Pilgrim Baptist Church, Hamilton, OH

Pastoral Candidate Application

Historic Pilgrim Baptist Church, an African American Baptist Church in Hamilton, seeks to identify the Shepherd whom God has called to be our Pastor. Pilgrim Baptist Church Hamilton, Ohio was, organized in 1919; it’s a Church with a rich history in the Hamilton community. Pilgrim Baptist Church is an established church strategically located in the urban Hamilton community in southwest Ohio. After forty six years of faithful service, our beloved pastor was called to his eternal reward on August 31, 2011. In our ninety three years of existence, Pilgrim Baptist Church has only had six pastors.

Our congregation consists of 260 soldiers for Christ. Our Pastor will be a true believer, a seminary graduate who is a preacher and teacher rightly dividing the WORD. Our Shepherd will answer GOD’s call to lead and guide the flock at Pilgrim in the next chapter of our spiritual journey and growth in Christ. We are seeking a Pastor to lead the congregation and demonstrate 1) an enthusiastic love for preaching, teaching and praying; 2) a commitment to minister to the sick and shut-in; 3) an ability to embrace and include outreach ministries for the local community and; 4) an active commitment to cooperate with and support District and Local Associations. The Pastor is responsible 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 church’s paid staff.

Our Pastor along with the Deacons and Board of Trustees will have general oversight of the shepherding of the congregation so that the Body is built up and equipped to do the work of Jesus Christ.

Qualifications

  • A successful candidate will meet the following minimum criteria:
  • The preferred candidate should possess a minimum of 3-5 years of pastoral experience
  • A college bachelor’s degree; seminary training (master’s degree in some aspect of theological study) from an accredited school of religion
  • Ministerial license and ordination license
  • Must be a recognized leader and visionary, possessing integrity and honesty
  • Must be a pastor to the entire congregation and be compassionate, warm, friendly and have a sense of humor
  • Possess solid preaching, teaching, leadership and discipleship skills
  • Live a representative life based on clear biblical principles
  • Support and commit to the Pilgrim Baptist Church Covenant, By-Laws and Mission Statement
  • Give indication of sturdy and healthy family relationships
  • Be spiritually motivated, proactive and take strides of faith when directed to do so by God
  • Be devoted to minister in the Hamilton, Ohio community
  • Be faithful to local, state, and national missions
  • Must be supportive of women who are called to pastoral ministry

Ranges of Accountability:

Comprised but are not limited to the following:

The Pastor should:

  • Influence and train members and ministry team leaders
  • Provide pastoral leadership for discipleship, evangelism, outreach, and fostering healthy relationships in the church
  • Provide leadership for church worship services
  • Commitment to minister to the sick and shut-in
  • Upkeep the ministries of the church
  • Offer pastoral counseling
  • Administer weddings, funerals, baptisms and community worship opportunities as deemed appropriate; performs children’s dedications as requested
  • Responsible for the overall administration of the church on a day to day basis, including overseeing the Administrative staff
  • Direct the implementation and execution of provisions of the church Constitution and the approved policies of the church
  • Leader of the welfare and oversight of the Church
  • Preside over Annual Church Business Meeting and all meetings stated in the Church’s constitution
  • Lead the congregation, all church organizations and the Church staff in performing their duties
  • Lead the Church in worship services and the observance of ordinances (Baptism and The Lord’s Supper)
  • Lead the Church in education and pastoral ministry (Bible Study, Sunday School, and Prayer Meeting)
  • Work closely with Deacons and other leadership to manage the many resources both human and financial
  • Lead in planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and evaluating the Church ministries

Candidates must submit the following:

  • Letter of Intent (Cover Letter)
  • Current Resume
  • Copy of Ministerial License & Certificate of Ordination
  • Verification of Completion of Degrees (original college and seminary transcripts)
  • DVD & CD of delivered sermon (audio and visual)
  • Three letters of recommendations (clergy, personal and layperson)
  • Other information may be required throughout the interview process
  • Information sent in will not be returned to applicants
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered

 

 

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SENT TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS ONLY:

Pilgrim Baptist Church Search Committee

P.O. Box 939

West Chester, Oh 45071

All materials must be postmarked by October 6, 2012.

The committee will treat all information as confidential. Final candidates must consent to a Reference Check, a Criminal History Background Check, a Drug Test, and a Credit and Financial History Review (performed through outside agencies for complete confidentiality).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application Checklist

Required Application Components

Verification of Completion of Degrees/Seminary Training
Resume
DVD/CD of delivered sermon (audio and visual)
Photo
Letter of Intent (Cover Letter)
Copy of Ministerial License And Certificate of Ordination
Letters of Recommendation

 

 

 

 

 

PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH – HAMILTON OHIO Pastoral Candidate Application

 

Pilgrim Baptist Church is a caring and effective ministry that honors and worships God in Spirit and in Truth, demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ as its tool of witness to the community and the world.

Full Name: Last ______________________ First _______________________ MI _______

Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________________

Street Address: _________________________________________________________________

City: _________________ State: ______________ Zip Code: __________

Phone: ( ) __________________________ E-mail Address: ___________________________

Are you a citizen of the United States? Y ___ N ___

If no, are you authorized to work in the U.S.? Y ___ N ___

Place of Birth: ____________________ Sex: ______ Age _____________

Marital status____________ Children Y _____ N ____ If Yes, how many______

Are you licensed? Y ____ N ____ Are you Ordained? Y ___ N ___

By what organization? _______________________ what denomination? ________________

Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Y ___ N ___ if yes, please attach explanation.

Have you ever been arrested for a sex offense for which registration as a sex offender may be required under section 290 of the Penal Code? Y ___ N___

*A conviction of a crime will not necessarily bar you from being considered for employment.

How did you hear about Pilgrim Baptist Church?

Website □ PBC Member □ Other________________

Best contact method to contact you: ______________________________________________________

EMAIL: ____________________________________________________________________

Facebook /LinkedIn/Twitter account: _____________________________________________________

FAMILY INFORMATION (Please check all that apply):

Single never married □ Widowed □ Married□ (Name of Spouse) _______________________

Date of marriage________ Divorced □ Date(s) of divorce(s) ______________

Please list names of previous spouse(s) ______________________________________________

Please list date(s) of previous marriage(s) ____________________________________________

Please list the names and ages of your children:

1. _____________________________________ 4. __________________________________

2. _____________________________________ 5. __________________________________

3. _____________________________________ 6.___________________________________

EDUCATION – Please list all schools attended and all degrees earned.

High School: ____________________Address: ___________________ Graduation date: ______

From: __________ To: ________Did you graduate? __________ Diploma: __________________

College(s): _____________________Address: ___________________ Graduation date: ______

From: _________ To: ________Did you graduate? __________ Diploma: __________________

Degree(s) earned: ______________________________________________________________________

Graduate School: ___________________ Address: ________________ Graduation date: ______

From: _________ To: _________ Did you graduate? _________ Diploma: __________________

Degree(s):______________________________________________________________________

Seminary: ____________________________ Address:__________________________________

 

From: __________ To: ___________Did you graduate? __________Diploma:________________

Graduation ___________________________ Degree: __________________________________

 

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS:

Type ________________ No.___________________ State___________________ Exp.____________________

Type ________________ No.___________________ State___________________ Exp.____________________

Type ________________ No.___________________ State___________________ Exp.____________________

 

ORDINATION

DATE OF ORDINATION ___________NAME OF ORDAINING BODY__________________________

 

REFERENCES

1) Full Name: ______________ Relationship: __________ Address: ________________________

Organization: ______________ Phone: ________________E-mail:_________________________

 

2) Full Name: ______________ Relationship: __________Address:________________________

Organization: ______________ Phone: ______________ E-mail: __________________________

 

3) Full Name: ______________ Relationship: _________ Address: _________________________

Organization: ______________ Phone: ______________ E-mail: __________________________

 

CHURCH EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

1) Church: ________________Phone: ( ) ____________Address: __________________________

Job Title: _________________ Responsibilities: _______________________________________

From: ________ To: ________ Reason for Leaving:_____________________________________

May we contact your previous church for a reference? YES □ NO □

 

2) Church: ________________Phone: ( ) __________ Address: __________________________

Job Title: _________________ Responsibilities: _______________________________________

From: ________ To: ________ Reason for Leaving:_____________________________________

May we contact your previous church for a reference? YES □ NO □

 

3) Church: __________________ Phone: ( ) _________ Address: __________________________

Job Title: _______________Responsibilities: __________________________________________

From: ________ To: ________ Reason for Leaving: _____________________________________

May we contact your previous church for a reference? YES □ NO □

 

4) Church: __________________ Phone: ( ) ______________ Address: _____________________

Job Title: _________________ Responsibilities: _______________________________________

From: ________ To: ________ Reason for Leaving: _____________________________________

May we contact your previous church for a reference? YES □ NO □

 

OTHER EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Institution: _________________________________________ Phone: _____________________

Address: ___________________________________ Supervisor: _________________________

Job Title: ________________________ Starting Salary: $__________ Ending Salary: $_________

Responsibilities:_________________________________________________________________

May we contact your previous supervisor for a reference? ___ Y ___ N

From: ______________To: _______________ Reason for Leaving: ________________________

May we contact your previous supervisor for a reference? ___ Y ___ N

Institution: ___________________________________ Phone: ___________________________

Address: _____________________________________________ Supervisor: ________________

Job Title: ___________________ Starting Salary: ______________ $ Ending Salary: $ _________

Responsibilities: ______________________________________________________________________________

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May we contact your previous supervisor for a reference? ___ Y ___ N

 

List separately, all Associations, Achievements, Professional Affiliations and Honors Received.

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EXPERIENCE and BELIEFS

For the following questions please use additional pages if necessary

 

BRIEFLY EXPLAIN WHEN AND HOW YOU BECAME A BELIEVER.

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BRIEFLY EXPLAIN WHEN AND HOW YOU WERE CALLED TO THE MINISTRY.

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FROM WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH OF HAMILTON, WHAT INTERESTS YOU ABOUT THIS POSITION?

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BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE AND PHILOSOPHY OF PREACHING.

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BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR MINISTRY VISION FOR PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH.

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PLEASE LIST ARTICLES AND/OR BOOKS WRITTEN:

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MINISTERIAL QUESTIONS (50 words or less each)

1. What do you perceive to be the primary tasks or duties of a pastor?

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2. What are your greatest personal strengths?

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3. What are your greatest personal weaknesses?

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4. Rank each category in order of importance according to your philosophy of ministry:

(1= most important, 10=least important)

____Worship

____Evangelism

____Dealing with Interpersonal Differences

____Christian Education

____Counseling

____Visitation

____Discipleship

____Administration

____Preaching/Teaching

____Community Relationships

 

 

If you need additional space to write your responses use the back of the page that the question is on.