Diana Chandler of Baptist Press writes that the California Southern Baptist Convention is looking for a new executive director. The Southern Baptist Convention remains one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, and the job opening will be difficult to fill. The Convention requires a pastor from the western U.S. with at least a Master’s Degree and strong communication skills. The California Southern Baptists hope to plant new churches, expanding their reach to more of California in the coming years.
The California Southern Baptist Convention (CSBC) has launched a search for a new executive director to replace Bill Agee, who is retiring.
The new leader tasked with overseeing CSBC’s strategic vision and leading its decision making should be a man called and sent by God and able to navigate California’s unique diversity, said CSBC President Victor Chayasirisobhon, who is also a member of the search committee.
“California is a large and diverse state that has unique challenges that only someone with experience here can truly know and therefore I think it is important that this person know California intimately,” Chayasirisobhon told Baptist Press. “Due to the diversity of the state, I think it is important for our future director to be culturally intelligent and pay attention to the little nuances of cross-cultural interaction.
“They should be able to see through the lenses of many different perspectives,” said Chayasirisobhon, who pastors First Southern Baptist Church of Anaheim and is director of missions of the Orange County Southern Baptist Association. “The person should be someone who understands that the SBC is a family and that we are to work together in unity. We may not always agree on everything but there is a difference in building understanding as a family than there is when you are not.”
The new leader must have served as a pastor in the western U.S., have experience in organizational leadership, possess at least a master’s degree but preferably a doctorate, and must be a strong communicator with cultural intelligence among other attributes….