Circuit Office - Old Harbour Bay
The Old Harbour Bay Circuit of Baptist Churches,
which includes the
Old Harbour Bay,
Hartlands and the
Old Harbour Baptist
Baptist Churches, is one of 17 circuits that are members of the St.
Catherine Baptist Association (SACABA), which consists of about 51
churches. SACABA is one of the 13 associations of the Jamaica Baptist
Union. The Old Harbour Bay Circuit has its Headquarters in Old Harbour
Bay, which has been the host of the SACABA Annual Convention for over 10
Our core beliefs
Baptists have two basic
things which they share with the peoples of the world: -
Common humanity and
We, like other
religious persons in general and like other Christians in particular, differ
in our understanding of the origins and purpose
of humanity in the environment. This particular understanding and the basis for
arriving at such an understanding both allows for and defines Baptist distinctives as well as enabling Baptists to affirm common truths with other
history, Baptists have sought to be faithful to the truth of the Gospel and to
pattern the Church on the principles of fellowship found in the New Testament.
However, as there has been nearly twenty centuries since the founding of the
first Christian congregations and with the accompanying additions over the
years, there are points at which Baptists both agree and disagree with other
Christians. Baptists principles as stated below are therefore to be more
accurately viewed as a Baptist understanding of the Christian faith.
Baptists, like other Christians believe:
source: www.jbu.org.jm (Jamaica Baptist Union)
Reaching more for God, by doing more through God, to the
glory of God by the continuous renewal of
ourselves and a very effective evangelical and social outreach programme with a
very caring and motivated membership
The communities we serve will see the member churches as places of refuge,
and where moral, spiritual and community leadership will be sought.
Expectations/Responsibilities of the Pastor
a. The pastor is ultimately responsible and accountable for the overall
administration of the pastorate. This involves giving effective leadership
towards the proper running of the business of the Pastorate, seeing to it
that statutory meetings are held, relevant records are kept, reports are
submitted and accountability maintained at all levels.
b. The pastor is directly responsible for
the overall worship life of the Pastorate. This includes, administering the
sacraments, being personally committed to the faithful preaching of the
Word, teaching of the faith and giving leadership in creative and effective
liturgical forms and expressions.
c. The pastor is expected to ensure that
relevant and adequate preparation is afforded gifted members of the
Church/Churches of the Pastorate for participation in the preaching and
teaching ministry and for leadership at various levels in the life of the
The pastor is expected to exercise overall consistent and sustained watch
care responsibilities in the Pastorate, these include visiting, counselling,
comforting, peacemaking, disciplinary and nurturing activities.
The pastor is expected to lead the Pastorate in its understanding and vision
of the ministry and mission of the Church, both in its immediate and wider
contexts. This will also include understanding of the nature of shared
relationship that give expression to the life of the Church, denominational
affiliation and commitment, parish association and ecumenical participation.
The Pastor is expected to be a chief representative of moral and spiritual
authority in the Pastorate. This includes being the chief spokesman on the
regulations, code of ethics and practice of the
Pastor is expected to lead a life that is worthy of faith confessed in the
Lordship of Christ and the call to the ordained ministry of the Church of
God. Under the guidance and enabling of the Holy Spirit, the pastor is
therefore expected to be an example of Christ-likeness in everyway.
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