Central Baptist Church, Winchester, KY USA
Denomination: Baptist, Southern Baptist Convention
Church Size: membership as of March 2018 = 1,108 / average weekly attendance = 400
Job Type: Full Time
About the location and the organization:
Central Baptist Church is located in the heart of Winchester, KY, a small but growing community of about 30, 000. A community that is nestled in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region and quickly accessible to several other large cities including Lexington and Louisville.
Winchester is home to The Pioneer Arts and Crafts Festival, the George Rogers Clark High School Cardinals, the iconic ginger ale drink known as Ale-8 One and is just a few miles from Fort Boonesborough State Park. Our community continues to preserve its rich
history while seeking new opportunities to foster a vibrant and healthy place we call home.
Located on the same corner in downtown Winchester for over 100 years, Central Baptist is truly central to our community. One third of Winchester’s population resides within a one-mile radius of our building, which equates to a little over 10,000 residents.
This is an enormous mission field right outside our doors! Our church started a summer outreach program a few years ago called Central Loves Winchester. Each week church volunteers had multiple opportunities to serve the residents of Winchester by delivering
baked goods to local Fire/Police stations, completing yardwork and various handy man activities for folks that were not physically able to do themselves, to hosting back yard bible clubs for children. Our prayer is that God will raise up additional believers
in our congregation to lead focused efforts like Central Loves Winchester alongside our Senior Pastor, that will impact this community for His glory.
Central Baptist Church adheres to The Baptist Faith & Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. We believe that there is one and only one living true God, Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God.
We also believe that salvation is God’s gift to us but we must accept it by confessing our sins and asking God to be our Lord and Savior. Our average attendance on Sunday typically runs 350-400. Life Groups (known as Sunday School Classes), Sunday morning
worship, Senior Adult ministries and our children’s/youth ministries are vital to the current health of Central Baptist. We continue to see steady growth in both the children’s and youth programs as a result of the emphasis placed on building relationships
with these students and their families. Current children’s related programs (internal and external) include Vacation Bible School, Crossings Summer Camp, Christian Fellowship Clubs (that meet weekly in the public-school system), Upward Basketball/Cheerleading,
His Kids Preschool, and of course our weekly Wednesday and Sunday worship activities.
Our multi-generational membership has a vast number of God given talents to be shared internally and externally to fulfill the vision of our church. Loving and focused motivation from our next Senior Pastor will bring together all of these gifts to promote
healthy leadership, and energized evangelism to meet the growing needs of our church and our community.
The congregation of Central Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking a Senior Pastor who is spiritually mature, expresses a deep passion for God’s word, and ready to share the gospel not only with the church body but with those in our local community and across
We believe the next Senior Pastor will encompass and exemplify the following characteristics in these five main areas:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20
- Present a teachable spirit and genuine interest in continually learning and growing in God’s word.
- Unify the body of Christ not only through God’s word, but by serving alongside the congregation in ministry opportunities.
- Engage a multi-generational congregation thru prayer and discipleship
Study/Share the Word:
“ 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. -Joshua 1:8
“4 In that day you will say: Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” - Isaiah 12:4
- Prayerfully submit his time, study and call to actions before the Lord. Praying that the Holy Spirit will move in the hearts of the congregation so they are ready to receive the word and respond to the call.
- Deliver sermons that are rooted in scripture, applicable and understandable for a multi-generational congregation and encourages personal growth in grace and truth.
“11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son
of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” - Ephesians 4:11-13
- Exhibit strong relational skills for cultivating trusted relationships in the church and in the community that include listening skills, patience, trustworthiness, approachability, kindness, commitment and involvement in local organizations.
(i.e. schools, athletic teams, community-oriented events)
- Understands the importance of healthy relationships with the church staff, the Deacon body, and other leadership teams within the church.
“And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” - Jeremiah 3:15
- Demonstrate ability to study, interpret, articulate and share the gospel in compelling, and convicting sermons that are inspired by the Holy Spirit.
- Clearly define the vision and mission for the church; ensure all teaching and programming are aligned with the vision and mission.
- Model respect, open-mindedness, confidence, and clarity to promote effective and nourishing relationships.
“20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith. Grace be with you all.” -1 Timothy
- Diligently oversee the staff, various leadership teams/committees, the church budget, and continually assess the overall health of the church
- Recognize the spiritual gifts of church members and delegate responsibility accordingly to effectively execute the church’s vision and mission.