Pastor Search

First Baptist Lavaca is currently searching for it's next Lead Pastor.

If you are interested and would like to submit your resume, email it to: resumes@firstlavaca.com 

CHURCH PROFILE

First Baptist Lavaca is an evangelical Christian fellowship in Lavaca, Arkansas, that believes in the inerrancy of the Bible, salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, His virgin birth, substitutionary death and bodily resurrection and second coming. We graciously affirm the doctrines of God’s sovereign grace in salvation and of believer’s baptism and we believe the church is comprised of all those who have genuinely placed their faith in Christ to forgive their sins and to give them new life in Him. We believe the Christian life involves living under the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, engaging in worship and fellowship, telling lost people about Jesus Christ, and seeking to obey the Word of God.

We are a Pastor led congregation. We are currently associated with the Concord Baptist Association. Our worship is directed to glorifying our great God. To this end, the preaching of the Word of God is emphasized, as is our attention to that preaching. In worship we use both traditional and contemporary music.

Worship

We see worship as an integral part of Christian life. The major focus of our Sunday Morning Worship Service is faithful teaching of the Bible. The Service includes worship and praise choruses. We also spend time in corporate prayer.

Sunday School

Sunday School provides teaching for all ages prior to the worship service. Kids church is also provided for grades K-6 during the main worship service as well as nursery for birth through pre-school.

Weekly Ministries

Our home group meetings on Sunday nights are designed to provide a more intimate setting for fellowship and spiritual growth. Small groups of 7 to 10 adults plus children meet weekly in homes for study, prayer and fellowship. All church attendees are encouraged to join a small group.

We have activities on Wednesday nights for all ages which includes: W.O.W. for kids K-6, Youth 7-12 meet in H20, and adults meet for prayer meeting. 

Missions

Montana Mission trip yearly to serve Native American tribes in Montana.

Hope Rising in Haiti began as a mission in our church which is now serving Haitian families outside of Leogane, Haiti.  We have teams that go from our church to serve at least once per year.

Church Body

Church attendance averages around 275 on Sunday mornings. Approximately 75% of the body resides in Lavaca and the rest reside in the surrounding towns within a 15 mile radius, with a few coming from greater distances. Most of the body are from families with deep roots in the area. The body has people with a wide variety of occupational, educational, and denominational backgrounds. The body consists of a wide range of ages from young families to retirees.

 History

On the third Sunday of June 1860, the people of the community of Oak Bower started a Baptist church and met in a building used by the Methodists, Baptists, and the school. In 1872 the Baptists built their own building on what is now the corner of Main and Division and it was dedicated in 1886.  In the late 1920s classrooms were added to the side of the building and the front of the building was remodeled.  In 1927 one of the greatest revivals in Arkansas history took place in Lavaca where 1700 people gathered and 108 were baptized.  May of 1943 the church voted to build a new building and on the first Sunday of June 1945 the church moved into their new building. New classrooms as well as a new front entrance were added to the building in 1954 for additional Sunday School space.  By the late 1960s the church was in need of more space and in 1969 the church voted to build a new sanctuary and in 1979 the church added an educational building.   The church continued to grow through the 1980s and in 1991 a multipurpose building along with administrative offices were added.  In October of 1992 the church approved a master plan for growth which would remodel the sanctuary into a two-story education building and equipping the multipurpose building for worship services.  In 2001 the church moved into the current sanctuary debt free that seats 1100+ and in 2005 our H20 student center was completed.  In 2017, the newly remodeled Kids area was completed.

 

COMMUNITY

Lavaca is a city in Sebastian CountyArkansas, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 Census the population was 2,289.

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,825 people, 674 households, and 529 families residing in the city. The population density was 849.9 people per square mile. There were 718 housing units at an average density of 334.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.12% White, .16% Black or African American, 1.26% Native American, 1.21% from other races, and 2.25% from two or more races. 2.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 674 households out of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.6% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,427, and the median income for a family was $43,542. Males had a median income of $28,684 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,917. About 7.5% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

Public education for early childhood, elementary and secondary school students is provided primarily by the Lavaca School District, which leads to graduation from Lavaca High School. The district has undertaken construction projects to build new school facilities for the high, middle and elementary schools. In 2010, the Lavaca Performing Arts Center was completed on the campus of Lavaca High School and in 2016, a storm shelter was completed at the Lavaca Elementary school. Both are available for community events. 

 

 PASTOR PROFILE

After prayerful consideration, we believe that First Baptist Lavaca’s next pastor will display the characteristics described below.

Preacher/Teacher:The candidate for this position should be an individual who loves to study and teach the Word of God, present it boldly in a clear and understandable manner, and cast the vision for the body. He should help God’s people apply His Word to their relationships and daily lives.

Devotional life:The candidate should be an individual who puts a high priority on his personal devotion to the Lord. He should be an individual who sees this as critical to the success of his preaching and other pastoral functions.

Professional growth:The candidate should promote his calling through professional growth, including meeting with like-minded Pastors and Deacons for discipling, study, and mutual encouragement. He should continue his education through seminars, conferences, and the like.

Pastoring/Shepherding skills:The candidate should be a person who: loves and enjoys people; can relate well to a variety of different people in a sincere and humble way; be a servant-leader who leads by his own example; able to discern the particular needs of individuals in the flock and provide them with the requisite pastoral care; delegate pastoral care responsibilities among the Pastoral staff, Deacons and other gifted individuals within the congregation; and be willing to warn, admonish, rebuke and correct as this becomes necessary for the church as a whole or for individual members who need these ministries.

Family and Children: The candidate should support children and youth ministries with a vision to developing Godly families by encouraging and equipping those in the church with a gift and heart for these ministries.

Discipling:The candidate should be gifted at teaching believers to be learners from and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ in their relationships and daily lives. This includes teaching them how to love and study God’s word, to love one another, to pursue God’s will, and to bear fruit for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Missions:The candidate should possess a heart for missions and desire to work with the missions committee to encourage the growth of support for missions at First Baptist Lavaca.

Evangelism:The candidate should have a heart and gifting for personal and broader-scoped evangelism and outreach. He should encourage, exhort, motivate, and lead First Baptist Lavaca in reaching out with the gospel of Jesus Christ to the local community and to the world.

Worship:The candidate should be able to coordinate the worship service in conjunction with the Worship Pastor. He should encourage the congregation to worship God not only on Sunday but in all their relationships and life activities.

Administration:The candidate should possess organizational skills adequate to coordinate the day-to-day operation of the church as well as manage both Pastoral staff and support staff.

Visitation:The candidate should be willing to visit individuals and families within the church and community and to encourage the congregation to demonstrate hospitality to one another and to those in the community.

Leadership:The candidate should be able to lead this church in its mission to its members and to the community. He should recognize leadership potential in others, helping them to develop their gifts, all to the greater glory of God.

Counseling:The candidate for this position should possess pastoral counseling skills for both formal and informal counseling opportunities as they arise. He should be committed to counseling people biblically. He should be able to dedicate a portion of his time each week to counseling people in the church. He should be able to wisely delegate counseling responsibilities among the Pastoral staff and other gifted individuals within the congregation, and to professional biblical counselors in the area when the situation goes beyond his abilities or time limitations.