Alas, I had prepared this vacancy announcement in advance, but when it came time to post it, I saw on the church’s Facebook page that they had just called someone to serve as pastor. Rather than let my work go to waste, consider this a “what could have been” if you had applied sooner.
Did you know that the SBC website has church job listings throughout the country? Some of those vacancies could use a little extra advertising, so I’ve taken it upon myself to highlight one every once in a while (with a little humor mixed in).
What can I say about this next vacancy? Not very much, it would seem. The announcement itself is only 46 words — including salary and contact information! No worries; a little help from trustworthy sources like Google and Wikipedia can fill in some of the gaps.
Hobart Baptist Church in Pampa, Texas, is looking for their next Senior Pastor, and they’re willing to fork over anywhere from $45k to $50k to get him.
They give no qualifications, but, presumably, they’re looking for someone who meets the 1 Timothy and Titus requirements. As far as job duties are concerned, there are only 6:
- Overseeing outreach ministry
- Working with staff
- Coordinating with deacon body
- Tending the flock
You can’t accuse them of verboseness (although I am certainly guilty of it).
The church doesn’t have a website — maybe that’s something you can work on if you’re selected. Fortunately, I was able to find three reviews of Hobart Baptist Church on Google averaging 3.3 stars. Two gave no information (evidently wordiness is not a common trait among the people of Pampa, Texas), but local resident Patrick Wood gave them 4 stars and described the church as a “Great Venue for traditional wedding.” If you’re thinking of getting married, HBC is the place to do it, and unlike our first vacancy in Alaska, a wife is not a prerequisite here.
Pampa itself is a small town in the panhandle of Texas. It grew up around the Santa Fe Railroad and saw growth both from ranching and, as Jed Clampett might call it, “Texas Tea.” The town is home to the White Deer Land Museum, including rooms furnished like a store, barbershop, and even a chapel from times as early as the 1880s. That James-Bond-looking parson might be able to teach you a thing or two about how a minister should clean up. The town is also proud of its ADA-compliant library, given the multiple paragraphs dedicated to it on their Wikipedia page. Another interesting tidbit: Dog the Bounty Hunter was apparently raised in Pampa.
If you feel God is calling you to serve at Hobart Baptist Church, you can find information on how to apply here. For more information on Dog the Bounty Hunter, just Google him (with Safe Search ON). Tell them you heard about it on SBC Voices, and drop me a line if they call you to serve. God bless.