7820 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 935-0132 | Fax: (803) 935-0445
Bible StudyEvery Monday @ 6:30pm
Virtual Winter/Spring Session
12 Months of Stewardship
August - The Gift of a Faithful Stewardship
“Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased’” (Luke 3:21–22).
God was pleased. With whom was He pleased? His son Jesus of course! But have you ever wondered why? What had Jesus done up to this point to cause such pleasure for His Father? Well, He didn’t get murdered by Herod. He was in the temple like a good Jewish boy. He hadn’t done anything exceptional up to this point. No healings. No teaching. No resurrections. Even in Luke 3, all Jesus does is go down into the water and is baptized by His cousin John. Nothing spectacular to inspire pleasure in the Father has been seen yet.
But that is what gives us the greatest stewardship lesson. Stewardship isn’t about the spectacular. You don’t have to give millions of dollars to be a Father-pleasing steward. You don’t have to go to Africa for mission work to get the same kind of “atta boy” from God. Stewardship that is faithful and God-pleasing is found in everyday life. It is the husband loving his wife because she is a gift from God. It is a mom feeding her baby in the middle of the night because she has been given this new life to steward. It is a child doing their level best because their talents are gifts from God.
This happens every day. You have been doing it. Simple gifts have been entrusted to you. Your faithful presence in worship, your generosity for the Gospel, the investment in your family with the message of the Gospel and so many other mundane efforts are stewardship. It is your faithfulness to the callings you have been given. The Father was well pleased with Jesus because of what He had done up to that point. He was also well pleased with what He was going to do. The same is true of you, faithful steward. He is pleased with what you have done and what He knows you will do. He knows you will heed His Word and answer His call. He has given you all the grace you need to be His faithful steward. With you, He is well pleased.
Prayer Loving Father, You were well pleased with the faithful work of Your Son both before and after His Baptism in the Jordan. Grant us the grace to be faithful in the stewardship of our daily lives. When we fall short, lead us back to Jesus. We know that it is because of Him that You are pleased with us. Lead us to be faithful stewards of His Gospel every day! Amen.
Season of Lent
3rd Week in Lent - "MAKING PEACE WITH YOURSELF"
- Scriptures: Hebrews 10:22; Acts 24:16; 1 John 3:19-20; Hebrews 9:14; Psalm 103:1; John 8:36
It is with wisdom and understanding, yet heavy hearts that we announce the retirement of Pastor Bobby L. Smith, Sr., the Under Shepherd of Zion Canaan Baptist Church, Columbia, South Carolina. Pastor Smith has served as the Pastor for 30 years and the members are truly grateful for Pastor and First Lady Carolyn Smith’s 30 years of service to our church. Words cannot express how much we love Pastor and First Lady Smith. Their years of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to winning souls for the Kingdom of God has been a gift to this body of believers. Pastor Smith’s obedience to the Holy Spirit has helped this assembly’s membership grow numerically, spiritually and socially. He has led us with the truth of God’s holy and inspired Word and did not waver in his commitment to preaching the unadulterated truth and spreading the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Preachers and ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who are interested and feel led by God to take on the responsibility of becoming the new Under Shepherd of this body of believers known as Zion Canaan Baptist Church, please see the Pastoral Search posting for details.
Zion Canaan Baptist Church of Columbia, SC, is prayerfully seeking a full-time Pastor, called by God, ordained, and dedicated to the ministry of Jesus Christ, and equipped to effectively carry out the mission and vision of the Church. The candidate must possess the biblical and spiritual qualities as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Peter 5:2-3. In addition to these qualifications, the Pastor must be a born again, spirit-filled, licensed and duly ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who possesses a genuine testimony of his call by God.
The Pastor shall provide spiritual leadership, pastoral care, spiritual growth of all congregants, children, youth and young adults to further develop and move the congregation forward. The Pastor is expected to contribute to the growth of the Church so that it fulfills its mission of worshipping God and glorifying Jesus Christ through evangelism, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry. The Pastor shall be compassionate, innovative, result-oriented when recognizing and meeting the needs of others. The Pastor shall demonstrate a high level of leadership excellence and competency. The Pastor must be relational and connect with multi-generational congregants in a diverse and inclusive manner.
- Be a licensed and ordained minister in the Baptist faith.
- Be a visionary with sound judgment and discernment.
- Have a minimum of 5 years(preferred) of pastoral experience as lead Pastor.
- Have at least a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited College/University and Theological Seminary training/Master’s Degree (preferred).
- Possess effective communication skills (written, oral and technological)
- Growth oriented and pastoral care capability
- Demonstrate financial awareness and responsibility.
- Committed to continuing education and development.
- Demonstrate ability to work effectively with a congregation across all ages and gender.
- Possess effective administration skills and able to organize and lead staff.
How to Apply:
All interested and qualified persons must submit an initial Candidate Packet consisting of the following information:
- A cover letter that communicates why God is calling you to Zion Canaan Baptist Church
- A current resume or curriculum vitae which should include a summary of relevant ministry, professional and educational experiences
- Copies of any ministerial licenses you hold
- Copies of diplomas and degrees
- A link to a preached sermon within the last 12 months
- Three letters of recommendation (clergy, layperson, personal)
- A recent color photograph of yourself
- Contact information: address, email, cell phone, home phone, and work phone
Final candidates must consent to a reference check, a full background check including criminal history, a drug test, and credit check. These checks will be performed by an outside agency for complete confidentiality.
Please email the required documents to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail to:
Pastor Search Committee
Zion Canaan Baptist Church
7820 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC 29203
The last day to apply is August 8, 2021.