Pastor, First Baptist Church of Glens Falls (Glens Falls, NY)

100 Maple Street, Glens Falls, New York 12801
518-793-1335

Area Executive Minister
Jane Lang
Enhancement member:
Ed Pettybone
518-399-5729
Ed@burnthillsbaptistchurch.org
Search Committee Chair:
Lindy Gooden
35 North Pearl St.
Glens Falls, N.Y. 12801
518-798-3184
E-mail: goodencircus@gmail.com

Search Committee Members:

Julia Farenell
David Fisher
Debbie Hill
Clara LeBarron
Derrick Whaley
Tegan Whiting

Who we are
FBC
FAITH BUILDS COMMUNITY THROUGH
Worship
Watch care
Witness

Our MISSION is:
To GLORIFY God
To LOVE one another
To WORSHIP God together
To GROW in Christian faith
To PROCLAIM the Gospel everywhere
To GIVE willingly to our common works

Our Humble Beginnings
First – The Baptist Church of the Round Pond.
Second – The First Queensbury, or Oneida Church.
Third – The Second Queensbury, or West Mountain Church.
Fourth – The Baptist Church of Glens Falls in 1834

We are American Baptists!!! 
B – Biblical authority
A – Autonomy of the local church
P – Priesthood of all believers
T – Two ordinances (believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper)
I – Individual soul liberty
S – Separation of Church and State
T – Two offices of the church (pastor, deacon and trustees)
S – Saved church membership
Mission outreach is also a very strong emphasis of this congregation- home and foreign.

“Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a strange and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?” Matthew 25:37-39

The scripture represents as well as any we know, the mission of FBC. We are not now, and never have, been a common entity with a single mission. However, we have always been committed to local and international mission.

JESUS LOVES ME, JESUS LOVES YOU!

Here are a few examples of how we supported our community and world through actions in the past
• 1834- Our congregation was formed and our missions began
• Our First Baptist mission was built on the beliefs of our first Pastor Amos Russell Wells, a prominent abolitionist. (Underground Railroad)
• We supported the women’s suffrage movement
• Temperance movement by drinking grape juice instead of wine
• Support of military families

On December 12th 2010 Congregational Forum was held to discuss the future of the church. Here are some Highlights:
• This is our place of worship, to love and serve. To learn, grow, and share our faith, as part of community together and in our outreach through missions.
• Follow Jesus and bring his teachings to the community of Glens Falls and to provide a community of acceptance.
• To worship, have fellowship with each other and fulfill our spiritual needs.
• To reach out to the community and serve the Lord by worshipping, learning and helping others in our neighborhood and around the world with physical and spiritual needs.
• It’s a welcoming church; we come to give expression to our faith as one body.
• Our Baptist faith allows people the freedom to interpret the Bible, and express their belief and faith in their own way.
From this meeting a transformation committee was formed to help define a path for the congregation.

This group presented the following to the congregation in May of 2011:
Our church family chose
-TRANSFORMATION –
What is it? Why are we doing it?
-noun change in form, appearance, nature, or character.
Our continuing mission emphasis has been on. . .
• Supporting the freedoms of our community and the world!
What will we be?
Or
Maintenance Missional
• Wants God to get on board with their plans
• Makes excuses – too old, too late, bad location, need more money
• Stays back in the building
• Sees the church as a fortress, and says we have so little
• Pays lip service to prayer
• Thinks meetings are ministry
• Depends on themselves rather than on God.
• Sees the lost as means to saving themselves. If we win people to Christ, we might save our institution. We might save our church.
• Wants to get on board with God’s plan
• Makes disciples
• Go forth to meet the community, and be a witness for Christ through our actions.
• Sees the church as a force and says, we have so much
• Praying people
• Thinks meetings are a means to ministry.
• Depends on Jesus- provision follows vision.
• Sees the lost as an end in and of themselves. The lost are people to be loved, and our reason for trying to save them is that they are loved by Christ.

Where are we going?
• Both Missional and maintenance
• God Given Dream, Relationship, Programs, Management
WHAT IS DRIVING THIS CHURCH?
• Following an intentional church wide transformation process will help us determine our pastoral and worship models
• Interpreters of our faith for the 21st century and beyond.

From this journey the congregation decided to continue in our location and follow a missional model. As of March of 2012, First Baptist is taking part in a Missional Church Learning Experience with
Rev. Glynis LaBarre.

We are a church in the center of a small city. However, we are not currently reaching our neighborhood and looking for someone to help us with this mission. Glens Falls is located in the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. “Glens Falls is full of things to do for you and your family. Our small but sophisticated little city will surprise you with the variety of museums, festivals, theater, recreational activities, concerts, as well as great shopping and restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Charming architecture with friendly people make Glens Falls a “must visit” when touring our region” ( http://visit.cityofglensfalls.com/).

Our church membership is at 90, with resident active 71, inactive 15 and weekly attendance of 60 to 65. Our members come from many different distances but the greatest number live within a 1-5 mile radius of the church.
Our congregation was formed and our missions began in 1834. We are an old established downtown church with strong roots in our community. In the future, we want to be a more missional church. Our goal is to show the community that we are here to help them.
First Baptist is involved in various denominational events:
• Biennial American Baptist Churches
• Annual regional meetings
• Area church association meetings
• Camping/ conference programs
• Sharing our facilities with St. Mary Catholic church
• Arts through Religion programs
• Missional Church Learning Experience

There is a broad range of ages in membership (Age 5 to Age 101). The majority tends to be retired people widowed living alone. The other two large categories of our membership are married with no children living at home and married with 1 or more children.

Our congregation is composed of employed and unemployed blue/ white collared workers. Our Members earnings range from nothing to a few households earning over 90,000. The current economic times are difficult for our members and community with the help of a good leader, we are willing to follow God’s plans for us.

Our church organization has been restructured and change due a decrease in membership. Communication and organization of how the church operates is currently going through a period of confusion, but we are moving forward to discover how to improve our path through Missional process.

Current total budget: $149,124

Programs operating in church building: Church Staff includes:
• Thrift Store **Music Directory
• WWARC Day Hab program **Sexton

Ministry Priorities
The following activities we feel are most critical for our pastor:

PS150- Attempt to turn vision into reality and to sustain it in the
church. (Leadership)

PS030- Keep persons informed through the use of the media, the church
newsletter, etc. (Communication)

PS130- Communicate a comprehensive understanding of the Bible and
Christian theology in terms relevant to persons’ lives.
(Interpreting the faith)

PS210- Provide by word and presence an empathetic understanding of
and concern for persons in the routine and joys as well as the
crises and transitions of life, giving assistance where
appropriate and feasible. (Pastoral care)

PS300- Make formal and informal connections with church members or
others in their homes, at work or in other settings. (Visitation)

PS320- Develop and lead a ministry with adolescents that nurtures
youth toward Christian faith commitment and discipleship.
(Youth ministry)

PS080- Provide a teaching ministry that is based on theological,
Educational and historical foundations. (Education)

PS050- Resolve conflict situations with persons and groups for the sake
of the church’s ministry. (Conflict management)

PS090- Seek to lead persons to make decisions for Christ encouraging
Their identification with and participation in the local
church/ community. (Evangelism)

Pastor's Job Description
Principle Function
The pastor is responsible to the church to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, to teach the biblical revelation, to engage in pastoral care ministries, to provide administrative leadership in all areas of church life, and to act as the chief administrator of the paid staff.

Responsibilities:

1.Pastor will act as a spiritual leader

2. Plan and conduct the worship services; prepare and deliver sermons; lead in
observance of ordinances.

3. Lead the church in an effective program of witnessing and in a caring ministry for
persons in the church and community.

4. Visit members and prospects.

5. Conduct counseling sessions; perform wedding ceremonies; conduct funerals,
and Baptistism with classes.

6. Serve as ex-officio member on the Church boards to help lead in planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and evaluating the total church program.

7. Work with deacons, church officers, trustees and committees as they perform their
assigned responsibilities; train and lead the deacons in a program of family ministries.

8. Act as support to running of church business meetings.

9. Cooperate with associational, state, and denominational leaders in matters of
mutual interest and concern; keep the church informed of denominational
development; represent the church in civic matters.

Vision for Ministry

1. Current ministries of the church we want to maintain:

• Effective Preaching ministry
• Youth group
• Sunday school
• Fellowship committee
• Thrift store( see attachment (A)of supported missions)
• Choir
• American Baptist Women
• Pathfinder
• Homebound ministry
• Community outreach
- Narcotics anonymous adult/youth – WWARC – WIC
- Open door – AA – Abraham Wing School
- AL anon – St. Mary’s Catholic Church

2. New directions of Ministry which we want to consider:

• Reorganization of church boards and committee to improve communication in the church along with stressing interest/abilities of members.
• Developing a Missional vision for the church
• Additional staffing for youth/ Christian education
• Help to identify and evaluate the needs of the community and work to meet those needs through individual and/or corporate action.
• Help to develop and implement the goals and objectives of the church.

3. Problems or concerns that might hinder the reality of our vision:

• Resistance to change and apathy
• Lack of communication
• Congregational feeling of uncertainty for the future
• Lack of respect for diversity of ideas and opinions

4. How we want our pastor to help implement our vision:

With an openness to listen to the congregation, but is able to give guidance and leadership through inspiration, encouragement to help us to keep focused on our vision.

Compensation, Benefits and Ministry Related Reimbursement

Cash & Housing Total Annually: $24,000

Attachment ( A )
BAPTIST BARGAIN BASEMENT
MISSION DONATIONS
January – December 2011

ADIRONDACK VETS HOUSE
AMANDA HOUSE
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROJECT (97 Nursing Home Residents)
BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS
BREAD OF LIFE FOOD PANTRY
CARITAS
COMMUNITY ACTION – summer lunch program for children
CORNERSTONE SOUP KITCHEN
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OF W/W CO.
DONNA CRANDALL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION (Cystic Fibrosis)
FAMILY SERVICE ASSOCIATION – Feet First (Shoes for kids)
First Baptist church (Utilities for Thrift Store)
FORT EDWARD SCHOOL (Undergarments for students)
FORT HUDWON FOUNDATION (Flowers for Mother’s Day)
FUNERAL EXPENSES FOR FIRE VICTIMS
GLENS FALLS MEDICAL MISSION
GLENS FALLS YOUTH CENTER
HARRISON AVE SCHOOL (Undergarments for students)
HOMETOWN THANKSGIVING
HOUSE OF GRACE OF THE ADIRONDACKS
IRENE RELIEF FUND
JACKSON HEIGHTS SCHOOL (Undergarments for students)
KELLY’S ANGELS
LOCAL INDIVIDUALS WITH SERIOUS ILLNESSES
LOCAL NURSING HOMES (5) Patient Activity Funds
MOREAU COMMUNITY CENTER – Food pantry
OPEN DOOR
SALVATION ARMY – Food Baskets
SHELTERS OF SARATOGA
SHRINERS HOSPITAL
SOUND OF LIFE, INC.
WAIT HOUSE
WARM THE CHILDREN (Winter Clothers)
WASHINTON COUNTY EOC, INC.