Seeking Pastor for the International Baptist Church of Zurich

The International Baptist Church of Zürich (IBCZ), an English-speaking Christian fellowship located in Rüschlikon, Switzerland is seeking a man of God as a full-time pastor.

We are a family-oriented elder-led church with a congregation drawn from numerous countries, cultures, and denominational backgrounds. We have a weekly attendance between 80 and 100 that come from all over the Canton of Zürich and the surrounding regions. At IBCZ, the applicant must be prepared to servant-lead, work, and walk alongside a plurality of lay elders as a fellow elder. The elders work together and are supported by the diaconate and various ministry leaders.

Required skills and experience:

  • Baptist-ordained pastor
  • Holds a Masters of Divinity degree (or equivalent) from an accredited seminary
  • A minimum of 10 years of ministry experience
  • Pastoral experience in at least two churches, including one senior/solo pastor position
  • At least one pastoral position in an international church
  • Experienced and gifted in preaching and teaching the Word of God
  • Fluent in spoken and written English with excellent communication skills

Personal characteristics:

  • Called by God and Spirit-led
  • Holds evangelical/conservative beliefs
  • Pastor, counsellor, and shepherd who is approachable and hospitable
  • Establishes and nurtures relationships with families and individuals within the church and community
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Has a heart for his church and a passion to preach
  • As a solo pastor, is self-motivated and energetic
  • Regularly nurtures his relationship with God through prayer, scripture study and devotional reading
  • Possess the qualifications and qualities described in 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1 5:9, and 1 Peter 5:1-3

Additional attributes:

  • Strong organisational skills
  • Ability to lead and develop leaders
  • A team player that collaborates well with others
  • Passionate and invested in leading the congregation in spiritual growth
  • Married with children or strong experience in relating to families and children

Responsibilities include:

  • Preaches on Sundays
  • Leads Communion
  • Leads prayer meetings
  • Coordinates with the various ministries to plan the worship services
  • Teaches in various settings, e.g. Bible studies, membership classes, baptism classes, and pre-marital classes
  • Conducts weddings, baptisms, and funerals
  • Visits the elderly and the sick
  • Performs certain administrative tasks with the support of the elders, deacons, and ministry leaders

What we offer:

  • A loving, lively, committed church family
  • Compensation according to local terms and conditions
  • A furnished 3-bedroom (4-rooms incl living room) apartment 5 KM or 10 minutes by car from the church (rent not included in salary)
  • Visa sponsorship for non-Swiss/EU applicants
    • Swiss legislation requires candidates to work towards proficiency in High German while in Switzerland
  • Allowance for training and leadership development
  • Pastoral ministry expenses
  • Contribution towards the Swiss pension system (50% IBCZ, 50% employee)
  • Annual home leave travel expenses
  • Church car, fuel, and related expenses
  • Public Transport Fee-reduction card (Halbtax)
  • 25 days of vacation (plus federal holidays)
  • Please note, the church is not able to provide school tuition expenses

We anticipate a starting date during the summer of 2023. 

Application process for this position will close on 30 September 2022. To apply, please submit

To the following email address:

Email: PSC@ibcz.ch

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