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Bi-vocational Pastor for a Committed Congregation in West Columbia, SC

New Hope Christian Fellowship Pastor Description


New Hope Christian Fellowship seeks a bi-vocational pastor. If interested, please send an interest letter and resume to with the subject line Pastor Search Committee or mailed to 1712 Mobile Avenue Columbia, SC 29203 ATTN: Pastor Search Committee.


Provide biblical and spiritual leadership within the church’s vision statement of “Loving, Serving and Sharing God’s Grace”.

Promote spiritual growth and well-being of the congregation through preaching, teaching, prayer and administration of the sacraments.



Be a person of prayer, a student of the Bible and be committed to personal spiritual growth.

Be gifted in building relationships within the congregation, within Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina and with partners of New Hope.

Demonstrate a lifestyle which serves as model for the congregation and in their personal family life with their spouse and children, along with having a sense of humor.

Possess excellent communication skills with a love for God’s Word through preaching and teaching.

Have a strong conviction to help the church offer hope and healing to West Columbia and South Carolina community.

Possess strong pastoral care skills, demonstrated in the art of listening and spiritual counsel with strict confidentiality.

Be willing and able to multitask and envision as times change.



Plan and lead worship services.

Coordinate, plan, and implement youth activities including summer mission experience and monthly youth group.

Attend worship planning meetings and staff meetings with the music director and a member of the worship planning team.

Attend and lead Guidance Team meetings.

Administer the sacraments.

Support and encourage church members to join and support local and distant mission trips and projects.

Encourage all members to make guests and strangers feel welcomed in worship and ministry programs.

Support and assist the worship planners and pastoral care teams in their responsibilities.

Encourage members to use their gifts in church ministry.

Engage in the church mission statement by offering new ideas for outreach, church ministries, promote faithful stewardship and financial giving.

Foster a community of generosity in financial resources, donated resources, and the resource of time



Work directly with the Associate Pastor who is the first contact for primary responsible pastoral care to determine who will go on hospital visits and make phone calls for those in need in the congregation. Records pastoral care visits in a monthly log shared with the Associate Pastor.

Organize and implement an annual Shepherd’s Retreat for new Shepherds.

Make baptism preparation and visits when deemed appropriate.

Make pastoral visits as requested by members of the congregation.

Notify the congregation of pastoral needs through calls, emails, church bulletin and/or social media as in Facebook.



This 15- 20 hour position requires considerable flexibility in hours of work including evenings and weekends.

Attend at least one Shepherd meeting a year.

Provide leadership for weddings, funerals, and dedications when requested for church members.

Secure marriage preparation sessions for engaged couples.

Attend paid continuing education courses, workshops, retreats, and/or seminars as deemed necessary.

Provides leadership to volunteers and lay leaders.

Compensation is $250/week


Contact Us

1712 Mobile Avenue Columbia, SC 29203 ATTN: Pastor Search Committee