McGregor Baptist Church (McGregor) opened its doors in 1958 as Southside Baptist Chapel, just outside the city limits of Fort Myers on McGregor Boulevard. Originally an independent mission church pastored by evangelist Dan Perkins, 51 individuals attended the first Sunday service on June 23rd. Over the years, a rich legacy of godly men have led McGregor Baptist Church through significant growth, with the church voting its long-time executive pastor Russell Howard as its Lead Pastor in 2017. Under his leadership, MCC continues its tradition of growth, measured by hearts changed through its ministries and the cross of Jesus Christ.
Marked by a rich history, McGregor Baptist Church looks forward to the future God has for them in the days to come.
- Weekly Attendance: 2400
- Location: Ft. Myers, FL
- Denomination & Affiliations: SBC
About the Position:
The Student Minister of McGregor Baptist Church will develop and oversee a Student Ministry designed to accomplish the overarching mission of the church. This individual will in essence, be an equipper-in-chief who is innovative, winsome, and capable. They will possess exceedingly strong relational, discipleship, and development skills, so as to accomplish the ministry priorities of investing in students, encouraging their spiritual growth, and creating a leadership pipeline for the student ministry. The ideal candidate for this role will not only be proficient and experienced in the area of student ministry, but also have the leadership capacity to offer input to higher-level decisions that impact the future of church, while providing sound feedback for the potential of the student ministry, equally.
Speaking more into this position, is Lead Pastor Russell Howard:
What We Are Searching For:
In a nutshell, the ideal candidate for this role will have the following strengths: (1) Leadership, (2) Communication, (3) Teamwork. As such, the scope of skills and experiences pertaining to this position will include the following, among others:
- Demonstrates leadership in implementing the church's mission.
- Maintains objectivity while keeping emotions under control and displays passion and optimism.
- Connects well and can lead all types of distinct populations of students so as to communicate care. Groups include students from foster homes, homeschools, public schools, Christian schools, and children's homes, among others. Additionally, the student minister will need to connect well with students come from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and some with disabilities and special needs.
- Makes self visible and available to staff and ministry leaders.
- Confronts difficult situations and seeks win/win solutions.
- Immediately confers with manager and appropriate lay leadership when conflict or adverse situations arise.
- Exhibits good listening and comprehension.
- Balances team and individual responsibilities.
- Gives and welcomes relevant feedback to improve performance.
- Contributes to building a positive team spirit
- Puts success of team above own interests.
The next Student Minister of McGregor Baptist Church will enter a staff culture that highly values collaboration. It is a closely knit and tenured staff, that is led by strong senior leaders who have preserved the familial nature of the staff team over the years. There is much freedom to envision and try new things, while grace is extended in moments of failure and mistakes in an effort to move forward.
An undergraduate degree is required, although a seminary degree would be highly preferred.
Theological alignment with McGregor Baptist Church is required, while candidates who are aligned with a reformed theology would be most comfortable at McGregor.
About the Location:
Nestled alongside the Caloosahatchee River in Southwest Florida, Fort Myers is a midsize metro area. It has retained its small-town heritage, with a charming downtown lined with shops and restaurants, many of which have remained through growth of the town over the years. Museums, parades, festivals, theaters, music, parks, historical sites and art galleries pepper the metro area and its social calendar.
Fort Myers is not only popular for its beaches, fishing and shopping, but is also prominently known for two of the nation’s most famed inventors and business leaders, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. Their homes are among popular attractions in the area, with both estates serving as museums alongside The Imaginarium Science Center, Historic Downtown, and the Murphy-Burroughs House add to the city’s unique culture and rich heritage.
Fort Myers is a gateway to the Southwest Florida region, with its airport that serves as an international hub. Among key industries contributing to the growing economy are, Lee Memorial Hospital Systems, Chico’s World Headquarters, Hertz World Headquarters, hospital networks, and real estate firms. Education is a priority in the state, where great schools are led by Fort Myers Senior High school that is ranked as one of the best public schools in the nation, particularly due to its International Baccalaureate program (Newsweek Magazine).
The population spread of the city is highly diverse. The residents of Fort Myers benefit from a lack of state income taxes. Everyday expenses such as groceries also tend to be more affordable in this region. Due to its close proximity to the Southwest Florida region, Fort Myers includes an interesting blend of young and old, which may not be typical for a town known as a retirement hot spot.
Abounding with waterways, attractions, shopping, natural wonders and an ideal lifestyle for any age, the fast-growing city of Fort Myers offers a haven of opportunities to those who desire to make it home.
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