Louisiana Baptist Church needing/lacking Pastor, Send Resume to Pastor Search Committee
Posted by youngsbcpastor on January 29, 2009
I want to tell you about two great churches, First Baptist Church of Plaquemine and Hope Church of Waldheim. Before I do, I want to remind you that our ministry comes from the Lord, not from a committee’s call nor the degree or certificate on the wall. We should embrace the identity of being ministers of the New Covenant beyond our salaries and pay packages. I realize that many of the people reading the blog, do so because I have been writing about the Pastor Shortage. I have contacted NAMB, and I hope to stream-line the ministry search process in the future. From my stats I can see that most of the views come on Wednesday and Sunday, I imagine you are looking at this after being at church and thinking, “There has to be another church that wants a pastor!” I feel for you. Some days, I get tired too. Stick in there. Look for how God can use you at the church He has called you to, before you try finding a church to call you away.
If you send in your resume to their committees, I hope you will send in more info than just your degree or what numbers you have posted recently. When speaking with members of pastor search committees, I constantly hear the same refrain. “Their resumes do not sound like pastors.” Most SBC churches have expectations of their pastor. Somewhere in the cover letter, etc. you send, maybe you should mention you are a caring person and competent to lead people toward God’s agenda and not just your own.
2 Corinthians 3:1-6 says “Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence as this is ours though Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant- not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (NIV)
Letters of recommendation are nice, resumes are pretty, but according to Paul our true Letter of reference is from Christ. It is shown not in ink, but in the hearts of those we have ministered to. My Resume looks a little thin right now when I try to look at how many I have truly discipled, but those few are greater proof of being a competent minister than my Bachelor’s in Ministry, or years of public preaching/teaching.
First Baptist Plaquemine is located just outside of a metropolitan community of Baton Rogue, LA. Plaquemine is a quiet community with average economy, and a diverse demographic population. It has a healthy church body that has gone through much of the Mark Denver 9 Marks process. The former pastor, Brad Williams, left only after being called to his home church. Much of his activities with the church can be found on his blog. Currently, the Interim Pastor is Keith Horton, the church’s student pastor. (Personally, I believe the church should hire Keith as a bi-vocational Pastor of Preaching and Vision, and use the extra funds to hire a Pastor of Outreach/Missions) If you like John Piper, you will love serving with a church with a deep, abiding joy in Christ. The local DOM said, “The church is perfectly situated to be turned inside out. After Gustav and Ike, the church really saw what it meant to be out in the community.” Now they need someone to lead them the rest of the way. They have been without a pastor for over a year, and each day brings them closer to a new highway being built and the expectation of nearly doubling the population. Maybe you’re the one who should send in a resume.
Hope Church of Waldheim was planted just a few years ago, and now the founding pastor, Lane Corley, is leaving to plant another church in the nearby area. They were almost double the size before Katrina and have a passionate desire to see God’s Kingdom grow in their area and around the world. They have a great interim pastor right now, and use the elder led form of church leadership. If you are familiar with elders it is a great way to serve in the church. You think you would be a good teaching elder, send them your resume and stories of serving in the ministry of reconcilliation.