The scoops have been coming in very fast lately. With a whole lot of new readers I thought it might be good to list some notes on The Scoop Blog:
We began The Scoop Blog about seven years ago. It is not a thing of pride or self-accomplishment. It’s purpose is to help fill a need. As I have said many times we do not have the time, energy, or wisdom to make calls as to whether or not you would be a good fit for any congregation. We do not make calls as to the soundness of any church listed on The Scoop Blog. Primarily because your standard and mine on specific matters may vary but secondarily because things do change in local churches over periods of time. Also, we believe a good man might help a weak/bad congregation. So, these are just the “Want Ads” - you “kick the tires” on your own.
We often, make mistakes. Some of the simple like a name or web-link misspelled. Sometimes more serious. About 6 times in the past we have listed churches that did not want to be listed. One time we accidentally preempted the elders announcement of a change to the congregation (which was strange because when we called the church office to confirm that the change was public the secretary said it was). On one occasion we were within minutes of posting when we found out the guy who’s job we were going to post as being open had not yet been informed of it! WOW - that might be the strongest reason to read The Scoop Blog!!!
We try to, as time permits, to check out any info we receive. Sometimes sources have such a record we do not. Sometimes we do not have contact to confirm and that makes it impossible to.
It is also a challenge at times because we list churches that are open and sometimes those listings involve sad events (i.e. When dad died we listed Roebuck Parkway. We’ve had several dear friends released from their roles but we still list those churches). Our listings are as “unemotional” as possible.
Several have asked about some sort of spreadsheet for the listings. At this point I’ve not been able to make that happen. The best way is to read backward starting with the most recent blog and go back 3 to 5 to see what is possibly still open.
All said - consider yourself a reporter for The Scoop Blog. Try to remember when you hear of an opening to let us know so we can share it with others. Don’t assume we’ve already got it. We’d rather hear something three times than not at all. Thanks for your help and patience.
Now on to the list:
First scoop this post goes to Dennis Jones who let us know that John Smithson of the Saint Elmo Church in Chattanooga is retiring in April. So they are looking for a preacher: Contact, Vernon Pirtle 423 802-2008
Second scoop goes to Logan Alsup. The Bluff Springs Chruch of Christ in north Christian County Kentucky (near Hopkinsville, KY) is searching for a full time preacher. They are a congregation about about 60-70. Logan has been filling in for them. They have a preacher’s house available. If you have any questions you can email email@example.com
Will Baxter resigned Sunday at the Wingate congregation. This will be a part time role. Contact: Bill Tice at K4CMB@bellsouth.net
This scoop from Phil Sanders: The Central Church of Christ in Shawnee, Oklahoma is looking for a full time minister. The Central congregation has a "stable eldership, a solid financial position, and opportunities for growth." Located in the downtown Shawnee about 50 minutes east of downtown Oklahoma City. The previous preacher, Rob Prater, is moving to work with the Crosstown Church of Christ in Tulsa. They will accept resumes until March 15, 2013. For more information about the congregation, interested parties can call the church office at 405 273 3065 or Bob Perry at 405 615 1105, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gavin Coriel has resigned at the Antioch congregation in Lebanon. They are a church of 15-20 folks. Contact: Jeff Baxley 615 388-1559.
Chris Clevenger has accepted the work with the Riggs’ congregation to work as their associate. He has been at Ironaton in Alabama. They are not going to replace him at this time.
James Nored announced Sunday that he is moving to work with the Grapevine Church of Christ in the Dallas area. This leaves the HIghpointe pulpit open: http://www.highpointechurchofchrist.org/
Scribners Mill in Culleoka, TN is looking for a part time youth minister. To get contact info visit: http://www.scribnerscofc.org/
I am told the Jacksonville, AL church is looking for a Youth Minister. Contact can be found at http://jvillecoc.com/
Kevin Langford is moving to work with the Lewisville Church of Christ in the Dallas area as one of their minister. He has been the Family and Youth Minister at the Keller Church of Christ - www.kellercofc.org.
Andrew Thompson has accepted the position at Rose Hill Church of Christ to become their new youth minister. He scoops himself on this! This leaves the part time job at Priceville (near Decatur, AL) open. They are looking for a young man who is energetic, organized, a good communicator, and an effective teacher. They prefer someone who can also lead singing from time to time but is not required. The youth group is an active group of around 15 kids (6th-12th grade). For more information about the congregation and the youth group, they can visit: www.pricevillechurchofchrist.org. Interested applicants may send their resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
This one is a little lengthy but we’ll try to shorten it: The Third and Central Church of Christ in Lovington, NM, is in search of a youth and family minister. They have five elders and three youth deacons, a full-time senior minister, a full-time Hispanic community minister, and an office assistant. Main weekly responsibilities will include teaching and managing teachers for youth (6th-12th grade) classes on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, being involved in teaching parents, making efforts to be involved with families outside of Church functions, and maintaining flexible, yet appropriate office hours for lesson preparation and ministry planning. The youth and family minister will occasionally be asked to preach on Sunday mornings and to lead singing (if he is able to). The minister will be expected to attend (not to lead, but simply to be involved in) one of our many inter-generational Family Care Groups which meet in members' homes at various times on Sunday afternoon and evening. Qualifications as listed: “Must have a passion for the Church and its growth. Must desire families and teens to grow in their faith. A married man is preferred. The following qualifications are also preferred by the congregation, but we do not want them to hinder God sending us the right person: Completed two-year Bible school training with emphases on youth and family or four-year bachelors work in youth and family ministry. Full-time ministry and/or internship experience is a plus. Sunday morning worship attendance ranges between 130 and 160. Youth group attendance is between 18 and 25 on Wednesday night. We have about 35 teens that have been involved with our youth group in the past 2 years. The minister will be provided with a compensation package that includes a 3 bed, 2 bath parsonage, a fair salary, health benefits, and a cell phone for ministry connections. A sizable youth budget is also available for curriculum purchase and/or development, events, trips, ministry relationships, and continuing education for the minister. We are looking to fill this position by May, 2013. All interested candidates must submit an electronic application packet including a resume with references, a stated theology of ministry, family picture and information, and a link to a video or audio recording of a recent lesson. Interested candidates must submit all information to: firstname.lastname@example.org”
While we don’t list many foreign openings: If you’ve read this far I’m told there is a position opening immediately in Rome...contact Vatican City for details. Qualifications are impossible to fill as the person is expected to be the "Vicar Christ" and to administer the work of a billion member church :) - don’t light me up - just having a little fun there.
Let me know what we've missed or got wrong or left out. Oh, and one more thing. Send us email addresses of other preachers you would like to see tormented by all of my continual emailing! :)