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Category Archives: Vacant Pulpits

Vacant Pulpit: Mount Zion Baptist Church, Steubenville, OH (Deadline: June 30, 2016)

The Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Steubenville, OH is prayerfully seeking a pastor. The pastor will be a man called of God and set apart for the Gospel ministry in according with the Baptist faith. He will also be committed to living and serving in a manner consistent with the standard set forth in Scripture of such a leader. The pastor will be called by the Holy Spirit and confirmed by the body of believers through ordination (Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 3:1).

Please submit the following by June 30, 2016:

– Recent color photo.
– Cover letter and resume with detailed listing of ministerial and pastoral experience and accomplishments.
– Official copies of diplomas, degrees, ministerial license, and ordination certificate.
– Four recommendation letters (two from a pastor, one layperson, and one personal).
– Recent copy of a sermon on CD or DVD.

Submission and Contact Information
Mt. Zion Baptist Church Personal Search Committee
221 North 7th Street
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
Email: montyzion@yahoo.com

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Vacant Pulpit: Middle Baptist Church, Memphis, TN (Deadline: 6/17/2016)

Basic Overview:

Middle Baptist Church of Memphis, Tennessee is prayerfully seeking a full time pastor called by God and equipped to effectively preach and teach God’s Word. The Senior Pastor must be responsible for the biblical and spiritual obligations as outlined in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 and must also be a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 16:7). The candidate must be a born again baptized believer in Jesus Christ with the ability to also fulfill the spiritual needs of the congregation through visitations, prayer, conducting weddings, funerals and administering the Ordinances of the Church. We are seeking a visionary with strong leadership skills who preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ, teaches sound Baptist Doctrine, engages in pastoral care, directs Christian growth and development and promotes missions and the Great Commission for increasing the kingdom of God.

Principle Accountabilities:

  •   Must have the ability to prepare and deliver biblically sound, inspirational, and spirit-filled sermons and provide Bible-based teaching.
  •   Must work cooperatively and collaboratively with the Official Board and all ministries of the Church.
  •   Must be a visionary with sound judgment, discernment and the ability to articulate a clear vision for the future of Middle Baptist Church (ongoing).
  •   Must demonstrate the abilities to be an effective orator, teacher, counselor, and evangelist.
  •   Must be accessible, sensitive and able to relate to all demographics within the congregation.
  •   Must have a proven record as a skilled administrator and manager of church staff and programs.
  •   Must have effective communication skills (written and verbal).
  •   Must adhere to the church bylaws, policies and procedures adopted by the church.
  •   Must perform additional responsibilities as required.

    Requirements:

Education:

Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent experience in pastoral ministry. Graduate of an accredited seminary, divinity school or Bible College preferred.

Must be a preacher of the Gospel with a minimum of five years of pastoral experience.

Interested Applicants must submit required information to: Pulpit Search Committee
P.O. Box 30232

Memphis, TN 38130
Résumés submitted any other way will not be acknowledged/considered.

Date Posted: 5/3/2016
Time Posted: 9:00 a.m. Central Salary Range: Negotiable

Job Posting No: 2016-1
Deadline for Applying: 6/17/2016 Deadline Time: 11:59 p.m. Central

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Leadership Team

JOB TITLE

Senior Pastor

Middle Baptist Church Job Posting Notice

BASIC FUNCTION: The Senior Pastor is to be the spiritual leader of the church. The Senior Pastor has the primary responsibility for preaching and teaching the Word of God and leading in the observance of the church ordinances. The Senior Pastor will participate in the planning of worship services and events and equip staff and lay leaders to successfully coordinate those services and events. The position will oversee and lead outreach and pastoral care efforts, including biblical counseling, performing weddings and conducting funeral services.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Senior Pastor will be called to lead the church to understand, embrace, and accomplish its mission: “to make disciples”.
The responsibilities of the Senior Pastor may be outlined in terms of his primary biblical roles as follows:

  •   Elder/Overseer: the principal leader and vision caster of the church (cf. Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-4).
  •   Evangelist: models the practice of personal evangelism and ensures that the church is challenged and equipped to be obedient to the Great Commission (cf. II Timothy 4:5; Matthew 28:19).
  •   Shepherd: models the heart of the Chief Shepherd and ensures that the church is well led, cared for, and protected (cf. Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:1-4).
  •   Preacher/Teacher: the principal communicator of God’s Word in public worship and ensures that the Church is growing to maturity in Christ (cf. Acts 6:4; Ephesians 4:11; II Timothy 4:1-4; Titus 1:9).
  •   Equipper: partners with other leaders to empower and equip maturing members for significant service and ministry by discovering, developing, and deploying their spiritual gifts (cf. Ephesians 4:12; II Timothy 2:2).

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    The Senior Pastor will be one who is called of God and set apart to the gospel ministry, evangelical in theology, in accordance with the Baptist Faith and committed to living and serving in a manner consistent with the standards set forth in Scripture for such a leader. The Senior Pastor must be one who exemplifies a godly character, is compassionate in recognizing and meeting the needs of others, and demonstrates a high level of competence.

    EVALUATION PERIOD: 90 days

    Interested Applicants must submit required information to: Pulpit Search Committee
    P.O. Box 30232

    Memphis, TN 38130
    Résumés submitted any other way will not be acknowledged/considered.

Date Posted: 5/3/2016
Time Posted: 9:00 a.m. Central Salary Range: Negotiable

Job Posting No: 2016-1
Deadline for Applying: 6/17/2016 Deadline Time: 11:59 p.m. Central

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ACCOUNTABILITY:

JOB TITLE

Senior Pastor

Middle Baptist Church Job Posting Notice (CONTINUED)

  •   The Senior Pastor is accountable, first and foremost, to God and His Word, and secondly to the Official Board and the membership of Middle Baptist Church.
  •   The Senior Pastor will maintain and enhance knowledge, skills and abilities related to this position description through necessary means of continuing education.
  •   This position and job description will be reviewed and evaluated annually.

SALARY: Negotiable and commensurate with skill, education and experience.

INTERESTED CANDIDATES SHOULD SUBMIT:

  •   A completed application and current resume.
  •   A copy of degrees, ordination certificate and any other certificates.
  •   A recent color photograph.
  •   Two (2) DVD’s of candidate preaching a Sermon and two (2) DVD’s of candidate teaching a Bible Study Class.

    About Middle Baptist Church:

    Middle Baptist Church has been in existence for over one hundred twenty-six (126) years with our most recent Pastor serving 44 years before recently retiring. The active membership is approximately thirty-one hundred (3,100) and there are over twenty-three (23) active ministries. Middle Baptist Church is committed to fulfilling the mission of the church: Enhancement and Advancement of the Kingdom of God. It seeks to attain this through Worship, preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, consistent Christian living by its members, evangelism, missionary endeavors, teaching of sound Baptist Doctrine and Christian Education.

Interested Applicants must submit required information to: Pulpit Search Committee
P.O. Box 30232

Memphis, TN 38130
Résumés submitted any other way will not be acknowledged/considered.

Vacant Pulpit: Stronger Hope Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA (Deadline: 5/21/2016)

PASTORAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Application Period April 21, 2016 – May 21, 2016

The Stronger Hope Baptist Church of New Orleans, Louisiana is prayerfully seeking a full-time pastor called by God who will be the spiritual leader of the congregation. The qualified candidate is 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 for the congregation.

Required Qualifications:

  • must be a licensed and ordained minister in the Baptist Faith
  • college degree from an accredited college, university and seminary training
  • the husband of one wife
  • effective communication skills (written and verbal)
  • possess effective administration and leadership skills
  • demonstrate financial awareness and responsibility
  • demonstrate ability to work with a diverse congregation across all races, genders and ages
  • must be committed to continuing education and development
  • a teacher of the Word of God
  • a visionary with sound judgment and discernment

    Interested candidates should submit:

  • a completed application and current resume
  • copies of degrees, ordination certificate and any other certificates
  • a recent color photograph
  • Statement of Faith and Vision for Stronger Hope Church (1-2 pages)

    Submission: Submit the completed package by Certified Mail Only to:

    Stronger Hope Baptist Church C/O Pastoral Search Committee PO Box 13654

    New Orleans, Louisiana 70185

    Relocation and travel expenses will not be paid. All material must be postmarked by May 21, 2016

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Vacant Pulpit: Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Miami, FL (Deadline: 5/20/2016)

Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1901 and is seeking a full-time pastor called by God who will be the spiritual leader of the congregation.

PASTOR QUALIFICATIONS
– Be licensed to preach and an ordained Baptist minister.
– Have a clear understanding of the Baptist doctrine and Articles of Faith.
– Have a minimum of three years’ experience as a Baptist pastor or an assistant to the pastor.
– Demonstrate ability to teach sound doctrine and to preach effectively from the Bible.
– Be committed to church growth and membership retention.
– Be able to articulate a vision for the church that emphasizes spiritual growth and Christian education development.
– Be able to plan and conduct worship services.
– Be committed to further religious training.
– Demonstrate a record of community and mission involvement.
– Demonstrate financial awareness and responsibility.
– Possess effective administration and leadership skills.
– Possess effective communication skills (written and oral).
– Be proficient in the use of modern technology.
– Be willing to attend, support, and encourage members to attend associations, unions, congresses and conventions with which the church is affiliated.

SUBMISSION
The following must be submitted by May 20, 2016:
– Completed application
– Completed and signed application checklist.
– Current color photo (5 x 7)
– Copy of driver’s license or state identification
– Three recommendation letters (clergy, layperson, and personal)
– Certified copies of degrees mailed from the issuing institution.
– DVD of a sermon delivered with the past year.

SUBMISSION AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church
c/o Pastor Search Committee
10500 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33150

Vacant Pulpit: Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Flint, MI (Deadline: June 30, 2016)

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Vacant Pulpit: Thankful Missionary Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN (Deadline: May 1, 2016)

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Vacant Pulpit: Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX (NEW Deadline July 10, 2016)

Mount Gilead Baptist Church
600 Grove Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Pastoral Search Committee Announcement
Application Deadline July 10, 2016

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:     Seminary Master’s Degree
Experience:    4-7 years as Pastor or Pastor’s Assistant

Ministry Priorities:

  • A saved, sanctified Holy Ghost filled believer
  • Administrator
  • 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

RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

POSITIONS DESCRIPTION:

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 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 and 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 1st 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.

REFERENCES:

  • 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 November 8, 2015 to:

Mount Gilead Baptist Church
Attention: Pastoral Search Committee
600 Grove Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Contact Person: Pastoral Search Committee Chairperson, Deacon L. Davis
Contact Number: 682-433-4955

It’s Not a Vacant Church, It’s a Vacant Pulpit

by Robert Earl Houston

Houston08282013I’ve been producing (at no cost) a list of “vacant churches” for the past 20 years plus. I was inspired to do so by the work of Dr. A.V. “King” Fisher of Fort Worth, Texas, who for years produced a magazine widely read by preachers called “The E.R.R.P. Report.” I found out about the magazine from my pastor, the late Dr. A. Bernard Devers, and it contained a list of “Vacant Churches.” Since the advent of the internet, way before others did so, I had a list of “vacant churches” for the African-American baptist church community. 

I did so to destroy the “old boy” system of placing pastors in pulpit when it was “who you knew” and “who you owed” when getting called to a church. Young pastors would be beholden to older ministers who held “that favor” over their heads for years and years and years. It was a terrible system and I had been exposed to it and didn’t like it and thought there had to be a better way.

I’ve been calling it “vacant churches” for twenty years. Today that stops. 

It’s not a church congregation or building that’s vacant – it is the pulpit. 99.9% of the congregations that I know that go through pastoral transition survive. Yes, sometimes in a tense atmosphere. Yes, sometimes during a season of division, political in-fighting and issues. Yes, sometimes when a clear candidate of the pastorate is before them. And yes, sometimes when there is no suitable pastoral candidate on the horizon.

But the work of the church continues.

Worship services still are held.
Preaching is still being preached.
Listening to preaching is still going on.
Singing is still being performed.
Ushers still usher.

Someone once said to me that a “real church is one that has a pastor.” I beg to differ. I do believe that a church should search prayerfully for a pastor. I also believe that a church without a pastor can still be effective in ministry beyond the borders of the building – working harmoniously together, while waiting for the Holy Spirit to fill the vacancy.

If your church is without a pastor – keep on doing ministry. Occupy yourself with ministry. Try to keep as much as possible. Pray more than you ever have. And the supplier will send someone to fill that vacant pulpit. 

THE WIRE

by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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