“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.” - 1 Timothy 3:1
First Baptist Church of DeSoto is entering into a new season. We are currently in the process of seeking a new Lead Elder. As we walk through this time together please regularly check this page for updates regarding where we are in the process.
Currently, we are accepting applications. If you are considering applying, please read this page and consult the FAQ’s prior to submitting your application.
Here are a few things we are looking for in a Senior Pastor:
Meets the biblical qualifications for an elder laid out in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9
Centers his life on the gospel of Jesus Christ
Studies the Bible
Preaches expositionally from the Bible
Teaches doctrinally from the Bible
Lives in community with other believers
Pursues accountability not isolation
Engages his city or town evangelistically
Seeks to make disciples who make disciples
+ What is FBC DeSoto’s statement of faith?
Our elders adhere to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, often this confession is referred to as the Second London Baptist Confession. However, adherence to this confession is not required of church members, just the elders.
The Statement of Faith that all members of FBC DeSoto must adhere to as listed in FBC DeSoto's Governing Documents consists of the BFM 2000 and two additional articles. The two additional articles are below.
1: God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. “Marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. In order to preserve the function and integrity of First Baptist Church DeSoto as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical witness to our community, it is imperative that all members, employees, and volunteers agree to and abide by these beliefs on marriage, gender, and sexuality. God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Furthermore, every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.
2: All human life is sacred and created by God in His image, and there is no racial or ethnic superiority. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We therefore are called to defend, protect, and value all human life. Even as we oppose euthanasia and abortion, we know that God in His grace will forgive those who turn to Him for forgiveness.
+ Is FBC DeSoto a Reformed church?
The elders of FBC DeSoto hold to Reformed theology. However, this is not a requirement of church members.
+ What kind of church government does FBC Desoto have?
The governance of FBC DeSoto is based upon the biblical principles of an elder-led, deacon-served, and congregation-affirming church. Meaning, we have a plurality of elders who lead the church, deacons who lead in serving the church, and a congregation who affirms the leadership of the elders.
+ What does a typical worship service look like?
Our Lord's Day service focuses on the gospel of Jesus. From the music and the preaching to the time of confession and offertory, everything we do is about the gospel.
The music we sing is a mix of contemporary songs and classical hymns. Though our band is great and has the ability to play any music, we are more interested in the content of the songs being focused on Jesus than simply being relevant or having air-time on the radio. The same is true for the preaching. We thrive on gospel-centered, doctrinally-rich, expositional sermons, and nothing else.
Service begins a 9:30 AM, and usually gets out around 11:00 AM. During this time there will be times of singing, confessing, giving, praying, preaching, and responding.
There is no dresscode, some will come in a suit and tie, while others in shorts and a t-shirt.
We also have Sunday School classes that meet before and after our Lord's Day service at 8:15am and 11:00am.
+ Which translation of the Bible does FBC Desoto use?
We use the ESV.
+ Are there any ways the elders are presently leading the church to change?
The elders just finished creating and implementing a new website and logo for the church.
Also, the elders, along with the bylaw committee, are in the middle of a major rewrite of the church's Governing Documents. The new version of these documents will put to paper the polity already presently operating within the church.
The last major change in progress is the coming building project. In the near future the church will begin the second phase of a three phase building project. This building phase will seek to add more classroom space to our current facility and allow us to move our church offices over to our main location.
+ How do I apply?
Click the button below, it will open an email where the recipient will be our Pastor Search Committee. In the email please attach your Résumé, Cover Letter, and any other documents you feel our committee will need, e.g. links to sermons, CV, etc.