Associate Pastor


First Baptist Church of Sturgeon Bay

Sturgeon Bay, WI USA

First Baptist Church of Sturgeon Bay, a smaller mid-sized congregation of approximately 150 in a community of 10,000 in Door County, Wisconsin, seeks the right person to join our church as associate pastor and perhaps transition after a few years to the role of senior pastor. Initially, he will work with many and various family ministries. This pastor will have a sincere and passionate interest in such ministries and will work directly with children and youth as well as develop and oversee ministry teams composed of gifted and committed laypersons, whom he will train and equip to carry out ministries in church and community.

This person takes seriously his relationship with Jesus Christ and his growth as a disciple; he embraces the sovereignty of God and esteems the doctrines of grace; he demonstrates proficiency in studying and understanding the Bible and teaching its truth; he aims to give himself to prayer and the ministry of the Word; he understands and endorses historic Baptist convictions and perspectives; he enjoys healthy interpersonal relationships with a variety of people, and works to get along with others.

This pastor appreciates working cooperatively with a senior pastor and understands the value and necessity of a supportive and complementary relationship with both the senior pastor and other church leaders. Further, he regards service with First Baptist Church as a ministerial destination and not merely as a stop on a ministerial journey.

Along with many and various pastoral responsibilities, the Associate Pastor will give attention to a variety of “family ministries”. It is expected that the Associate Pastor will develop and lead ministers from within the congregation to use their gifts, talents, and energy to carry out the ministries.
These ministries may include, and are not limited to:
Nursery and Children’s Church Youth Groups
Vacation Bible School Sunday School and Children’s Club Programs
Children’s and/or Youth Musical/Drama Programs Mission Teams/Outreach Opportunities
Family Christian Education Opportunities

The Pastor will engage in many other pastoral responsibilities, including regular teaching in a variety of settings and preaching on Sunday at least six times per year, and probably more.

The Pastor must be willing to consider a long-term commitment to First Baptist Church of Sturgeon Bay. If he aspires to become our church’s lead pastor, that may become a reality after at least a few years in the associate position. Our lead pastor anticipates transitioning from that role by the end of 2026.

Persons with an interest in the position should complete an application packet; the application form is available online at FBC’s website:

For more information, feel free to contact
Pastor Cory Dahl, First Baptist Church
610 N. 5TH Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
e-mail [email protected]

Handout: Ministry Position Description Associate Pastor (draft 2) — February 2023.pdf