Opp First Baptist Church

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Denomination - Southern Baptist

Weekly Attendance - > 500

Location - Opp, Alabama 

Position - Worship Pastor 

About us:

First Baptist Church has been a light in this community for over 110 years.  The first religious services in Opp were held in a small building in the vicinity of what is presently Virginia's Studio.  Interested worshippers increased in number and a larger building was needed, so W.S. Spurlin offered his cotton warehouse for a meeting place.  

 

In April of 1902, with Reverend A.T. Sims as pastor, First Baptist was organized with 27 charter members.  During the time under Pastor Sims, plans were made to build a church building, which was complete by early 1903.

 

In 1924, under the pastorate of Reverend C.S. Thomas, a great need for a larger and more modern church building became apparent.  God led those early dedicated Christians to give sacrificially to build what is today our current worship building.  The first service in the new building was held on September 5, 1926.  the Lord has continued to assemble this congregation for worship at its present location for more than 85 years.  Thanks be to God for the faithful labors of generations of Christian men and women who served the Lord and worked to reach the lost.

 

Through prayer, love, and continual sacrifice the congregation paid for the church building by 1942.  Pastor Earle Trent challenged the members to pledge the entire amount of the indebtedness and in November of 1942 a worship service, dedicating God's house, celebrated the completed payment of the debt. 

 

Following the completion of the worship center, two educational buildings were built to add room for children and youth ministries.  The first wing was completed in 1954 during the pastorate of Reverend Sheppard Bryan.  The second building was completed and dedicated in January of 1983 under the leadership of Pastor James Pharr.

 

In the year 1959, under the leadership of Pastors Earl Hall and Ralph Thomas, First Baptist began a mission church.  Pastor Thomas became the pastor of the mission church which would later become what is today Southside Baptist Church.  

 

In the 1990's, First Baptist expanded its facilities again under Pastor David Franklin.  The church added the Recreation Activities Center (RAC), the Fellowship Center, and a large parking area.  The growth of the church made necessary the renovation the original education buildings and the move to two morning services each Sunday. 

 

First Baptist has had a significant spiritual heritage.  The past decades of church history give evidence of God's providential hand in founding growing and blessing the ministry of His church.   God is still building his church here at FBC, Opp.  With Christ as our head, we long to become a healthier, vibrant witness for the name of Christ in our community, state, country, and around the world.  

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Our Purpose:

To be the people of God, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, risen and coming again.  We will discover the lost and teach them how to come to faith in Christ.  Baptize new believers and teach them how to live as disciples of Christ.

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About the Position:

 

The Worship Pastor serves as the key ministerial staff to oversee the Worship Ministry.

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Responsibilities:

  • Act as the Primary Worship Leader in all weekly services

  • Shepherd the Worship Ministry to reflect the doctrine of the church, by selecting and arranging music for services

  • Oversee Worship & Media for all Church services

  • Plan, organize and lead multiple worship experiences to connect across generations and cultures

  • Praise Band and vocalist

  • Choir

  • Work closely with the pastoral team to develop themes and integrate the various creative elements into a cohesive message that supports the sermon series and other vital areas of Church life 

  • Discover, develop, and deploy an effective Worship team

  • Oversee application/interview/audition of new volunteers for Worship Teams 

  • Conduct weekly rehearsals for Music Ministry teams

  • Oversee all communications through Church website and social media

  • Ensure communication and coordination between the Worship Arts and the Technical Ministries 

  • Supervise maintenance and acquisition of music and technology equipment 

  • Participate in overall duties as part of pastoral team including weekly staff meetings 

Ideal candidate: 

  • A deep love and burden for people and souls

  • A clear, personal love for Jesus

  • A warmth in personality that people respond to well

  • Humble with a Servant's heart

  • An ability to emotionally engage people both public and private

  • A clear communicator

  • Willingness to use Music to reach the community 

  • Musically gifted with the ability to teach/train 

A little bit about Opp, Alabama

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Opp, Alabama 

  • Also known as the City of "OPPortunity"

  • The estimated population of the city of Opp is just over 7,000

  • With Recent Job Growth, Opp ranks below the national average for unemployment

  • The Cost of living also ranks below national average, coming in at almost 30% lower

  • 1.5 hour drive from beautiful beaches

  • Big cities within driving distance: Mobile, Birmingham, New Orleans, & Atlanta 

 

Tourist Attractions

  • Frank Jackson State park & Campground 

  • Blue Springs Nation Forest

  • Geneva County National Forest

  • Gantt Lake

  • Opp Fest 

  • Christmas Parade