Pastor Transition

Calvary Baptist Church, Warren, PA is seeking a full-time pastor.  Please access the following document which includes a Pastor, Church and Community Profile, as well as our Affirmation (Statement) of Faith.  Applications may be submitted via email or postal service to the Pastor Search Committee c/o the church secretary at: secretary@calvarybap.org  or via mail:
Calvary Baptist Church
445 Conewango Ave.
Warren, Pa 16365

 

Calvary Baptist Church, Warren, PA, is looking for a pastor with these characteristics….

The ability to maintain a strong emphasis on traditional pastoral priorities:

  • Preaching and teaching the Word of God; presenting it boldly in a clear and understandable manner
    and helping our congregation apply His Word to their lives.
  •  Pastoring and shepherding people in a sincere and humble way. Being a servant-leader; able to
    discern the particular needs of individuals and provide them with appropriate pastoral care. Being
    able to delegate pastoral care responsibilities to individuals. Providing leadership for church
    discipline.
  •  Participating in the planning and/or leading of worship services that are biblical and engaging for the congregation.
  •  Visiting individuals and families within the church and community and to encouraging the
    congregation to demonstrate hospitality.
  •  Having ability to communicate well with all age groups.
    Perform pastoral activities in a manner that is consistent with a typical functioning church:
  •  Biblical counseling.
  •  Personal evangelism training and encourage outreach to the community.
  •  Baptisms/weddings/funerals.
  •  Utilizing gifts and talents of members.
Possess the awareness to perform or engage others in the following church ministries:
  •  Providing oversight of church ministries and activities.
  •  Encouraging missions.
  •  Supporting and participating in children and youth ministries.
  •  Participating in denomination (Converge) activities.
  •  Encouraging small group gatherings of the church family.
  •  Maintaining an awareness of the financial condition of the church.
We are seeking a pastor who maintains a strong devotional life. He should be an individual who sees this as
critical to the success of his preaching and other pastoral functions. We will encourage professional growth
(seminars, conferences, etc.) including meeting with like-minded pastors for mutual encouragement.
The pastor of Calvary will need to be comfortable living and ministering in a small town. Calvary consists of
believers who desire to impact our area and county for Christ. We desire for our pastor to challenge our
congregation to use our resources in a manner that is consistent with the Bible.

 

CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH:
Calvary Baptist Church was founded in 1890 as a Swedish Baptist Church but was not identified as Calvary
until 1932. We are affiliated with Converge Worldwide, formerly known as the Baptist General Conference.
Doctrinally, Calvary is conservative, evangelical and subscribes to the attached Affirmation of Faith.
Currently there are 120 members of Calvary. Over the past three years, there has been an average weekly
attendance of 101 people. Approximately 75% of those individuals attend Sunday School. In 2015, we
restructured our Wednesday evening service to attract new attendees. Celebrate the Family includes a light
meal, family worship and age appropriate class time. The church’s annual budget for fiscal year 2017 – 2018
was $182,482 with 23% percent, going toward world missions. A big part of our outreach to the community
is hosting a Christmas Bible walk-through named Bethlehem Marketplace.
Our auditorium seats 300 people and was constructed in 1961. Our facility includes baptistery, kitchen,
updated audio/visual system, large fellowship hall, 16 classrooms, pastor’s study, secretary’s office, library,
nursery and sanctuary overflow room. The Calvary campus contains a two-stall garage with an attached
Sunday School/youth room, large yard, adequate accessible parking for hold outdoor activities and a
parsonage which was constructed in 1968. The residence is a two-story home with four bedrooms, a living
room, a dining room, a kitchen, a den, 2 ½ bathrooms, a family room, laundry facilities and a two-stall garage.
A covered patio and fenced in backyard complete the package.

 

WARREN CITY, WARREN COUNTY & SURROUNDING AREA:
Warren is located in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and is situated 10 miles south of the New York state
border. The city (population: 9,244 as of 2016) is the county seat for Warren County, which has an estimated
41,000 residents. According to the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, the county has an
approximate 7.1 percent lower cost of living than the United States average.
Warren County is divided into 27 municipalities and has a total area of 898 square miles. From this area, 14
square miles consist of bodies of water that include the Kinzua Dam/Allegheny Reservoir, Allegheny River,
Chapman Dam and numerous streams. It is also the headquarters to the Allegheny National Forest that
covers Warren, Forest, McKean and Elk counties. In addition, Warren and the surrounding area have
multiple tourist, cultural, and retail attractions that include the historic Struthers Library Theatre, Blair Retail Store and Chapman Dam State Park. Nearby attractions outside of Warren County consist of Chautauqua
Institution, Chautauqua Lake, Kinzua Bridge State Park, Zippo/Case Museum and Lucy/Desi Museum. Also,
there are many recreational and seasonal activities the area offers, including hunting, fishing, hiking, boating,
kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing, all-terrain vehicle riding, snowmobiling and golfing.
Key local industries are oil and gas refining, forestry, agriculture, and recreation/tourism. Access to college
curriculum through higher education facilities is also available. Various educational opportunities exist as
well as a hospital, cancer center and library.
Nearby cities within the northwest Pennsylvania/western New York region are Erie (51 miles west) and
Jamestown, NY (20 miles north). Within 4 hours driving time are Buffalo, Pittsburgh, State College,
Cleveland, and Toronto.

 

AN AFFIRMATION OF OUR FAITH
1. THE WORD OF GOD. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21)
2. THE TRINITY. We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Isaiah 45:21, 22; Jeremiah 10:10;
Matthew 28:19; John 1:14; Colossians 2:9; Acts 5:3, 4; Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16, 17; John 3:16; Titus 3:5, 6)
3. GOD THE FATHER. We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 4:24; Psalm 99:9)
4. JESUS CHRIST. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (John 1:14, 18; Matthew 1:18-25; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 9:35; I Peter 2:24; I Corinthians 15:4; Romans 8:34, Hebrews 9:22, Ephesians 1:7)
5. THE HOLY SPIRIT. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. (John 15:26; 16:8; Titus 3:5; I Corinthians 6:11; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9, 26; John 14:26; 16:13)
6. REGENERATION. We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 3:23; 6:23; Acts 3:19; 16:31; John 1:12, 13;
Titus 3:5)
7. THE CHURCH. We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (I Corinthians 12:13, 27; Ephesians 1:22, 23; Colossians 1:18, 2:19; Acts 2:41, 42, 47; Matthew 28:19, 20)
8. CHRISTIAN CONDUCT. We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellowmen; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. (I Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10; Philippians 2:14-16; I Peter 4:10; I Corinthians 4:2; Ephesians 4:13-15)
9. THE ORDINANCES. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19; Romans 6:4, 5; Acts 18:8; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
10. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that, therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other. (I Timothy 2:5; Ezekiel 18:20;
Romans 14:12; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29)
11. CHURCH COOPERATION. We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis. (Acts 15)
12. MARRIAGE: We believe marriage was established by God as a sacred, lifetime covenant between one man and one woman. We believe all intimate sexual activity outside of marriage, co-habitation of an unmarried couple, and homosexual relationships are sinful. (Ephesians 5:31,
Romans 1:27)
13. HUMAN LIFE: Since mankind is created in the image of God, We believe in the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until God directs that life should end. (Jeremiah 1:5, Isaiah 44:2, 49:5)
14. THE LAST THINGS. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. (Acts 1:11;
I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 11:15; 20:4-6; I Corinthians 15:42-44, 51, 52; John 5:28, 29; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 25:46)

 

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