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WE HAVE GREAT NEWS! Beginning April 27, 2013, EVENING WORSHIP WITH PASTOR ROBERT EARL HOUSTON will be joining the television lineup with Frankfort Plant Board Cable Channel 20.  We will reach the entire Franklin County community with a special emphasis on Nursing Homes, Hospitals, the sick and shut in. This is completely sponsored by Robert Earl Houston Ministries.

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Houston, You Really Have a Problem

by Robert Earl Houston

I thought it was a really stupid joke.

Many of us, who first heard of this through the medium of social media (because you only hear about ebola on my major cable news outlets) passed a gem on, initially, that said that the Mayor of Houston, Texas, Annise Parker,  had subpoenaed sermons from four pastors regarding sermons, preached across their respective pulpits, on the subjects of homosexuality, gender identity or on the mayor herself. Further, that any of those ministers who failed to comply could be held in contempt of court.

I thought it was a faux Fox News Story. I look at Fox News like I look at a fun house. Lots of clowns, shooting canons and mirrors, and of course, all anti-Obama all the time news coverage. When I saw Fox News’ brand on the report, I dismissed it as a gag and joke. But then, more of us started digging into the story and found out – it was true.

The subpoena was the result of a lawsuit filed by Pastors Jared Woodfill, Steven F. Hotze, F.N. Williams, Sr. and Max Miller against the Mayor, the City Secretary (Anna Russell) and the City of Houston. The subpoenas target five pastors in Houston – Pastors David Welch, Steve Riggle, Khan Huynh, Magda Hermida, and Hernan Castano. The lawsuit was filed due to their opposition to an ordinance known as HERO (Houston for Equal Rights Ordinance” which bans discrimination among businesses that serve the public, private employers, in housing and in city employment and city contracting. A petition drive was enacted (17,269 signatures were required for ballot approval and 50,000 signatures were submitted) and the city ruled thousands of signatures ineligible and did not place the contesting item on the ballot, triggering the suit by the ministers.

Oddly, the law firm representing the mayor, in preparation for the January 2015 court case, issued a subpoena requesting all types of items (see the link), but it is item # 12 that has created a firestorm:

“12.  All speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”

This is wrong on so many levels. First off, there is no precedent in American Jurisprudence that allows a municipality to sue or contest a congregation or a pastor on the basis of their speech. I will agree that some pastors are loose canons or suffer from preaching a gospel that is not in print – HOWEVER, even dumb speech in this country is protected speech. Even speech that I may not agree with still is protected by our U.S. Constitution, which gives no authority to a Mayor to subpoena SERMONS.

This seems, to me, to be extra-constitutional. The outcry from Pastors and Ministers across the country is defeaning (oddly, I’m yet to hear or read of any official statements from any of African-American Christian conventions, although at least two of the suing ministers are black and baptist).

The right to preach is sacred in this country. This nation which has produced orators, revivalists, prophets, and encouragers has also produced crazies, idiots, flimflam artists, bigots in robes, as well. However, it is all protected free-speech. I may not agree with what you have to say, but I have to understand that you have the right, if it’s your pulpit, to espouse it. It may not be pretty, but it’s how things are done in this nation.

The Mayor has been doing spin control. But this may be too little, too late. She began to blame her opponents for the broad original language to “deliberately misinterpret the city’s intent.” City Attorney David Feldman called it “a media circus.” But in this case, the circus did not come to town, the city by subpoena, brought the town to the circus.

This post is not to comment upon the HERO ordinance. (I don’t live in Houston, I live in Kentucky) No, my goal is to enlighten and condemn the city of Houston for coming after ministers and demanding their sermons. Religious beliefs are protected beliefs, even when they are considered anti-government. Our own Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, Dr. William Augustus Jones, and other ministers rallied against policies of the government including war, poverty, racism, etc., but not once was a city municipality so stupid to request copies of their sermons, as if to send out a “warning shot” to other ministers, don’t try this in your pulpits. It may not be the intent, but it is the appearance.

On Friday, Mayor Parked announced that the city (these are attorneys that are contracted) had refiled its subpoenas. On twitter she wrote: “City just refiled subpoenas in #HERO. Clarified our intent. No mention of sermons. All about petition process instructions. Never intended to interfere w/pastors & their sermons or an intrusion on religion. Our discovery motion now clearly focused on petition.”

Too much.
Too little.
Too late.

YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOMED.

The Case of the Missing Associate Minister

by Robert Earl Houston

I have had the joy of having one or two associate ministers to over 15 at one time. It’s like being a coach, advisor, and air traffic controller at the same time. Right now I have four active associate ministers and one of them is preaching at several churches this month, with my blessing, because I know that over the past five years, he has been faithful in his attendance at the church where I serve and he’s traveling with my prayers and spiritual support.

There is something amiss with an associate minister who is gone all of the time – especially in those crucial developmental years – the first three. Let me relay a story to you. I had just finished my first sermon in April 1978 and saw my “grandfather in the ministry” (my pastor’s pastor) the late Dr. C.E. Williams, pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church of Seattle, in Tacoma, Washington at our General Baptist Convention of the Northwest Spring Board Meeting. He asked me how my first sermon went and I told him, and then I pulled out a sheet of paper showing all of the churches I planned to visit and fellowship with since “I’s a preacher now.”

I had on that list I was going to visit several churches in the city, churches in Seattle, Tacoma, Walla Walla, Boise, Spokane, Pastor, and of course, his church. Dr. Williams, who I deeply respected and loved dearly, stood there gnawing on a toothpick, as was his custom. I gave him the grand presentation of the list and he looked up (he was about 5’8″ and I’m 6’2″) and said “are you done?” I said “yes sir.” He proceeded to share a few choice, harsh words with me and basically said, “You need to keep your crazy behind at home.” He walked away. My pastor was sitting in the car and I was riding with him. I came to the car in tears running down my face. He looked at me and said “Doc gave you the speech didn’t he?” I said “Excuse me?” He said, “He gave me the same speech years ago.”

My pastor was a gifted singer. He was young in his 20s and Rev. A. Bernard Devers had joined the Electrifying Mighty Warriors of Seattle. He quickly became one of the lead singers and even produced and was featured on two albums. He came to church one Sunday after being gone for several weeks and Pastor Williams kicked him out of the office. His words to my pastor were chilling – “when you decide if you were called to preach, you can come back.”

That’s when I learned the value of staying home.

One of the best things that ever happened to me was that encounter with Dr. Williams. I had to have someone who cared for me to tell me, straight up, that an associate minister is in the incubator of ministry. You haven’t arrived and you really don’t know your way around the pulpit or preaching ministry just because you preached one sermon. That first sermon is that – it’s first, but if you intend to preach again, it takes the humility of submission to a pastor to validate the learning process.

I saw my pastor deal with a multiplicity of issues, events and actions that I would have never learned on the road. Sometimes, I admit, I was chomping at the bit to preach, but my first ministry as an associate is to be an apprentice. To learn, to hear, to accept, to be challenged, to be stretched and to learn by observation.

I’m afraid of this new crop of preachers that preach one sermon and they are out on the road doing something else. Your job is not to go support another associate minister preaching, visit other churches, establish your own ministry, pass out business cards and start networking. You need to develop a Kizzy Spirit (from the Roots series. Kizzy means “stay put”). You can lose valuable insight and preaching opportunities because you’re never at home.

Again, I have a group of associates that I’m very proud of. This current group is consistently there. When they are out, it’s generally for reasons of illness and not “looking around” or “making themselves a name.” That will come with time. I strongly believe that the reason I was candidating for congregations to consider me as Pastor at the age of 18 was because I thought it not robbery to stay under my pastor’s wings and “learn of him.” I learned that I didn’t want to be singer who happens to preach or a musician who happens to preach. I wanted to be a preacher who happens to sing or play an instrument. 

Remember, there is a benefit in staying home.

YOUR COMMENTS ARE APPRECIATED

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. G. Thomas Turner, Columbus, OH (2nd Updated 10/16/14)

by Robert Earl Houston
Updated October 10, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 10.58.27 AMCOLUMBUS, OHIO – One of Columbus’ senior sages has entered into eternal rest on Tuesday. The Reverend Dr. G. Thomas Turner, pastor of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church went home to be with the Lord on October 7, 2014. He was born on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 1936 and passed away at the age of 77.

Dr. Turner was the third pastor of the Friendship church in the 92 year history of the congregation. He pastored there for over 41 years, after being called in September of 1973. His grandparents had served in the church – his grandfather was Deacon John Martin and his grandmother was Sis. Susie Martin, a faithful member of the Missionary Society.

Under his leadership, the congregation experienced tremendous growth, most notable are the souls won to Christ. He led them in erecting a new church edifice in which the Friendship family entered in March of 1984. Just 9 years later, he led the congregation in liquidation of the mortgage.

turner g thomasIn 1995, they expanded the church edifice by adding a balcony, an educational wing, enlarged the parking area, and opened the Friendship Christian Learning Center, a daycare center serving the entire community.

Dr. Turner was active in denominational work. He supported the Ohio Baptist General Association, the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, and was a stalwart and one of the original founders of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America. Under the administration of Dr. Melvin Von Wade’s presidency, the trend-setting Early Morning Prayer Service was created and Dr. Turner was appointed to lead the entire convention in prayer and praise. His model endures to this day and has spread to various national, state and district levels.

During his leadership of that hour, it was not unusual to see people standing in the outer hallways because they could not fit inside of the service. He introduced the Convention to songs that had been forgotten in the modern era with pep and energy. His signature song became, “It Could Have Been The Other Way.”

Dr. Turner was a supporter and former board member of the National Baptist Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress and during the Parade Day it was not unusual to see him dressed in all white with a matching straw hat.

Most of all he was a worshipper. He was bapticostal before the name became popular. He was old school but he was a praiser and a dancer before the Lord. A very strong theologian and yet in the hallway he had a wry sense of humor. Many of us remember him walking away from a discussion, waving his hands and saying, “shoot . . .”  He didn’t just go to a convention and hang out. He was in every session and encouraging others to do so as well. He was beloved in the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America.

He leaves to mourn his homegoing his beloved wife, Dr. Robert Turner, his son, George, Jr. and his daughter, Patrice.

STATEMENT FROM THE FRIENDSHIP MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH:
We regret to inform you that Pastor G. Thomas Turner, Sr., B Th., L.H.D., D.D., the esteemed pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church for 41 years, passed away this morning.

Pastor Turner was a spiritual icon recognized globally for his dedicated work in the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Arrangements are pending. Please continue to pray for his wife Dr. Roberta Turner, their son George, Jr., their daughter, Dr. Patrice Turner, grandson, Seth and the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church family.

For further information, please contact Marcia Brown, Church Secretary at 614-279-0008, fax # 614-279-0424, email address, friendship@fmbcoh.org.

FRIENDSHIP MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
1775 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223

Moody Dubenion, Chairman, Deacon Board

Preston Stearns, Chairman, Trustee Board

Dr. Turner’s own words speak volumes: Click Here (from his church website).

UPDATED INFORMATION

SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014 AT 11:45 A.M.
AT FRIENDSHIP MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
1775 WEST BROAD STREET
COLUMBUS, OHIO

EULOGIST: DR. CHARLES E. BOOTH, MOUNT OLIVET BAPTIST CHURCH
COLUMBUS, OHIO

NEWLY UPDATED INFORMATION

Dr. G. Thomas Turner, Sr., pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church
Born: December 25, 1936
Died: October 8, 2014

Note regarding service: Remains will be in sanctuary and no public viewing is planned.

Obituary:

Pastor G. Thomas Turner, Sr., age 77, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, passed on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Mount Carmel East Hospital. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on December 25, 1936. He received his formal education from the Columbus Public School System and was a graduate of the East High School January class of 1955. During his high school years, he was a member of the track team and held records in the mile relay and 880 relay where the team won District and City championships. Pastor Turner earned his Bachelor of Theology degree from Virginia Seminary and College in Lynchburg, Virginia; an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Baltimore College of the Bible, Baltimore, Maryland; and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Seminary. Also, he attended Capital University, Columbus, Ohio and Shenandoah Bible College, Roanoke, Virginia. He was a former President and Board Member of Isabelle Ridgeway Nursing Center; an instructor in the National Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress; Board Member of the Lott Carey Foreign Missions Convention; a former Moderator of the Eastern Union Missionary Baptist Association and Auxiliaries, Inc.; a former Member of the Board of Directors of the R.H. Boyd Corporation and National Baptist Publishing Board; a founding member of The Brothers of the Common Life where he was referred to as “Dean”; and he was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia in February 1992. His pastoral experiences included: Macedonia Baptist Church, Cambridge, Ohio; Ebenezer Baptist Church, Kingston, Virginia; Mount Shiloh Baptist Church, Monroe, Virginia; First Baptist Church, Hollins, Virginia; and Maple Street Baptist Church, Roanoke, Virginia. His last pastorate was the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio for 41 years. Pastor Turner was an avid sports fan and financial supporter of The Ohio State University Athletics Program. He was also a fan of the Cleveland Browns, the Boston Celtics, and the New York Yankees. Pastor Turner is survived by his loving and devoted wife of almost 53 years, Roberta F. Turner, Ph.D.; son, George T. Turner, Jr.; daughter, Patrice E. Turner, Ed.D.; grandson, Seth; sister, Martha (Richard) Harmon; niece,Trina (John) Branham; nephew, Gary (Tracy) Harmon; many cousins; “special” children: Pat Dawkins and the Rev. Dr. Alyn (Dr. Ellyn) Waller; and the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church family.

YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOMED.

Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. Robert Lee Brantley, Shreveport, Louisiana

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Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. Billy Ray Hollins, Louisville, KY

From the American Baptist Newspaper of the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky:

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Vacant Pulpit – Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Paducah, KY (Deadline: November 30, 2014)

Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church is seeking a God-Called, Ordained Baptist Pastor to edify through God’s Holy Word, and to direct our congregation by divine example, strong leadership abilities, and Scriptural teaching. Submit the candidate package by mail.

Candidate Package must contain:

1.  Current Resume including summary of relevant ministry, professional and educational experience;

2.  Copy of Ministerial License(s), Ordination Certificate, and Degree(s);

3.  Three Recommendation Letters: Two from fellow clergy and one personal.

Address:

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
Pastor Search Committee
PO Box 8496
Paducah, Kentucky 42002

Divided Pulpits

Photo on 6-23-13 at 11.31 AM #2by Robert Earl Houston

I am concerned about division. I’m concerned as a believer, as a preacher, as a pastor, as a church member. I don’t like to see nor experience division in the body of Christ. I’m not a proponent of splits especially in our denominational structures that have taken us from one convention in 1914 to well over 20 conventions, reformations, and fellowships in our African-American baptist context. We are so divided it’s hard for any one group to make an impact upon society because of our fragmentation.

I’m reminded of when the National Baptist Convention of America split in 1989. I was a young pastor, just started my pastoral ministry in Portland, Oregon and then watched my home convention split and the reverberations spread across the country. Those who had served together for years and many of them icons were now drawing borders and fellowships that had existed for years were now laid bare on the ground. 

There was an incident that occurred when a pastor from NBCA wrote a pastor from NMBCA and stated that since the National was splitting, a decades long fellowship between the two local churches was no longer in his best interest. I said it then, it was a sad day when we can’t worship together on a local level.

However, there is a move afoot and I think it’s worthy of mention that it seems that we are becoming increasingly divided due to stances of theological proportion. Back in the day, E.V. Hill could preach in Los Angeles in his pulpit on Sunday morning, appear on the Charismatic TBN broadcast with Paul and Jan Crouch Sunday evening, fly to Denver to preach to a Focus on the Family event and then wind up at a City-Wide revival at the end of the week. In other words, he had no problem flowing from reformation to reformation. He preached for liberals, conservatives, pre-trib, post-trib, pentecostals, baptists, methodists, episcopalians without any hesitation, in order to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The problem, as I see it, is that many pastors are willing to die on ant hills instead of mountains. We have too much in common in the word of God to sacrifice it on a small list of differences that will either cause us to express disdain or withdraw fellowship because, frankly, what we think is a sacred cow is nothing more than putting personal ideology over biblical practice.

Hot button issues aside, we are becoming the Baptist Hatfields and McCoys. I can’t come preach for you because your people shout. You can’t come preach for me because I have women in the pulpit. I can’t come preach for you because you don’t have a higher degree. You can’t come preach for me because you aren’t conservative enough in your theology. I can’t come preach for you because your church is not large enough. You can’t preach for me because all you’ll do is squall at the end of your sermon. And while we play these ecclesiastical games, our churches are thinning out and pulpits are dying.

Even if a stance evolves or shifts there is no reason to cut off fellowship completely. I had a friend that was “ride or die” and when I changed a stance, all of a sudden I became an anathema to him. I tried several times to call – not to chop it up theologically, but just to call and say hello. No response. Called several times. No response. So I had to write off a friend that I had worked closely with for many years because of the foolishness of an ant hill mentality.

I long for the day when denominations will cease. But I long more intensely for the day when division among baptists will cease.

YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOMED.

Homegoing of a Saint: Senior Apostle Ernest Leonard, Union, New Jersey

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Vacant Pulpit: Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX (Deadline: November 30, 2014)

The Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas is now accepting resumes to fill the position of Pastor.

Please mail resumes to:

Zion Missionary Baptist Church
PO Box 101145
Fort Worth, Texas 76185
Attention: Pulpit Search Committee

RESUMES WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL NOVEMBER 30, 2014

We are located in Fort Worth’s historic Lake Como community. The Zion Baptist Church has a strong emphasis on serving God and HIs people. The church has historically been involved in the spiritual growth and civic development of the local community. Established in 1919 the Zion Baptist Church has shared the good news of Jesus Christ for over 95 years.

A successful candidate must meet the following qualifications: Be a Born-again, baptized believer in Jesus Christ. Candidates must be Holy Spirit filled and guided by the Biblical principles set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

Vacant Pulpit: Love Center Ministries, Oakland, CA (Unknown Deadline)

SENIOR PASTOR JOB DESCRIPTION – LOVE CENTER MINISTRIES – To download application: http://www.lovecenter.org
Description: The Senior Pastor is to provide spiritual and pastoral leadership to the congregation of Love Center Ministries (LCM), and to lead us in broad based evangelism to the surrounding community. This includes providing spiritual leadership through example, preaching/teaching; working with the Board of Governors in establishing and implementing the vision of the church, equipping the congregation for the various works of ministry, and through the shepherding of the people in partnership with the Board, Ecclesiastical Council, and Ministry and Auxiliary leaders. Accountability: The Senior Pastor reports directly to the Board of Governors. This position will be evaluated annually under the direction of the Board of Governors and General Overseer in addition to informal, ongoing reflection and re-evaluation.

Qualifications
• Professes faith in the work of Jesus Christ for salvation and has a solid personal relationship with Christ • Demonstrates a life submitted to Christ through lifestyle choices, words, and practice
• Master’s Degree of Divinity
• Proven leadership in an outreach minded church
• Ordained pastor with 10+year of pastoral experience with background in a metropolitan or urban church setting preferred.
• Be computer proficient and able to relate to and participate in social media.

Leadership/Leadership Development & Discipleship – (25%) The Senior Pastor is:
• A cooperative, self-confident motivator
• An inspirer of all with the vision of the church
• An effective team builder to bring other disciple-makers alongside
• Someone committed to developing the congregation to their highest level of spiritual maturity
• A spiritual leader who provides ministry workers with the direction and tools for their jobs

Duties/Responsibilities:
• Works alongside the board in the maintenance of a compelling vision, and acts as the key implementation champion for the strategic plan
• Schedules and participates in the planning and leadership of an annual Pastors and Board retreat that educates, motivates, and supports Pastors and Board members alike.
• Leads the Ecclesiastical staff/volunteer team
• Will create a leadership process that is implemented across the ministries of the congregation which strategically develops key leaders, next level leaders, and emerging leaders for the discipleship process.
• Will train or arrange for the training of the congregation through teaching and in workshops, discipleship experiences, mentoring and coaching.
• Teaches a New Members Class at least twice a year that provides a forum to integrate new congregants into an understanding of LCM’s vision and mission, and various opportunities for service within the church and the community
• Other duties as assigned

Preaching/Worship – (30%) The Senior Pastor is:
• An effective communicator in accurately taking the whole word of God and providing avenues of application that the congregation understands
• Someone whose genuine spiritual life shows through in preaching
• A Spirit-led, mature believer who speaks from experience
• A disciple-maker who leads others into greater commitment
• An evangelist who speaks the message of Jesus to those who wish to hear

Duties/Responsibilities:
• Plan and implement a weekly teaching schedule that allows attendees to learn the whole truth of God, and to mobilize their daily walk of faith, and become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
• Prepares preaching schedules in advance, and reviews with the Board of Governors and Ecclesiastical Council quarterly
• Meets weekly with the Ecclesiastical Council and Ministers to evaluate and plan all regular and special services
• Ensures that worship services are effective regarding content, style, structure and design
• Creates regular opportunities for people to respond to the message of Christ through evangelistic messages with the result of growth in the Sunday service

Outreach/Community Engagement – (15%) The Senior Pastor is:
• A model of interaction with the community
• A spokesperson for LCM and the church within the wider community Duties/Responsibilities:
• Engages in the community through involvement in clubs, committees, as a speaker and/or facilitator or volunteer in key community endeavors according to passion, giftedness and interest
• Equips and mobilizes the membership within the church in the role of evangelism and in the development of strategic outreach ministries and initiatives.

Congregational Relations/Pastoral Care – (25%) The Senior Pastor is:
• A compassionate and empathetic shepherd
• A discerning peace maker Duties/Responsibilities:
• Inspires the congregation to spiritual maturity through personal example
• Provides care for spiritual, emotional and physical needs in partnership with other church leaders
• Administers Lord’s Supper, with Minister/Pastor, outside of church services as necessary for shut-ins in their homes etc.
• Proactively identifies problems/ challenges and offers creative solutions for resolution (conflict management) • Hospital visits as needed
• Provides minor counseling (supportive listening), and refers to professionals for those needing more extensive counseling as needed
• Conducts baptisms and funerals, pre-marriage counseling, and weddings as required.

Professional Development/Personal Growth – (5%) The Senior Pastor is:
• A life-long learner Duties/Responsibilities:
• Devotes time to spiritual, mental, physical development and well-being through personal disciplines
• Attend courses/workshops as appropriate
• Attend a small group as a participant, and/or lead a small group
• Will develop an annual plan in cooperation with Board of Governors and Overseer. Key performance indicators will be reviewed biannually with the Board of Governors.

A full performance evaluation will be completed annually Compensation and Benefits Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Insurance coverage and other benefits are set forth in LCM’s Policy & Procedure Manual. Anyone applying for this position will be granting Love Center Ministries, Inc. permission to do background checks. These checks will only be done if the applicant is chosen as one of the candidates for the position. Completed applications can be mailed to Love Center Ministries, Inc., 10440 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94603; Attn: Senior Pastor Search. Please mark envelope CONFIDENTIAL or sent to Applications@lovecenter.org. All applications must be postmarked and/or received by September 26, 2014.

Love Center Ministries, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. JOB APPLICATION LOVE CENTER MINISTRIES, INC. 10440 International Boulevard Oakland, California 94603 (510) 567-0586 Love Center Ministries, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. This application will not be used for limiting or excluding any applicant from consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

THE WIRE

by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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