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July 2014
Latest News, Announcements & Vignettes


DCBC Executive Director/Minister Search: Survey & Job Announcement
The Executive Director/Minister Search Committee is conducting a survey to get input and direction from DCBC pastors and member churches about the qualities and characteristics the next head of the Convention should have. Although the survey conducted a few years ago during the last Executive Director/Minister search has been reviewed by the Search Committee, there is a desire to hear from you and get feedback based on current realities facing the Convention. Please consider being involved in the search process in this way.  The Search Committee asks that you take a few quiet, prayer-led moments to familiarize yourself with each question of the survey.  Then, please read carefully, consider thoughtfully, and respond honestly and openly to each of the questions included.  Include any personal remarks wherever indicated. The link to the survey can be found here.  Please submit your responses no later than Tuesday, July 15

The job announcement for the DCBC Executive Director/Minister position has also been posted. You can find the job description in the "Employment" section of eNews Briefs. Note that applications for this position will be reviewed starting Friday, August 15.

Parliamentarian Needed
The Enlistment Committee of the D.C. Baptist Convention is currently seeking a Volunteer Parliamentarian to work with the Board of Directors. The ideal candidate should have knowledge of parliamentary procedures and experience working with Baptist churches. For more information, please contact Rev. Jevon Billups, Enlistment Committee Chair, at 202-480-1063 or or Mrs. Lashanor Doolittle, DCBC staff, at 202-265-1526 or

Church Alive! Conference: Register Now
The 12th Annual Church Alive! Ministry Leadership Conference will be held July 13-17 at Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., where Dr. Eldridge Spearman is the pastor. The conference has dynamic speakers and thought-provoking topics to equip and encourage clergy and other church leaders to do the work of the church. For more information or to register, visit Registration is $150. 

Johenning Community Day—Volunteers and Exhibitors Welcome
The annual Johenning Baptist Center Open House/Community Day/Pediatric Health Fair will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Johenning Center, 4025 9th Street SE, Washington, D.C.  Volunteers and exhibitors are welcome.  Please contact Rev. Michael Sharp at or Dr. Robert Cochran at or 202-265-1526.

Volunteers Needed for Ministry on the National Mall
Ministry on the Mall got off to a great start in June.  Ft Foote Baptist Church ministered to hundreds of tourists near the Franklyn Delano Roosevelt Memorial on June 28 with face painting, puppets, prayer, bottles of water, tracts, copies of the New Testament and Christian hospitality.  This month, Nations United Baptist Church and The Peoples Community Baptist Church will be ministering on July 12 and 19, weather permitting.  Extra volunteers are needed on Aug. 2.  Please contact Gail Lacy at 202-265-1526 if you are able to help.

American Baptist Women’s Ministries Annual Meeting Held This Month
The 63rd Annual Meeting of the national American Baptist Women's Ministries will occur on Saturday, July 26 from 8:45-9:55 p.m. EDT.  Interested American Baptist women and girls nationwide will be able to test the latest technology and “attend" the annual meeting, free of charge, from their computers at home.  Registration is now open for those who would like to "attend" the Annual Meeting via their computer. Go to

Meals for Children at JBCC—Volunteers Needed
Participation in the Saturday hot lunch program for children at Johenning Baptist Community Center has been growing every month.  In May, Dominion Life Center served 50 and in June CenterPoint Church served at least 60 children.  Volunteers are still needed to cook, serve and clean-up for up to 75 children on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25.  Please contact Gail Lacy at 202-265-1526 or

Grants Available for Ministries to Senior Adults
Grants are available to DCBC supporting churches for ministry programs to senior adults in the D.C. metropolitan area. Applications for Senior Adult Ministry Grants are due in the Foundation office by Aug. 31.  Reports from current grantees are also due by Aug. 31.  Contact or call 202.234.7194 for more information or for a grant application form.

Church Bulletin

Prayers for BWA meeting in Turkey this week
Join us in praying for the more than 300 Baptist leaders, pastors, theologians, seminary presidents, professors and other Baptists from around the world who are meeting in Izmir, Turkey July 6-12 for the Baptist World Alliance's Annual Gathering.

LifeWay Sunday School Conference
Whether you are a Sunday School teacher or a small group leader, it's not too early to begin preparing for next year's teaching opportunities! On Saturday, Sept. 20, LifeWay will sponsor, "Transform: Teaching that Changes Lives" at First Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, Md. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will concentrate on the specific age-group segment you teach.  Step-by-step guidance will be given on how to teach in ways that genuinely transform lives and participants will leave with practical ideas that can be put to work immediately. The registration fee is $25. To register, call 800.254.2022 or go to

Scholarship for Seminarians: Application Due Sept. 1 for Spring Semester
The D.C. Baptist Convention Foundation (DCBCF) is offering scholarships for seminarians. The scholarship applications for new and continuing seminary students are due in the Foundation office by Monday, Sept. 1. Students must demonstrate financial need, be enrolled as a full-time student, be studying for a first graduate degree in theology, preparing for full-time ministry, be an active member of a DCBC cooperating church at the time of enrollment, and must maintain a grade point average of 2.75 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent. Application forms for a scholarship can be obtained by clicking on the links above or by contacting Ellen Teague at 202.234.7194 or

More News…

Baptist Women’s Annual Meeting in October
Save the Date!  Baptist Women’s Ministries is planning their Annual Meeting/Retreat on Saturday, October 11 at Purity Baptist Church, 1325 Maryland Ave., NE, Washington, D.C. from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The morning will focus on encouraging young women to develop as leaders.  Workshops will include a hands-on project for Operation Christmas Child. Details about this event are forthcoming but please mark the date, time and location on your calendar. Hope to see you there!

Plans for DCBC’s Annual Gathering are underway! We will meet from Oct. 27-28 at Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, Md. The theme for this gathering is “The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength” with Nehemiah 8:10 as the Scripture reference. Look for more details next month and plan to join us for corporate worship, skill-building workshops and fellowship.

Procession of Ministries is Back!
At this year's Annual Gathering we would like to showcase the amazing ministry efforts of DCBC churches through a multimedia presentation focused on our theme, "The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength." We ask that you send us video (no longer than five minutes in length) from a local, national or international missions effort that your church has participated in during the past year. Please submit details about the work your ministry has been involved in including a brief description of the effort (1-2 pages maximum) using this form. Also, please send video that you may have. Photos and PowerPoint slides are also acceptable. You may also download the forms for the Procession of Ministries here. Completed forms should be sent to DCBC via email at no later than Monday, Sept. 29. We will compile all of the videos into one presentation for the meeting. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune via email or by calling 202.265.1526, ext. 208.



DCBC Executive Director/Minister. The District of Columbia Baptist Convention is seeking an Executive Director/Minister to serve as the chief staff officer of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention administering all funds, programs, and ministries of the Convention under the direction of the Board of Directors and the Executive Team. The applicant must be an ordained minister with a degree from an accredited seminary; by education, skill and experience is capable of being an executive director/minister of a multicultural, urban-suburban convention; able to relate to pastors with effective listening and coaching skills, has proven administrative, organizational and leadership skills, knows how to bring diverse people together for ministry and mission, and able to work with all Convention affiliations and partners. For a comprehensive list of the position qualifications and responsibilities, click here. Please send inquiries and cover letters to include a statement of your faith and call to ministry, and resumes or CVs to Rev. James Tiefel, Chair, Search Committee, D.C. Baptist Convention, 1628 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, faxed to (202) 667-8258 or emailed to Please indicate "Executive Director/Minister Applicant" in the subject line. The final date for submission is August 15, 2014.

Pastor. The Antioch Baptist Church, 1105 50th Street, NE, Washington, DC is seeking candidates who are interested in serving as our full-time Pastor. We desire candidates who will accept the responsibility to direct and supervise spiritual instructions to the membership (collectively and individually); administer the ordinances as are applicable to the missionary baptist doctrine; and provide overall leadership and administration.

Interested candidates should submit: a current resume; copies of any held ministerial license(s); copies of any ordination certificate(s) received; copies of diplomas and degrees; three (3) letters of recommendation (clergy, layperson and personal); DVD(s) or other media containing two sermons; and, a recent color photograph. Completed packages will only be accepted if submitted to one of the following:

Antioch Baptist Church
P. O. Box 64016
Washington, DC 20029


via email to: ABCPASTORALSEARCH@ANTIOCHABC.ORG.  Click here for more information.

Senior Pastor. The Pastor Search Committee, representing the membership of St. Mary's Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., is seeking a full-time, ordained, Baptist Senior Pastor. Candidates should submit a completed application, copies of ministerial license, ordination certificate and degrees, three recommendation letters (one of each--clergy, layperson, and personal) and a cover letter that includes: interest in the Senior Pastor position, description of how you became a believer in Jesus Christ, the reason you are called to be a full-time minister and your beliefs and style of church ministry. The completed application packet can be emailed to or submitted by mail to:

St. Mary's Baptist Church
Pastor Search Committee
Attn: Deaconess Mary Freeney
8008 Eastern Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20012

The Pastor Search Committee will acknowledge receipt of all applications and resumes, and all information presented will be treated as confidential. Materials submitted with the application will not be returned. The deadline to apply is Saturday, July 5, 2014. The complete announcement and application can be found here.

Youth Minister. The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church is seeking a candidate for the position of Youth Minister. This individual shall profess a personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and demonstrate a passion and love for youth. The successful candidate must have a heart for youth, be able to flourish in a team atmosphere, be self-initiating, and self-motivated. Skills in teaching, planning, evangelism, discipleship, counseling and prayer will be needed to facilitate an effective ministry in guiding the youth of our church and surrounding community to a personal relationship and walk with Jesus Christ. Click here for a job description and more information.

Musician. Olive Branch Community Church in Sandy, Spring, Md. is looking for a musician who can read, play and teach music to serve during their weekly worship service on Sundays. Candidates should also be prepared to hold regular practices with the choir. For more information, please contact Pastor Donald Kelly at



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