Weekly Attendance: 289
Denomination: Nondenominational / Baptist
Location: Watervliet, MI
About the Organization:
Midway Baptist Church began in 1944 as Watervliet Bible Center, a Bible study group of just nine people, meeting in a rented building in downtown Watervliet.
Over the years, that Bible study group grew to a Sunday school, a building site was purchased, the name was changed, and the church - now known as Midway Baptist Church - continued to grow and flourish under the provident hand of God.
In recent years, Midway Baptist Church has become a valuable outreach partner in the growing Hispanic population, with ministries specially designed for the community they serve reaching more and more people for Jesus. Additional properties have also been purchased, allowing a vibrant Student Ministries to grow, more parking to be added, and a large outdoor pavilion and playground and green space for outdoor activities.
Midway Baptist Church desires to glorify God by seeing people move from the greater community in which they live to the core of their church family, as together they make Jesus more and more the pursuit of their lives (I Corinthians 14:1; Galatians 5:6; Hebrews 10:23-25). As a church family, Midway Baptist Church is a friendly and welcoming place, with various life-impacting ministries and great facilities. But more importantly, they hold to the essential truths of biblical Christianity, the church is a place where spiritual-needs are being met and where you can grow in your ability and opportunity to be used of God to serve others.
About the Position:
The Lead Pastor of Midway Baptist Church will provide and oversee Biblical leadership focused on God’s Word and prayer. He will shepherd the body of Christ as its primary leader and preacher, equipping the elders, ministry leaders, staff and congregation to minister and share the Gospel.
He will also lead with the elders in crafting vision and emphasis for ministry in moving Midway Baptist Church towards achieving its vision statement. He should have adequate administrative skills, as he will be responsible for oversight of the church staff; and in tandem with the Elders and Deacons provide general oversight of ministries and facilities of the church.
The Lead Pastor will follow the Midway Baptist Church Articles of Faith, Constitution, and By-Laws (please request a copy from the Vanderbloemen team).
What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Lead Pastor:
A bachelor’s degree is required. A Master of Divinity or equivalent seminary degree or theological training or education in an appropriate area of study is preferred.
Five or more years of pastoral experience at a church with multiple staff is expected. Additional missions experience or experience within a para-church organization would be valued as well.
In addition, the successful candidate for Lead Pastor will meet the biblical qualifications of pastor or elder, as broadly defined in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, and 1 Peter 5.
The ideal candidate for Lead Pastor at Midway Baptist Church is someone with an authentic and passionate Christ centered walk, who is dedicated to personal relationship with Jesus Christ and who is hungry for spiritual growth and professional growth/development. He will lead by word and example as he guides the church to accomplish its vision and mission. They will be an effective communicator, motivator, team builder, and equipper with a pastoral heart.
- Passion for people and reaching the lost for Christ.
- A heart for empowering the ministry potential of staff and lay leaders.
- Servant-leadership, exemplifying the humility and attitude of Christ.
- Consistent personal habits of prayer, Bible study/meditation, and financial giving.
- Dedication to his family, exhibiting wisdom in balancing family and ministry.
- Demonstrates the qualities of integrity, responsibility, and teachability as a gracious and loving pastor.
- Being fully supportive of Midway Baptist Church’s mission and vision statements, articles of faith, and core values.
- A demonstrated high level of integrity, guided by a sound set of ethical principles.
- A disciple-maker who creates and grows discipleship through leadership and communication. With an unrelenting passion for leading people to faith and equipping them with spiritual practices for a life of discipline.
- High relational skills, and a love for people inside and outside the church.
- Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
About the Location:
Midway is located in a wonderful area of Southwest Michigan, known as one of the most beautiful agricultural regions of the state. There is a vibrant agri-tourism industry that draws thousands of visitors each year.Coloma has a vibrant downtown with various great restaurants and places to shop. Watervliet residents enjoy activities at Hayes Park with baseball fields, canoe launch, fishing. MBC is ideally located along interstates 94, 196, and 131, putting it within easy driving distance of Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and South Bend. There is a lot to do in the surrounding communities. The beautiful Paw Paw Lake is one of the area treasures. If you can’t get enough peace and quiet in your hectic life, visit Sarett Nature Center. This unique nature center has five miles of trails meandering through its 800 acres.
Enjoy a day of golf, visit one of the many parks, bike or hike on a trail, enjoy a peaceful kayak ride down the Paw Paw River, go snowmobiling or cross country skiing, visit the area’s only indoor water park, check out Great Lakes Antique Mall (with more than 20,000 square feet of shopping, it is an antique hunter’s paradise) or catch a movie at the Loma. The church is just minutes away from the shores of Lake Michigan with all its sandy beaches and lakeside communities. No matter the weather or what your interests, Watervliet/Coloma is a community for all seasons.
Midway Baptist Church is located near:
- Whirlpool Corporation (world headquarters), the world’s leading home appliance manufacturer
- Lakeland Health, a network of hospitals and health care providers (www.lakelandhealth.org)
- Lake Michigan College and Southwest Michigan College
- Lane Automotive (Midwest’s Largest Automotive racing part supplier, serves many major racing teams)
Midway is the largest church in the Coloma/Watervliet area and has had a stable leadership and membership for many years. The community views Midway favorably, and many of its members are involved in the community and local businesses in a variety of ways. Midway hosts events throughout the year for the residents, and allows use of their facility by community organizations and schools. Midway has had a long-standing healthy relationship with the community and is considered a church that adds value to the community. In fact, a few years ago, the church received the “Community Impact” award from the Watervliet Chamber of Commerce for the positive programs impacting the community.
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