Open Ministry Opportunities

Ministry Opportunity Details

  Expiration Date: 11/8/2014

Name of Church or Agency:   First Baptist Church
305 North California Avenue 
Palo Alto,  CA  94301
Denomination:   Baptist
Governing Body:  
Phone:   (650) 327-0561
Available Position:   Associate Pastor
Position Type:   Either Ordained or Non-Ordained
Position Focus:   Faith formation and family life
Ministry Experience:   Not Applicable
Employment Status:   Full Time

Contact Information

Contact Name:   Rick Mixon
Contact Phone:   650-327-0561
Contact Address:   305 North California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Contact Email:
Role in Position Search:   Pastor

Ministry Opportunity Description


Introduction: In cooperation with the pastoral staff and lay leadership, the Associate Pastor for Faith Formation and Family Life will be responsible to work with both new and existing children, youth, young adults and families of FBCPA. Half of the time will be devoted to the development and maintenance of ministries of outreach, particularly to new families and young adults in our wider community; the other half to our existing children, youth and families.

1. Community Outreach
• Develops and monitors programs of community outreach that will draw new families and young adults to FBCPA
• Ensures that programs and events of FBCPA are widely communicated beyond the local church community
• Works with other staff and lay leadership to promote the growth of the congregation

2. Faith Formation
• Plans and monitors weekly programs in Christian Faith Formation for children, youth and families
• Plans and monitors the participation of children and youth in worship services, coordinating with the Worship planners
• Coordinates separate nursery care for babies and toddlers

3. Family Life
• Encourages the participation of families of current children and youth in the community life of FBCPA
• Develops and creates opportunities for intergenerational ministry within the community of FBCPA

• Reports to the Pastor, the Church Council and the congregation, as appropriate
• Works with the Pastor and the congregation’s lay leadership in the areas of Christian Faith Formation and church outreach and growth

Qualifications: The job demands a dynamic, innovative person comfortable with taking initiative, problem solving and working as a team member.
• M.Div. or equivalent preferred
• Training and experience in both Church Growth and Faith Formation desired
• Works effectively with volunteers, including recruitment, training and nurturing
• Ability to work with minimal direction and prioritize use of time
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Background check will be required
• Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply

Full-time, salaried position
Compensation commensurate with education and experience

Applications may be sent to Rick Mixon, Pastor, First Baptist Church, 305 North California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301 or electronically to


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