First Baptist Church Opp

Denomination - Southern Baptist

Weekly Attendance - > 250

Location - Opp, Alabama 

Position - 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.  

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.

About the Position:

The Pastor of First Baptist Church Opp will be the Spiritual Leader of the Church, and is responsible to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is to teach the Biblical Revelation, to engage in Pastoral Care, and to provide Administrative Leadership in all areas of Church life and function. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct worship services, developing sermons, planning with

         music leadership and leads in the observance of ordinances

  • Leads the congregation in effective programs to fulfill the Great

        Commission with vision, purpose and priority

  • Leads and demonstrates effective ways to witness and win the lost to

        salvation through Jesus Christ

  • Visits and ministers to members and prospective members in homes,

        nursing care facilities and hospitals

  • Conducts counseling sessions, performs wedding ceremonies and

        conducts funeral services

  • Works with Church Corporate Officers, Deacons and other key leadership to carry out the mission and purpose of the church

  • Acts as a parliamentarian to the moderator in business conferences

  • Cooperates with associational, state and denominational leaders in matters

        of mutual interest and concern

  • Serves as Overseer/Administrator of paid church staff supervising and evaluating the tasks assigned to each

  • Serves to recommend and advise committees and teams

  • Oversees, along with Deacons, all church discipline matters and the

        management of conflict issues in the church

  • Communicates with the congregation through articles or announcements, written and spoken using church newsletter, bulletins and worship services

  • Gives full support biblically to the Undesignated Budget of the church

  • Adheres to the Church Bylaws and Policies and Procedures adopted by the

        church

  • Maintains a vital and wholesome personal relationship with the Lord

        through daily Bible study and prayer

  • Maintains proper priorities at home with his wife and children

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

  • A unique ability to understand and explain God’s Word

  • An ability to emotionally engage people both public and private

  • A clear communicator

  • An authentic, honest awareness of his heart and personal brokenness

  • A humble teachable spirit

  • A clear possession of wisdom and discernment into life and struggles

  • A strong ability to empathize to a hurting person 

A little bit about Opp, Alabama

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