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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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.
First Baptist Church
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Second Baptist Church (bi-vocational)
New Liberty, KY
Greater St. James Baptist Church
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church
Deadline: October 6, 2016
New Redeem Missionary Baptist Church
Deadline: October 22, 2016
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Attached is a list of pastoral position announcements for the following congregations:
Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
Deadline: Not Listed
Calvary Baptist Church
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Samaritan Baptist Church
Deadline: September 26, 2016
True Vine Baptist Church
Deadline: September 30, 2016
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Sioux City, Iowa
Deadline: December 31, 2016
Avon Avenue Baptist Church
Deadline: December 31, 2016
New Calvary Baptist Church
Deadline: October 31, 2016
Grace Temple Baptist Church
Lawn side, New Jersey
Deadline: September 30, 2016
St. John’s Baptist Church
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Deadline: Not Listed
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Good afternoon Pastor Houston:
I would like to announce a new job opening for Youth and Young Adult Pastor with Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. The candidate must have at least a Bachelor degree with (3) years of experience working with youth and/or young adults. A complete job description is attached and enclosed for your review.
For immediate consideration, suitable applicants should direct questions, cover letter, salary history, three references, resume, and a brief essay describing your journey in the Christian faith and why you are interested in this position to:
Rev. Richard Gaines, Senior Pastor
Consolidated Baptist Church
1625 Russell Cave Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40505
I have returned home from this year’s E.K. Bailey Preaching Conference sponsored by the Church he founded, the Concord Church.
I know that several conferences have met the same fate as some conventions – their numbers are down or dwindling. Not the EKBPC. Under the leadership of Rev. Bryan Carter, the enthusiastic and visionary pastor of Concord, EKBPC has not only maintained the elements that were established by Pastor Bailey, it has taken a life of it’s own, as evidenced by over 1,000 Pastors and Ministers in attendance.
Pastor Bailey began the conference when he adopted Expository Preaching and he wanted to share with generations – older and younger – the principles of Expository Preaching and Church Growth. He was influenced heavily by Dr. A. Louis Patterson, Dr. Warren Wiersbe, and others. It was the first African-American Conference that I ever attended that had preachers of all colors in prominent teaching and speaking roles.
Rev. Carter assembled a “Dream Team” this year of speakers. From the time that I hit the doors of the Fairmont Hotel, you could hear the chatter of excitement about the line-up, one described as “one of the best” – (forgive me for leaving titles off) Jerry Carter, Joel Gregory, Steve Lawson, Bryan Carter, Mark Bailey, Philip Pointer, Freddy Clark, Kimberly Alexander, Michael Duduit, Claybon Lea, Jr., Leroy Armstrong, Kenyatta Gilbert, Melvin Von Wade, Sr., Ralph Douglas West, Tara Jenkins, Marcus Cosby, Claude Alexander, L.K. Curry, Scott Lindsay, Delvin Atchison, Charlie Dates, Kerry Wesley, Conway Edwards . . . they ministered to Pastors, Ministers, Spouses, Church Leaders, and Church members.
I appreciated the incredible App that they developed (EKB Preaching Conference) that really rendered useless the printed program. It carried an activity feed, the group and personalized schedule, it even allowed us to “see” who’s at the conference and send messages back and forth, along with adding contacts, and making notes. You could view the speakers and bio, exhibitors, maps, transportation, a mental health awareness survey, bookstore information . . . all in one app. It was impressive.
This year they embraced Uber, the transportation app, and offered discounts on this non-taxi-cab service. I didn’t stay at the host hotel (it was sold out). I stayed at the Hilton Anatole, about 5 miles away and took Uber between the venue and my hotel. It saved me a lot of money – the average ride was just $5 one way, about the cost of a tip had I driven my car, not counting parking fees. I literally walked outside, used the Uber app, and was on my way in about five minutes.
Of course, Dallas is a city that is hurting from the recent news events. Pastor Carter became a voice of peace, reason and reconciliation and it became the class that was not listed in the program. He was able to help his community (with the help of his fantastic staff and volunteers) and he suspended the Conference program so that we could view the Memorial Service for the Dallas Officers featuring Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama. We sat in that room, eating a non-scheduled lunch that the Conference provided, and we watched the Dallas services. Thank you Pastor Carter.
I hope that many reading this will consider coming to the Conference in 2017. A few things:
a) If you’re coming to buy new suits and clothing – you won’t find it here. All of the vendors are word-related so there are no clothing stores, no midnight madness sales. It’s all about the business of the Word. Also, there are few conferences where you don’t see “entourages” around preachers who have contributed so much to Christendom, and you can stop and chat with them in the hallway, or engage them in conversation over a meal.
b) If you’re coming to show off your clothes rack, I strongly advise against it. Fortunately, most of us wore casual outfits all week. It’s more of an academic atmosphere and not an opportunity to individually show off. I didn’t see one eight button suits the entire week (smile). And remember, it’s Dallas. The temperatures were around 95-100 degrees each day.
c) Be open in heart and mind. One thing that helped me this year was to come there with an open heart and mind – and it gave vent to the Holy Spirit to speak to me, challenge me, and confirm some things. There aren’t many conferences you can say that literally had speakers in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s . . . and even in their 90s.
d) Register early. It’s just $199 for early bird registration. $305 if you wait until the 2017 conference.
Kudos Dr. Carter and Concord. The legacy continues . . . Lord willing, I’ll be there in 2017.
Fairlawn Baptist Church, located in Parkersburg, WV, is prayerfully seeking the man God intends to place in our church. We are searching for a man who has a superb prayer life and desires to work with like-minded Christians to do whatever it takes to reach one more soul for Christ. This man should be well versed and support the Baptist Faith and Message. The Senior Pastor of Fairlawn Baptist Church should be a Christ-like man and able to lead a congregation through God’s word. As Senior Pastor, you would be responsible for preaching/teaching, leadership of the church, and developing meaningful relationships with church members and those in the community. We are looking for someone who will be devoted to prayer and make evangelism and discipleship a priority for our ministry.
Qualified applicants should possess a seminary degree with at least five years of experience as Senior Pastor. Salary will be based upon applicants qualifications. Salary will be determined upon qualifications.
Our church began as a bible study in 1969 and in 1970 began the tremendous journey going forward as Fairlawn Baptist Church. The Church has grown from those four bible study members to approximately 250 active members. Our Church focuses on small groups as this is where relationships can grow and develop. We are always looking for ways to reach out in the community and show the love of Christ to others.
Application deadline is September 9, 2016.
Applications may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications by mail should be addressed to Fairlawn Baptist Church 14 S. Lake Dr. Parkersburg, WV 26101