7820 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 935-0132 | Fax: (803) 935-0445
Bible StudyEvery Monday @ 6:30pm
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12 Months of Stewardship
December – “A Gift of Joy”
“And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy” (Matt. 2:9b–10).
Did you know that stewardship can lead you to know true joy? For those who have been in the Church for any length of time, this might sound surprising, but the Wise Men show us this joy.
The Wise Men did not know joy because of what they had done. They knew the joy of receiving the gift of God! The creation, through the star, had caused them to set out on a journey. It brought them to an unwitting and unwilling Herod. But what finally pointed them to their ultimate goal, the King of the Jews? It was the Word. The Word of God that the scribes had quoted to Herod proved to be true. They had found the palace of the king!
But it was no palace. It was a place. It was a simple home. The Lord had come to dwell among His people in the simplest of ways. Through stewardship of creation and Word, they were led to find this place. Pointed to the truth by the management of Word and world, the Wise Men found joy. This joy is more than a feeling. It is a person. The joy comes from meeting Jesus.
Your stewardship of God’s simple gifts is used by Him to guide others to Jesus. Most times that is your faithful financial support of our work together in the Church. Other times it is found in the simple acts of generosity that show the people around you that you have the joy of knowing Jesus. This takes money, time and a willingness to be in the Word and at the Lord’s Table. You can only steward the joy of God’s presence when you are present with Him. That is where you find the joy the Wise Men know. It is that joy, as steward, that you are called to give to others!
Yes, you too can be a steward of the Wise Men’s joy. The simple gift of God’s Word will show this to you. In the coming year, make it a priority to be in God’s house and at His Table weekly. Then you will know the contagious joy of being a steward of God’s simple gifts!
Prayer Lord God, You led the Wise Men by a star, first to Jerusalem and then to Jesus. You have also led us to Jesus through the leading of faithful stewards of the Gospel and Your creation. This gives us the same joy that the Wise Men knew so long ago in Bethlehem. Grant us Your grace to be radically generous with the joy You have given us in Jesus so that we might give that joy away as well! 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, marital status, age, 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: email@example.com
or mail to:
Pastor Search Committee
Zion Canaan Baptist Church
7820 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC 29203
The last day to apply is September 8, 2021.