Announcement for Pulpit Vacancy
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Albany, NY is prayerfully searching for a Senior Pastor due to the recent retirement of our Pastor, Rev. Robert W. Dixon, after thirty-six years of God-led service to our congregation. Mt. Calvary has been established in the City of Albany for seventy-eight years and we are affiliated with the National Baptist Convention, USA, the Empire Missionary Baptist Convention of New York State and the Central Hudson Baptist Association. We are a church with great potential for spiritual and physical growth located in the South End of the City of Albany
We are seeking a Pastor who meets the following minimum requirements:
1. Must be guided by the principles set forth in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus1:5-9
2. Must be a person of prayer, good faith, Godly character and Divinely called to God’s ministry
3. Must be baptized by immersion as set forth by Baptist doctrine
4. Must have personal character and financial standing that is above reproach, both inside and outside the church
5. Must be able to lead, and communicate effectively with congregants and key staff of the church
6. Must practice the Biblical principles of Christian stewardship
1. Must be licensed, trained and ordained in the Baptist ministry
2. Must have, at least, a Bachelor’s Degree from a seminary, divinity school or Bible college
3. Pastoral experience preferred
4. Must have a demonstrated ability to deliver biblically sound, inspirational and spirit- filled sermons
5. Must exhibit great leadership, administrative and communication abilities
6. Must be an effective teacher of Christian education and Baptist doctrine
Duties of the Pastor:
1. Serve as spiritual leader for the congregation
2. Provide guidance, instruction and support for all ministries of the Church
3. Plan and conduct worship service
4. Officiate at weddings, funerals, baptisms, communion and other functions of the Church
5. Provide Pastoral guidance and counseling to congregants as needed
6. Develop and teach Christian Education to promote the spiritual growth and understanding of the congregation
7. Develop and grow the Youth of the church into strong, committed Christians
8. Show a service commitment to the local community through church programs
9. Provide Pastoral guidance and comfort during times of congregant bereavement, illness, or other conditions of tribulation.
If you feel that you meet the minimum qualifications outlined above, please submit the following items to the Pulpit Committee for consideration:
A Current resume
A cover letter explaining why you are interested in pastoring our church and any other information you would like the Committee to know about you
Copy of certificate of license and ordination
Copy of your degree(s) as described in Professional Requirements
Written references from at least two clergy, two laypersons, and two other persons, not related to you, who have known you for at least five (5) years.
A DVD of a recent biblically based sermon AND teaching session.
Please mail these items, NO LATER THAN Tuesday, December 31, 2013 to:
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
ATTN: Pulpit Committee
P.O. Box 5404
Albany, NY 12205
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL THESE ITEMS TO THE CHURCH’S ADDRESS.
USE ONLY THE PO BOX LISTED ABOVE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.
The Pulpit Committee will acknowledge receipt of all candidate packages that are submitted to us on a timely basis. Final candidates will be notified and sent additional instructions and information.
September 16, 2013
Re: Pastoral Position Opening Announcement
The Congregation of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Tacoma, WA, is prayerfully seeking applications for a Full-time Pastor.
Bethlehem Baptist Church is one of several African-American churches in the area.
Please respond by letter only, no phone calls or emails. Address your cover letter, resume’/or inquiries to:
Bethlehem Baptist Church
Pastoral Search Committee
P.O. Box: 11088
Tacoma, WA 98411
Deadline for applications is Friday, December 20, 2013
“And I will give you pastors according to mine own heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding” (Jeremiah 3:15)
Pulpit Vacancy Announcement
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Our congregation continued to grow and the Lord blessed us to move to 9722 Buckeye Road. After some time, we moved to our present location, 12527 Kinsman Road, which has since had the mortgage burned. In 1989, the church was destroyed by fire and in 1996, Israelite was again faced with another tragedy as the roof and the inside of the church was totally destroyed by water and snow, but the Lord enabled us to remodel the entire the church.
Today, Israelite Missionary Baptist Church has an active membership of approximately 250 members. The congregation is made up of people of all ages and at all stages of spiritual maturity. The church provides Bible Study, Sunday School classes, over ten ministries and other efforts for its members and the community at large. The mission of Israelite is to be “A Ministry on the Move, reaching the Masses with a Message of Jesus Christ”. Our hope is that Israelite Missionary Baptist Church will continue to be a tower of strength and a beacon of light in the service of Almighty God.
WHO WE’RE LOOKING & PRAYING FOR
- Teaches, preaches and leads the church toward continued spiritual growth;
- Serve as a model leader in worship, evangelism, discipleship, stewardship, missions and ministry;
- Is able to interact effectively with our multi-generational congregation;
- Has a deep desire to serve;
- Is a gifted teacher who enables persons to learn and understand deep spiritual truths;
- Builds relationships in which people are connected and care for one another;
- Provides leadership, a clear vision and a compelling plan for the future of the church;
- Lives a lifestyle characterized by moral integrity;
- Demonstrates an understanding of church management;
- Provides pastoral counseling;
- Performs other duties as may be required
The following duties are the ultimate responsibility of the Pastor but may be shared or delegated to others:
- Preach and teach the gospel by preparing and delivering relevant, Spirit-filled sermons
- Plan and conduct the worship services
- Lead in administering the Holy ordinances of Baptism and Communion
- Lead and teach stimulating Bible studies, classes and seminars
- Provide pastoral ministry to those experiencing illness, bereavement, or incapacitation or other conditions
- Officiate at funerals, weddings and baby dedications
Required Documents All interested and qualified persons must submit an initial and complete Candidate Package consisting of the following information:
Ways to submit information:
· Email to admin@IMBCOhio.org. Access the application either online or in person. The application must be completed, signed and scanned with the other documents. Please state in the body of the email how the sample sermons will be sent.
Pulpit Search Committee
Pastor Vacancy Announcement
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
810 Cathay Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church of Saginaw, Michigan is seeking a full-time pastor called by God to serve as the spiritual leader of the congregation. The pastor‘s responsibility is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, to teach the Bible, to provide Christian leadership in all areas of the church and to engage in pastoral care of the congregation. The pastor is also responsible for the overall leadership of the day-to-day operations of the church, services, membership and promoting the spiritual interest and growth of the church.
Ordained Baptist Minister who has through knowledge of all Baptist doctrine and beliefs.
The ability to prepare and deliver biblically sound, inspirational, and spirit filed sermons.
The ability to provide Bible-based teaching; a very capable teacher of God’s Word.
A vision for growing church membership that is rooted in the Word of God.
Must possess a minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of senior level pastoral experience in an established Baptist church.
A commitment to and experience with increasing the numbers and spiritual development of youth and young adults in the congregation.
A commitment to Christian education, missions, evangelism and outreach.
Exceptional standards of personal character, ethics; moral integrity must be above reproach.
Strong commitment to providing ongoing discipleship training for ministry leaders including deacons, trustees and associate ministers.
Demonstrates competence in leadership, management and communications (oral and written).
Works closely with the Deacon Board and directs the ministry of the other pastoral and support staff of the church.
The ability to identify and communicate goals and effective strategies for leading the church through change.
Strong commitment to local district, state and national missions.
Seminary trained, Bachelor Degree in Theology discipline preferred or 2 years toward a
Theological Degree from an accredited seminary.
Three (3) years previous pastoral experience
How to Apply
All interested and qualified persons must submit an initial candidate package consisting of copies of the following information:
1. A current resume that includes a summary of relevant ministry, professional, and educational experience.
2. Copy of ministerial license and ordination certificate.
3. Copy of degree(s) (certified copy maybe requested at a later date).
4. Four recommendation letters (clergy (2), professional (1), and personal (1).
5. Any other supporting documents you wish to submit.
6. A Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church application requested via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Background check required for all finalist.
All information submitted will be treated as “confidential”. Additional information may be requested and/ or required.
Submit the initial candidate package by mail to:
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
c/o Pastoral Search Committee
810 Cathay Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
The deadline for all information to be postmarked or submitted is October 30, 2013. Any candidate package postmarked after October 30, 2013 will not be considered.
NOTE: Missing information may result in automatic disqualification. Final candidates will be notified and asked to provide additional information later in the selection process.
Pastoral Candidate Application
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
810 Cathay Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Association of Churches Affiliation
Saginaw Valley District Association, Wolverine State Baptist Convention, National Baptist Convention, USA Inc.
1) Personal Information
Name: ______________________________________________________ Single ____________ Married_____________
Present Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________________________ State: _______________________ Zip Code: ________________
Phone Number: (Home) ___________________________________ (Cell) _____________________________________
(Work) _________________________________Email: ____________________________________________________
2) A. Educational Preparation
|List in chronological order the names and addresses of undergraduate and graduate institutions that you have attended. *(include seminary studies) Name||Address||Dates of Attendance||Degree Earned|
PASTOR VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Cornerstone Baptist Church 2117 N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121 Phone: (215) 763-8383
Opening Date : August 1, 2013 Closing Date : October 31,2013
Cornerstone Baptist Church of Philadelphia is accepting applications for the position of Pastor, one who is willing to grow and build with us. All correspondence should be mailed to the Pastoral Search Committee, 2117 N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia PA. 19121
Interested persons should submit all information contained in this announcement no later than
October 31, 2013. The successful candidate should meet the following Qualifications:
Must be a United States Citizen
Must be a Born again Christian with strong family and community values
Licensed, Ordained Baptist Minister that has received the Divine calling and has demonstrated the commitment to the Call.
Spirit-filled and able to witness to the saving acts of God in their life.
Meet the requirements of the Pastor/Bishop as stated in I Timothy 3:1-7.
A degree from an accredited theological seminary or school of divinity is preferred.
Experience as a Pastor of a comparable-Sized congregation; but an applicant without experience as Pastor may be considered if he has significant training and responsibilities while serving as an Associate or Assistant Pastor.
Applicant should be one who follows Christ in a life of discipleship using his gifts given by the Holy Spirit to lead the Church in carrying out the Great Commission for expanding the Kingdom of God.
Applicant should be anointed by God, be filled with the Holy Spirit and exemplify Christ-Like characteristics before all people.
Applicant should be a gifted Preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who exhibits proficiency in preparing and delivering sermons that demonstrates a firm comprehension of the Holy Bible and Baptist Polity.
Applicant should demonstrate a thorough knowledge and adherence to the principles of the articles of Faith, as well as a passion for Bible-based Teaching, evangelism, and counseling.
Applicant must provide the following:
o DVD or CD of you Ministering
o Complete Bio
o Copy of License and or Certificate of Ordination
o Official School Transcript
by Robert Earl Houston
I have held the senior pastor position at four congregations – one in Portland, Oregon, the next in Fresno, California, the next in San Diego, California, and currently here in Frankfort, Kentucky. Each church had it’s own distinctive curriculum vitae. The first church was a split from another congregation and wasn’t ten years old; the second church was in rural California and was one of the mother churches of the area; the third church was in a large metropolitan area; and this church is a very historical congregation (176 years of age when I came here).
I’m baptist so my ascension to all four churches was not at the hand of a bishop or prelate – it was through a process of screening by a select group of members within the church, normally called a Pulpit Committee. I empathize heavily with anyone who takes on that task because they not only have to deal with the desires of a congregation, but they have to deal with pressures from outside and inside factions. It’s not a paid position in 99.9% of churches that I am aware of and the risks and rewards are great.
I want to share a few suggestions with those who are led to apply for churches, things that I’ve learned down through the years:
# 1 – IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU
Even though the process can get cumbersome, the process is not about you – it’s about who the Lord will install into the church as the next shepherd. Just because you apply doesn’t mean that you deserve the church or that you’re even the one that the Lord will direct them to choose. Just because you have a “phat” resume does not mean that the Pulpit Committee is going to be led to select you. You may be the best one on paper, but the Lord may have something in mind. Remember this – when the Lord allowed Israel to have kings, they had good kings and bad kings. Sometimes the Lord allows someone to get called to a church in order to bring a season of challenge to that church. It’s not about you.
# 2 – YOU DON’T HAVE TO CAMPAIGN
Here we go. You find out about a church you want to apply for. Submit what they are asking for. Send it by certified letter and request that someone signs for it. And then LEAVE IT ALONE. You don’t have to become best friends with the Pulpit Committee Chair. If it’s a woman, you don’t have to send her a bouquet of flowers. You don’t have to buy an ad in a newspaper in that area. You don’t have to call every day to “have prayer with y’all.” Leave it alone. You don’t have to find out who else is being considered and start slinging mud behind the back of the other candidate(s). You don’t have to campaign.
# 3 – DON’T PACK UP YET
The worst thing to do, especially if you’re already pastoring a church, is to start moving out before you get a call to a prospective church. Your members shouldn’t walk in and see no evidence that you’re about to leave. And this almost means emotional packing as well. If you’re the pastor of your current church – PASTOR them until the day you leave. Don’t get lazy now. Don’t get unconcerned now. Serve, serve and serve. Keep up with visitation. Keep up with preaching with enthusiasm. Don’t pack up yet.
# 4 – EVERY CHURCH IS NOT FOR YOU
I had a minister write me several years ago and basically, he politely cursed me out. He was troubled that everytime I posted a vacant church, that it was costing him a lot of money, because he basically applied for every church that I posted. I had to tell him, “Reverend, maybe every church is not for you.” A little research may save some heartache. I’ve been fortunate in my pastoral career, but the highways are littered with pastors who brought high expectations to congregations that weren’t willing to go forward. The pastor had caviar dreams and the church had filet o’fish expectations. Also, making $500 a Sunday sounds good – but if you have no benefits – insurance, housing, etc. – after taxes, you may be in trouble. I candidated at a church in Tennessee once for almost two years and even though they called me to be their pastor, the Lord gave me an alternative assignment – because that church was not for me. Every church is not for you.
# 5 – MAKE SURE YOU’RE READY
I know. You’ve been sitting under Rev. for years and you think you can handle a church. Listen, it’s more than a notion. When I was a kid I thought I could drive Mom’s car. She went out of the city, left her car keys (I was 12), I drove her car just around the block, hit another car, panicked and when I got home I cried my eyes out because I knew Mom was going to kill me when she got home (and she did) – the point is, it wasn’t as easy as it looked when I got into the driver’s seat. Being a pastor has nothing to do with the oratory every Sunday. Being a pastor begs the questions – Are you ready to see people at their worst? Are you ready to stand over someone who may be dying of disease and offer a word of comfort? Are you ready to interrupt your family time to handle the needs of the membership? Can you stand your ground theologically in a changing world? Are you ready to be hugged on in your $700 suit by people who still smell of alcohol and weed? Can you theologically handle preaching AND teaching on a heavy rotation? Make sure you’re ready.
# 6 – GET READY FOR THE INTERVIEW
Not only be prepared to answer their questions, you need to have some questions of your own. What happened to the last pastor? How would you describe his leadership style? How many of y’all come to Bible Study? What is the authority the church gives to the pastor? Those are important questions. But you need to prepare to be yourself. Engage yourself in the interview. Learn to laugh at yourself. Don’t get caught up in a trap. I candidated at a church in Pasco, Washington when I was just 20 years old. A deacon in the room’s first question was “how much money do you want?” I told him, that was way down the road and I hadn’t even preached there yet. He literally shouted at me, “HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU WANT?” I deferred. He said it even louder and I dropped my head and I heard the Spirit of God say . . . “this is not for you.” The meeting was over, I preached the next morning, went home and they called someone else – who they dismissed after years of loyal service. Get ready for the interview.
YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOMED.
New Mission Missionary Baptist Church Pastoral Search
New Mission Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN is seeking a biblically educated candidate with a vision for spiritual and membership growth. Experiences in organizational, ministerial and pastoral leadership are needed. Candidate must be a good communicator, teacher and preacher with connections to community members and/or community organizations. The deadline for resume submissions is October 1, 2013.
Make all inquiries to:
Pastoral Search Committee
New Mission Missionary Baptist Church
2581 N. Baltimore, Indianapolis, In. 46218
Sis. N. M. Hayes – Assistant Church Secretary
New Mission Missionary Baptist Church
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism Ephesians 4:5
Vacant Church: New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Highland Park, Michigan (Deadline: September 30, 2013)
“Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” Psalm 127:1
New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church of Highland Park, MI established in 1952, is seeking a spirit filled candidate, called of God, to fill the position of full-time Pastor and to serve as the spiritual leader of its congregation.
New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church is in need of a pastor who will be responsible to God and the church, will proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, teach the Bible, provide Christian leadership in all areas of the church, and engage in pastoral care of the congregation. Also, the pastor is to be responsible for the overall leadership of the day-to-day operations of the church, services, membership and promoting the spiritual interest and growth of the church.
The Minimum Qualifications for the new pastoral position is listed below:
• Bachelor’s Degree consisting of a strong concentration in Theology/Biblical Studies
• Must be ordained
• Five (5) years of Pastoral experience
We are asking that all interested and qualified persons must submit an initial candidate package consisting of copies of the following information:
• A New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Application which can be found on the Michigan Chronicle Praise Connect website____________________________________.
• A current resume which includes a summary of relevant ministry, professional, and educational experience.
• Copy of ministerial license and ordination certificate
• Copy of degree(s)
• Four recommendation letters (at least (2) clergy)
Please submit the initial candidate package by mail to:
New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
Pastoral Search Team
13100 Woodward Avenue
Highland Park, MI 48203
The deadline for all information to be postmarked or submitted is: September 30, 2013.
Any candidate package postmarked after September 30, 2013, will not be considered.
For additional information/questions, please contact the church office at: (313) 869-0190 or via e-mail email@example.com
(All information submitted will be treated as “confidential)”. Additional information may be requested and/or required. Final Candidates must consent to a reference check, criminal history background check, drug test and credit and financial History review.