Central Baptist Church Oakville Published: December 17, 2018
340 Rebecca Street, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 1K3

Job Type
Permanent Position


At Central Baptist Church Oakville, we are a vibrant multicultural congregation searching for an enthusiastic lead pastor who is eager and willing to accept the challenge of targeting church growth.  We are looking for an approachable, caring, and spiritually mature person of God with strong communication skills.

We are asking God for a lead pastor who is effective and powerful in their biblically-oriented preaching, teaching, and evangelism, to effectively create disciples and help us fulfill the Great Commission.

Bilingualism or interest in learning Portuguese is an asset.  Musical talents and an interest in joining the worship team are also assets.  Willingness to live within the Oakville community is encouraged (with our parsonage potentially available), and involvement in the community is required.

Overview of Church and Community

Founded in 1953, Central Oakville is an English congregation with a vibrant Portuguese speaking ministry. As such, Central is intentionally intercultural – offering worship, teaching, fellowship, and pastoral care in both the English and Portuguese languages. Central works hard to facilitate the bridging of linguistic divides while embracing the richness that comes from our many and varied cultures. As followers of Jesus Christ, we strive to offer all who gather among us an opportunity to discover their place, their faith, and their purpose in Christ. Through inspiring worship, intentional fellowship, biblical discipleship, and integral missions, we strive to reveal Christ to the world around us. Central averages about 55 worshippers in the English language worship service and 65 in the Portuguese language service each Sunday (10:00 a.m.). Central currently averages about 25-30 children in its combined Sunday School, which operates in English and runs concurrently with the morning worship services. Our youth group currently averages about 7-10 youth (Grades 6-12) with a strong team of 3-5 leaders

Qualifications and Education Requirements


The Lead Pastor is:

  • a voting member of the church congregation;
  • accountable to the church membership through the Church Council;
  • a non-voting participant at Church Council meetings;
  • a non-voting member of all church boards and committees;


  • The position requires great flexibility in hours available for work, including evenings and weekends.
  • The pastor should be in the office from Tuesday to Friday for accessibility to members of the congregation and for regular communication with members of the church staff.
  • The church will provide office space, a telephone, and internet access.


  • Work experience: Minimum 5 years of pastoral experience
  • Ordination within the CBOQ, or possessing the qualifications to be credentialed by the CBOQ
  • Education: Masters of Divinity from a recognized institution
  • A love for the intercultural context
  • Strong computer skills
  • Confidentiality: must be able to maintain confidentiality
  • Statement of faith: must be able to articulate his/her Christian faith and theology and an understanding of Baptist distinctives to the satisfaction of the Pastoral Search Committee
  • The Lead Pastor must agree to be governed by the pastoral ethics policy of the CBOQ, the Sexual Abuse Policy of Central Baptist Church, and the Christian principles laid out in Scripture
  • The Lead Pastor must submit to a Vulnerable Sector Police Check

Role and Responsibilities


The Lead Pastor shall:

  • provide visionary leadership for the church;
  • lead the church through the process of visioning, strategic planning, and implementation of its strategic plan;
  • act as the primary spokesperson for the church’s ministries and work with the Church Council and the Board of Ministry and Outreach in developing plans for ministry and church growth;
  • act as pastoral team leader overseeing, developing, and motivating the pastoral team and shall ensure healthy interpersonal dynamics among the church staff and between the various ministries of the church;
  • conduct regular staff meetings and deal with personnel issues;
  • be responsible for the day to day church management and operations;
  • ensure the implementation of church policies and procedures;
  • give final approval of the content of church advertisements, printed material, and social media;
  • work in collaboration with the Board of Finance and the Budget Committee to prepare and manage the church’s approved budget;
  • oversee and manage the work of the church secretary.


The Lead Pastor shall:

  • oversee and coordinate all English language and combined (English and Portuguese) worship services, working in collaboration with the pastoral team and the Board of Ministry and Outreach;
  • promote lay leadership and congregational involvement in worship and provide appropriate training and resources where necessary;
  • edify, equip, and challenge the congregation through regular preaching in worship services;
  • work with the Board of Ministry and Outreach to arrange guest speakers as necessary;
  • work with the music director, the worship team, and the Board of Ministry and Outreach to plan the music ministry of the church;
  • coordinate Lord's Supper celebrations, baptisms, infant dedication, weddings, funerals, and other church ceremonies


The Lead Pastor shall:

  • work with the Board of Ministry and Outreach and visitation teams to provide for the congregational care of its members and adherents;
  • provide pastoral care and counseling around personal, marital and family issues, as time permits, and provide referrals when deemed appropriate;
  • provide crisis care for those who are hospitalized and emotional/spiritual support to those who are grieving or shut-in;
  • encourage the development of supportive relationships and fellowship among both English and Portuguese members and promote opportunities for fostering stronger bonds of fellowship.
  • oversee church discipline and manage conflict in the church, consulting the Board of Ministry and Outreach or Council as appropriate;
  • seek to reconcile relationships and promote unity within the church;


The Lead Pastor shall:

  • be responsible for overseeing the “equipping of the saints for the work of ministry”, in collaboration with the pastoral team, the Board of Ministry and Outreach, and the Sunday School Superintendent;
  • Supervise the process of development and implementation of an intentional and integrated discipleship program that guides the congregation from birth through conversion, baptism, church membership, and active ministry through service, leadership, and missional engagement;
  • motivate, equip, and nurture the believers through example, teaching, mentoring, coaching, and spiritual counselling;
  • oversee the development of current and future church leaders;
  • assist the boards and nominating committee in recruiting and training leaders for the various ministries of the church;
  • cultivate their own process of spiritual discipleship and emotional health through a regular routine of prayer, reading, devotional Bible study, and sabbath rest; and
  • seek opportunities for continuing education. One week intensive study per year is considered part of the pastor's responsibility in continuing education.


The Lead Pastor shall:

  • be the example of leading people to Jesus;
  • assist the Board of Outreach and Ministry to organize and oversee the outreach ministries of the church;
  • promote a vision of integral missions that extend beyond the church through missions giving, missions trips, local missions initiatives, and outreach events that seek to build missional bridges with the community and empower members to share their faith as committed Christians.


Christy Laing



Central Baptist Church Oakville welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.