February 6, 2013

Dear First Baptist Family,

For almost six months now, we have been involved in a prayerful search for a new Minister of Youth and Children for our congregation. In that time, our Personnel Committee has reviewed more than 30 resumes, interviewed four candidates via video conferencing and brought two candidates and their spouses to Laurens for visits in our community and extended face to face interviews. Our Ministerial staff has also been involved extensively in both the interviews and subsequent visits.

At this time, our Personnel Committee, along with the unanimous support of our Ministerial staff and Fellowship of Deacons, is ready to recommend a candidate to our congregation as our new Minister to Youth and Children. Our candidate and his spouse are very excited about our church, our community and the chance to serve and minister with us. Our candidate will be with us over the weekend of March 1-3 to visit with our children, youth and their families as well as to meet our overall congregation. Our candidate will help lead in worship on March 3 followed by a congregational vote at the end of worship to affirm and formally extend a call to him to join our ministerial staff.

In order to protect his confidentiality and to give him the chance to share his decision with the current congregation where he serves at the appropriate time, we will not release his name or current place of service until Friday, March 1. At that time, his complete resume will be available in the church office. Below, however, is a detailed biographical sketch of our candidate and his family…

  • He and his wife are both 29 years of age. They do not have children at the present time.
  • His wife is a music teacher in the public schools.
  • They are both from small towns and excited about the chance to live and minister in this type of environment.
  • His undergraduate degree is in History and he is a 2012 Master of Divinity graduate of the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta which is connected to Mercer University.
  • He is currently the Minister to Youth of the First Baptist Church of a small town in Georgia. The church is roughly half the size of FBC Laurens. He has served the congregation as Minister to Youth since 2005. His position is part time and he has served there throughout his time in College and Seminary.
  • While children’s ministry is not a part of his title or job description there, he has done significant work with the children at the church where he serves. This work with children has included leading VBS, fellowships, bible studies and age specific worship opportunities. This has generally fallen to him as a responsibility since the church is not large enough to have a children’s minister
  • As the only other staff member at the church, he has also served in all phases of church life including pastoral care, missions, spiritual developments and leading of worship.
  • His congregation is aligned with the SBC and CBF which mirrors our denominational ties at FBC.
  • Since 2009, he has also actively worked in his community with a non-profit organization focused on ministering to youth and children in an economically challenged area of town.
  • He has three years of camp experience working with students of both youth and children’s ages.

It goes without saying that the weekend of March 1-3 will be a very important and significant weekend for the future of our church. In turn, we would ask all of our families to do everything possible to set aside these days in order that we all might participate in the appropriate activities and be in worship on March 3. In order to help you prepare, below is a brief, anticipated schedule for the weekend. We ask that you begin to sign up now for the events for youth and children and their families as well as to plan accordingly for the other opportunities listed below.

Saturday, March 2

Bowling & Fellowship for Children (K-5th), Youth & Their Families
Expo 300, Greenwood, 2-4:30pm
Cost is $5 per participant. Please contact the church office to sign up.

Cookout for Youth & Youth Workers
Home of Seth & Dawn Reynolds
6:30pm; please contact the church office to sign up.

Sunday, March 3

Coffee with Our Candidate & Spouse
Bobo Hall
This time will be primarily for those who did not get to meet our candidate at one of the Saturday events.

Morning Worship
Our Candidate will help lead the service. At the conclusion, we will enter into a Business Session to consider his call to join our Ministerial staff.

Between now and the first weekend in March we ask that you begin to pray for our candidate and his family as well as for our church. These truly are exciting times for us as a family of faith!

Seth Reynolds
Chair, Personnel Committee
First Baptist Church Laurens