PASTOR NEXT:

                 Senior Pastor Opening

Central Baptist Church, Saint Paul, MN,  is seeking  a Senior Pastor.   If you are interested in this position, please click on the following link to complete the application process: https://p3.church

 

 

About Central Baptist Church 

A Community of Faithful Presence

Central Baptist Church is a loving and welcoming community church with a vibrant, active, and multi-generational congregation.  As an urban church with a regional reach, we see our community as our primary ministry field.  Yet, we also desire to be a church that has an impact regionally, as well as nationally and internationally, through our enduring commitment to missions.  Central’s worship services bring an authentic Gospel message that helps those in attendance strengthen their faith, as well as their love for Jesus and neighbor.  Central’s spirit could be described by the phrase, “in essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

Throughout our history, Central has endeavored to share the love of Christ in both word and deed.  Love for the community can be seen through our mentorship program for women after incarceration.  Pre-pandemic Central also provided after-school tutoring to neighborhood kids, had a thriving ministry to community adolescents needing wholeness and spiritual direction and hosted Celebrate Recovery meetings.  Over the years Central has participated with area churches to meet various neighborhood needs--for example, providing back-to-school supplies, a Christmas gift program for kids in under-resourced families, serving as an overflow homeless shelter, helping through a local food program, and hosting community and local government meetings following some of the recent civil unrest.  There have been and still are, many opportunities to show love for our neighbors.

Along with over 30 missionary units and ministry organizations, Central is proud to partner in the Gospel with other churches.  We provide space for Third Way Church (Mennonite) and a couple of small, ethnic-oriented churches--Christ Restoration Ministries and ACFINA (Ethiopian).   Central also hosts InterVarsity meetings regularly and other ministries occasionally.  We continue to use our building to encourage and nurture the larger community of believers for God’s kingdom.

Since 2000, Central's staff has included both full and part-time pastors and leaders in music and worship; family, kids and youth ministries; administration; shepherding; and community outreach.  We’ve also engaged many ministry interns, including those from local colleges.  These roles and positions are in addition to our present staff members.

 

Central organized originally as the Second Swedish Baptist Church of Saint Paul in 1893 a little further east of the present location. In 1913 a new building was dedicated at the corner of Roy and Shields.  Along with the new building, the congregation was renamed Central Swedish Baptist Church. The “Swedish” moniker was dropped in 1929. The Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul has gone through many changes in the past century, but Central has remained a constant presence. This faith community has decided over and over to continue to build and expand on this property, becoming a cornerstone of the community. 

As with any church, the pandemic has presented specific challenges but also afforded great opportunities.  As a result, our online presence has shown an increase and is expected to continue developing as we become more technologically adept in sharing the Gospel message through this format.  Some of our congregation are continuing to watch services from home rather than in-person at this time.  All programming and ministries are being reevaluated and reimagined for effectiveness in a post-pandemic world.  While this presents challenges, it also presents opportunities.  Through it all, we trust God to lead and use His Church, and specifically, Central Baptist Church.  

About Central’s Location

Central Baptist Church is located in the Midway neighborhood of Minnesota’s capital city of Saint Paul.  It is two blocks from the intersection of University and Snelling Avenues, one of the busiest intersections in the Twin Cities.  The district is bounded by Pierce Butler Route on the north, North Lexington Parkway on the east, Selby Avenue on the south, and Cleveland Avenue on the west and is mid-way between the downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.  The Midway area is one of 17 neighborhoods in Saint Paul.

 

The Midway is home to Saint Paul’s warehouse district and has a diverse mix of residential and commercial properties.  New development and housing communities are rapidly expanding.  Directly behind Central, two four-story apartment buildings were completed in 2021.  In addition, the Midway offers a variety of local small businesses, representing an array of many nationalities.  Only a short distance from Central one finds creative and eclectic retail stores, grocers, bakeries, and restaurants.

 

Saint Paul provides a bustling mix of commerce and traffic any day of the week.  Allianz Field, home to the Minnesota United Football Club of Major League Soccer, opened for its first game in 2019 and is located across from Central on Snelling Avenue.  A highly efficient and easily accessible light rail line runs between Saint Paul and Minneapolis and is just two blocks north of the church.  

Here are some quick statistics about our Midway neighborhood:

  • 45,278              Midway Population

  • $83,000           Median Income

  • 30                       Median Age

  • $281,000         Median Home Value

  • 7,124/mi²         Population Density

  • 18,536               Housing Units

(source:  ZIP Code 55104 Map, Demographics, More for St. Paul, MN (unitedstateszipcodes.org and the Minnesota State Demographic Center)

 

Saint Paul, Minnesota offers residents a historic atmosphere with parks, government offices, many theaters including the acclaimed Penumbra Theater, the highly respected Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, sports teams, museums, and parks. In 2021 Saint Paul ranked No. 2 for the “best park system in the United States”. 

 

The Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are ranked No. 3 as the “most cycling friendly urban area in the nation”.  The Twin Cities ranked No. 1 in healthcare based on cost, accessibility, and outcomes. 

For much more information on these and other items of interest, visit:  www.visitsaintpaul.com/

 

What We Believe

https://www.centralbaptistchurch.com/new-to-central

 

 

Central’s Ministries

https://www.centralbaptistchurch.com/ministries

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 "From the Pastor Search Committee: The Word Cloud is a visual image of the results of the Pastor's Heart Survey we did. The size of the word reflects the frequency with which a word was chosen by the congregation. People could pick their top 5 choices in the list."