During our search for a new Pastor we will not be posting any sermons on this Page.  Following is the job description for a new Pastor/Shepherd of Shoaff Park Baptist Church

Shoaff Park Baptist Church (SPBC) is seeking a senior pastor to continue the ministry of the church in Ft Wayne, Indiana. In addition to the biblical qualifications of a pastor/elder (1 Tim.3; Titus 1), Scripture gives further insight into the life and ministry of a pastor. We desire a man who not only loves the Lord Jesus Christ, but is continuing to grow in His love, faith, and obedience to Christ. This would imply a strong devotional life both for him personally and for his family. He should encourage our congregation to follow him as He follows Christ, modeling the Christian life.

Furthermore, we desire a pastor who is a shepherd (1 Pet. 5:1-3). One who is willing to encourage, exhort, counsel, admonish and sympathize. This may involve visits to our elderly members who are home-bound or in assisted-care facilities; as well as hospital visits to those members suffering ill health. It may also require confrontation with those members who are displaying ungodly behavior.

Hearing the preaching and teaching of the Word God is a regular part of congregational life at SPBC. We desire a pastor who is a true student of the Word, able to effectively communicate God’s Word to us while showing how it is applicable. (1 Tim. 4:13-16; 2 Tim. 2:2; 4:2) He needs to be equipping us (Eph.4:11-16) for life as well as to help in the ministry. Our pastor needs to do the work of an evangelist as well as help us do the same. He also needs to be a man of prayer and endeavor to lead us likewise.

Shepherding and pastoring our congregation also implies a certain amount of leadership skills. We are a body, a congregation, a family. We are an organized and mature congregation but also need direction, especially in regards to our future sustainability.

While this flock needs shepherding, we also desire growth. There is much potential for that here in Fort Wayne, despite being a “city of churches”. SPBC is situated close to the Purdue-Fort Wayne and IVY Tech campuses. Fort Wayne is also an approved immigrant & refugee destination with a large population of international people. Our own congregation is minimally multi-ethnic, but we are open to more ethnic diversity.

The congregation of SPBC is praying for you, a possible pastoral candidate. We trust that you will pray for us as well.

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