Job Description

First Union Church (Cedarville, MI) - Senior Pastor

The Big Picture

First Union Church ( is a faithful congregation of 200 (pre-covid) seeking a full-time Senior Pastor who will preach the Word of God, graciously shepherd the congregation, and provide godly leadership.

The Church

Cedarville First Union is a church that desires to be governed by the leading of the Holy Spirit in accordance with the Scriptures. We have elders who are growing to be increasingly involved in the teaching and care of the congregation. We also have a board that includes the elders (males only), deacons/deaconesses, and some key committee representatives. We are a congregationally organized church, but we don’t pause to vote on everything. Our board provides one layer of leadership, and the elders are key. Our pastor is our lead elder. We are very missions minded both financially and prayerfully. Speaking of prayer, we believe prayer to be a key part of our faith. We have spent much time praying for the pastor we have not yet met. We are a family-oriented church who believes that everyone professing faith in God through Christ is part of the church family. We love to incorporate all ages and abilities into our corporate worship. Our facility can seat 300. We have a lovely fellowship hall and several classrooms and offices. We also have a beautiful children’s CE area. Last of all, because we are a small resort town, our winters are quiet, and our summers are bustling (including seasonal visitors/members/attenders). Without many evangelical options in our area, many of our members have diverse denominational histories. We don’t emphasize our differences, but we realize they exist. Our desire is unity in Christ that centers on The Word and not denominational traditions.

The Community

Cedarville is a small resort town in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. Cedarville and the neighboring town of Hessel make up the Les Cheneaux (Lay Shen o’) area. The year-round population of Clark Township (Cedarville and Hessel) is listed at 2200. This number more than doubles during the summer season. Boating, swimming, and fishing are popular summer activities. Snowmobiling, hunting, and ice-fishing are enjoyed in winter. Birding, hiking, and cycling draw enthusiasts as well.

The Candidate

The Senior Pastor, as God’s appointed shepherd to First Union church, has as his first responsibility, a personal relationship to God (Romans 12:1,2). As a man of God, his second responsibility is to his family. As shepherd to the church, he shall devote his time to the work of the church, administration of the ordinances, and preaching the Word. He shall, with great love, be ready to reprove, rebuke, and exhort in order to maintain spiritual unity and rightly divide the Word of Truth (I Timothy 3:1-7, 4:12-15; II Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:7-9)

The Qualifications

The Pastor must fulfill the qualifications of the office of an Elder as outlined in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. Candidates must have leadership experience, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and either a bachelor’s or master's in a ministry related field. Master’s level education is preferred. He must be in agreement with the Articles of Faith.

The Process

Please look over this job description and the church website. Along with your resume please answer these questions:

Why do you believe that you might be a good fit as the Senior Pastor at First Union Church?

Describe your experiences in ministry and how you may be qualified to serve as the Senior Pastor at First Union Church?

In just a few sentences please give a summary of your theology and how that is in line with the Statement of Faith of First Union Church?

Please send your resume, the answers to these questions and a link to at least one online sermon to [email protected]

Experience Required
1 – 5 years
Education Required
Master’s degree
Job Type

Cedarville, Michigan
Church Size