The American Baptist Churches of New Jersey is Searching for an Associate Regional Pastor

 The American Baptist Churches of New Jersey is a Christ-centered and mission-focused region committed to its rich diversity that is found in the over 280 churches and approximately 70,000 members. Working in such a diverse region offers the ministry team the opportunity to serve in a manner that encourages conversation and welcomes the differing gifts of the diverse oneness of the Body of Christ. ABCNJ values healthy relationships, mutual respect and collaboration in mission.  The American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, both as a state organization and through its member churches, exists to spread the Gospel in New Jersey and beyond.

ABCNJ is searching for an Associate Regional Pastor who is called and committed to this rich diversity and has the gifts, skills, and experiences necessary to serve effectively and creatively alongside our ministry team and churches. The Associate Regional Pastor reports to the Executive Minister/Senior Regional Pastor. This is a full-time position based at the ABCNJ Region Office, located at 3752 Nottingham Way, Trenton, NJ  08690.

Core Duties and Areas of Ministerial Responsibilities

  • Be a regular presence in our ABCNJ congregations.

  • Actively involved with congregations in search and call process.

  • Provide guidance, coaching and counsel to congregations and pastors in various stages of the church life cycle.

  • Represent region in significant church life events (i.e., anniversaries, installations, ordination services).

  • Work with clergy to encourage healthy practices and growth as spiritual leaders

  • Work with conflict situations in a positive and redemptive manner

  • Cultivate and nurture covenantal relationships throughout our 9 associations

  • Be an encouragement, resource and participant in the governance life of the Associations.

  • Encourage participation and financial generosity in support of ABCNJ and ABCUSA missions.

  • Regularly preach and teach in our ABCNJ churches.

  • Serve on the Professional Ministries and Church Relations Committee.

  • Work on site in Region office throughout the week.

  • Other relevant duties as assigned by the Executive Minister.

Key Qualifications

  • Familiarity with ABCNJ governance and polity.

  • Has the ability to articulate their faith and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Models personal and spiritual integrity and is emotionally mature.

  • Demonstrates cross-cultural competence.

  • Communicates effectively and collaborates with people of all demographics as well as diverse theological and ideological perspectives.

  • Team player with a collaborative work style.

  • Good steward of financial resources.

  • Exemplifies a strong commitment to ABCNJ/ABCUSA missions.

  • Can articulate and commit to the ABC Code of Ethics and Covenant for professional church leaders.

  • Shows passion, energy and commitment to ABCNJ’s mission, vision and values.

  • Life-long learner, a good listener and possess a servant’s heart.

  • Communicates and responds promptly and effectively via email, texting, telephone and social media.

  • Self-motivated and can work independently.

Key Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, Education and Experience

  • Possesses a Master of Divinity or equivalent degree from an accredited seminary (including at least 1 unit of Clinical Pastoral Education).

  • Ordained ABC minister in good standing.

  • Minimum of 5 years of full-time paid ministerial experience.

  • Articulates a strong sense of Christian and pastoral identity.

  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and time-management skills.

  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrates evidence of successful leadership in building and managing complex relationships among peers, churches and clergy.

  • Willing and able to travel across the region. Must posses and maintain a current valid driver’s license.

  • Proficient with Mac applications.

  • Proficiency in the use of social media and technology.


ABCNJ offers a comprehensive package (including health care, medical, dental, vision, paid vacation, sick time).  ABCNJ also participates in the Minister’s Missionaries Benefit Board comprehensive plan providing retirement and life disability.  ABCNJ provides continuing education support to help develop our employees’ knowledge, skills and abilities along with their ministerial path consistent with ABCNJ’s mission priorities and objectives.  Full time Associate Regional Pastors are provided with a vehicle for use in their ABCNJ ministry travels only.  ABCNJ is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Process

We will begin reviewing applications immediately upon receipt. Completed applications should be received by the Executive Minister no later than May 30th. The search process will continue until a suitable candidate is called to this position.

Please send the following documents to Rev. Miriam Méndez, Executive Minister:

  • A cover letter including your sense of call to this position

  • Current résumé

  • Current ABPS (preferred)

  • Signed ABC Code of Ethics and Covenant

  • Statement of Faith (no more than 300 words)


Rev. Miriam Méndez
Executive Minister/Senior Regional Pastor
American Baptist Churches of New Jersey
3752 Nottingham Way, Suite 101
Trenton, NJ  08690


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