First Baptist Church

 

The Community of Taft
 
The First Baptist Church is located in a small rural town of Taft. It is in the Southern end of the Central Valley of California 119 miles northwest of Los Angeles, 280 miles from San Francisco and 120 miles from San Luis Obispo. Highway 99 and Interstate 5 are the major highways. The nearest larger city is Bakersfield 37 miles to the east. The population of greater Taft is about 19,000. A safe, excellent education is provided at four K-3 schools, one intermediate school (4-5, one junior high school (6-8) operated by the Taft City Schools. There is one high school, Taft Union High School and one community college, Taft College. The West Side Recreation Department provides a full range of activities for children of all ages as well as adults. The Rec provides a full-sized gym, an extensive weight and exercise facility, a bowling alley. There are sports fields at Franklin Field. Buena Vista Golf Course is an 18 hole course with views of nearby Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation area which offers two lakes that draws boaters, jet skiers, water-skiers, campers, and fishermen.
The major employer in Taft is the Oil Industry. Taft is located in one of the richest oil fields in the lower forty-eight states. The majority of the labor force is skilled and unskilled manual labor associated with the oil industry. Agriculture is becoming important in the community because of the construction of the California Aqueduct in the early seventies. There are two correctional facilities which employ a significant number of individuals from Taft.
It’s History and Facilities
 
First Baptist Church of Taft was founded October 15, 1920 and will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in the spring of 2020. The congregation has resided in three different places.  It has been affiliated with the American Baptist Churches of the U.S.A and is now a covenantal member of Transformation Ministries ™. The congregation has been served by fifteen pastors with the longest pastorate being 27 years.

The present worship center was built in 1958 and currently seats 400 with a balcony.  The accompanying educational facility which includes a gym was completed in 1976.  The well maintained facility is worth more the 1 million dollars and our church properties have no outstanding debts.  The Worship Center is equipped with high resolution computer controls. There are 17 classrooms, a nursery, a library and a gymnasium suitable for large gatherings and sports activities.

Our church congregation has plateaued after several years of decline.  We have ministries in place that are attracting younger families, although we have an older membership. We have an average attendance of 95.  We have one service on Sunday morning.  Our worship songs are mostly contemporary with hymns sprinkled in.  On Sunday evening AWANA, Jr. High and Sr. High youth meet.  There are small group bible studies for adults during the week.  Our goal is to increase the number of small groups, especially for young adults.  Members are excited about the changing governance structure and programs that are more outward focused. FBC has a Leadership Board and several Ministry Teams, including Pastoral Care (formerly called Deacons.  We have a budget around $250,000 with 12% going to missions.

 Our Mission

“Empower and encourage our community with the love of Christ”

Our Vision

Our church will provide a pathway to discipleship through small groups while decreasing the median age by 15 years and reaching our community through church related events and relationships.

Church Life

Additional ministries located at FBC are: Bereavement grief counseling, health assessment, Bible study and a Charter School.  Women’s ministry has one mission Circle which meets monthly and Recreational activities.

Our Doctrine Beliefs

We believe in the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the son and the Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus Christ is the son of God, that He is both human, divine, our Savior, and our Redeemer. We believe in life eternal for all who accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. We believe in the sanctity of marriage of a man and a women.  For a full doctrinal statement, please see the Transformation Ministries website.

Current Staff Positions and Duties       

Senior Pastor (scroll down to see job description)

Office Manager/Assistant to Pastor – We have one office manager and one assistant whose main duties are the support of our pastoral staff and the church mission and vision.

Facilities Manager – We have one facilities manager whose basic function is to perform the custodial care of all church facilities.

Governance

The First Baptist Church of Taft has recently adopted the Accountable Leadership Model (ALM) as its governance model.  During the implementation of ALM, the church is adopting a constitution and a set of by-laws that reflects the essentials of the governance model.  We have a Leadership Board in place that has created Guiding Principles to enable us to follow our mission as we strive to fulfill our vision, under the direction of the Senior pastor, Ministry teams will create goals to reach the mission and vision of FBC. These ministry teams will be held accountable to the Senior Pastor.  We are seeking an engaging Biblical pastor and teacher with strong leadership skills who is secure in his relationship with Christ and who exemplifies strong people skills to be the leader in our church.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What We Seek In a Pastor
Philosophy of Ministry:
 

Will support the needs of our current traditional worshippers as well as understand and develop contemporary worship ministries for younger segments of our community.

Leadership Style:
 
As the principal leader and biblical teacher of the church he will be expected to expend time in preparing and reflecting in the Word of God as he guides and directs the leadership team and congregation through the changes required to reach younger families while also ministering to an aging population, He will be able to effectively communicate God’s Word to help the church family in their faith and love of the Lord, while developing discipleship pathways.
Character:
 
Being of godly character, would be continually striving toward conformance to the characteristics enumerated in 1 Timothy 3:1-17 and Titus 1:6-9.
 
Personal:
 
Shall have a disciplined private life with a deep commitment to prayer and study.  It is important that they embrace living in a small rural community of which he will become an active resident.
Skills:
 
An important quality will be his ability to motivate individuals and families to develop and grow their relationship with God.  The Senior Pastor will be a person who flourishes in a setting of vision, development, and implementation.
Education/Experience:
 
A degree from an accredited seminary is preferred, however, we recognize that there may be equally qualified individuals called and gifted by the Lord as pastors. Our desire is to find a man with a clear understanding of the scriptures.  He must be approved by Transformation Ministries.
INTERESTED? HERE’S HOW TO APPLY…..
 
First Baptist Church of Taft is working closely with Transformation Ministries (TM) to find our next Senior Pastor.  The Search Team will only consider those candidates who have completed the Pastoral Application process through TM.  The application may be downloaded by clicking on the link below. 
 

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF TAFT

SENIOR PASTOR

Job Description

 

Purpose:  The Senior Pastor serves as the spiritual leader of the church and oversees its ministries.  He shall advance the Kingdom of Jesus Christ through public worship of God and perform the duties involved in this position and supervise all Church staff members.  The Ministry Team Leaders report to the Senior Pastor.  The Senior Pastor shall be accountable to the Scriptures and the Leadership Board for the faithful discharge of their duties as described in the Guiding Principles*.  The Pastor is the Leadership Board’s only link to operational achievement and conduct, so that all authority and accountability of staff, as far as the Leadership Board is concerned, is considered the authority and accountability of the Pastor.

 

Responsibility

The Senior Pastor responsibilities are reflected in our current Constitution**, Bylaws*** and Guiding Principles.

We are open to working with our new Lead Pastor to refine the job description to reflect the needs of a new growth cycle.

  • Act as primary catalyst for the vision, direction and ministry of the Church
  • In January of each year, write annual measurable goals that relate to our Mission Principles^
  • Work with the Ministry Teams to implement plans for Church growth.
  • Pray, teach, preach, lead and equip the saints for the work of the ministry according to the scripture.
  • Manage, train and lead all staff, Ministry Team leaders and workers, employed and volunteer.
  • Oversee the day-to-day business of the Church.
  • Prepare the annual budget in consultation with the Leadership Board.
  • Insure that the primary mission of reaching lost persons is upheld in preaching, teaching and managing the ministries of the church.

Lead the Church:

  • Seek the Holy Spirits guidance as you lead the Church at every level: congregation, Leadership Board and staff.
  • Follow the policies and procedures in the Constitution, Bylaws, Guiding Principles and Policies of the Church.^^
  • Attend all congregational business meetings.
  • Meet with Leadership Board on regular basis.
  • Provide spiritual guidance and training to church leadership and staff.
  • Provide New Member Class and Orientation followed by discipleship pathway.

Lead worship services and preach the Bible

  • Leads in the preparation and planning of worship services, in cooperation with the Worship Team Leader.
  • Effectively communicate God’s Word to help the church family in their faith and love of the Lord.
  • Uphold the Church’s Statement of Faith^^^
  • Administers the ordinances, communion and believer’s baptism.
  • Conducts funerals and consoles the bereaved for those in the church family.

Administration:

  • Maintain personnel files and oversee staff evaluations.
  • Implement appropriate and effective guidelines for hiring and terminating church paid staff
  • Lead weekly staff meetings
  • Oversees development of multi-media presentation.
  • Oversee preparation of annual report
  • Meet with Leadership Board in December to review and evaluate goals.
  • To the extent possible and practical, represent our church at civic and religious events in our community.
  • Takes appropriate time for personal and spiritual growth and renewal.
  • May act as an ex-officio member of all teams.

Qualifications:

  • The Senior Pastor must be a regularly ordained or licensed Minister whose credentials are, or will be, recognized by Transformation Ministries. If a licensed Pastor is not ordained by Transformation Ministries, it is expected that ordination will be sought and completed as soon as possible.
  • A degree from an accredited seminary is preferred, however, we recognize that there may be equally qualified individuals called and gifted by the Lord as pastors.
  • The Senior Pastor will be a person who flourishes in a setting of vision, development and implementation.
  • This job must be filled by a male.
  • Strong and effective preaching/teaching skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with ministry team leaders, staff and volunteers.

Benefits:

  • Receives salary plus housing allowance, retirement and medical insurance. Salary increase is connected to annual goal implementation.
  • Church will pay social security offset.
  • Receives professional allowance, including reimbursement for work related expenses. (negotiated)
  • Four weeks paid vacation per year. One week of accrued vacation may be carried over to the next year. (maximum)
  • Twelve days of sick leave per year accrued at one day per month of employment to maximum of 45 days. (not compensated when employment ends)
  • One week conference leave per year to attend TM conferences.
  • Sabbatical policy in effect.
  • All benefits are subject to change based on state and federal laws.

*Guiding Principles available upon receipt of qualifying resume

**Constitution available upon receipt of qualifying resume

***Bylaws available upon receipt of qualifying resume

^Mission Principles listed in Bylaws – available upon receipt of qualifying resume

^^Church Policies available upon receipt of qualifying resume

****Statement of Faith/What we Believe:  Church Profile (included)

 

 

 

 Statement of Faith         
 
As members of First Baptist Church of Taft we are resting our faith entirely in the Lord Jesus Christ for our eternal salvation, we believe in the teachings of the Holy Bible and its authority.  This statement attempts only to confirm some of what is central to our faith, and by intent it is silent on less weighty matters and peripheral issues.  However, it is our conviction that what is written here represents a consensus of doctrine which we believe is revealed in scripture and part of our mission.

 

  1. That the Holy Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and that it is therefore the final authority in all matters. 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Tim. 3:16-17

         

  1. That God exists eternally and that He manifests Himself in three co-equal persons–God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. 2 Cor. 13:14; Col. 2:10; Matt. 28:19

 

  1. That Jesus Christ was born of a virgin and that He was at the same time both divine and human. Luke 1:16-28; Matt. 1:18-25

       

  1. That the Holy Spirit is a divine person as truly as are God the Father and God the Son. Acts 2:38; Romans 8:26; Titus 3:6

 

  1. That the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s son, after being buried following His Crucifixion on the cross of Calvary, arose bodily from the dead. By His death Christ made full atonement for our sins and by His resurrection showed Himself to be the giver of life to all who believe. Mark 16:6; 1 Peter 1:3; Romans 10: 9-10 ;    

 

  1. That the forgiveness of sin and salvation made possible by the vicarious death of Jesus Christ on the cross, comes to people through personal faith in the Crucified One the Lord Jesus Christ–-and that salvation is by grace, and not by works. Redemption is God’s gift to all who believe. Romans 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9

 

  1. That Jesus Christ Himself will come again to this world to rule and reign in righteousness and that His coming again is imminent and that it will be literal, personal, visible and sudden. Acts 1:10-11; Rev. 22:12; Matt. 24:44

 

  1. That this church is a community of faith consisting of regenerated believers the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Such believers claim a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ, follow the Lord in baptism by immersion in water, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5; Col. 2:12; Acts 2:38; John 3:16

 

  1. That the ordinances of the Church are believer’s baptism in which is shown forth the individual’s personal identification with Jesus Christ as Lord in being buried and raised in Him to newness of life; and the Lord’s Supper in which the believer shows forth their remembrance of the atoning death of Jesus Christ in anticipation of His coming again. Luke 22:17-20; 1 Cor. 11:26

 

  1. That the local Church is autonomous, governing itself by the majority rule in order to guarantee equal right to all and special privilege to none, and resting upon its interdependence with other churches of like faith and practice for the carrying out of Christ’s Great Commission. Eph. 1: 20-23; Matt. 28:18-20

 

  1. That every believer is united in one body in Christ and that as a member of that Body has equal access to the throne of God.  1Cor. 12:12-27 Romans 12: 3-8

 

  1. That the separation of Church and State must be maintained. Matt. 22-21; Romans 13:1-7

 

  1. We believe in the Sanctity of human life. Life begins at conception and

         Upholding this sanctity of life is consistent with our Christian faith.  Jer. 1:5, Ps  139.13.

 

  1. We uphold marriage as being Biblically the union of one man and one woman. This is God’s ideal.  In our fallen condition all sexual deviations from this ideal are an invitation for God’s amazing grace.  Divorce, adultery, fornication, bestiality, Homosexuality, pornography, etc. are all classified together as deviations from God’s ideal. (Greek Pornea).  Gen 2:24, 1 Cor. 7:14, Mt 19: 5-6, Mark 10:8, 1 Cor. 6:16, Eph. 5:31  (Stand Alone Document on Human Sexuality is Available)

 

  1. In loyalty to, and full cooperation with Transformation Ministries in the U.S.A., assuming that such cooperation and loyalty will never require the surrender of any of these truths.