Daily Archives: July 14th, 2014

Vacant Pastoral Staff Position: Associate Pastor of Family Ministries, St. John’s Congregational Church, Springfield, MA (Deadline July 25, 2014)

St. John’s Congregational Church

Springfield, MA

 

Overview

 

St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield, MA is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor of Family Ministries. St. John’s, a predominantly African-American congregation, has been pointing souls to a better religious, social and economic life since it was founded in 1844. It is located in an urban, multi-ethnic community and enjoys growing ethnic and cultural diversity in its membership. Currently, St. John’s has over 1,500 individuals on its membership rolls and a weekly attendance of between 650-700. There are approximately 30 ministries that provide service, support, fellowship and outreach to the congregation and beyond. St. John’s is on the cutting edge of ministry in New England.

ST. JOHN’S CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

JOB DESCRIPTION

ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF FAMILY MINISTRIES

MINISTRY: MINISTRIES

 

REPORTS TO: SENIOR PASTOR

HOURS: 40 PER WEEK

 

STATUS: FULL TIME

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Associate Pastor of Family Ministries shares in the basic functions of pastoral ministry with special emphasis in areas related to ministries directly related to the Family. The Associate Pastor will plan, organize and implement, along with ministry coordinators, a wide range of activities for those under their care. He/she will be responsible for recruiting and training adult and youth volunteers.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES

Primary Responsibilities involve, but not limited to the following duties:

  1. Participates in the leadership of worship in the congregation on a regularly scheduled basis.
  2. On an ongoing basis, plans for, organizes, and implements a youth activities program for school-aged youth and young adults.
  3. Plans, organizes, and implements special youth worship services, retreats, camps, trips, etc.
  4. Develops youth leadership to assist in ongoing and special youth programs.
  5. Recruits, orients and trains adult volunteers to assist in youth activities and special events.
  6. Advocates youth issues to the congregation with the objective of making the youth more visible to and involved with the congregation.
  7. Plans and promotes worship education and leadership skill development for ministries.
  8. Maintains regular contact with youth and young adults as may be required. Available on a limited basis for crisis intervention and counseling. Serves as a resource for those involved in ministries for the development of their own faith journey and to assist in coping with challenges of daily life.
  9. Works cooperatively with the church staff to coordinate activities with those of the whole church and to help achieve the church’s mission and goals.
  10. Supervises the following ministries and ministry volunteers:

Youth Ministry Coordinator(s)

Children’s Ministry Coordinator(s)

Married Couples Ministry Coordinator(s)

Single’s Ministry Coordinator(s)

Seasoned Saints Ministry Coordinator(s)

  1. Performs other duties as may be requested or required from time to time by the Senior Pastor.

 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will be a person who:

  1. Is gifted and is called to youth ministry and who can teach/preach, loves young people, and has a passion for evangelism and outreach, both personally and at the ministry level;
  2. Knows the Bible and can relate faith to the needs of children, youth and their families;
  3. Has the ability to communicate and demonstrate his/her personal life journey, faith, love and commitment to Christ daily;
  4. Has a minimum of 3 years’ experience working with, preferably leading youth, young adult ministries or family ministries;
  5. Must have strong skills to organize programs and activities and to activate responsibilities with minimum supervision and follow-up;
  6. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and is willing and able to take initiative and problem-solve when necessary;
  7. Has a high standard in attitude, outlook, and morals, with an awareness of the importance of example.

 

EDUCATION:

The successful candidate will have, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree. A theological degree (Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theology) is preferred.

 

SALARY:

Commensurate with experience.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, 3 references (2 ministry and 1 personal), and a DVD or video clip demonstrating your preaching and teaching abilities.

 

Mail applications to:

St. John’s Congregational Church

Attn: Associate Pastor Search Committee

45 Hancock Street

Springfield, MA 01109

 

Or

 

E-mail:

SJKBAssociatePastorSearch@yahoo.com

 

Deadline: Applications are due Friday, July 25, 2014.

 

St. John’s Congregational Church

45 Hancock Street

Springfield, MA 01109

413-734-2283

www.sjkb.org

Vacant Church: Tabernacle Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, OK (Deadline July 31, 2014)

Pastor Vacancy Announcement

Tabernacle Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is currently seeking a full-time pastor. We are a loving, historical church and we are affiliated with the East Zion Consolidated District, the Oklahoma State Missionary Baptist Convention, and the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

The church is seeking a spirit-filled leader with sterling qualifications. A seminary-trained leader with a minimum of five years of experience as a pastor is p…referred. Tabernacle seeks a gifted teacher and an effective communicator. The applicant must be able to provide pastoral care to our multi-generational congregation. This leader must have a divine calling and fully embrace the Baptist Doctrine.

Click the link below to download an application package.

http://tbcok.org/Tabernacle+Pastoral+Application+2.pdf

If you are unable to download this application, you may request a copy by calling the church office at 405-424-7767; between the hours of 10:00am – 2:00pm, Tuesday – Friday.

Applications and resumes will be accepted July 1 through July 31, 2014.

Please submit by U.S. Mail to:

Pastor Search Committee
Tabernacle Baptist Church
P. O. Box 721863
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73172

The committee will acknowledge receipt of all applications and resumes.

Questions may be referred to:

Deacon Roderick Bruner
405-570-4873, cell

or

Deaconess Ruby Harris
405-843-7025, home
405-414-9605, cell

They Prayed For Me

by Robert Earl Houston

IMG_8271I have never understood why some churches are adversarial with their pastors. To me, it’s akin to boarding an aircraft looking at the pilot and saying “I hope you crash” while you make you way to 28D and not understanding that if the pilot crashes, you crash.

Something happened at worship today that I want to pass along in the hope that it may encourage some pastor some where.

As I extended the Invitation to Discipleship, we had several members come for prayer. One member shared that her grandmother and herself were both having health challenges. Another member shared that he and his grown daughters were having health challenges. But there was a third individual (actually the second one who spoke) and I am paraphrasing was he came forward for:

The Lord had led him forward to ask the congregation to pray for Pastor Houston. He said that our pastor is busy, he preaches out his heart each week, he visits the sick, counsels with families about funerals, has multiple meetings and today, the Lord told him that the congregation needs to pray for him, and each other.

It was spontaneous, caught me off guard, and following prayers for the other concerns, then much church prayed for me. One of the Golden Girls of our church led the prayer by my request (and how she prayed). I sat there for a few moments in awe of what God had done that morning.

I think it goes without saying that many of us who serve congregations experience the congregation serving the server. My goal is to serve the Lord continually and my church thought enough of the ministry that I provide to them, and as he said, not only here, the community, the state and the nation. It was touching because I’ve had some experiences that were not always that pleasant in the past areas that I’ve served (and all of us in ministry have that), but I would hope that the people of God that I serve would appreciate the service of their pastor – outside of a calendared anniversary.

Sunday proved it.

This reminds me of an old adage: If you want a better pastor – pray for the one you have. If you want a more loving pastor – pray for the one you have. If you want a better preaching pastor – pray for the one you have. If you want a more blessed pastor – pray for the one you have.

Prayer sure beats argumentative, hostile and woundings from an out-of-control business meeting. Thank God, we don’t have those – because we are believers first and foremost.

YOUR COMMENTS WELCOMED

THE WIRE

by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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