preach
  • Oversee Sunday afternoon or evening activities and Wednesday night activities
  • Support the discipleship programs of all ages, leading and lending support to other staff members and applicable committees when needed (including worship and missions ministries and all preschool, children, youth, young adults, and adult discipleship focuses), specifically investing in any unhealthy areas in need of discipleship
  • Lead in the observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
  • Equip and encourage church members to tithe faithfully
  • Perform weddings and funerals as needed. Visit visitors, church members, the sick and shut-in as needed
  • Counsel church and staff members as needed
  • Be available for other preaching opportunities outside of Sunday morning services, counseling, weddings, funerals, hospital visits, visitation, monthly deacon meetings, and weekly staff meetings

How To Apply

Email Melody Ruddell: [email protected]

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