Denomination: Baptist - SBC
Weekly Attendance: Approaching 8,000 on Sundays
Location: Houston, Texas
The Role: Champion Forest Baptist Church's next Senior Pastor will lead and oversee weekly services, sermons, and all aspects of a dynamic and thriving ministry.
Meet Champion Forest Baptist Church:
CHAMPION FOREST BAPTIST CHURCH WAS BORN!
Seeing a need for a gospel-centered church in -the Champion Forest area, Pastor Robin and Janie Guess held the church's first worship service in their home on September 20, 1970. Five -of those present were members of the Guess family and the sixth was the first music director, Pete Sanchez. The gathering soon moved into the Klein Intermediate School where it officially became "Champion Forest Baptist Church" with 230 Charter Members. Not long after, the church purchased nine acres on Champion Forest Drive and built its first worship center along with an educational building. Champion Forest Baptist Church was on its way.
A MISSIONAL “WHATEVER IT TAKES” MINDSET
In April of 1978 Reverend O. Damon Shook became the church's second Pastor. With a passion and determination to reach the lost, the church did whatever was necessary to stay on mission for Christ, -including portable buildings, adjusted schedules, and even a parking garage. CFBC ultimately reached its full capacity at the Greenwood Forest location, but since a no vacancy sign was not an option, the church purchased 55 acres on Stuebner-Airline Road, stepping out on faith to design and build all new facilities at what is now the Champions location. The people gave and God was faithful. In 1998, the church was once again strategically positioned for continued growth and for even greater community and Kingdom impact.
FROM PASTORAL TRANSITION TO IMPACT
After 27 years of faithful service, Pastor Shook retired in 2005. Champion Forest Baptist Church was well prepared for the transition, and ready to continue on mission. In December of 2006, Dr. David Fleming became the third Senior Pastor of the church. Almost immediately, the church launched the $40 Million Impact campaign and began construction on three new buildings for children, students and adults. In spite of a difficult economy, the buildings were completed and dedicated in 2010. Champion Forest Baptist Church did far more than hold its own, but advanced through great transition and in a challenging economy, to God be the glory!
A STRATEGIC MISSION FOR MULTICULTURAL MINISTRY
As Houston continued to grow in both size and diversity Champion Forest Baptist Church grew in its desire to reach all the people in the shadow of its own steeple. A vision to strategically reflect the community to effectively reach the community was born. Champion Forest Baptist Church first became one church in two languages, then one multi-ethnic and multi-cultural church, and finally one church ministering in six different languages every Sunday. Committed to spiritual unity in the midst of its diversity, Champion Forest Baptist Church became a reflection of its community, the result of a vision to reach its community for Christ.
A RENEWED VISION FOR CHURCH PLANTING
Champion Forest Baptist Church, a church plant itself, has a history of planting other churches. In 2011, a vision for church planting was rekindled and a commitment to church planting was renewed. Champion Forest Baptist Church began planting churches in strategic cities across America including Seattle, New York City, New Orleans, St. Louis, Boston and Denver. Two international churches were also planted, one in Haiti and the other in Santiago de Chile. On a normal Sunday, the combined attendance of these new churches exceeds 2,000 people, each worshipping and serving at a church recently planted by Champion Forest Baptist Church.
THE MULTI-SITE MINISTRY MODEL
With the growth of Houston, the need for gospel-centered ministry at home also grew. In 2013, Champion Forest Baptist Church embraced a multi-site model when 300 of its members became a gospel presence in the North Klein area. Soon, a third campus was launched in partnership with Conroe's Good Shepherd and C3. Finally, Champion Forest Baptist Church expanded to a fourth location in Jersey Village with Jersey Village Baptist Church. Through a multi-site strategy, Champion Forest Baptist Church has extended its reach across NW Houston and grown in attendance from 5,000 in 2013 to 8,000 in 2019.
REACHING NEW LEVELS OF GIVING
One major indication of the heart of Champion Forest Baptist Church has been the faithful tithing and the response to special giving programs. There have been three major fund-raising campaigns that have been undertaken to meet the ever-growing membership and scope of CFBC. The first was to build the new worship center and parking garage on the original grounds of CFBC. The second in 2007-08 was the earlier mentioned $40 million “Impact” campaign which was accomplished during an incredibly challenging time for the USA and Texas economy. “Multiply” the third major campaign in 2018-19, raised $60 million and made it possible to construct the North Klein campus and fund the new multisite locations and expanding ministries of CFBC. The response by the church body to each of these campaigns speaks volumes about both the God’s faithfulness and the congregation’s obedient faithfulness.
RESPONDING TO HARVEY
In the Fall of 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston with catastrophic flooding. Immediately the church went to work organizing and mobilizing a massive relief effort. As the water receded, the church went out to the community. About 1000 homes in the shadow of our steeple, were “mudded-out”. The work was alongside the SBC disaster response crews for a 2-3-month period. Around 2000 church members volunteered for the efforts, and in addition, financial aid was given to affected church members and Baptist churches in the area that suffered damage. The power of God was very evident and on full display to the community. This experience further underscored what was already known - the importance of CFBC establishing a gospel-centered missional-minded church presence across Northwest Houston.
THE COMMUNITY MINISTRY CENTER—THE LATEST MAJOR FOCUS
In the Fall of 2019, Champion Forest Baptist Church opened the doors of its new Community Ministry Center (CMC) located on the Champion Campus. The CMC is meeting community needs at a pace that is exceedingly more than we could have ever imagined. We are now serving the community through CMC presence at every campus. All foods from the three campuses are taken to the Champion Campus for distribution. From the outset the center has been operated by hundreds of CFBC volunteers giving first, school supplies and second, groceries to those families in need near our church. All supplies/groceries are from the generous donations of church members. Every visitor to the CMC receives two gifts - the gift that meets their physical need and the gift of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (95 professions of faith thus far). During COVID-19, the CMC has distributed more than 3,300 boxes of food to needy families (each box contains enough food for a week for a family of 4), which is approximately 70,000 total pounds of food. The kindness, the generosity by the members is an example of the desire to reach the lost for the Kingdom of God.
THE HEART OF CHAMPION FOREST BAPTIST CHURCH
The above listed dates, facts, buildings, and ministry efforts that are referred to above are tangible evidence of what has been the ongoing, foundational reason for the growth and stability of Champion Forest Baptist Church. There has always been, throughout its 50-year history, regardless of the Pastoral leadership, a very real, warm realization of the Christ-like spirit which permeates the membership. Without the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of CFBC, there would be a different view at the corner of Stuebner Airline and Strack Road, or at the three other locations. May the Lord continue to bless Champion Forest Baptist Church.
About the Senior Pastor:
Champion Forest Baptist Church is looking for a Senior Pastor to lead and oversee weekly worship services, sermons, and all aspects of a dynamic and thriving ministry. The Senior Pastor will have a desire to build a strong relational and spiritual rapport with the congregation and ministry leaders. The Senior Pastor and the ministry leaders will help to authentically inspire, encourage, equip, empower, and lead the congregation.
The Senior Pastor is responsible for leading the staff, key leaders, and congregation by championing the mission, core values, and strategies of the church. They in turn will provide overarching pastoral and strategic leadership while implementing and communicating the vision for the church.
The Senior Pastor Will:
Provide prayerful, insightful leadership for the church by casting vision for ministry and setting goals for key areas of the church.
Preach expository and topical messages that are biblically centered, thought-provoking, applicable to life.
Provide primary teaching/preaching for weekend services.
Offer guidance and oversight to the ministry leadership team and staff while cultivating a healthy team culture for the ministry as a whole.
Provide direction across all ministries of the staff and church body to cultivate emotionally and spiritually healthy ministry teams.
Bring a sense of excitement and anticipation to grow with Champion Forest Baptist Church as the church continues to grow.
What you Bring:
Education & Experience
Undergraduate degree (required); Seminary/Masters preferred.
5-6 years experience in a related senior leadership pastoral position.
Decisive and motivated leader.
Has a heart to serve the Lord and grow his Kingdom.
Humble servant leader able to draw out the best in people.
Capacity to relate well to all people and diverse cultures.
Ability to build respect and rapport through constructive and effective relationships.
Is a spiritual leader and skilled communicator with experience teaching/speaking to current and future audiences.
Possesses excellent communication skills in writing and speaking; can translate the vision/mission into written communications and motivating messages.
Passionate about the pursuit of the Great Commission.
Passionate about the purpose of Life Groups for Champion Forest.
Is driven to achieve and exceed mission objectives.
At the core, makes solid decisions based on life-long values.
Is an agile vision caster who champions and shapes the church ministries and the future of the church.
Maintains a personal work ethic that exemplifies integrity, character and accountability.
What it's Like to Live in Houston:
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States and the largest city in the state of Texas! It offers several nationally acclaimed restaurants, shopping centers, and events.
The city is the home of the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest concentration of healthcare, research institutions, and NASA's Johnson Space Center where the Mission Control Center is located.
Rated as a global city, Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. It is also leading in health care sectors and building oilfield equipment; only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters. The city has a population with various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. It is also home to many cultural institutions and exhibits in the Museum District, which attracts more than seven million visitors a year. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.
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