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Pastoral Transition

Pastoral Transition Update & Pastoral Search/Pulpit Committee Nominations

The Senior Pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr., has announced his plans to retire on January 31, 2019. If the church completes the process earlier, his retirement date could be as early as September 30, 2018. During this transition process, the Senior Pastor, J. Alfred Smith, Jr., and the Assistant Pastor, Dr. Jacqueline Thompson, will continue in their respective roles, as Allen Temple Baptist Church functions normally, in accordance with God’s will and the stated mission of the church.

The next phase in the transition process is to engage the congregation in the seating of the Pastoral/Pulpit Search Committee. The search committee nomination process will run from now through December 31, 2017. In February 2018, the church will vote on a committee of 15 members that will do the work of the Pastoral/Pulpit Search with regular updates to the church. Here is a document that provides an overview of the Pastoral/Pulpit Search Committee criteria:

Allen Temple Baptist Church Pastoral/Pulpit Search Committee Criteria
For I know the plans I have you, declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 (English Standard Version)

Characteristics of a Pastoral/Pulpit Search Committee Member

  • A Pastoral/Pulpit Search Committee member is one who:
    • Has demonstrated good level of spiritual maturity
    • Has the trust and respect of the congregation
    • Can share the vision of what can be
    • Can keep the confidence within the group
    • Understands and can articulate what the church needs
    • Has a good level of trust in God’s working in and through the process
    • Is willing to learn the search process, and willing to do homework
    • Has a good sense of denominational identity and commitment
    • Is positive and optimistic
    • Is willing to make the responsibility a high priority in his or her life. The expected time commitment is 15-20 hours each month
    • Is willing to work toward consensus and abide by the group’s decision
    • Is open to the candidacy of all persons whom God might be calling to his congregation without regard to age, race, gender, physical ability, or marital status
  • How to submit your nomination
    • Download nomination form here Word Format PDF Format
    • Submit your completed form to:
      • A Deacon
      • Your cluster leader
      • The locked box located in the back of the church
      • Or by email to the Pastoral transition email address: transition@allen-temple.org

As we continue seeking the will of God and His discernment through the processes of prayer and meditation, we invite you to join us at our Thursday Pastoral Transition Prayer Hours in the Sanctuary. The Prayer Hour will be followed by Thursday Evening Bible Study taught by Pastor Smith and Reverend Olu Bereola. Dates and times are:

Pastoral Transition Prayer Hour Schedule
Thursday, November 16 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, November 30 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, December 14 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

As we go through this pastoral transition process, we reflect and are guided by 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV): Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Peace and Blessings,
Deacon Ted Carter, Chairperson, Deacons Ministry

14 Day Prayer & Meditation Focus (Starting Nov 6)

As we continue to strive and grow spiritually and to bolster our Pastoral Transition Prayer focus, we are asking you to join together in prayer and meditation (beginning Monday November 6) for the next 14 days, embracing the following scriptures and themes.

If possible, let’s pray together during the 7am morning hour, 7pm evening hour or 12:00 noon timeframe.

Prayer Themes and Biblical Scriptures

  • Confession: In order for us to be open in this transition process, we must be honest and transparent, first to ourselves, through personal reflection and then to one another, through communal reflection. Prayer is active, fluid and should generate change in us individually and collectively.
  • II Chronicles 7:13-16, King James Version: If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
  • Psalm 51:1-12, New International Version: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot our my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
  • Prayer in Faith: Believe, God has the answers and will supply our needs and direct us if we trust Him. We should also be active in faithfully considering the needs of others and thus coming together as a family to listen, hear and love.
  • James 5:13-16, New International Version: Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
  • Proverbs 3:5-7: King James Version: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct they paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

Pastoral Transition Prayer Hour Schedule - Fall/Winter 2017

As we continue seeking the will of God and His discernment through the processes of prayer and meditation, we invite you to join us at our Thursday Pastoral Transition Prayer Hours in the Sanctuary:

  • Thursday, November 2 - 6:30pm
  • Thursday, November 16 - 6:30pm
  • Thursday, November 30 - 6:30pm
  • Thursday, December 14 - 6:30pm

Pastoral Transition & Discussion Session - Saturday October 28

Please plan to attend our next Transition Prayer and Discussion Session on Saturday, October 28 at 10:00 AM in the J. Alfred Smith, Sr. Fellowship Hall. This session will immediately follow the Third Quarter Church Business Meeting. A light lunch will be served.

14 Day Prayer & Meditation Focus (Starting Oct 23)

Dear Allen Temple Family,

As we continue seeking the will of God and His discernment through the processes of prayer and meditation, we invite you (now) to focus on these three (3) themes and three (3) biblical scripture references, for the next fourteen (14) days, beginning on Monday, October 23rd.

If possible, let’s pray together during the 7:00am hour, 7:00pm hour or 12:00 noon time-frame.   

The prayer topics are as follows:
 

Adoration to God Almighty

1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (KJV)

11 Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

Confession

1 John 1:4-9 (KJV)

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Thanksgiving

Psalm 107:1(KJV)

107 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Pastoral Transition Prayer & Discussion - 10/28/17

Please plan to attend our next Pastoral Transition Prayer and Discussion Session on Saturday, October 28 at 10:00 AM in the J. Alfred Smith, Sr. Fellowship Hall. This session will immediately follow the Third Quarter Church Business Meeting. A light lunch will be served.

All Church Evening of Prayer - 9/21/17 - 6:30pm

All Allen Temple Members are invited to come together in the Sanctuary this Thursday, September 21 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM for our All Church Evening of Prayer. Let us pursue guidance from the Holy Spirit through fervent prayer for our church, our community, and each other as we embark upon our Pastoral Transition Process. We look forward to seeing you there!

21 Days of Prayer for the Pastoral Transition Season

Dear Allen Temple Family,

As we all strive to grow spiritually and to enhance our ATBC Pastoral Transition Prayer focus, we are humbly asking every member to join together in prayer and meditation for the next twenty-one (21) days, centering around these three (3) themes and seven (7) suggested biblical scripture references.
Very simply stated:

  • Divine Discernment
    • Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)
      • 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
    • Psalm 119:66 (NIV)
      • 66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.
    • Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
      • 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
  • Church Family Unity
    • 1 Corinthians 12:27 (KJV)
      • 27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
    • Ephesians 4:4-7 (KJV)
      • There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
    • Romans 12:4-5 (ESV)
      • For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
  • The ‘Fruit of the Spirit’
    • Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)
      • 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

God Bless!!!

Pastoral Transition Email Now Available

Should you have questions concerning the transition process, feel free to send an email to transition@allen-temple.org; your query will be handled with the utmost confidentiality and honesty.

Pastoral Transition Update - 9/3/17

The Senior Pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr., has announced his plans to retire on January 31, 2019. If the church completes the process earlier, his retirement date could be as early as September 30, 2018.

During this transition process, the Senior Pastor, J. Alfred Smith, Jr., and the Assistant Pastor, Dr. Jacqueline Thompson, will continue in their respective roles, as Allen Temple Baptist Church functions normally, in accordance with God’s will and the stated mission of the church.

The church is not accepting applications at this time for the Senior Pastor position. We are beginning the process by pursuing guidance from the Holy Spirit and asking all church members to begin in fervent prayer for our church, our community, and each other. Please plan to attend the upcoming all-church Evening of Prayer on Thursday, September 21 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

In the upcoming weeks, you will receive more information about additional all-church prayer meetings, a series of town hall sessions, opportunities to provide input, and additions to the church web-site including a transition process landing page, and e-mail address for transitional process questions. Copies of Article VII, Section 1, The Calling of the Pastor, were made available with the Sr. Pastor’s retirement announcement, and will also be available at each town hall meeting.

As we go through this pastoral transition process, we reflect and are guided by 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV): Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Peace and Blessings,
Deacon Ted Carter
Chairperson, Deacons Ministry