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Grand Avenue Christian Church (GACC) of Carbondale, Illinois invites applications for the position of Senior Minister.  This is a full-time salaried position with salary and benefits commensurate to ability, experience, and qualifications.  GACC’s mission is to glorify God and make disciples.


Lead – The Senior Minister must be able to lead and shepherd our congregation together with our Board of Elders.  He is directly responsible to the Board of Elders for direction, accountability, and communication.  He will work with the Elders and Deacons to set long-range goals and to carry out GACC’s mission within our church and into our community.

Minister – The Senior Minister is expected to prepare and preach scripturally accurate, relevant sermons each week, as well as to help teach in our Sunday School or disciple people within smaller group settings.

Administrate – The Senior Minister will daily supervise and mentor a 3-person paid church staff and will help to ensure that he and the staff appropriately support the work of our ministry groups.

Pastoral Care – The Senior Minister will provide for our GACC family premarital, bereavement, and other types of counseling (to the extent of his training and abilities), will perform weddings and funerals, and will offer pastoral care to the sick, shut-ins, and others in need.  He must be a people person and have a heart like Christ for the hurting and the lost.


Required qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry and practical ministry experience within an organized church of the independent Christian church tradition.  Preferred qualifications include 5 years of experience in supported pastoral ministries and 2 to 3 years experience as a Senior Minister.

The successful candidate must be a mature Christian who meets the qualifications of an Elder (1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9).  Honesty, integrity, and the ability to hold certain matters in confidence are critical characteristics of this man, as is a genuine spirit of humility and of utter dependence on the Lord.


Applicants should submit the following materials electronically to  (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter that highlights their qualifications and fit for the position, (3) the names and contact information of four references familiar with their recent church ministry, and (4) one or two sermons that demonstrate their preaching ability.

More information about our church, our community, and the Senior Minister position can be found in our complete position announcement at

Search Team
(618) 457-4222

Physical Address:
1305 E. Grand Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901

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