Author Archive: Pastor Robert Earl Houston

Vacant Church: Metropolitan Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan (Deadline: April 30, 2015)

Senior Pastor
Metropolitan Baptist Church – Detroit, MI
We are seeking a pastor who meets the following minimum requirements:
Personal Requirements:

  • Must believe and exemplify the qualities listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9
  • Must have a character and financial stability that is above reproach both personally and professionally exhibited within the church community and the community at large.
  • Must be compassionate and communicate effectively with congregants and staff of the church.
  • Must practice the Biblical principles of Christian stewardship Malachi 3:8-10

Professional Requirements:

  • Must be licensed in the state of Michigan, trained and ordained in the Baptist ministry
  • B.S or B.A. Degree and has graduated from an accredited Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity.
  • The Pastor will have a minimum of five (5) consecutive years of full time, post-graduate degree ecclesiastical experience.
  • Must be an effective teacher of Christian Education and Baptist Doctrine.

Duties of the Pastor (are included but not limited to the following:

  • Serve as spiritual leader for the congregation.
  • Provide guidance, instruction and support for all ministries of the church.
  • Plan and conduct worship services.
  • Provide Pastoral guidance and counseling to congregants.
  • Show a service commitment to the local community through church programs.
  • Attend Sunday School regularly.

Interested candidates should return:

  • A cover letter
  • The completed application and current resume
  • A copy of degrees, ordination certificate, and any other certificates
  • A recent color photograph.
  • A DVD of recent sermon or internet web link
  • Three (3) letters of recommendations (2 from pastor/clergy and 1 personal

All materials must be included to make up complete packet. Incomplete packets will not be accepted.

Submit completed packet only to:
Metropolitan Baptist Church
Attention: Deacon Arnold Vann
Pastoral Search Committee
13110 14th St.
Detroit, Michigan 48238

Deadline for Application Packet: April 30, 2015

Final candidates must consent to reference checks, educational credential verification, a criminal history background check, a drug test, and may be subject to a credit check or a financial history review. All information will be treated as confidential. (Background checks will be performed by an outside agency to ensure complete confidentiality.)

Salary – Contractor under $50K

Required experience:

  • The Pastor will have a minimum of five (5) consecutive years of full time, post-graduate degree ec: 5 years

Vacant Pulpit: Christian Fellowship of Love Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan (Deadline: May 29, 2015)

Christian Fellowship of Love Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan, established in 2006, is seeking a spirit filled licensed ordained Baptist Minister to serve as a full time Pastor for our congregation.  Please refer to the link below for the application package.

Christian Fellowship of Love Baptist Church

Vacant Pulpit: Springdale Baptist Church, Memphis, TN (Deadline: March 27, 2015)

Please see the Pastoral Announcement and Application below:

Springdale Baptist Church

Vacant Pulpit: Mt. Ollie Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY (Deadline: September 4, 2015)

Please see the Pastoral Search Announcement below:

M. Ollie Baptist Church

My thoughts on the Preacher and the Jet

by Robert Earl Houston

We are asking members, partners and supporters of this ministry to assist in the undertaking of an initiative called Project G650. The mission of Project G650 is to acquire a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace. We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 US dollars or more to turn this dream into a reality–and allow us to retire the aircraft that served us well for many years. (The Huffington Post)

I have been watching the discussion, jokes, and expert opinions about Dr. Creflo Dollar’s (Pastor of the World Changers Church International in the Atlanta area) request for money to buy a top of the line jet. I think that the problem that many have with it is not necessarily the need for a plane – it’s a plane of that order and that type. What was probably a great idea in a planning and creative session (which mega ministries have) backfired because somebody either didn’t say or was overruled in the wisdom of putting this down on video and letter to ask for a first class jet that only the super-rich possess.

The downside of this has become all of the chatter, criticism and last night during The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, one of the ministers of the television reality show, “The Preachers of Detroit” greatly rebuked Dollar and the panel basically made it sound like the poor was being pressured into giving – when the truth is that poor folk aren’t the only ones who give to his (or any other mega ministry) because he clearly said it was sent to his congregation AND his worldwide donors list, which meant these were the people who had already been giving.

This debacle has made the words “those preachers” become inclusive of most of us who don’t drive or own luxury cars, live in fancy homes or have congregations that pay us six or seven figure salaries. Most of us struggle, to be honest. Those of us who went to school haven’t gotten the appropriate amount of pay for school nor experience. Most of us deal with established boards who come to the table not with the spirit of the pastor’s vision, but their own brand of division. Not to mention a spirit of suicide that erupted in the Body of Christ last year which saw several pastors (none of those who pastored megachurches) end their lives tragically.

I’m saddened by all of this, without a doubt. It’s been a long time since Jim and Tammy Bakker and other financial excesses have been public fodder. So, please forgive me if I don’t join in the chorus of those who are joyfully exploiting this situation with suspect glee – it’s saddening and disappointing on many, many levels. Since the public outcry, the campaign has been cancelled.

A friend of mine, Bishop Victor Couzens of Cincinnati, Ohio recently went on a missions trip. Packed his bags and shared the gospel with those who are struggling in life. Upon his preparation to return to the States, he heard the voice of the Lord, and all of the clothing and possessions he brought with him to Kenya – and to leave it all to those in the village and he literally returned home with nothing but the clothes on his back. The people of that area gave him a Maasai name: “Lemaylan” – which means “the one who is blessed to be blessed.”

I choose to serve so that I too will be called “Lemayla.”

YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOMED

Vacant Position: General Secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., Washington, DC

The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. has opened a search for a full-time General Secretary.
Interested parties are invited to apply by submitting a cover letter, resume and a completed application.
The search will be open from March 16, 2015 until April 30, 2015.  Applications may be submitted electronically or by mail.

The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. has opened a search for a full-time General Secretary.

Interested parties are invited to apply by submitting a cover letter, resume and a completed application.

The search will be open from March 16, 2015 until April 30, 2015. Applications may be submitted electronically or by mail.

Please email your cover letter and completed application to pnbcsearch@gmail.com.

Or mail to:

PNBC Search
C/O Girton-Mitchell Associates P.O. Box 4992
Silver Spring, MD 20914

Applications will be screened by the search committee and finalists will be invited to an interview by the search committee.

The search committee plans to hold interviews during the month of June. The application packet is available online at http://www.PNBC.org

Instructions for completing the application

In order to complete the 2015 PNBC Application Packet:

A) Print it and fill it out by hand, or

B) Complete it electronically by using a version of Adobe Acrobat or a compatible program that allows the PDF to be fillable. Most versions of Adobe Reader (or equivalent software) are not sufficient to complete the PDF form, but only to read the form. Additionally, most iPad’s and mobile devices are not customized for PDF Filler software (such as Adobe Acrobat), so if you plan to complete the form electronically, it may be more feasible to do so on a laptop or desktop computer.

Homegoing of a Saint – Bishop James Neaul Haynes, Dallas, Texas

Source: The Church of God in Christ (www.cogic.org)

In Memorium

March 11, 2015

Dear Saints:

This correspondence comes to you at the request of the Adjutant General, Bishop Matthew Williams.

It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing of Bishop James Neaul Haynes, Former First Assistant Presiding Bishop and Emeritus Member of the General Board – Church Of God In Christ, Inc. At the time of his passing, Bishop Haynes served as the distinguished Prelate of the Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. The services for Bishop James Neaul Haynes will be as follows:

The Local and Jurisdictional Home going Celebration 
Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Saintsville Church Of God In Christ
2200 South Marsalis Avenue, Dallas – Texas 75216

The National Home going Celebration
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 12 o’clock noon

Inspiring Body of Christ Church
7701 South Westmoreland Avenue – Dallas, Texas 75237
Reverend Rickie G. RushPastor

Services are entrusted to:
Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home

6449 University Hills Boulevard – Dallas, Texas 75241
214.376.1500 (Office) / 214.376.1523 (Fax)

Hotel Accommodations:
The Renaissance Dallas Hotel

2222 North Stemmons Freeway – Dallas, Texas 75207
214.631.2222 (Office)

bishop-jnhaynes

All expressions of kindness to the Haynes Family can be sent to:

Mother Vivian King Haynes
c/o Saintsville Church Of God In Christ
2200 South Marsalis Avenue – Dallas, Texas 75216

The Adjutant General is requesting that all Hotel Accommodations and Ground Transportation needs for the General Board be emailed to me at rudolph@cogic.org on or before Saturday, March 14, 2015.  The Adjutant General is requesting that all Bishops who will be attending the national celebration, please wear your “Class A” vestments.  All National Adjutant brothers, who will be serving, please wear your “Class A” vestments. National Adjutant sisters who will be serving, please wear your white habits.

Let us be in prayer for the Haynes family and the Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction during this most difficult time. If I can assist you further concerning this matter, please call my office at 501.712.0048.

In His Service,

Bishop Robert G. Rudolph, Jr.
Assistant General Secretary / Records and Archives
Scribe of the Adjutancy
Church Of God In Christ, Inc.

Bio from Wikipedia:

Bishop James Neaul Haynes (1932–present), the sixth child of the late Bishop F. L. Haynes and Mrs. Ola Mae Haynes, was born in Denton, Texas. He matriculated at the Denton Independent School District, graduating from Fred Moore High School with valedictorian honors. He then attended the University of Denver in Colorado, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating, he attended the Dallas Theological Seminary and he received a Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1986.

Career

Haynes began to preach the gospel in 1949, and was licensed as an elder  in 1952 at the Open Door Church of God in Christ. He went on to become the pastor of that church. In 1962, he moved to St. Emmanuel COGIC. He also served as pastor at: Jackson Memorial COGIC, Wheatley COGIC, Haynes Chapel COGIC (which was named after his father, Bishop F. L. Haynes), and lastly Saintsville Sanctuary COGIC in Dallas, Texas. In 1967, he became a superintendent in the COGIC and was elevated to the office of Bishop of the Texas Northeast Jurisdiction in 1978.

After becoming a bishop, he was appointed to the National Trustee Board of the denomination. In 1984, Bishop Haynes was appointed to the General Board of the denomination. In 1997, he became the Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ serving under Presiding Bishops Chandler D. Owens , Gilbert E. Patterson , and most recently Charles E. Blake . In 2008, Bishop Haynes was not reappointed to the office of Second Assistant Presiding Bishop; however, he remained a General Board member. He officially retired from the General Board in November of 2012, and was declared an emeritus member of the General Board by Bishop Charles E. Blake on November 12, 2012.

Personal life

Bishop Haynes is currently married to Vivian King Haynes. From this marriage they had two children: Pia and Vrai Haynes. They also have two sons-in-law: Reginald Williams and William C. Morris. Bishop Haynes now has four grandchildren.

The Preaching of Personal Destruction

by Robert Earl Houston
March 8, 2015

There is a trend that is brewing in the Body of Christ and specifically in our pulpits that is troublesome. It is this new attempt to be “bold” and “brave” when it’s really no more than a sorry substitute for preaching. It’s the idea of using the pulpit to condemn, “put on blast” or destroy another pastor and his or her teaching.

Many of us who have seen Preachers of Detroit have become disturbed at seeing ministers openly look into a camera and say what other preachers are not doing or not saying and it’s not just reserved for those who have cameras following them. I was aghast to see what has become a popular preacher in the evangelical community film “responses” to several nationally known preachers, denominations and labeling all of them either heretical or to pronounce them, just because of their worship methods, of “going to hell.” This must stop.

I’ve discovered that you don’t even need a pulpit of significant size to make these bombastic charges. All you need is a keyboard, a computer, and an internet line, and you too can become one who can become an ad hoc member of the Sanhedrin Council. Sadly, many of those who demonize ministers, especially those with large or mega congregations, are wallowing in a sea of failure themselves. Their “message” is not popular, their preaching is not potent and it’s disguised with the phrase “people won’t come here me because I preach the truth.” That’s funny. Jesus seems to endorse “truth” as setting people free, and it looks like that kind of freedom would become popular.

In the past I have seen ministers, almost on a kamikaze mission to discredit, dissuade and define other ministers gleefully and cheerfully attack another minister, sadly, WITH other ministers. That kind of behavior would frighten me personally because if you will talk about another minister to me, you’ll talk about me to another minister. Further, some of these ministers are not looking to exercise Matthew 18 and go speak to someone in private to clear up misunderstandings. Instead, they have the Ahab complex – they just want to have bragging rights that they stuck a spear in the side of the “great fish.”

Sometimes the biggest critics are also some who get it wrong themselves. One critic of the modern church, who has publicly gone after preachers and denominations, himself has shrouded the fact that he has espoused doctrines such as “Christ’s sonship as a role he assumed in his incarnation” or “Lordship Salvation” or “Hyper-Calvinism.” Not to mention to suggest that the Charismatic movement be damned and that gifts ceased after the conclusion of the ministry of the Apostles.

I just think that there is more that unites us than that which does divide us. I’m determined to seek, support and find the best in ministries and preachers. I don’t have time to be mentally and spiritually poisoned by the Church Police. The struggle is not against my brothers and sisters in the Lord – it’s against Satan and his imps. But I will not sit by idly and continue to watch those who should know better take pot shots and uplift themselves as the paradigm of biblical understanding when even Paul said “we see things through a glass darkly.”

YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. Curtis Raines, Sr., Macon, GA

From http://www.macon.com/2015/02/21/3598890_prominent-macon-pastor-dies.html?rh=1, February 21, 2015

Dr. Curtis Raines Sr., a Macon pastor who led a large state organization for black churches, died Saturday. He was 67.

Raines was pastor of New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Macon and was president of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia. According to the group’s website, the convention is the largest black organization of any kind in Georgia.

Henry Ficklin, a former Macon city councilman, knew Raines for 40 years.

“I think anyone who knew him will remember him for his wonderful deeds,” Ficklin said.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Raines was pronounced dead at Medical Center, Navicent Health, of an undisclosed illness. Jones knew Raines well, and remembered going to New Pilgrim many years ago when it was much smaller.

“He was a good person,” Jones said. “He was a person who thought community and he was a leader. That church came a long way.”

Ficklin said New Pilgrim has more than 700 members today. According to the church’s website, Raines served as pastor since shortly after it was founded in 1981 with 33 members. He was named president of the state convention in 2012, Ficklin said. Raines also pastored Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe County.

Ficklin said Raines died of “complications.” He said Raines had survived a kidney transplant, prostate cancer, heart bypass and back surgery.

“God had delivered him from a lot of things,” Ficklin said.

Bentley & Sons Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements, which have not been set.

Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. George Moore, Atlanta, Georgia

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 13, 2015

ATLANTA – George Moore was a jovial, humble pastor who spoke with purpose.

“He believed in what I was doing and encouraged me to be the best at what I was doing,” said his son George Moore Jr.

A Decatur native, Moore began working at age 9 as a delivery boy for a local drug store. He graduated from Atlanta’s Washington High School and went on to work for several restaurants including Lucas’ Grille in Atlanta. He co-owned the clothing boutique Vine City Village and became a driver for one of the first black-owned cab companies, The Atlanta Car for Hire. He eventually became part owner.

George Moore, 79: Pastor saw church membership reach 10,000 photo

Moore went to church with his grandfather and joined Cosmopolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1951.

“He became so attached and interested in the life of the church,” said his son. “One day the Lord called him to preach while he was a member of Cosmopolitan AME Church.”

Moore attended Turner Theological Seminary at Morris Brown College. He was ordained a deacon in 1958 and ordained an itinerant elder in the AME Church in 1960.

He was appointed the pastor of Woosley Mission AME Church in November of 1958 and Davis Chapel AME Church in November of 1961. In July 1962, he was appointed to Amanda Flipper AME Church, where he served for eight years.

In 1970, Moore was appointed to Saint Philip AME Church in the Reynoldstown community, and he moved the membership of 200 to its current location in 1977. The membership has since grown to more than 10,000, and the church has more than 50 ministries. He served as senior pastor for more than 42 years.

George Moore died Sunday. He was 79. A funeral will be held 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Saint Philip AME Church, 240 Candler Road SE, Atlanta. Gregory B. Levett & Sons is in charge of arrangements.

“He knew how to encourage and lift you up,” said Kevin Moore, his grandson. “He would always tell me, ‘I am encouraged just because you showed up. I love you just for being you.’ It means a lot for someone to believe in your gifts more than you do. He was always behind me saying ‘you can do it, you got it.’ ”

Moore received honorary doctoral degrees from Wilberforce University in Ohio, Morris Brown College and Turner Theological Seminary.

His grandson said Moore liked to help younger pastors. In 2002, Moore and his family established the George Moore Foundation, which provides mentoring for men and women in ministry and their spouses.

In addition to his son and grandson, Moore is survived by his wife Nettie Mae Lewis-Moore, daughter L’Tanya Moore-Copeland, daughter L’Tarra Moore, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

THE WIRE

by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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