EUREKA FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
- The Senior Pastor of Eureka First Baptist Church must be called by God (John 15:16), ordained and set apart by God (Acts 13:1-3) to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- The Senior Pastor must be transformed by the renewal of the mind by time in prayer and personal time with the Lord (1 Timothy 4:16; Romans 12:1-2) and be exemplary in godly character by being committed to living and serving according to the standards set forth in scripture. Jesus is the perfect fulfillment of these qualifications as ultimate “Senior Pastor.”
1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Timothy 1:13-16 (humble); 2 Timothy 4:1-2 (experienced); Titus 1:6-9
- The Senior Pastor will provide spiritual, servant leadership to the congregation through:
- sound conservative, evangelical teaching and preaching of the whole Bible as inspired and led by the Holy Spirit;
- maintaining a high level of competency and excellence in study of scriptures in order to communicate God’s Word to equip and ensure that the church’s lay leaders, teachers, staff, and congregants of all ages are growing in maturity as disciples of Christ;
- participating in worship and fellowship, serving in ministry and evangelizing and making disciples both locally and globally;
The Great Commission: Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 2:14-16
- pastoral care: celebrations, weddings, funerals; pastoral counseling, visitation of shut-ins, hospital and care home patients, prodigals, etc. Model the heart of the Chief Shepherd and ensure that the flock is well led, cared for, and protected
1 Peter 5:1-3; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; John 21:17
- Eureka First Baptist Church is a board-run church, so the Senior Pastor must maintain a harmonious working relationship with the Executive Board to provide administrative leadership in all areas of church life and business, oversee ministerial staff and ministries (2 Timothy 2:2), and exercise biblical authority over the church entrusted to us by God
Acts 20:28-33; 2 Timothy 4:1-2
- The Senior Pastor must agree with Eureka First Baptist’s Statement of Faith and ByLaws.
- The Senior Pastor must be a graduate of an accredited seminary, with a Masters Degree (preferred, 2 Timothy 2:15); or hold an accredited Bachelors Degree with two years at an accredited Bible School. Candidates should also have ten years experience in ministry.
February 26, 2023
John 15:16: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
Acts 13:1-3: Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
1 Timothy 4:16: Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
Romans 12:1-2: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
1 Timothy 3:1-7: Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
1 Timothy 1:13-16: Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
2 Timothy 4:1-2: In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
Titus 1:6-9: 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Acts 1:8: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16: But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?
1 Peter 5:1-3: To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
John 21:17: The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
2 Timothy 2:2: And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
Acts 20:28-33: Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. 32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.
2 Timothy 2:15: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.