First off in the scoop world - rumor is Nick Saban is going to Cleveland. Why? OK, enough of that foolishness, on to what we know.
The Madison congregation in Nashville has moved Jason Shepherd from the youth minister role to be there new preacher.
The Eva church in Alabama is looking. This is the first church I worked with on a full time basis nearly 30 years ago. They are good people on that little mountain in this small town. Matt Burleson will be moving to work with the church at Shiloh in the youth ministry role. Ron Ryan (Ronryan@iglide.net) is one of the elders there.
It was announced yesterday that James Farris will move to Nashville to work with the Rivergate congregation. This is where Sellers Crain has preached for over 20 years. This means that the Petersville church where James has been will be open. Petersville's website is: http://www.petersvillecoc.org/
Patrick Kershaw going to Lone Cedar in the Florence, AL area to work with the young people there.
This scoop to Caleb Sampson: The church in McCook, Nebraska is looking for a preacher. They are a congregation of about 50 in a town of about 10,000 in south central Nebraska. The men in the congregation have been doing the preaching for the past 5 years or so but are ready to hire a full time evangelist/preacher. Contact: Jim Allen 701 Seminole Dr. McCook, NE 69001 308-345-9190.
The Central church in Sparta, TN is looking for a "pulpit/teaching minister." They are a church of about 225-240. They have five elders. Here is some of what they have said about what they are looking for: Healthy and balanced mentally, spiritually, socially, and physically. Character. Proven spiritual maturity (1Tim 4:11-14; 5:1-2, 21-22; 6:11; 2Tim 2.22-26; 4:1-5; Titus 2:1, 6-8; 3:1-2). A man of prayer, Bible study & integrity. Stable family, preferably married. Strong family history. Positive attitude. Confident. Healthy self image. Instills within others confidence in themselves. Finds solutions rather than problems. Gifted. Obvious natural and God-given abilities. Believes that ministry is his calling. Self-motivated. An authentic faith & passion for loving Jesus and ministering to people. Self-disciplined. Controls emotions, money, time and tongue. Healthy discontent with the status quo. Dissatisfied with mediocrity. Knowledge: Education. An appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, preferably church of Christ related. A Bible minor or better. Technology. Familiar with information technology. Teachable. Listens to advice. Desires continual education in ministry skills. Mission. A sound philosophy of Christ-centered, family-focused ministry. Skills: Proven track record. Demonstrated success in ministry. Strong work ethic. Takes responsibility. Dependable. Overcomes adversity. Proven communication skills. Skilled at speaking and listening, reading and writing. Can preach, teach, and win souls. Proven servant leadership skills. Can draw people to a cause. Can effectively and efficiently plan, organize and supervise ministry activities. Proven people skills. Can understand, motivate, work with and develop people. Can manage conflict. Friendly and outgoing personality. Minimum of five year’s preaching experience with at least three years at the same location. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and a sample sermon to: Central Church of Christ PO Box 443 Sparta, Tn 38583 firstname.lastname@example.org.