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Mongolia Missions Trip

Apr 9, 2014   //   by Admin   //   Ministries, News  //  No Comments

At the end of July this year, Mike Windle will be leading a team from SIBC to Mongolia to take part in some evangelism and discipleship work with some of the nomadic Mongolian people living in the countryside. The people that the team will be ministering to are a group that previously received some disaster relief or human needs aid and heard the Gospel from some of the Windles’ national partners.

Mike’s wife, Diana, has described this trip as a “roughing it” type of missions trip as the team will spend a good portion of the time camping. Team members may also need to do a good deal of walking each day to travel between different ministry areas.

We are currently building a small team of about 4-6 people for this trip, so please pray if this is something that the Lord is leading you to participate in. The trip’s dates haven’t been completely finalized, but it will happen during the last week of July (7/26-8/3). The cost of the trip can’t be fully confirmed until airline tickets are purchased, but the price range is between $1600-2000 (this includes airfare, food, housing, ground transportation in Mongolia and a translator for the group).

If you are interested in learning more about this trip, or any of the other missions opportunities that SIBC has, please don’t hesistate to email: ryan.rushton@sibckorea.org.

Admin Corner

Apr 5, 2014   //   by Admin   //   All Posts, News  //  1 Comment

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to recap the volunteer opportunities at SIBC that I mentioned in my Admin Corner on Sunday. If you are interested in any of these please email me at admin@sibckorea.org

Ministry Leaders

Small Group Ministry Leader

  • coordinate small groups
  • communicate small group openings, locations, times to the SIBC body

Homeless Ministry Leader

  • meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays (4pm-5pm) @ Seoul Station
  • organize and coordinate with volunteers (food, drinks, etc.)

 

 New Teams Looking for Volunteers

Communications Team

  • responsible for SIBC social media sites
  • newsletter design and content development
  • meet once a month to brainstorm and implement new/better ways of communicating to the SIBC body and to expats in Seoul

Media Team

  • photographers
  • poster/ad designers
  • audio editors (podcasts)
  • bloggers (for this site and our Impact Today site)

Admin Team

  • service planning
  • church décor
  • meet once a month to brainstorm and implement new better organizational methods

Now Hiring

Mar 13, 2014   //   by Admin   //   All Posts  //  No Comments

SIBC is now accepting applicants for a part-time IT position.  If interested, please send a current resume to Jon Goldsmith at jon.goldsmith@sibckorea.org

Job Title: IT Director (ITD)

Purpose:  To perform website and computer maintenance tasks as well as improve on existing systems, under the general day-to-day supervision of the Pastor. Responsible for IT that will support the overall function and activities of the church.  The IT Director is an ambassador for the church in that he/she is responsible for the website, where many attendees/members are first introduced to SIBC.

As an expat church in a fluid environment, our unique ministry needs a capable individual who can provide tech support to tie our various ministries together. The person selected must be able to problem-solve and be capable of organizing a support team.

Required Personal Traits

  • A personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and strong desire to serve within a church.
  • Excellent communications and organizational skills.
  • Must have an attitude toward role as  “another minister” of the church, not just “tech help”.
  • IT skills - both for software and hardware, general computer maintenance knowledge, website maintenance, experience with design is also useful.
  • A forward thinking self-starter who will improve on SIBC’s existing IT methods and resources.
  • A complex problem solver, who is capable of finding creative solutions with a limited budget.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and work as a team player; in addition, overall dependability and accessibility are very important.
  • Ability to protect the reputation and integrity of others through strict confidentiality. Wisdom to refrain from indiscriminately sharing information is critical.
  • English language skills required; Korean language is a plus. English must be at a “native” level of grammar, spelling, syntax, colloquialisms, etc., to be able to catch errors in      draft publications and blog posts on the website.

Job Responsibilities

There are two main areas for the IT Director to focus on:

General IT

Sample tasks – computer & LAN maintenance, software support, device repair, purchasing advice, PPT design, etc.

Web Admin

Sample tasks – Manage SIBC e-mail system, manage domain names and web hosting, web design, create design assets, web maintenance & troubleshooting,  etc.

Desired Skills

  • Microsoft Windows and MS Office.
  • Web administration using a CMS (WordPress).
  • Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator or equivalent.
  • HTML and PHP programming knowledge a plus.
  • Publication and graphic design skills.
  • Familiarity with software troubleshooting.
  • Knowledge of PC hardware and IT systems.

Performance reviews will be conducted quarterly by the Senior Pastor, Chairman of Deacons, and Vice Chairman. Duration of this agreement will be six months, extendable to 12 months if performance reviews are satisfactory.

Baptist Lent

Mar 8, 2014   //   by Dan Armistead   //   Pastors Blog  //  No Comments

Allision Bertholf and her ladies Bible study class have decided to practice the tradition of Lent this Easter season. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 5 of this year) and covers a period of six weeks before Easter Sunday.

While the practice of Lent is a sacred tradition among many Christians, it is not explicitly found in Scripture. However, the emphasis of Lent on prayer, repentance, and self-denial as a means of spiritual preparation is clearly connected to the teachings of Christ and his followers.

The truth is that Baptists, as a rule, don’t tend to observe Lent. This isn’t good or bad, it simply has never been a part of Baptist tradition and practice.

But that is what I love about SIBC! Because we have believers from so many evangelical backgrounds, we have the opportunity to learn from one another, and to learn about traditions and practices that can add to our own walk with Christ.

That’s why this Sunday, March 9, I have asked Allison to share with our congregation about the commitment of her class to observe Lent this Easter season. It’s a new experience for Allison, who grew up, and remains a faithful Southern Baptist. Frankly, she’s excited about it, and so are the members of her class. I’m excited about it as well. That’s why I have asked her to share.

Regardless of whether we decide to observe Lent one thing is for sure – We all need to take time to reflect on the meaning Easter, and the call of Jesus Christ to “FOLLOW ME!”

I look forward to hearing Allison, and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday at SIBC.

In Christ,

Pastor Dan

Missions Opportunities

Jan 30, 2014   //   by Dan Armistead   //   Pastors Blog  //  No Comments

Greetings church!  I hope that you are having a great week.  In spite of some snow and cold recently, Seoul is warming up!

I wanted to take time to share some mission opportunities with you.  Mike Windle, our IMB missionary, together with his wife, Diane, will be leading a group to Mongolia in August.  You will be hearing more about this, but it is a good idea to start praying now and asking if God is calling you to go on this trip.

Of course, our annual Taebaek English Camp is scheduled for the end of July and first of August.  Ingil Cho is the point person for this mission.  We spend a week with our Hawaiian partners serving in this part of Korea that is still very strongly Buddhist.  It is a great opportunity to reach children and parents with the gospel.

In March we begin our new church plant in Pyeontaek.  We need volunteers to help in various ways.  Are you willing to devote one weekend each month to serving in this new ministry?

Other possible mission trips for 2014 include ministry on the islands of Hawaii, Manilla, and China Bible distribution through “Go With God.”

Ryan Rushton is our mission’s leader.  You may contact him at ryan (dot) rushton (at) sibckorea.org.  Feel free to contact Ryan about any of these ministries, or other opportunities.

In Christ,

Pastor Dan

It’s Good to be Back

Jan 16, 2014   //   by Dan Armistead   //   Pastors Blog  //  1 Comment

It’s good to be back at SIBC.  Sherri and I had a great time in the States with our family, and as we return to Seoul, we are excited about what God will do in our church family this winter and spring.

Sunday I began a new series entitled – “A Word You Can Count On”.  It is based on several passages of Scripture in the Old Testament book of Joshua.  God has given us His Word, and He has promised us just as He promised Joshua, “I will not leave you, or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5, Hebrews 13:5)  You can listen to that message on our website, or subscribe to our SIBC podcast to get the messages automatically downloaded through iTunes.

For many of you this New Year brings with it some great challenges.  You may look at the obstacles you face, or the trials you are experiencing and wonder, “How can I possibly make it through this year?”  But God is faithful.  As we learned Sunday, He is a covenant God and the covenant He has entered into with you and me is sealed by the blood of His son, Jesus Christ.

In a world of broken promises and daunting challenges, we can count on God and His Word.

I hope you will join me in the weeks ahead as together we discover the faithfulness of our God and His Word.

In Christ,

Pastor Dan

Happy New Year!

Jan 8, 2014   //   by Dan Armistead   //   Pastors Blog  //  No Comments

Happy New Year SIBC! I pray that, in this New Year, you will experience more of God’s grace and Spirit than ever before. One of the best ways to do that is through relationships with other disciples. We really do need each other.

Be sure and check out our most current small groups. Maybe this is a time for you to join together with others as you seek to honor your New Year’s resolutions!

Beginning January 12, I will be preaching a series of messages entitled, A Word You Can Count On. We will be looking at passages of scripture from the Old Testament book of Joshua. Our focus in this series is simply this – In a day of broken promises, you can count on God and His Word.

We may break our New Year’s resolutions, but God NEVER breaks His word to us!

Be sure and check out the weekly study guides that will accompany these messages and be posted on our web site.

Pastor’s Blogs

Dec 30, 2013   //   by Dan Armistead   //   Pastors Blog  //  1 Comment

Thanks for checking out my blog here at SIBC. While I do try and post here regularly, I want to encourage you to check out SIBC’s mission web site, Impact Today. Many of my more teaching related blogs will be found there.

-Pastor Dan

Christmas Travel

Dec 19, 2013   //   by Dan Armistead   //   Pastors Blog  //  No Comments

I was so blessed by both our “Not So Silent Night” and “Three Wise Men and a Baby” productions this past Saturday and Sunday. Kerey Smith and Mike Hagen are such a blessing to SIBC in our music and children’s ministries.
I will be back in the United States until the second week in January. Meanwhile, we have some excellent teachers to fill in while I am gone. All of these men are ordained pastors and excellent preachers. Also, all of them serve on our Leadership Team at SIBC.
Ben Horne, Chaplain at Yongsan International School will be preaching the morning of December 22. Jeff Kendall will teach at the 3 PM service that day. Ingil Cho will be preaching both services on December 29, and Jeff Kendall will fill in for me on January 12 at both services.
I will miss SIBC while I am gone, but as always, I will be with you in spirit.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
In Christ,

Pastor Dan

Now Hiring

Dec 1, 2013   //   by sibcweb   //   News  //  No Comments

SIBC is now accepting applicants for an administrative assistant position.  If interested, please send a current resume to Jon Goldsmith at jon.goldsmith@sibckorea.org

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Purpose:  To perform secretarial and administrative tasks, under the general day-to-day supervision of the Pastor, that will support the overall function and activities of the church.  The Admin is on the front lines and is often the first person the public sees or talks to. In that sense, the Admin represents the pastor and church to many visitors or callers.

As an Expat church in a fluid environment, our unique ministry needs a capable individual who can provide administrative support to tie our various ministries together. The person selected must strive to engender a hospitable and comforting environment to those who enter SIBC’s doors. In addition, the person selected must be technologically savvy, as administrative responsibilities grow more challenging each year as technology advances.

Required Skills and Personal Traits

  • A personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and strong desire to serve within a church.
  • Outstanding “I care” people skills.
  • Excellent clerical, communications, computer and organizational skills.
  • Effective verbal, writing, editorial and publishing skills, especially MS Word, Excel ,Publisher and Powerpoint; able to prepare Sr. Pastor’s sermon Powerpoint slides as well as other graphics.
  • Must have an attitude toward role as “another minister” of the church, not just “office help”.
  • Ability to protect the reputation and integrity of others through strict confidentiality. Wisdom to refrain from indiscriminately sharing information is critical.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and work as a team player; in addition, overall dependability and accessibility are very important.
  • English language skills required; Korean language is a plus. English must be at a “native” level of grammar, spelling, syntax, colloquialisms, etc., to be able to catch errors in draft publications.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Support for Congregation and Guests – The Church Admin will greet all visitors and members as they enter the building and will assist them as needed during office hours. While not involved with every church ministry, the Admin needs to know what our ministries are, who the point of contact for each ministry is, and general knowledge of our programs.
  2. Telephone Coordination – The Admin will become the “during-the-week-voice” of the church.  This person must be able to communicate effectively in a broad range of areas by fielding phone calls and communicating messages to the Pastor and other staff members.
  3. Correspondence – Compose letters as requested and insure that all correspondence is mailed in a timely manner.
  4. Maintenance of Office Equipment – Operate, clean regularly and recommend needs for all office equipment including copier, computer, etc.
  5. Maintaining Church Records, to include member contact information, baptisms, ordinations, etc.
  6. Preparation of Bulletin, and other material– Keep an up-to-date master calendar of events, gather information, create, proof and publish the weekly bulletin.  Prepare bulletin inserts for activities such as “Pizza with the Pastor” and New Members Class. Recommend updates to the church website. Organize input for weekly staff meetings. Edit Pastor’s blogs, Seouljourner, Naptime Reader and other publications. Prepare e-mails to various SIBC members, teams as directed.
  7. Maintenance of Office Files – Keep all files in orderly manner and in both soft and hard copy as needed for church operations.
  8. Petty Cash – Maintain petty cash account and organize all receipts; act as a purchasing agent for minor ministry needs.
  9. Office Supplies – Maintain inventory of office supplies and make materials available to staff and members as needed.
  10. Bulletin Boards – Maintain bulletin boards and church calendars with current events.
  11. Additional responsibilities and duties as directed by Pastor and/or Chairman of Deacons.

Training Desired

Minimum of one year experience in performing general office work to include duties such as telephone usage, filing, typing, handling questions and/or complaints, data entry, computer usage and/or bookkeeping/accounting.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary to be Won 2,000,000 per month, with employee responsible for his/her taxes.
  • Employee will be added to SIBC’s Group Life Insurance Policy.
  • Employee will have three weeks paid leave per year initially.
  • Employee work schedule (40 hours a week) will be scheduled by Senior Pastor.

Performance reviews will be conducted quarterly by the Senior Pastor, Chairman of Deacons, and Vice Chairman. Duration of this agreement will be six months, extendable to 12 months if performance reviews are satisfactory.

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