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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Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking a full-time pastor to serve as the undershepherd of the congregation. The candidate must be a licensed and ordained minister, have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited seminary (master of divinity preferred), and have five years of pastoral ministry experience. The person must also be responsible to God and the Church 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. All interested candidates must submit the following information: a cover letter, current resume with a current color photo, copy of ministerial license, certificate of ordination, transcripts, DVD of a sermon delivered within the past year, four letters of recommendation (one pastor, one layperson, two personal) and a copy of valid driver’s license and DD214 (if reporting military status).
Please send all information to:
Attention: Ms. Paula Johnson
Pastoral Search Committee
Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church
PO Box 2532
Topeka, Kansas 66601
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church is seeking a full-time pastor who is called by God to serve as the spiritual leader of the congregation. The qualified candidate must be a licensed and ordained Baptist minister with a minimum five years of experience as a Baptist pastor. The person must also be an effective communicator with the ability 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 for the congregation and community. All interested candidates must submit the following information: a cover letter, current resume with a current color photo, copy of ministerial license and certificate of ordination, official transcripts mailed directly from institutions, and completed and signed application checklist. The deadline for submission is October 30, 2017. Please send all information to:
Attention: Pastoral Search Ministry
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
PO Box 6275
Springfield, Illinois 62708
Source: National Baptist Union-Review
Pastoral Search Committee Announcement
Application Deadline October 15, 2017
Education: Preferred Seminary Master’s Degree
Experience: Preferred 4-7 years as Pastor or Pastor’s Assistant
A saved, sanctified Holy Ghost filled believer.
A gifted teacher who enable persons to learn and understand deep spiritual truths.
A person that emphasizes discipleship and spiritual growth.
A person who emphasizes the importance of strong families.
A person with leadership vision and a well-developed vision for the Church’s future growth.
An effective communicator of well-prepared sermons.
A skilled counselor available to assist with personal and spiritual problems.
A person who communicates well with youth.
A nurturing leader who grows and helps others to grow.
The Pastor is accountable to the church congregation. The Pastor’s responsibilities include preaching, teaching, pastoral counseling, performing weddings, funerals, baptisms, planning and guiding the Church to grow and fulfill its purpose as set forth in Matthew 28:18-20.
The Pastor shall have in his care the spiritual and moral welfare of the congregation. The Pastor shall preach the Gospel, support the doctrine of the Church, administer the ordinances and watch over the membership. The Pastor shall have charge of all services of public worship. He shall be an ex-officio member of all Boards and Committees of the Church, its auxiliaries and organizations. The Pastor shall preside at all meetings of the Church, except where good taste and his own involvement dictate otherwise.
The Pastor must possess an extensive and rigorous foundation in the Word of God. The Pastor must be dependable, demonstrate discretion and integrity in all activities and exhibit the character qualities outlined in 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:7-9. The Pastor shall be ordained.
Mount Gilead Baptist Church endeavors to be obedient to the Great Commission, to be involved in Evangelism through Missions and to minister to social needs through Christian worship and Bible study.
Resume with cover letter
Four (4) references
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, detailed resume, and complete contact information by October 15, 2017, to:
Mount Gilead Baptist Church
Attention: Pastoral Search Committee
600 Grove Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Contact Person: Pastoral Search Committee Chairperson, Deacon Roy Paley
Contact Number: 817-437-6218
Global United Fellowship sadly announces the transitioning of Bishop Henry Barnwell.Bishop Barnwell was one of the first public supporters of GUF, and having already retired from full-time ministry, continued to offer his support to our presiding prelate and the fellowship, also attending his inauguration in November of 2014.Our sincerest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are extended to his loved ones and church family members, during this time of bereavement. We share in their sorrow and praise God for the life of our Beloved brother, Bishop Henry Barnwell. May his soul rest in eternal peace.Celebration of Life Services are as follows:Body to “Lie in State”Wed. Sept. 20th, 2017First New Life Church, 1902 West Roeser Rd.,Noon to 8pm, Phoenix, AZ (Open to public)Viewing / WakeThur. Sept. 21st, 2017Pilgrim Rest Church, 1401 E. Jefferson5pm – 7pm & 7pm – 9pm Wake, Phoenix, AZFuneral ServiceFri. Sept., 22nd, 2017Pilgrim Rest Church, 1401 E. Jefferson9am – Viewing / 10am Funeral Service, Phoenix, AZInterment to follow immediately after the service at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZPlease send all acknowledgements and resolutions to Preston Funeral Home: email address Pfh3800@qwest.netIn lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the MLK Scholarship Fund.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Body Lying in State: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. PST
Greater Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
3146 Oceanview Boulevard
San Diego, California 92113
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Viewing 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Homegoing Service 10 a.m.
Bayview Baptist Church
6134 Benson Avenue
San Diego, California 92114
Rev. Terry W. Brooks, Pastor
Rev. Clyde E. Gaines, II, Eulogist
Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Noble Drive
San Diego, California 92122
by Robert Earl Houston
Hello everyone. I took a “blogging sabbatical” for a few months (including the homegoing of my mother, Naomi Houston in December) and now I’m back!
SAN DIEGO, CA – The Rev. Dr. Clyde Elliott Gaines, pastor of the Greater Trinity Missionary Baptist Church and religious/community leader went home to be with the Lord on May 7, 2017.
Dr. Gaines served Greater Trinity faithfully for over 38 years, assuming the pulpit on December 10, 1978 and moving from the Los Angeles area the following month.
He was an active and highly respected leader. He served as . . .
– Member of the Comprehensive Health Advisory Board, 1981-1995.
– Member of the Mayor’s Black Advisory Board (appointed by Mayor Maureen O’Connor)
– Member of the San Diego Civil Service Commission (appointed by Mayor O’Connor)
– Member of the Congressional Ministerial Advisory Board.
– Member of the Congressional District Advisory Committee.
– Featured in the 100 African American Role Models by the Museum of Arts in San Diego.
– San Diego City Council proclaimed February 11, 2002, “Rev. Clyde E. Gaines Day”
– “Man of the Year 2002” by The Women of Distinction
– Member, Public Welfare Advisory Board of San Diego
– Member, Hypertension Council Board of San Diego
– Member, the Black Development Task Force
– Member, the N.M.A. Advisory Board
– Religious Advisor to former President, William J. Clinton
Dr. Gaines was a leader in the Religious Communities. He served as . . .
– President of the Baptist Ministers’ Union, 1981-1995.
– Moderator of the Progressive Baptist District Association (and Moderator Emeritus)
– President, California Missionary Baptist State Convention (and President Emeritus)
– Vice President of Auxiliaries, National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
Greater Trinity experienced growth as he implemented a New Members Class; Pastor’s, Youth and Inspirational choirs; Scholarship Committee; Sunshine Band, Parents Advisory Committee; Dance ministries; Young Adult Bible Study; hiring of a full-time Secretary; and acquisition of additional property on Ocean View for the planned building of a new church edifice.
On a personal note, he was my pastor. He was profoundly generous and yes, no-nonsense. While traveling across the country in the interim period between my assignment at New Hope Friendship in San Diego and moving to Nashville to serve at Westwood Baptist Church, University Center, I was his organist and he gave me preaching and teaching opportunities at Greater Trinity. On my last Sunday at the church, he received a love offering for me. He never called me “Rev. Houston” . . . he always called me son – and that was after I moved to San Diego in 1995. Matter of fact, our churches had a quarterly communion service that both churches looked forward to. It was remarkable between the two churches split from each other in the 1940s and we decided to bring us together for worship. It was awesome.
I served as his Corresponding Secretary at Progressive District and upon his recommendation, I became the first-ever General Secretary of that District. Later, even without pastoring a church in the District, he recommended me as Third Vice Moderator, which the District accepted.
I preached at Greater Trinity after I went to Nashville on several occasions. He would tell me, “Son, whenever you’re in town, you can always preach at Greater Trinity.” He was just that generous. He had a wicked sense of humor and this very tough man of God would melt being around his grandchildren. He loved being “Pa-Pa.”
His wife of approximately 60 years, Sis. Barbara Gaines, labored by her husband’s side. She supported their move to San Diego and was a visible presence in every endeavor by Dr. Gaines. The mother of their children, Clyde and Traci, she became known as a Band Mom, traveling to every competition. She too has served in denominational work as President of the Ministers’ Wives and Widows Auxiliary of the State and National conventions. They modeled a Pastoral family.
Last week Doc called me. It was the last time we talked and the call began with “Son” and ended with “love you Son.”
Homegoing services are pending.
Last night, me and my wife and two friends, went to see the movie “The Birth of a Nation.” I’ve looked at some reviews and I need to say on the onset I don’t always go to the movies looking for 100% historical accuracies. If that were the case, I’d never go to a Batman or Superman or Iron Man movie, because they are not historically accurate. A movie (which never said it way historically accurate) is the writer’s interpretation (Jean McGianni Celestin and the star/director/producer, Nate Parker).
The movie is the story of Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion in Southhampton County, Virginia, played brilliantly by Parker. You note the evolution of Parker’s “ministry” as a “negro preacher” who was brought in to several slave encampments to teach the slaves how to obey their masters. Noticeably, the more he preached the larger his “honorarium,” which went to his slave master to help pay off his debts, grew.
As a pastor, watching the theme of the evolution of the preacher was remarkable. After he and his master, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) were led to a slave pen, two slaves were being held there because of their own hunger strike. And after watching the brutality of how these slaves were tortured and force fed, Nat Turner, then a change of heart, tone, and a personal mission ensues.
Torture of slaves is maximized in this movie. The lynchings are “in your face” and scenes of rape, torture, brutality, and murder are intense. For the reason to get your attention . . . it met its goal. The theatre was in stone silence at the completion of the movie as the credits rolled.
After the movie, we sat down in the restaurant area of the theatre and we had to talk. This is a movie that sparks conversation and for me, it was decompression after viewing such a powerful movie. This movie is not for the faint of heart.
Again, it’s not historically accurate but it is Oscar contention worthy.