Homegoing of a Saint – Bishop Yardley Wendell Griffin, Sr., Sacramento, CA

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Vacant Pulpit: First Baptist Church Bracktown, Lexington, Kentucky (Deadline: 9/30/2019)

First Baptist Church — Bracktown (located in Lexington, KY) is seeking a visionary Pastor, led by God, who aligns with the qualifications presented in 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9; and Peter 5:1-4. The candidate must be a transformational leader, committed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, teach sound Baptist doctrine and engage in all pastoral duties as assigned.

A successful candidate must meet the following qualifications:

  • ●  Must be a licensed and ordained Baptist Minister called by God
  • ●  Possess a four-year degree in an appropriate discipline (Master’s preferred)
  • ●  Pastoral experience preferred (at least at the associate pastor level)
  • ●  Ability to develop and deliver biblically sound and spirit-filled sermons that appeal to the people and connect with their current life experiences
  • ●  Ability to teach bible study and Sunday school lessons that further increase spiritual growth among members
  • ●  Provide proof of strong administrative and communication skills
  • ●  Ability to articulate a vision for the church that emphasizes Christian education,evangelism, discipleship and empowerment
  • ●  Have a record of successfully connecting with younger church members (i.e. millennials) and showing respect and admiration for senior members
  • ●  Demonstrated ability to effectively work in harmony with Deacons, Trustees, other church leaders and the congregation in general
  • ●  Documented success in establishing initiatives that promote church growth and membership retention
  • ●  Has a track record as a revered community leader/activist with a desire to continue civic engagement
  • ●  Have specific goals to increase the church’s role in evangelism/outreach; (e.g. ability to plan and implement collaborations with other local churches and the community at large)
  • ●  Possess financial/business acumen

    Duties and Responsibilities: Oversee the spiritual development of the church body through biblically sound preaching and teaching that is life changing and relevant; Implement a plan to perpetuate the church’s growth both spiritually and numerically; Take heed to the needs, care and nurturing of the church membership through visitation and pastoral care; Function as a servant leader that provides direction to ministry leaders, church ministries and staff; Promote tithing, offering and sacrificial giving as God’s way of financially supporting His church as taught in Malachi 3:10; Demonstrate compassion and character above reproach, reflective of Jesus Christ and leads the church through inspirations from God; Employ means of accessibility to the congregation by establishing and maintaining office hours, etc.

    Complete applications should contain the following: A cover letter, A current resume, Copy of ministerial license, Certificate of Ordination, 3 Reference Letters (including Letter from a Pastor, Letter from a layperson, Personal letter from a non-relative)

Final candidates will be notified and requested to provide additional information later in the selection process. Final candidates must consent to confidential background checks (including references, criminal history, drug screening, and credit/financial history review).

All application packet materials should be emailed to the email address below beginning July 1st and no later than September 30th, 2019.

pastoralsearch@bracktown.org

Vacant Pulpit: Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Deadline: 9/30/2019)

The oldest Black Baptist church in New Mexico (an affiliate of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.) is currently seeking an experienced, born again, bible believing ordained Baptist minister who is excellent with interpersonal relationships. All candidates must provide a proven record of active participation in their District Associations, State and National Convention. A proven record of growth and development of ministries at your previous/present church is required. All educational and personal experiences that are spiritually based will be considered. A strong belief in Baptist doctrine i.e., “The Articles of Faith, and the two ordinances: “Baptism by Immersion” and “The Lord’s Supper” is a must. All interested candidates should forward a resume to Mount Olive Baptist Church, Attn Search Committee Chairman via email: mombc.finance@gmail.com or 2401 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM  87106. Deadline for submission is September 30, 2019.

Vacant Pulpit: Christian Love Baptist Church, Modesto, CA (Deadline 9/2/2019)

Vacant Pulpit: Christian Love Baptist Church Modesto, CA

Filing Open July 1, 2019- Closing Deadline September 2, 2019   5:00 pm

 

Principle Function:

Christian Love Baptist Church in Modesto, CA is prayerfully seeking a pastor called by God and equipped to effectively preach and teach God’s Word.  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 and administering the Ordinances of the Church.

(1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9)

 

 

Principle Responsibilities and Accountability:

 

Demonstrate ability to teach sound doctrine and to preach effectively from the Bible.

Be able to articulate a vision for Christian Love Baptist Church that emphasizes Spiritual Growth and Christian Education Development.

Must have a proven record as a skilled administrator and manager of church staff and programs.

Must be dedicated to the spiritual and academic development of Christian Love Baptist Church Youth.

Must be accessible, sensitive and able to related to all demographics within the congregation.

Must work cooperatively and collaboratively with the Official Board and all Ministries of the Church.

Must adhere to the Christian Love Baptist Church policies and procedures adopted by the church. (Church Constitution)

Must have effective communications skills (written and verbal).

Must perform additional responsibilities as required.

 

 

 

 

Requirements:

 

Education:

 

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

 

Experience:

 

Must be an ordained preacher of the Gospel.  

A minimum of three years of Pastoral experience as Baptist Pastor or an Assistant to the Pastor is preferred. (1 Timothy:3:1-13)

 

Required Submissions:

 

Resume with cover letter
Recommendation Letters (clergy, layperson, and personal)
Copy of all degrees and current certifications

    **All Applicants will be subject to a Background Check

 

Interested Applicants must submit required information (via mail, post marked by the application closing date September 2, 2019   5:00 pm) to:

 

Pulpit Search Committee

Christian Love Baptist Church

202 H Street

Modesto, CA 95351

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. Fred W. Johnson, Myrtle Beach, SC

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Courtesy: Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

Homegoing of the Saints – Dr. Thomas H. Peoples, Jr. (Lexington, KY) & Dr. Earl A. Pleasant (Inglewood, CA)

Within the past week two exceptional leaders have answered the clarion call of the Lord – Dr. Thomas H. Peoples, Jr., venerable pastor of the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington, KY and Dr. Earl A. Pleasant, founding pastor of the Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Inglewood, CA.

LEXINGTON, KY – I had the privilege of working with and preaching for Dr. Peoples on several occasions. He was instrumental in my name being submitted by him as the sole candidate for President of the Kentucky State Convention of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, where I served two complete terms. I had the privilege of serving as his guest speaker for his Women’s Day and Men’s Day programs, respectively. Dr. Peoples served as a past President of Simmons Bible College (now Simmons College of Kentucky) and past President of the Congress of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He was a denominational leader in the Consolidated Missionary Baptist District Association, the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky, and he continued to lead Historic Pleasant Green as they were making transition to a new church plant.

His homegoing services have been announced as follows: (from Milward Funeral Directors):

Screenshot 2019-06-14 22.08.57The Reverend Doctor Thomas Howard Peoples, Jr. was born June 17, 1939 in Lexington, Kentucky to the late Thomas Howard Peoples, Sr. and the late Bettie D. Peoples. He was happily married for 56 years to his loving, supportive, and devoted wife, Doctor Delma L. Peoples. To their union, was born five children: Thomas Howard Peoples, III, Pastor Stewart Titus Peoples, Pastor Samuel U. Peoples (Benita), Pastor David (Margaret) Rodmann People, and Bettina (Anthony) L. Wright; one sister Charles Peoples Brown; two nieces among others, Bethany RayAnne Brown and Pamela (Walker) Cheatham; the late Howard Peoples and surviving Ted Peoples. There are 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of extended family.

Dr. Peoples was a soul-winner of thousands for the Lord Jesus Christ in addition to a mentor for preachers and pastors across the country. Denominational leaders noted him as a “Father in the Ministry.” Peoples successfully pastored First Baptist Church of Bracktown, Kentucky for 10 years, First Baptist Church of Versailles, Kentucky for 5 years, and Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington, Kentucky for the last 41 years. He earned degrees from Simmons Bible College, the Lexington Theological Seminary, and received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his service. He was named by leaders and recognized by the media as one of the top ten church leaders in Kentucky.

Peoples was a Navy Veteran, Civil Rights Leader, Seminary President, Academy Founder, Moderator, Congress President, a renowned scholar, lecturer, eulogist and revivalist. He was a beloved and respected community leader known for his sacrifices to encourage the hospitalized, incarcerated, the poor, and the marginalized.

Visitation will be from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday June 17, 2019 at the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church and from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM, Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Heritage Hall East Hall.  A Masonic Rite of Passage Ceremony will be held at the church on Monday at 7:00 PM.  Funeral Services will be on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Heritage Hall East Hall.  

Screenshot 2019-06-14 22.05.48INGLEWOOD, CA – Early this morning, word has quickly spread that another legendary minister had passed – the Rev. Earl A. Pleasant, founding pastor of the Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Inglewood, California.

Dr. Pleasant’s father was the legendary Dr. Earl Pleasant, founding pastor of the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.  Dr. Pleasant served Greater New Bethel approximately 40 years. During that time he was active in the California State Baptist Convention and in the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. International under the leadership of Dr. E. Edward Jones and Dr. Stephen John Thurston.

Dr. Pleasant was well respected among ministers throughout the nation. His sister is the songwriter and arranger, Dr. Margaret Douroux, who served as his Minister of Music until her retirement.

As of this writing, homegoing services are pending. Please keep this family in your prayers.

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. Charles E. Booth, Columbus, OH

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When I first heard Dr. Charles E Booth, I was in awe and amazement of his handling of the text. He floored me with his vocabulary, depth of research, and practicality that flowed not just that day but every time I heard him. If there was ever a “cleanup batter” in preaching, it was Dr. Booth.

What impressed me as well was his common touch. I remember getting the opportunity just to talk with him and he treated me like he had known me for years and then every time I saw him, he remembered me.

To hear of his homegoing yesterday is sad and my prayers are offered on behalf of his wife and his congregation in Columbus. This is a sad day for the clergy of the cloth . . . but we cannot be saddened without celebration that he has bested our time in eternity.

The Snow Lament of a Pastor

by Robert Earl Houston

Screenshot 2019-03-03 10.50.03ST. LOUIS – Today marks the ninth Sunday in the year of our Lord 2019. Of those nine Sundays, three have now become weather-related cancellations. That means 1/3 of our Sunday morning worship services in 2019 have been canceled and according to long-range forecasts, this may not be the last one for this winter/spring.

It is real living in the Midwest. Every area of the country has some type of relevant reasons for shutting their doors. In California – it may be wildfires or even excessive heat; In the Northwest – it may be snow or flooding; In the South – it could be a tornado watch or flooding; In the North, it could be bitter cold; In Florida or the Carolinas or Georgia, it could be hurricanes or flooding.

But this year for us in St. Louis, it’s the snow. Several of us have had or scheduling make-up services to give our parishioners the opportunity to worship and support their local congregation.

In this season it’s a matter of trusting God. Financially, snow puts a strain on any church’s budget. You have to deal with snow removal, sometimes a busted pipe or some internal flooding, higher heating bills, etc. I have learned to trust God to be “Jehovah-Jireh” – the provider in these times of weather uncertainty. Surely, He will make a way.

So my lament is also my praise! I praise Him for his protection extended to every member of the congregation that I have the privilege of serving as pastor. And I’m trusting God to continue to provide.

Homegoing of a Saint – Bishop L. Daniel Williams, Norwalk, CA

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Homegoing of a Saint – Pastor Walter L. Brandon, Jr., San Francisco, CA

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