From the American Baptist Newspaper:
The Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, 8 miles west of (downtown) Lexington, established in 1896, seeks a spirit-filled minister to pastor our flock. We are seeking someone whose preaching and teaching is solidly rooted and grounded in God’s Holy Word without compromise. The Pulpit Search Committee will not be responsible for travel or lodging expenses incurred by a candidate. Please send all resumes and letters of intent to:
Bethany Missionary Baptist Church
4710 Parkers Mill Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40513
From the beginning, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church (www.fellowshipmb.org) has been dedicated and committed to fostering and experiencing a sense of fellowship, thus the name. This connectedness and relationality can be observed and experienced in many different settings.
FMBC has been in existence for 21 years and holds affiliation with both the American Baptist Church and National Baptist Church conferences, FMBC at its core is theologically Baptist. Yet, it has embraced a unique governance structure. The congregation is led and overseen by three leadership bodies: the Board of Deacons, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Christian Education. While sometimes cumbersome to navigate, this ‘tri-cameral’ structure creates wonderful opportunity for members to utilize their gifts in leadership and ensures that the congregation is represented in direction-setting and decision-making.
North Minneapolis, where FMBC is located, is a community growing in its diversity, yet predominately African-American it has a unique history, a strong sense of self, and a growing hope and optimism. Yet, within itself there exists a community marked by cultural transition, persistent poverty, ambiguous economic prospects, a devastated housing market, and a languishing educational system. As of late, the tide has begun to shift. New collaborations are emerging, public resources are better focused into the region and groups across sectors are working to revitalize this once strong neighborhood.
With an annual budget of $1.2m, generous giving and significant participation in leadership and ministry by the members, ‘the engine’ that is FMBC, is well-built and ready to go. Because of a current lack of clarity, identity and direction, FMBC needs the ‘spark plugs tuned’ and ‘new fuel’ to reclaim its identity and fulfil the original mission with a new shared vision, strategic direction and call to action. FMBC is a church with a dream hidden in the hearts and minds of its people waiting to be awakened and sparked. The people are expectant and guardedly hopeful as they prepare for and await the next Senior Pastor. This will require a visionary shepherd/leader that is relationally savvy and able to work collaboratively. This shepherd/leader will capture the hearts and
minds of all ages and inspire the members into a deeper following of Christ and utilization of their talents, time and financial resources for more significant community impact.
The next Senior Pastor of FMBC will lead the church and its members from the current reality into regained momentum, a new era of deepened discipleship and missional outreach and anywhere else God might lead FMBC. This person will engender trust by walking the talk of the Gospel message, consistently demonstrating a deep relationship with Christ as first and foremost the spiritually strong leader of the congregation. He/She will be able to bring people together, building bridges relationally, listening well and seeking to deeply understand the perspectives and needs of those who call FMBC home. The Senior Pastor will work collegially with leaders, staff and lay ministers getting everyone on the same page and then empower others for mission and ministry.
The Senior Pastor at FMBC is the one who casts the vision, but this is not done in isolation from the input and wisdom of the boards and congregation. They will be able to thrive in a complex culture by being able to hold, sometimes competing priorities, and multiple forces, in balance while seeking to identify the consistent voice. Part of what this means is honoring the traditional elements of FMBC and transforming them into more progressive and fresh expressions.
Meets and satisfies the Biblical mandates as outlined in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 (Women are not excluded)
Significant years of experience leading a congregation of 500 members or more
Masters degree required (preferably a Masters of Divinity from an accredited university or seminary)
Holding current ordination from a Baptist body
If you know someone who would be a good fit for this role, please reply to:
Senior Search Consultant-SIMA Minneapolis
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SECOND MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTORAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
POSITION OPEN 3/7/2014 UNTIL FILLED
The Second Missionary Baptist Church was founded and organized in 1887 making it one of the oldest congregations in the city of Kokomo, IN. The membership consists of approximately 273 active members. With the retirement (after 32 years) of our recent Pastor, Rev. Dr. Robert A. Lee, the Pulpit Search Committee is seeking the mind and will of God as we continue our inheritance. Second Missionary Baptist Church has been a beacon of light in the Kokomo Community for 126 years. Our new pastor must be responsible for the biblical and spiritual obligations unto God as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. Therefore, a candidate must be a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Second Missionary Baptist Church seeks a visionary with strong leadership skills who will preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, teach sound Baptist doctrine, engage in pastoral care, direct Christian growth and development, and promote missions and the Great Commission for expanding the Kingdom of God. The pastor is also responsible for the overall leadership of the day-to-day operations of the church, services, membership and the wider community through evangelism and edification. Page 2 of 10 3/1/2014
LIST OF REQUIREMENTS FOR PASTORAL CANDIDATES
1. Candidate must have at least five years Baptist Church pastoral experience
A. Licensed and Ordained Baptist Minister
2. Earned accredited degree is required; a minimum Bachelors of Theology/Divinity Degree and secular preferred from an accredited institution
3. Must have a clear understanding of Baptist Church Doctrine
A. Provide a balanced overview of the whole counsel of God
B. Deal with Doctrinal issues that may need particular attention
C. Apply biblical principles to moral, ethical and political issues
D. Ensure that encouragement, reproof and correction are in balance
E. Conduct baptisms and oversee membership
F. Give opportunity for people to respond to gospel message/accept Christ
G. Administer/conduct the Lord’s Supper
4. Love and Ability to Preach and Teach God’s Word
A. The ability to prepare and deliver biblically sound, inspirational and spirit filled sermons
B. The ability to provide biblical based teaching
C. Preach Sunday Worship Services (8:00am and 11:00am) and Mid-Week Service
D. Teach Bible study
E. Strong supporter of the Ministry of Christian Education
5. Strong in Evangelism
A. Disciple, equip and teach the congregation to train believers in the basics of the Christian life so that they may be assimilated into the congregation, grow and reproduce in order to impact their homes, church and community
B. Disciple new believers
C. Provide leadership development opportunities
D. Equip congregation to disciple others
E. Train, organize and lead members to do visitation of and witnessing to unsaved persons
F. Set example in cultivating unsaved persons
G. Lead church in planning regular outreach/revival emphasis
H. Provide advice and supportive resources to the wider community
I. Minister and visitation to ill and bereaved members
6. Love for God and People
A. Must be a born again baptized believer in Jesus Christ
B. Lead members to trust and love God so that they desire to serve Him
C. Lead the members to love one another and their neighbors
D. Encourage stewardship, missions support and tithing
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7. Be Innovative to Move Forward
A. Establish a vision and develop a strategic plan for the church
B. Create an outreach vision that is both Local and Foreign Mission oriented
C. Develop and implement a strategic plan for healthy church growth, membership growth, financial growth and facility growth
8. Strong Knowledge of the Bible
A. Skilled in biblical teaching
9. Demonstrated Community Involvement
A. Lead the congregation in planning, conducting and evaluating its local, national and worldwide missions
B. Willing to support and participate in Local, State and National Conventions and Congresses
C. Maintain contact with all church supported missions
10. Diversity Minded
A. Develop a long range plan for Pulpit Ministry, disciplining and equipping, and community outreach
B. Have a vision for growing church membership that is both educated in the word of God and strong in relationship with Christ, particularly a vision, commitment and experience for increasing the numbers and spiritual development of youth, young adults and adults in the congregation
11. Able to keep confidentiality
A. Counseling troubled people and those in need
B. Spiritual counseling of church members
C. Moral integrity must be above reproach
12. Conflict Resolution
A. Ensure that prayer has a prominent place both in the church and personal lives
B. Work with the Deacons in maintaining a spiritually healthy church
C. Lead church to develop policies that would help members participate in an orderly and deliberate manner
13. Demonstrated Spirit of Unity
A. Oversee worship service in collaboration with the Music Ministry
B. Consistently connect with deacons, minsters, colleagues and resource persons
C. Provide leadership/workshop development opportunities
14. Pastor selected must reside or be willing to relocate to Kokomo, Indiana
15. Be Mission Minded
A. Leading the congregation in planning, conducting and evaluating its Local, State, National and Worldwide Missions
B. Actively support Domestic and Foreign Missions
C. Offer advice on use of mission and benevolence funds
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The successful candidate must possess at a minimum the following personal qualities and skills:
Dedicated and driven
Preaching style that provides practical and clear application where the scriptural text provides the meaning
How to Apply:
All interested and qualified persons must submit an initial candidate package consisting of the following documentation:
Completed Second Missionary Baptist Church job application (included)
Copy of ministerial license and ordination certificate
Copy of degree(s)
Four recommendation letters – clergy, professional, personal (at least 2 from clergy)
Provide current photo of yourself
Provide DVD/CD of recent sermon
All information submitted will be treated confidential. Additional information may be requested and/or required.
FINAL CANDIDATES MUST CONSENT TO: REFERENCE CHECKS, AND EDUCATION/CREDENTIAL VERIFICATION, A CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECK, A DRUG TEST, AND A CREDIT AND FINANCIAL HISTORY REVIEW.
Send application and documents to:
Second Missionary Baptist Church
Attn: Pastoral Search Committee
PO Box 739
Kokomo, IN 46903-0739
or email application and documents to:
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SECOND MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR APPLICATION FORM
PERSONAL INFORMATION DATE: _____________________________
Present address: _________________________________________________________________________
How long: ____________________________ Birth Date: ___________________________________
Telephone: Home ( ) Business ( ) Cell ( ) _____
Email address: Personal website address (if available): __________________
lf hired, can you present proof of your legal right to live and work in this country? YES NO N/A
Number of years lived in the U.S. ____________
Marital Status: Married Separated Divorced Widowed Single
lf Married, Name of Spouse:_________________________________________________________________
ls this your first Spouse? YES NO
Names and Ages of Children:
Are you ordained: YES NO Date and Place of Ordination: ___________________________________
|Are you interested in relocating to Kokomo if you are selected? YES NO EDUCATION BACKGROUND|
From the American Baptist Newspaper, Louisville, Kentucky
The Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is currently seeking a new pastor for its church. If any ordained ministers would be interested in coming and preaching a service, please contact either Dea. Harvey Embry 859-744-5482 or 859-595-0791 or Dea. Bruce Hart 859-266-2453 or 859-240-4983, to schedule. We look forward to hearing from you soon and may God bless.
The Members of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
From the American Baptist Newspaper
The Macedonia Baptist Church is currently accepting applications for the Position of Pastor.
We are prayerfully seeking a candidate who has demonstrated the capacity to meet the standards of pastoral leadership.
Address: 290 Hill Street, Auburn, Kentucky 42206
For questions or concerns you may leave a message for Bro. Charles Covington, Search Committee Chairman
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.