Jobs at Mount Carmel

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ANNOUNCEMENT [March 11, 2019]: Although we have not yet called a Pastor, we are no longer reviewing new applications. You may contact the Pastoral Search Committee ( for any questions about your application. Thanks for your patience.

Pastoral Vacancy

The Call

Mount Carmel Baptist Church of Washington, DC seeks a visionary leader, sent by God, to serve as its 11th Pastor. The position is full-time and will require a dynamic individual with both spiritual and managerial gifts.

About Mount Carmel

Organized in 1876, Mount Carmel has a rich history of engaging in missionary and social justice activities impacting members of the African diaspora as well as marginalized members of society. Its previous pastors have been known for their visionary and progressive preaching along with their emphasis on Christian teaching and education. Mount Carmel is a family-oriented, spirit-filled church with a long tradition of having strong teaching, preaching, and music ministries. Mount Carmel is governed by the Bible and a Constitution and By-laws. It has been a long-standing member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. including its DC Laymen group. We are also members of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; the Interdenominational Church Ushers’ Association; the District of Columbia Baptist Convention; the Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference DC & Vicinity; and the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board, which is part of the American Baptist Churches, USA. Located in downtown Washington, DC, Mount Carmel is one of the original residents of the Mount Vernon Triangle (MVT) community, part of DC’s Ward 6. MVT is the ninth most populous neighborhood in DC and plans for further development and building will continue in this multi-faceted and increasingly diverse community. Mount Carmel remains actively engaged in activities and even has partnerships in some development plans around the rapidly-evolving community. Learn more about Mount Carmel via our website

Responsibilities of the Pastor

The Pastor will serve as the spiritual leader of Mount Carmel and will be responsible for leading, overseeing, attending its religious activities. S/he will guide members of the Department of Spiritual Life–which includes the ministerial staff, the Board of Senior Deacons, the Board of Deaconesses, and the Director of Music–in conducting religious services and ordinances as well as providing pastoral care. The Pastor is also charged with promoting and supporting the spiritual growth of Mount Carmel’s multi-generational membership. Consistent with federal and state regulations, Mount Carmel’s Constitution and By-laws, and the Board of Trustees, s/he will direct the church staff; moderate church business meetings; and administer church programs and initiatives. Additionally, the Pastor will provide marital and grief counseling, officiate weddings, eulogize funerals, and represent the church in public forums when necessary.

Required Skills and Experience

  • An ordained minister, preferably within the Baptist tradition
  • A Bachelor’s Degree (or international equivalent) from a 4-year accredited university or college
  • Completion of seminary training from an accredited theological institution
  • At least 5 years of pastoral experience either as a member of a ministerial staff or serving as a congregational pastor
  • An ability to lead in a congregationalist environment where the Church membership is the final authority on all matters
  • Proven speaking, preaching and oratory skills
  • An ability to direct the work of staff with varying levels of capacity
  • An ability to motivate and inspire across generations and across cultures
  • Competency with Microsoft Office/O365 applications and email management tools
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • A courteous, compassionate and respectful demeanor

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge or formal training in the following areas are highly preferred:
    • Leading ministry within a culturally and economically diverse environment,
    • Counseling (grief, marriage, substance abuse, etc.),
    • Youth (ages 0-17) and Young Adult (18-35) ministry,
    • Nonprofit management,
    • Fundraising and stewardship,
    • Leadership cultivation and development, and
    • Change Management
  • Familiarity with social media outreach is a plus
  • An affiliation with a local or national religious association or convention (e.g. PNBC, NBC, ABC, NACCC, etc.) is a plus

Position Details

The base salary and overall compensation package will be commensurate with experience and education. Benefits will involve eligibility for family health care, a housing allowance, life insurance, disability, and retirement savings. Mount Carmel may provide support for job-related business expenses such as an auto allowance, attendance at conventions, book subscriptions, and a continuing education allowance.

Recruitment Process

Only applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be contacted. Semi-finalists will be asked to interview with the Pastoral Search Committee in person as well as provide 3 references and links/recordings of sermons.  Finalists will be asked to visit Mount Carmel for a trial sermon during a worship service. Successful completion of a background investigation involving credential evaluation, drug testing, employment history and reference checks is required before commencing employment at Mount Carmel.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit an application (below). The process involves answering the two questions on the application and attaching a chronological resume. Please limit resumes to 3 pages or less. References will be requested only if an applicant is selected as a semi-finalist. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please do not send resumes or application materials by mail. Feel free to send any inquiries to the Pastoral Search Committee at No phone calls, please. This Call will be open until filled but priority will be given to applicants who submit their materials on or before Friday, June 1, 2018.

Pastoral Employment Application

Thanks for your interest in serving as Pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law. Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation involving credential evaluation, verification of employment history, drug testing, and reference checks is required before commencing employment at Mount Carmel. You are required to provide a chronological resume along with responses to the questions on the application. Please limit resumes to 3 pages or less.

Are you legally authorized to work in the U.S. for any employer? YesYes, but will need sponsorship in the futureNo


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