Vacancy – Church Profile

 

Stranraer Baptist Church Profile

Ours is a vibrant and welcoming evangelical church family currently with 48 members and up to 90 attending most Sunday mornings.  The congregation is an eclectic mix of age, walk of life and Christian experience with a growing children and teenage ministry which has huge potential. We presently have 1 elder and 5 deacons leading the congregation. We are blessed to have a talented group of young musicians who lead worship. The church has recently celebrated its 32nd anniversary.

Stranraer is a town on the shores of Loch Ryan with a population of approximately 13,000 people.  It is best known for its ferry connection with Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland.  It is the second largest town in Dumfries and Galloway and is situated 75 miles west of Dumfries.  The area surrounding Stranraer is rural and scenic with several small villages scattered across the peninsula. There are great opportunities for water sports and outdoor activities such as hillwalking, golf and mountain biking.

The main employers in Stranraer are the 2 Ferry Companies, Stena Line and P&O, the cheese factory, agriculture, hospitality and health and social care. Stranraer town and district has a significant problem with deprivation and part of the town has been recently redeveloped and is in receipt of European funding because it is recognised as an area of deprivation. Sadly, we have a significant problem with drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancies and broken families.

The church is housed in a well maintained, spacious building near the town centre, attached to this is a 2-storey building with various rooms giving us great flexibility. The main hall has individual seating so can be easily cleared and used for a variety of activities.  There is a progressive media station at the back of the main hall which hosts an up to date sound desk, lighting and projection equipment and digital media. Our Services are recorded and are available on the Website.

There is a smaller hall which is utilised regularly by the church and by other non-church community groups in the town. We have a dedicated prayer room which can be used any time the church is open. There is also an adjoining garage which has development potential.

We have a well maintained 3-bedroom semi-detached Manse which is less than a mile from the church.

Activities.

We worship together on Sunday morning and evening. Our Sunday school join us for the first part of the morning service and then leave for their classes. We celebrate communion weekly.

We have a growing Sunday school, many of them have no family connection with the church and are brought in by our minibus. There is a busy program of activities. A weekly early morning prayer meeting, Fellowship Groups who meet fortnightly and on the alternate week we meet for Prayer, Senior citizens also meet fortnightly. There are several groups who meet monthly, Flourish (ladies), Momentum (men), Craft for Woman Refuge, 24-hour prayer time and a Bible Study for young ladies in late teens/20.

Twice a year we are responsible for the Sunday afternoon service in Thorneycroft Residential Home in the town, and are also involved in the Rhins Churches Basics food bank and with Christian Aid.

We have a strong commitment to overseas mission and support 3 Missionary families. The Sunday school children sponsor two children with World Vision.

We are part of the South West Baptist Network.

Our Vision Statement

To see a lost generation come to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, obey Him in baptism, come to belong in His family and be transformed in their behaviour.

Our present state of health.

We are part of the Baptist Union of Scotland.

At present, we have a significant core of people who are committed to moving the church forward and following Gods leading. There are, however those in membership, who for whatever reason seem to be less regular in their attendance or indeed those who have not been out for some time. We also have a small number of members who are elderly or chronically ill and unable to get out to worship with us.

We also have a good number of people who attend regularly, and who would view the church as their spiritual home at present, but who are not currently members of the church.

As a result, and bearing in mind our vision statement, we are passionate about seeing people come to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, be baptised and come into membership. We desire to see the church become a body of people working together and supporting each other as pictured in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and worked out as an example in Acts, especially Acts 2:42-47.

Under Gods guidance we want Stranraer Baptist Church to be more than a building we come to on a Sunday, but rather, a group of people seeking to grow in our love for and service of our Lord, supporting and encouraging each other and reaching effectively into our community.

What we are looking for in a minister

The following verses have directed our thoughts.

O Lord, you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community. Give them someone who will guide them wherever they go and will lead them into battle, so the community of the Lord will not be like sheep without a shepherd.

Numbers 27:16-17 NLT

We hope they will bring their gifts and in their role as pastor, enable, encourage, discern and develop gifts within the congregation.

We would also expect our pastor to conform to basic Baptist tenets of belief and ideally have the following specific gifts: –

  1. Someone who has a pastoral heart for people and has a passion to see individuals come to faith and be transformed in their faith.
  2. A Bible based teacher with the ability to apply Gods word to everyday life.
  3. Someone who has the courage to deal with difficult issues.
  4. Be able, along with others, to support, disciple and encourage each personal Spiritual journey.
  5. A readiness to network within the Local and Wider Community.

In saying this, we are very aware that Gods ways are higher than ours and ultimately, we are united in wanting a Pastor who is sold out for God!

If you wish to express an interest in the vacancy, please contact the church through this email: vacancy@stranraerbaptist.co.uk  Your details will be passed on to the vacancy committee.