Who We Are
LaPlace, Louisiana is nestled between New Orleans and Baton Rouge next to the famous Bonnet Carré Spillway. It is a blue-collar refinery and commuter populated area with a majority of the homes built around two golf courses. Almost 32,000 people reside in the town and more than 46,000 people reside in St. John the Baptist Parish. Our town population has a lot of transient residents moving in and out. As one former member stated, “Like the changing seasons of nature, the makeup of the congregation of our church was constantly changing. The eyes of the church had to stay focused on God to survive the winds of change. Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, “He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap…”
First Baptist Church is the first Baptist Church to serve the community of LaPlace nearly 65 years ago. We have 232 members and an average weekly attendance of 108. We provide Sunday morning services following Sunday School and Wednesday night prayer meeting. Our children meet on Wednesdays for Music and Missions. Wee Care provides child care three days a week. Our Summer VBS program reached nearly 150 children this year. A CARE Team ministers to homebound members, the men fellowship through Men’s breakfast, and a new Women’s Team has become active. Our choir, directed by Jennifer Hoover, part-time minister of music, leads in worship on Sundays. We have a strong youth ministry under the direction of part-time Youth Pastor Brandon Foottit.
In 2003, we took on a debt of $1.2 million to build a Fellowship Hall and Preschool wing. The project began in March of 2006 and we are currently below $200,000 to pay off that debt. Our annual giving in 2018 was $453,000.
First Baptist Church is aligned with the Southern Baptist Convention. We affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
Our congregation, mostly Caucasian, is aging and membership is declining. This suburban area has a strong family orientation and we are embedded in a growing Hispanic and African American culture. We believe our church can do more to grow God’s kingdom locally by reaching both young families and persons of diverse backgrounds.
We seek a leader who can join our vision and mission for bridging our church into the future!
The Primary Responsibilities of the Pastor are:
- Lead and develop the pastoral team in equipping the congregation to fulfill the Great Commission and accomplish the mission statement of the church. Lead the deacon body so they can effectively lead the ministry teams of the church in ministry opportunities to the church and the community.
- Use his spiritual gifts to edify and build this local body of believers. Provide appropriate pastoral care to members of the church and the community. Lead in equipping and training the deacons and ministerial staff so they might support him in the pastoral care responsibilities.
- Preach and teach the Bible, believing that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter. Communicate the vision for ministry that God gives to this congregation.
- Lead the church ministerial staff in planning and coordinating worship services. Prepare and deliver sermons, and lead in the observance of church ordinances. Secure a pulpit supply when he is away.
- Lead the church in an evangelistic outreach program, encouraging members to become involved in the ministry of witnessing and caring for the people in the church and community.
- Be available for counseling sessions, performing wedding ceremonies, and conducting funerals.
- Provide directions and oversight to the Church Council and ministerial staff in planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and evaluating the total program of the church.
- Serve as the moderator for the church business meetings.
- Cooperate with the New Orleans Baptist Association, Louisiana Baptist Convention, and denominational leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention in matters of mutual interest and concern. Keep the church informed on denominational developments and represent the church in civic matters. Support the use of Associational, State, and Convention resources, including training seminars, printed materials, and personnel available for local church support.
- Model and support the stewardship of the church and the will of the congregation.
Requirements for the Position
- Must be a Christian, called by God to the ministry.
- Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in correspondence.
- Ability to relate to people as individuals.
- Must be active in witnessing and personal evangelism, and experienced in church outreach, visitation, and ministry programs.
- Skilled in organizing and directing church programs, committees, conferences, and workshops.
Education and Experience for the Position
- College degree and Southern Baptist seminary graduate.
- Preferably 5-10 years of staff experience in a church of comparable size.
- Ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry.
- Prefer basic computer software skills (Microsoft Office).
Benefits for the Position
- Medical/Life/Disability Insurance and retirement benefits as provided in the church policy manual.
- Vacation time and sick leave in accordance with the church policy manual.
- Personal expenses incurred while performing church business as designated in the budget.
- Continuing education expenses as provided in the policy manual and the church budget.
- Time off for the leading of revivals or conferences/seminars as designated in the church policy manual.
Applying for the Position
If, after having prayerfully read through our information, you are still interested in applying to be our next pastor, please send your resume (including links to online sermons) and all correspondence to one of the following:
Send via U.S. Mail to:
First Baptist Church
Attention: Pastor Search Team
120 Ormond Boulevard
LaPlace, LA 70068