History and Existing Profile: Pollok Baptist Church was founded in 1952 has had 8 Pastors in its 64 years of existence and now has a current membership of 42 people. The Church sits in the heart of its well established community which is also a recognised community of multiple urban deprivation. The Church is also situated within walking distance of the Silverburn Shopping Centre which is a multi-award winning centre with over 100 upscale stores and opened in 2007. Close by, there have been a number of private housing developments.
The Church buildings are in a good state of repair and the Church sits on a considerable tract of land which lends itself to future expansion. The congregation are very friendly, approachable and have built upon the rich heritage of being there for the community to create a strong sense of local identity. The recent growth in Church membership has been through transfer from other congregations and the existing membership is predominantly in the 55 plus age group although there are a number of younger families.
There are ongoing ministries that are impacting the community in the form of Messy Church, Happy Hour, Youth Fellowship and the Wardrobe Café alongside the regular diet of worship services and midweek Bible study; and the membership are very committed to re-engaging in meaningful ways with their community
Who we would like to be? In this period of vacancy the leadership team and the vacancy committee have led the congregation through a number of exercises to establish who they believe God is calling them to be and they continue to work through the strategic areas of vision, focus and values.
The following statements are helpful both in understanding who the congregation
Sense they should be and as a guide for any prospective candidates for ministry.
- A Friendly approachable local community of God’s people rooted in obedience to God’s Word, characterized by the Worship of His name and whose Discipleship provides Nurture, Equipping, Mobilizing and Releasing – this ought to produce Disciple making Disciples of Jesus.
- A Church that strategically focuses on the twin goals of serving Families and providing Community Care whilst increasing our awareness of and commitment to Global Mission. Care for the poor and vulnerable in Society is important to us.
- A Church that will witness growth through conversion, the return of prodigals and those God calls to come and serve alongside us. We seek to bridge the gap in being those God uses in reconciling others to himself.
- A Bible Believing Church strong in Prayer, Leadership and Discipleship that can meet every challenge in the strong name of Jesus.