Senior Pastor Vacancy

Corsham Baptist Church is a growing evangelical church with two Sunday congregations, a church plant and a fortnightly mid-week service for older people.

We’re looking for a senior pastor to lead the team with a Word-shaped, Gospel-centred pastoral ministry under the authority of Jesus Christ. He will focus on interpreting Scripture faithfully and passing it on clearly through teaching and preaching.

The senior pastor needs to have an eager desire to see all God’s people grow through ongoing discipleship, mission and local evangelism and lead with a generous, grace-filled heart.

Closing date for applications is 30th September 2021

Church Profile

Introduction

Corsham Baptist Church is a local church made up of people with a broad range of ages and backgrounds just like the town in which we live. Building on the long tradition of valuing and teaching the Word of God, the vital theme of ‘gospel expansion’ has, in recent years, become our focus.

We're looking for a Senior Pastor who:

  • Is wholeheartedly committed to exercising a Word-shaped, gospel-centred pastoral ministry under the authority of Jesus Christ.
  • Is wholeheartedly committed to interpreting scripture faithfully and passing it on clearly through teaching and preaching.
  • Eagerly desires to see all of God’s people grow through ongoing discipleship, mission, and local evangelism. Having grown in our involvement in global mission over the past decade, we have identified evangelism as an area in which we are keen to grow as a church, and so experience in evangelism, and a heart to lead by example, and to equip us to do this work together as a church would be a big positive.
  • Recognises the importance of equipping the church and raising up leaders to share his ministry work.
  • Is able to lead the team.
  • Has a generous, grace-filled heart, expressed in a genuine love for people, and a desire to see the church reflecting more and more of the love of Christ in our life together.

Our desire is that in 10 years time CBC:

  • Will still be preaching the same Gospel of Jesus Christ, though we are open to new ways of doing so in order to reach those around us under the guidance of the Holy Spirit;
  • Will be growing new disciples and seeing spiritual growth in existing ones;
  • Will be actively engaged in the new estates that are enlarging Corsham but have no church provision at the moment;
  • Will continue to be actively involved in partnering with local churches, not least through the South West Gospel Partnership and Webnet; and
  • Will be continuing to play its part in supporting world-wide mission.

About Corsham

Corsham is an historic market town in north-west Wiltshire. It is at the south-western extreme of the Cotswolds, just off the M4 between Bath and Chippenham. With a population of 13,000, the unemployment level in Corsham is well below the national average. The MOD and Services are the main employers in the area, with other employment coming from rural industries and people commuting to Bath, Bristol and Swindon. Corsham acts as a focal point for the North Wiltshire community with a secondary school and four junior schools.

Four congregations

In recent years the town of Corsham has undergone significant growth, largely to the west of the original town. This includes new housing developments and a revised parish boundary both of which serve to draw Rudloe (a previously separate locality) into closer orbit. In response to this, CBC planted a second congregation in Rudloe in 2015, and five years on it is well established though remains small.

The ‘mother’ Church now has two Sunday congregations at Priory Street at 9.15am and at 11.15am, and a lunch club for mostly older people has grown into the fortnightly ‘mid-week service’. For two years the church has held “The Gathering Weekend” to bring all its congregations together for teaching and worship.

For two years the church has held “The Gathering Weekend” to bring all its congregations together for teaching and worship.

Ministries and Activities

The church has many activities designed to express the truth of the gospel of Christ and to show the love of God to a needy world. These include:

  • Men’s Ministry
  • Women’s Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Children’s work from birth to end of primary school
  • Community Money Advice (CMA) centre
  • A variety of small groups for discipleship
  • Home mission (a partner church in Melksham and local food bank)
  • Overseas mission partners (AIM, Bible Society, BMS, Compassion, International Teams, Open Doors, Tearfund, WEC)

Changes due to Coronavirus

As we wait to see how the pandemic plays out we have currently moved as much as possible into either small in-person meetings or online. This is a continuously evolving picture but has included such things as Church on the Farm for adults and Youth work continues too.

A ministry that has blossomed since lockdown is ‘Souper Friday’. Originally conceived as soup, a roll and a warm welcome this has morphed into weekly deliveries of food, gifts, friendship and prayer on people’s doorsteps.

The Church and Leadership Team

The Leadership Team consists of two Pastors in addition to the Senior Pastor we are seeking to call, Elders and Deacons. There is also a Children’s Worker and Operations Manager on staff.

The Youth Minister and his family live in our second manse, situated by the church building. The Minister’s manse, a three-bedroom house close to the town centre, is currently let as the other ministers lease their own properties to the church as Manse.

The church has grown in the last 10 years from 123 adults and 57 children on an average Sunday morning service to a total of a little over 300 across 3 Sunday services. The proportion of adults to children remains around 2:1.

As we move into a new season for our church and under the current cultural climate we believe we must stand on the solid rock of Jesus and boldly proclaim this Good News without wavering. We believe that only through our Lord Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection can anyone be saved and that the Bible is God’s living word and is as relevant and true today as it has always been.