Pastoral Search Information
Time Commitment: Full-Time
Yellow Creek Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist church that can be described as urban-adjacent located in the rural setting of Cumberland City, Tn. As such, the church embodies a blue-collar ethos. The church’s membership consists primarily of hard-working, salt-of-the-earth people who enjoy the rural lifestyle. However, while the church is rural in setting, it is not rural in opportunity.
The church sits about 20 minutes from Clarksville, Tennessee. Clarksville is the fifth largest city in Tennessee with a population of 170,000. Clarksville is also one of the fastest-growing areas in the state. Over the next decade, Clarksville’s urban sprawl will stretch all the way to Cumberland City. As of today, there are 9,056 people within 4 miles of the church. A full demographics study of the community is provided below.
Concerning the attitudes of the membership of the church, we are a warm and welcoming body of believers who love the Lord and have a deep appreciation for His word. We affirm that the Bible is absolute, inerrant, and divinely inspired. We are passionate about investing in the next generation and loving on our kids and youth. We love to gather for worship. And we are zealous about reaching our community with the Gospel. We fully affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
Concerning the programming in the church, we are currently undergoing a strategic planning process to discover God’s preferred future for Yellow Creek. For more information on this process, see Bro. Josh Franks. Beyond this, we host most of the programs that one would normally find in Southern Baptist Churches, ie. Sunday School, VBS, etc. We also host multiple outreach events that draw 1000-2000 people to our campus.
- A pastor must be devoted to his wife; one-woman man (Titus 1:6; 1 Tim 3:2). The pastor’s marriage illustrates Christ’s love for His church—His bride (Eph. 5:22 ff.). A Pastor must love his wife exclusively with his mind, will and emotions and not just his body.
- A pastor’s children must be in submission, though not perfect (Titus 1:6; 1 Tim 3:4-5). If a man does not know how to manage his own family, he will not know how to take care of God’s church. The first flock for a pastor is his own family as Pastor Dad. A Pastor’s qualification for the church starts in his home management as he leads them up in the discipline and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4).
- A pastor is a faithful steward (Titus 1:7). Here the term used is overseer (Greek episkopos). It is not another office, but a functional title of the elder. It is what he does. He is a steward, a manager of God’s resources and Jesus’ flock. He takes responsibility, but not ownership.
- A pastor must be humble — not arrogant (Titus 1:7). A pastor must constantly demonstrate the gospel by admitting when he is wrong and assuming responsibility and restoring relationships.
- A pastor must be gentle — not quick-tempered (Titus 1:7; 1 Tim 3:3). No man will be of any use in the kingdom that is quick-tempered. The difference between how Jesus demonstrated anger is that He was angry at the abuse of others in the name of religion and the dishonoring of God. We get angry at how it affects us.
- A pastor must be sober — not a drunkard (Titus 1:7; 1 Tim 3:3). This is not just overindulgence in alcohol but is idiomatic for any behavior that fuels addictive responses.
- A pastor must be peaceful — not violent (Titus 1:7; 1 Tim 3:3). A pastor is prone to inflict violence through his words. He is to be a peacemaker.
- A pastor must have financial integrity — not greedy for gain (Titus 1:7; 1 Tim 3:3; 1 Peter 5:3). A pastor is to be upright in his financial dealings and not accused of pursuing money over the kingdom of God.
- A pastor must be hospitable (Titus 1:8; 1 Tim 3:2). A pastor’s home is to be open for others to enjoy. A pastor’s home is not a heaven on earth, but rather a place of ministry.
- A pastor must be a lover of good (Titus 1:8). A pastor genuinely loves what is good. He does not just think he should love it.
- A pastor must be self-controlled (Titus 1:8; 1 Tim 3:2). Self-control is a characterization of every area of a pastor’s life: diet, time, mouth, exercise, relationships, sex, and money.
- A pastor must be upright (Titus 1:8). He has integrity in his relationships and in how he treats others.
- A pastor must be holy (Titus 1:8). His life is devoted wholeheartedly to Jesus externally and internally.
- A pastor must be able to teach (Titus 1:9; 1 Tim 3:2). All of the other qualifications are character qualities. This is the only ability-based requirement. He is to be able to teach sound doctrine, not just be able to communicate in an excellent manner. His teaching can be to one or two, to twenty, to a hundred or to a thousand. Most of the churches in Crete were house churches. The elders were to defend the faith once delivered to the saints against the numerous false teachers that arose.
- A pastor must be spiritually mature (1 Tim 3:6). Positions of authority without spiritual maturity lead to the trap of pride. When pride grows in a man, sin abounds.
- A pastor must be respectable (1 Tim 3:7). That does not mean that everyone must like him or even appreciate him. It means that there is no credible witness to an ongoing sinful behavior.
- A pastor must be an example to the flock (1 Peter 5:3). Elders are examples of biblical expressions sexually, time management, marriage, parenting, worship, relationships, and any other way. A pastor should be someone your sons could pattern their life after and the kind of man your daughter should marry.
- Proclaim the Word of God in a regular pulpit ministry.
- Oversee pastoral staff. Provide direction for the church programing.
- Provide leadership and vision for the church. Direct plans for ministry and church growth; develop and fine-tune the church structure based on the Team philosophy of ministry.
- Motivate, equip and nurture the people of the church through example, preaching and teaching God’s Word and spiritual counseling.
- Spend significant time in prayer and Bible study.
- Facilitate the contact/visitation of hospitalized or grieving church members.
- Officiate at weddings and funerals.
- Oversee church discipline and manage conflict in the church. Seek to reconcile relationships and promote unity within the church.
- Participate in evangelism efforts through preaching and giving invitations during worship services, revival or other special services, visitation, and other outreach efforts.
- To manage his money with integrity so as not to bring reproach upon the church.
- The Pastor, when possible, shall moderate all business meetings of the church.
- Work with various standing and special committees in accomplishing their respective duties.
- Lead in observance of the ordinances of the church.
- Cooperate with local, state, and denominational leaders in matters of mutual interest and concern; keep the church informed of denominational developments; represent the church in denominational and civic matters.
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