For many years now, I have been blogging/writing. My journalistic endeavors began actually at Ockley Green Elementary School in Portland, Oregon and continued in high school, college, and now, with the advent of the internet and now with The Wire.
The Wire is primarily targeted at an African-American church matrix. It is designed especially for Pastors and Preachers – as I share what’s on my heart to you. I don’t write on my blog every day. I try not to write unless I have something meaningful or challenging to say.
I pray that this Blog will be a blessing to you. Especially if you are seeking knowledge, inspiration, and yes, even if the Lord is leading you to candidate at a church. Remember, contact the churches directly.
In HIS grip,
+Pastor Robert Earl Houston
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2/1/2020 – Senior Pastor
New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Visit newlightfgbcsearch.com to obtain information on applying.
by Robert Earl Houston
The Lord has called one of his faithful pastors/preachers in the nation, the Rev. Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield, Sr., pastor emeritus of the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, and former Vice President of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. International.
Dr. Hartsfield made scholarship look easily. He was profoundly deep, a lettered man of great conviction, while retaining a common touch. He was a rare pastor – having served the same congregation during two different tenures and passing the reigns of the church to his son, Wallace, Jr. He was a fixture for many years of preaching at the NBCAI, including the main worship hour and at many late night services. He was a one of a kind preacher/pastor.
On a personal note, I had been called to my first congregation, the Greater St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, of Portland, Oregon in 1989, at the tender age of 28. The Church sent out letters all over the country making the announcement and Dr. Hartsfield was among those who sent a congratulatory letter to a young pastor along with $100 (which is worth $208 today). It meant the world to me.
The photo that is attached with this article is one that I took of him during the 2017 Annual Session of NBCAI in Louisville, Kentucky. He was in a wheelchair, but just as gregarious, friendly, cracking jokes, and as several of us were seated in the atrium, he made several stops, especially to greet young pastors and preachers. His generosity toward young pastors and preachers was legendary. I had the joy of bumping into him at a restaurant in Louisville and while he was in line, I was able to have the privilege of paying for his meal – in a small way to repay for the kindness that he extended to me 28 years prior. He was grateful and I was glad – it was my way of saying “thank you” in a tangible way.
He was great friends of my father in the ministry, the late Dr. A. Bernard Devers and his colleague, the late Dr. E.C. Wilder of Portland. He conducted revivals for years in Portland and was one of the city’s favorite preachers along with Pastors E. Edward Jones, Brady Blade, P.S. Wilkerson, E.V. Hill, Hayward Wiggins, Samuel H. Smith, Sr., and others.
Praying for the Hartsfield family along with the Metropolitan Church family and the city of Kansas City as they mourn the loss of a giant whose voice has been hushed.
UPDATE: Greetings to all we wish to announce the Homegoing Services information for Rev. Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield. Wednesday, February 5, the body will lie in repose from 12:00pm-7:00pm at the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church 2310 East Linwood Boulevard, Community Night Service, Thursday, February 6, at 6:30pm at the Macedonia Baptist Church 1700 East Linwood Boulevard. Service of Celebration Friday, February 7 at 11:00 am at Macedonia Baptist Church, visitation 8am-11am, with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Beta Lambda Chapter service at 10:15am. Please send condolences to the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church or Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors. Services under the direction of Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors.
SEEKING PASTOR- Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, located at 443 E. Kentucky St, Louisville, KY is actively looking for a Pastor (full-time) that God has chosen to lead us into the future.
We are 119 years strong with only 3 pastors leading this unique flock. Our loving, motivated, and compassionate congregation needs a dynamic visionary to lead us.
If your desire is to serve as shepherd, teacher and administrator of an urban church, we invite you to apply.
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
443 East Kentucky Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
by Robert Earl Houston
Good morning everyone. I am unashamedly a manuscript preacher. When I started out preaching in 1978, my pastor, the late Dr. A. Bernard Devers, I, was a manuscript preacher but I was blown away by watching Dr. Melvin V. Wade, Sr., then pastor of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles, come to Portland and demonstrated the art of manuscripting a sermon. I was hooked.
Any of his books (especially the These Three series written with his dad and brother) should be on your shelf, but there is a new book that you need, “From Death to Deliverance” published by Shiloh Media Group. It is a fascinating read.
What I thought was most interesting is that most of the sermons contained in this book are from the Old Testament. Most preaching book are tomes dedicated to New Testament text, but Dr. Wade weaves through the text with simplicity and profundity operating simultaneously.
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Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church
1819 North Washington Street
Dallas, Texas 75204
Patricia Bradford, Secretary Pulpit Committee
Leon Kilpatrick, Chairman Pulpit Committee
Pastoral Vacancy Announcement Full – Time Senior Pastor
Opening Date: December 17, 2019
Closing Date: March 17, 2020
The Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church (PRMBC) was organized in September 1935 and moved to its current location in 1985. Located in the mid-town of Dallas, Texas with a population over three million, PRMBC has experienced significant growth in membership. Countless ministries have been added, and we continue to enhance the Kingdom of God. Through this church family, more than 4,500 souls have been added to the Kingdom of God. Now seeking its fourth pastor in 85 years, PRMBC with its rich tradition, will continue to press toward the mark of the higher calling, which is saving souls for Christ.
The pastor is retiring after 30 years of exceptional service. The Pulpit Committee, representing the membership of the church, is prayerfully searching for the next Senior Pastor.
HOW TO APPLY–Interested and qualified persons must submit a candidate package consisting of the following documentation by the due date:
- Cover letter
- Current resume
- Affirmation of awards and achievements
- Three (3) letters of references-The letter must highlight the candidate’s pastoral and personal
skills and characteristics.
- Copies of college/university transcripts
- Copy of Ordination Certificate
- Current color photograph (no larger than 5×7)
The preferred successful candidate will meet or exceed the following requirements and desires:
- Be a licensed, ordained, Baptist minister who has received the divine call and demonstrated commitment to the call
- Be led by the Holy Spirit; a person of prayer with strong faith and Godly character in both personal life and professional ministry
- Clearly understands and ensures the church adheres to the practice of Baptist doctrine, ordinances, and governance
- Have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and accredited seminary training, Master’s Degree (or higher) from an accredited seminary is preferred
- Have a minimum of 6 years of pastoral experience in congregational preaching and teaching
- Responsible for managing all administrative functions and organizational leadership development
- Oversees the compilation of the church budget, assures that checks and balances are in place and
assures adherence to the same
- Be an effective communicator and demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver biblically sound
sermons and lessons
- Lead by example and work cooperatively with the ministers, officers, administrative staff, and
congregants to achieve agreed upon goals and objectives
- Effectively and timely handle conflicts within the church and any disciplinary issues that may
- Articulate a vision for the church that emphasizes spiritual growth and development with a focus
on the youth and young adult population
- Support and participate in local, associational, state, and National Baptist Convention of America,
Incorporated programs and activities
- Serve to provide spiritual leadership that motivates the congregation to live in service for Christ
- Final candidates must agree to a drug test, criminal background check, and credit and financial
- Salary and benefits commensurate with education and experience
SUBMIT COMPLETE CANDIDATE PACKAGE TO THE FOLLOWING:
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church
Dr. Leon Kilpatrick, Pulpit Committee Chair P.O. Box 190506
Dallas, Texas 75219-9998
Submit completed candidate package electronically to email@example.com
Incomplete packages will not be considered.
Submitted candidate packages must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 17, 2020
by Robert Earl Houston
I want to share a few thoughts on the passing of the Rev. Dr. Clay Evans, pastor emeritus/founder of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago, IL, at the age of 94.
1) Dr. Evans inspired generations of churches, pastors, and musicians from his one pulpit via the mediums that are common place now – albums, recordings, TV, Radio . . . He proved that these mediums were nothing to fear but to be embraced. As a result, Fellowship’s pulpit was much larger and influential and he proved that gospel music – with authentic, meaningful lyrics – will never go out of style.
2) Dr. Evans was a mover and shaker in Chicago and beyond. His influence as a supporter of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. was admirable. He was often in settings where he represented the largest church, with the largest choir, often times with the largest budget – but his humility was something to behold. He didn’t walk with entourages – but he walked with the dignity of a great man of God. Doors opened to him as a result.
3) Dr. Evans was part of a family musical legacy – his brother, Pharis, preached revivals in my home town of Portland, Oregon; his sister, Lou Della, was one of the best choral arrangers and directors in her generation; his nephew, Wayne, is a fixture at GMWA and been a friend of mine well over 30 years. All of them espoused gospel music and each of them wrote it, sang it, played it, and never showed an ounce of jealousy or professional rivalry. He was cool enough that if you saw him in the hallway and said hello, he was polite enough to stop and engage you in a brief conversation.
4) Dr. Evans was a visionary. He brought in Rev. Charles Jenkins to succeed him and brought a new dimension to his beloved Fellowship. Rev. Jenkins, without a doubt, loved his pastor and that kind of father and son relationship is a model for pastors and those who follow after or currently follow their pastors today. Dr. Evans was WAY AHEAD of his time in crossing denominational and religious boundaries that others would not cross.
5) Finally, Dr. Evans was the quiet general. I think he understood that being a loud general was meaningless if you had nothing to back it up with. Dr. Evans was a multiple threat way before his time – a singer, a pray-er, a preacher, a writer, an arranger, a teacher, a lecturer, and on and on.
Mercy Seat and I are praying for Pastor Jenkins, Pastor-Elect Sharpe, the Evans Family, and his beloved Fellowship family. May his memory live on in our hearts.
Weekly Attendance: 700
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Vanderbloemen is honored to present this role. www.Vanderbloemen.com/jobs
The role: The Senior Pastor for New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church will be a visionary individual with a proven track record of high capacity leadership with ever increasing responsibility. They will be highly relational and able to work with church leadership, ministerial staff, and the congregation at large.
Meet New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church
In June of 1924, a few officers and members of Mount Beulah banded together and organized a church which they named Mount Lebanon Baptist Church. Two ministers worked together in the organization of the church. This small, faithful group of people purchased a lot at 20470 Wisconsin in Detroit. More people moved into the area, joined Mount Lebanon Baptist Church and the name was changed to First Baptist Church.
Reverend Charles B. Heath was called as pastor in the spring of 1939. Much was accomplished under Reverend Heath’s administration. Due to the fact that there were two churches in Detroit with the same name, Reverend Heath had the church change its name from First Baptist to New Prospect Baptist Church.
In early 1960, the church purchased the church at 6330 Pembroke. Reverend Heath pastored the church for 28 years until his death in 1967.
In early 1968, Reverend Dr. S. Leon Whitney from Jackson, Mississippi was called to lead New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. Under his leadership, more property at the Pembroke location was obtained, and the facilities were expanded. There was much growth under Reverend Whitney until his death in 1989. Two other pastors served until March 1999.
On March 1, 1999, history was made in Detroit. Reverend Wilma Robena Johnson, a female Assistant Pastor at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, was elected Senior Pastor of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. Under Reverend Johnson’s leadership, the old sanctuary was remodeled and converted to administrative offices and multipurpose rooms. In 2009, construction was completed on a $7.5 million Light Center that included a worship chapel, library, bookstore, nursery, fine arts center, and classrooms. In addition to the physical footprint, the ministry footprint was broadened; the church partnered with a local elementary school to establish an afterschool program to provide tutoring and enrichment activities, provide monthly worship services and meals to residents at a low income housing complex; minister to senior citizens in three different nursing homes, and provide a monthly distribution of food to members of the community from the church’s food pantry. Other active ministries include Sunday School, Christian Education, Prison/Correction, Cancer Support, Bereavement and Hope Support, Children and Youth, Evangelism Outreach, Married Couples, and Seasoned Senior Citizens.
In 2016, God called Reverend Johnson home to her eternal reward after a long battle with cancer. She left a rich legacy of faith, godliness, and perseverance. New Prospect has since been led under the very capable leadership of its ministerial staff. We have now come to a new season of ministry and seek God’s will to find our next Senior Pastor.
The vision for the future is to strengthen our existing ministries and to be a church that provides programs and activities that address the needs of all groups, including baby boomers, Generation Xs, millennials, youth, children, and all others. New Prospect also desires to continue and strengthen their ongoing relationships with local community groups and organizations.
About the Senior Pastor
The ideal candidate will be spiritually mature and possess a passionate love for God, His Church, the community, and reaching the world for Jesus Christ. They must be a creative preacher/teacher, able to powerfully teach God’s Word, and have demonstrated ability to effectively connect people to Christ and the church.
They will develop and cast the mission, vision, and values of New Prospect and work with the ministry leaders to identify and align ministry strategies to fulfill the church’s mission to the community.
The Senior Pastor will:
- Encourage and promote a strong sense of unity and increasing spiritual health.
- Win the trust and respect of leaders and the congregation.
- Gain the trust and respect of the ministerial staff.
- Oversee metrics that will show demonstrated attendance increases.
- Promote and oversee increased financial support in all areas.
- Work with church leadership in developing a strategic plan for the foreseeable future.
- Cast new vision for church ministries, community outreach, numerical and spiritual growth.
- Encourage and assist Trustees, Deacons, Staff, and Congregation in accomplishing the mission.
- Be the spiritual and ecclesiastical leader of the Church responsible for preaching and teaching the gospel, administering the ordinances of baptism and Holy Communion and promoting its spiritual growth.
- Work with the leadership team to guide and direct the church in all other major matters.
- Jointly approve, with the leadership team and the Deacon Ministry, spiritual and doctrinal matters of the church, prior to their presentation to the church body.
- Supervise all church staff, administrative functions, church ministries, and pulpit functions.
- Plan and conduct Sunday worship services, conduct traditional weddings, funerals, memorials, revival services, church business meetings, etc.
- Represent the church at local Council of Baptist Pastors meetings.
- Represent the church at local, state, and national conventions.
- Select and approve the training of members to serve on the Trustee Ministry.
- Select members to serve on the Deacon Ministry.
- Provide training to and ordination of Deacons.
- Be responsible for the training, licensing, and ordination of Ministers as appropriate.
- Provide final approval of all ministry chairpersons.
- Serve as an ex officio member of all ministries and special committees with voting rights and privileges as warranted.
What you bring:
- Must have an undergraduate degree or higher from an accredited college or university, as well as a seminary degree from an- accredited school, college, or university.
- Must be licensed and ordained in accordance with Baptist Church principles and concepts.
- Must have a minimum of five years of experience as a Baptist Pastor, Associate Pastor, or Assistant to the Pastor.
- Possesses strong leadership skills.
- Is highly organizational and able to give guidance to all ministries.
- Is a highly effective communicator of God’s Word.
- Is acutely knowledgeable of doctrine and theology.
- Possesses a heart for the community and City of Detroit.
- Is involved with social justice issues as warranted.
- Possesses a shepherd’s heart for those attending New Prospect.
- Demonstrates high emotional intelligence and is highly relational – loves people.
Required competencies and characteristics for the position of Senior Pastor at New Prospect Baptist Church are as follows:
- Must be able to provide evidence of managing a team as well as proven administrative skills and abilities.
- Must have effective written and verbal communication skills with evidence of planning, teaching, and conducting worship services as well as teaching Bible study.
- Has a defined plan that emphasizes spiritual development, Christian education, and membership retention.
- Evidence of having developed programs and/or initiatives designed to integrate the participation of children, youth, and young adults in the life of the Church.
- Evidence of how you have or how you envision the use of modern technology to enhance the worship experience.
What it’s like to live in Detroit, Michigan:
Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the state of Michigan, the largest city on the United States–Canada border, and the seat of Wayne County. The municipality of Detroit had a 2017 estimated population of 673,104, making it the 23rd-most populous city in the United States. The metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to 4.3 million people, making it the second-largest in the Midwest after the Chicago metropolitan area. Regarded as a major cultural center, Detroit is known for its contributions to music and as a repository for art, architecture, and design. Detroit is also known for Muscle cars, Motown, Techno music, a culture capital, foodie magnet, and trendsetting. Detroit is a tenacious, enduring, and persevering city long associated with industry and automobiles.
Detroit was noted as one of the top travel destinations in the world for – 2018, with the New York Times naming it one of the world’s top places to go in 2017, Detroit is capturing worldwide attention. The city’s rich musical and industrial heritage is more alive than ever before, mingling with an ever-expanding array of museums, performing arts, events, and international cuisine as considerable development in the city contributes to its growth and popularity
Vacant Pulpit: West Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky (Deadline: Extended to 12/14/2019)
WEST CHESTNUT STREET BAPTIST CHURCH PASTORAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSING DATE: November 27, 2019
West Chestnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky is prayerfully seeking candidates to apply for the position of full-time Senior Pastor. West Chestnut is a historic church—133 years old—rich in family connections, community values, and the utmost trust and faith in God. We are looking for a pastor called by God and who exemplifies the characteristics outlined in 1Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9 (NIV). We desire a candidate immersed in Biblical principles, models a strong prayer life, and practices scripture-based preaching.
SCOPE OF THE POSITION
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Must have 6-10 years of successful pastoral or church ministry experience.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should submit the following documents to be considered for this position:
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 100 CLINTON STREET FRANKFORT, KY 40601 SEEKING PASTOR
First Baptist Church, Frankfort, KY is seeking to hire the next Pastor of this historic 186 year old African American Church located in the capital of Kentucky. First Baptist is affiliated with the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky. The successful candidate will be an ordained minister with success as a spiritual leader and preacher/teacher of the Word of God, the candidate must also have a minimum of six years of successful pastoral or church ministry experience. Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from a four year accredited college or university (A master’s degree from an accredited theological seminary is preferred). Must be ordained in the Baptist church.
The Pastor will serve as our spiritual leader and have the primary responsibilities of preaching and teaching the Word of God engaging in Pastoral Core Ministries and providing administrative leadership in all areas of the church:
- Spiritual leader of the church
- Inspiring leader and motivator
- Leadership vision for the future of the church
- Compassionate communicator and listener
- Counselor for persons with personal/spiritual challenges
- Experience growing church membership at all age levels
- Informed decision maker
- Knowledgeable about technology
- Relationship builder inside the church and through community outreach
- Willing to affiliate with the Progressive National Baptist Convention
- Practice scripture based preaching
- Plan and conduct Sunday worship service, Sunday school and bible study
- Implement a vision for leading intergenerational ministries for children,
youth and adults
- Develop a total Christian Education program for all ministries of the Church
- Develop programs and strategies that contribute to the overall financial health of the church
- Supervise the general business of the church and its paid staff
- Preside over church business meetings
- Visit the sick and distressed members of the church
- Officiate weddings and funerals
- Counsel members in need
- Work collaboratively with/supports all church ministries
- Engage with other ministry leaders
- Conduct annual revivals
If you have been led by God to seek this position please complete our application by downloading it from our website: http://www.firstbaptistfrankfortky.com or by requesting it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed application with resume and cover letter can be sent by mail to Linda Robinson, Pastoral Search Committee, PO Box 131 Frankfort, KY 40602 or emailed to email@example.com
Deadline for submission of application packets February 28, 2020 at 11:59p.m. Eastern Time.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should submit the following documents to be considered for this position:
- Completed application
- Cover letter
- Copies of degrees, ministerial licenses, and certifications
- Current photograph
Please include your email address and telephone number in your cover letter or resume.
Upon request applicants will provide information and consent for:
- Three (3) letters of recommendation (clergy, layperson, and personal)
- Reference checks
- Background checks
- Educational/credential verification
- Sample sermon (CD, DVD, You Tube link, MP4. etc)
- Complete a Predictive Index assessment
All information submitted will be handled in a confidential manner. Questions? Email us to:
Application materials are to be mailed to: Mrs. Linda Robinson
Pastoral Search Committee P.O Box 131
Frankfort, KY 40602
APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT PASTOR, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
100 Clinton St. Frankfort, KY 40601 502.223.5152
Please download application at http://www.firstbaptistfrankfortky.com