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

Homegoing Services for Dr. E. Edward Jones, Sr.

Information reported by Galilee Baptist Church offices, Shreveport, LA:


Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. E. Edward Jones, Sr.

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Dr. E. Edward Jones, Sr., who was affectionately called “The Tall Angel,” who dynamically and fearlessly led the National Baptist Convention of America, Incorporated, International, went home to be with the Lord today, June 9, 2016 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dr. Jones was 85 years old.

Dr. Jones was born in born in DeRidder, Louisiana in 1931 to Rev. David Jesse and Daisy Jones. His father pastored two church in Louisiana and his mother was a homemaker. He attended Grambling State University. At Grambling he met and later married his beloved Leslie M. Alexander, who were classmates who dated during his junior year and married in August 1952. The Joneses had four children: sons Deryl N. Jones and E. Edward Jones II and daughters Carolyn N. Jones-Haygood and Donna N. Jones-Hassan. They also have nine grandchildren.He received his B.S. in Elementary Education from Grambling; and his B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College in Dallas, TX in 1961.

In December 1959, he was called to the pulpit of Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport. He filed a lawsuit to allow his daughter to attend a then all white school and as a result of his lawsuit, the public schools were desegregated. He would become a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and hosted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on several occasions.

Under his leadership, Galilee Baptist Church became a powerhouse socially and denominationally. He led Galilee into construction of not only a sprawling church edifice, but housing for residents, and purchased several buildings and developed them as well, including the home of the NBCAI. He was president of both Galilee Majestic Arms, Inc. and Galilee Eden Gardens, Inc.

A very gifted preacher. Dr. Jones literally travelled the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He became a fixture at the NBCAI in regular sessions and late night preaching. Dr. Jones became Vice President under the leadership of President James Carl Sams of Jacksonville, Florida. He hosted the convention in several settings and after the President and two Vice Presidents died, he became President of the NBCAI in the year that he also served as host pastor.

Under his leadership, he created the CAP Program (Covenant Action Partners) to involve member churches financially to undergird the work of the Convention, which led to financial support for the Boards of the Convention. He presided during a stormy period of the Convention’s history, which led to the creation of the Convention-led Congress and NBCA Publishing House, which created curriculum for use by the member churches. He reorganized several auxiliaries and created a Headquarters Office and staff that the Convention had never seen before. The Convention became a unified body under the leadership of President Jones, whose influence continued even after he stepped down as President after serving from 1985 to 2003. The Convention established a school in Africa, in his honor.

Dr. Jones was a lifelong member of the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha; Served on the Governor’s Commission on Race Relations and Civil Rights; Board Member, Baptist World Alliance; Board Member, Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors; Grambling State University Foundation Board Member.

He was named by Ebony magazine as one of 100 most influential black Americans, 1986-2003; Alpha Phi Alpha, National Award for Outstanding Service, 1986; Grambling State University Hall of Fame, 1986; Northwest Louisiana Hall of Fame, 1992; awarded numerous honorary degrees.

Viewed as a man with a vision, Jones’s passion for helping people is evident by his astounding accomplishments. Surrounding his church in Shreveport is a small city of apartments and buildings known as Galilee City, a partial fulfillment of his dream. Beginning in 1985 and 1990, through Galilee Baptist Church, Jones secured funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for two supportive housing developments for the elderly and handicapped called Galilee Majestic Arms and Galilee Gardens. His next project, one that was spawned within him early in his career as a schoolteacher, was a recreational complex for youth that included sports facilities, a computer lab, and an educational program. His faith-based initiatives didn’t end there, however. Jones saw further needs within his community, and took further steps towards meeting those needs.

In 2004 Jones secured further funding from the City of Shreveport, Bank One, Fannie Mae, HUD, and the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency to build a 76-unit apartment complex for low-and middle-income working residents called Galilee City Apartments. This partnership not only helped to renew a run-down neighborhood, but also provided quality housing for the disadvantaged. “It’s exciting when our financial resources make a significant difference for working families,” said Steve Walker, president of Bank One in Shreveport. All of the buildings, along with the church, a health center, and some of the NBCA offices, cover approximately 31 acres of the Galilee Baptist property. “Ministers are trumpeters for the message of change. Housing and health are two areas where the black community is most hurting,” Jones told Dana DiFilippo in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

To a generation of preachers, Dr. Jones was the role model. He was an unabashed manuscript preacher with articulation, color and imagination. Many of us remember him preaching and pulling on those suspenders and closing his sermons. He was not only an important man, but he never considered himself too important where he couldn’t fellowship. He would be seen in fellowship in the hallways, speaking with old friends of decades and making new friends of young preachers across the country.

In the 1970s, he was the guest of Dr. O.B. Williams and the General Baptist Convention of the Northwest. We were tremendously blessed by his preaching and I had the privilege of being at the tables, selling his manuscripts. Dr. Jones walked up to the table, introduced himself to us (I was a teenager then) and gave me a free copy of the manuscript, “A Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” I would see him on several occasions throughout the years and he never forgot my name or who I was or where I was from. “Robert Earl, how you doing?”

He was not just a leader of a denominational body. He was a student and teacher of the church. We learned how to dress like Dr. Jones. We learned how to stand over the pulpit and yet be communicative and relevant to our congregations like Dr. Jones. He was a singer. He was a musician. He was writer. He was a developer. He was an activist.

Most of all, he was a friend of preachers. We have lost a friend this day.

Biographical information from:

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.




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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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.


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).


    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.


    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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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.


  •   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)


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


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.

– 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.

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.

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

My Problem with Angels

As a pastor/minister who is nearing his 60th year of life (about four years from now), I am approaching the reality that one day I’m going to move from this container called “flesh” and be translated into the presence of the Lord. For some, that means an immediate transfer, for others they hold the translation that it will be after a period of “sleep” – but this is sure, my time on earth, in this form, in this body, will be done.

I’ve got a problem with angels. Because there is a false theology out there, and please hear me . . . There is no scriptural evidence . . . NONE . . . That even suggests that when a believer or any human being dies, that they are morphed into an angel. The Bible is too clear on the role of angels – messengers, primarily, and servants of the most High God who move and operate at His bidding.

The Scriptures are also crystal clear that humans/souls are completely different from Angels. According to Hebrews 2:7, humans/souls are made “a little lower” than the Angels. Angels don’t have souls like human beings do. Angels were never participants in the advent of Jesus . . . In other words, Jesus did not shed His blood at Calvary for both men and Angels. No, they are separately made beings.

Angels were created way before man came around and of course, one of their most famous, Lucifer, the Angelic chorus leader, was thrown out from Heaven along with one out of every three Angels who became renamed as demons.

My heart aches when I hear people refer to their loved ones as having died and “they got their wings.” No, there is no scriptural evidence that we get wings or we become remade into any such form. Matter of fact, the only indication of a transformation in Glory is that “we shall be like Him.” (1 John 3:2).

When I was a kid, on the old Looney Tunes cartoons, that actually was a popular explanation for children’s shows that when someone died or was killed, they became Angels. In fact, if a character died, they immediately got their wings and floated into Heaven. That might have passified and worked when I was a child, but now that I have become a man, I put away not only childish things, but childish theology.

It does a disservice to those who have gone on to lower the standard. In Glory, we shall be with the Lord forever and ever. In His glory, in magnificently made and designed bodies. Not in the costumes of an Angel, but in a body that will never decay nor age.

In the movie, Michael, starring John Travolta. An Angel came from Heaven, in human form with wings. He never said “I’m human” and in fact proudly said “I’m an Angel.” Even in that movie, the suggestion was never made to the humans he interacted with, “one day you’ll get your wings.”

When I’m gone from this life, comfort those who mourn by telling them simply, “He’s with the Lord.”

Homegoing of a Saint – Mother Mary Wade

LOS ANGELES – The home going services have been announced for Mother Mary Wade, the widow of Dr. J.C. Wade, Sr., and matriarch of the Wade Family.


The Preacher Who Could Not Celebrate

By Robert Earl Houston

Hello everyone. It’s been a while. I’ve just been super-busy in life lately and I don’t want to fall down the “gotta put something out” rabbit hole every week. I pray you’re doing well.

Many years ago I served in a community on the west coast and there was a pastor of a rather good sized church who had a strange paradigm – he was ridiculously complimentary of any church and pastor that was “at his level” or larger . . . But when it came to “smaller” pastors and churches, he was dismissive even to a point of being nasty about it.

I think one of the problems in the pastoral ranks is that we’ve starting ranking pastors. I appreciate the T.D. Jakeses, the Joel Osteens, the Paul Mortons, the Joseph Walkers, the Kenneth Ulmers . . . But there are pastors right in my community, my state who have preached just as fervently, love their churches just as passionately and they may not have grand stages, they are making a difference in their communities.

In my home community of Portland, OR, there was a pastor named Jerry G. Myers. Pastor Myers came up through the ranks at my mom’s home church, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, and he pastored  a congregation, 50 miles away in Longview, Washington. Pastor Myers was faithful. Man, I don’t know if I could have done it, but he made the distance to that church, even sometimes when it was just him and a handful of people who trod out in the snow. He was well respected and lived to be over 100. He was celebrated by his peers. No, he didn’t see 500 a Sunday. No, he didn’t have a choir and excellent organist. No, he didn’t appear on CBN or TBN or The Word Network. But Jerry Myers was faithful.

You can learn (and appreciate) the work and ministry of any pastor – no matter the site of his church. I’ve lived long enough to hear people equate crowd with blessings . . .  But it was a crowd that rebelled against Moses in the desert. It was a crowd that put David on the run when Absalom was after him. And we all know, it was a crowd that cried out “crucify HIm” against Jesus, our Christ.

So this is my appeal – celebrate EVERYONE. Even if you have to do so on credit until you get an understanding of their circumstance. Birthday? Celebrate them. Anniversary? Celebrate them. Accomplishment, large or small? Celebrate them. To not celebrate a colleague is to create an impression that “you’re too big” or “two shallow.”

Maybe the reason why people don’t rejoice with you is because you don’t rejoice with them.

Consider this. Paul never pastored but he heaped praise upon those who did. Selah.

Announcing the 2016 Biblical Exposition Conference, April 11-14, 2016

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