Piney Grove Baptist Church of Atlanta has a rich history that spans 130+ years of ministry to the people of Piney Grove and the surrounding area. The Cass county church was founded in 1887, and presently has membership of approximately 200 people. As a member of the Enon Baptist Association (www.enonbaptistassociation.org), we serve with over 40 other churches to bring the gospel to East Texas. Our services consist of Sunday morning, Sunday and Wednesday evening services. Piney Grove serves our community in several areas including AWANAS, hospital and shut in visitation, missions as well as supporting our local school district.
The Pastor's Role:
The Pastor is to be the primary spiritual leader and chief shepherd for Piney Grove Baptist. This role includes preaching the Word of God, performing all the spiritual duties of his office (1 Tim 3:1-7, Acts 20:28, Titus 1:6-9, and 1 Peter 5:2-3), in partnership with the Deacon Body, having general oversight to the shepherding of the congregation so that the Body is built up and equipped to do the work of Jesus Christ. This position requires the passion to know and glorify God through vital personal and corporate worship, edification of the Body, discipleship, outreach and effective leadership of Staff and congregation.
Piney Grove's Shepherd is to seize and create opportunities to motivate and train members to identify and develope spiritual giftedness. In so doing, he will hold to the model of Ephesians 4:12 in "the saints to do ministry." The pastor should be the primary leader of the worship service, giving overall direction to the workship services, including providing guidance to and ensuring collaboration with those who lead the music worship, as they seek together to draw the congregation into a rich worshipful experience.
Our shepherd should have a compelling and clear love for Jesus, with an energetic, charismatic personality. A leader that can put things into action with adaptive and creative thinking. Be an excellent communicator, team oriented and collaborative, while at the same time be humble, and willing to accept input, constructive criticism, and own up to mistakes. Also, be someone who is a relationship builder and a natural connector and is supportive and interactive with church members of all ages and experiences.