The Southern Baptist pastor’s main job is to minister to his church community through the use of sermons, worship and music. The pastor must plan weekly sermons that capture the essence of biblical vision. In addition to the Sunday service, pastors also officiate weddings and funerals. Most importantly they perform baptisms, a cornerstone of the church’s beliefs. In the Southern Baptist Church, the focus is on the New Testament, and pastors are expected to adhere to its teachings in both their personal lives and their professional ministries. Outside of the church, the pastor serves as the church’s representative and creates opportunities for outreach programs within the community. Pastor is responsible for establishing and growing a youth program from the ground up.
Plan and conduct worship services, developing sermons, planning with music leadership and leads in the observance of ordinances.
Leads the congregation in effective programs to fulfill the Great Commission with vision, purpose and priority.
Leads and demonstrates effective ways to witness and win the lost to salvation through Jesus Christ.
Visits and ministers to members and prospective members in homes, nursing care facilities and hospitals.
Conducts counseling sessions, performs wedding ceremonies and conducts funeral services.
Works with Church Officers, Elders and other key leadership to carry out the mission and purpose of the church.
Acts as a parliamentarian to the moderator in monthly business meetings.
Cooperates with associational, state and denominational leaders in matters of mutual interest and concern.
Serves as Overseer/Administrator of paid church staff supervising.
Serves to recommend and advise committees and teams as an ex-officio member.
Oversees, along with appropriate staf, all church discipline matters and the management of conflict issues in the church.
Communicates with the congregation through articles or announcements, written and spoken using church newsletter, bulletins and worship services.
Gives full support biblically to the Undesignated Budget of the church.
Adheres to the Church Bylaws and Policies and Procedures adopted by the church.
Maintains a vital and wholesome personal relationship with the Lord through daily Bible study and prayer.
Maintains proper priorities at home with his wife and children.