First Baptist Church
The pastor must be a committed follower of Jesus Christ, a person whose life bears testimony of divine calling and gifts for ministry and one who joyfully accepts his responsibility convinced of God’s leadership and enthusiastic affirmation of the church. He will lead the church in fulfilling the Great Commission.
He should have the gift of preaching, be a persuasive communicator of the Gospel, and provide encouragement and guidance for church activities. He will visit and counsel with church members to provide encouragement and support during times of special need. He should be warm, outgoing, friendly, and approachable; able to relate to all age groups, and minister to every person in the congregation.
He must be an effective witness of Jesus Christ and experienced at disciplining new Christians. His style of leadership shall be characterized more by influence and persuasion than be control and coercion. He will be inclusive in spirit and a proponent of the historic
Baptist distinctives, including the primacy of scriptures, the dignity and worth of every person, the priesthood of the believer, freedom of conscience, and religious liberty.
The pastor will lead the church to cooperate with community groups and other Baptist entities at the local, state and national level, and be an articulate interpreter of the ministry of our church.