Job Openings

  • Corinth Baptist Church seeks a full-time Associate Minister of Education & Worship. Applications can be submitted at More information about the position is available on the church website at
  • Emmaus Baptist Church seeks a part-time Minister of Youth. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume on or before June 28 to
  • First Baptist Church, Richmond, seeks a part-time organist (20-25 hours per week) to accompany choirs and soloists and help lead two worship services each Sunday. The organist would prepare for and accompany regular weekly rehearsals (and extra rehearsals as needed) for the Church Choir and the Youth Choir, as well as seasonal services (e.g., Christmas Eve, Lenten, and Holy Week services) and Worship Ministry concerts. Bachelor’s degree in music required. Master’s preferred plus at least five years of service as organist on a church staff. Salary approximately $35,000 per year based on education and experience. Complete the application here or send resume to Susan Marshall, First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220, or e-mail it to
  • Four Mile Creek Baptist Church seeks a part-time Youth Minister. Please contact Pastor Sam Grozdanov at 804-795-2044 or e-mail
  • Poplar Springs Baptist Church is seeking a Worship Leader to lead a worship/music ministry that includes praise teams, choirs, band, multimedia, instruments, musicians, artists, and other music considerations to create an inviting worshipful atmosphere where people encounter God. For Job Description and details please contact the church office at (804) 795-1238 or click here
  • Shalom Baptist Church will be offering a NEW casual, contemporary worship service at 8:30 am beginning October 4. We are looking for talented musicians, specifically a drummer, for our Praise Team. If you want to share your talent with us, contact Jean Dart, Minister of Music & Worship, at 691-5893 or to set up an audition.

“Raise the Roof in Macedonia” Update

We have already reached 20% of the “Raise the Roof in Macedonia” goal! I do not know how much money is on the way, but I know more is coming.

So far, I know that one church gave generously from its missions fund. I know that some donors have given through the e-giving link. I heard about emptying out the piggy bank, and I heard about sharing a refund.

I have been to Macedonia and met some of our Baptist brothers and sisters there. The unemployment rate is Macedonia is about five times higher than ours. Even so, they prove faithful stewards and make great sacrifices of time, talents, and money for Kingdom work. God multiplies what they have to share and honors their faithfulness by providing others to share the load.

That is where we come in as partners to help “Raise the Roof in Macedonia” (click here). If each Dover church shared a gift of less than $5 per person for (or from) everyone who attended Dover’s churches on an average Sunday, we could hit our $30,000 goal in one week!

Kathy and I have given a gift through our church. I hope you have taken the time to give a gift through your church or directly to Dover Baptist Association.

Many Dover Baptists make sacrifices every week or every month to support Dover’s churches. Some of that money supports the association, its staff (including me), and our work. I am deeply grateful. Other than our General Budget and the annual Association Missions Offering, I rarely ask Dover Baptists to give more to something we promote.

Today, I am asking Dover Baptists to give more. If you can, give your gift now or by Easter Sunday. This is the right time to help our our brothers and sisters get the exterior of their second site in Skopje finished! Together, we can help them do this. It will only happen if we share the news of this opportunity and encourage Dover Baptists (and others) to give.

Please, pray for the Baptists in Macedonia and make your gift. Please, invite others to pray and give too. Sacrifice something, then give the money you did not spend to this campaign instead. Thank you for doing whatever God leads you to do about this.
–Steve Allsbrook

How to Change Lives After VBS

Step 1: Get information of the unchurched children and parents into the hands of the Sunday School (SS)

  • Before parents night get information from registration cards to the church Sunday School outreach director. The information is entered into the SS prospect file.
  • The SS outreach director then forwards the information to the appropriate SS classes. For the children it is the directors, for the parents is a class outreach leader or teacher. They now have the information they need to be good hosts on parent’s night.

Step 2: SS directors, teachers and/or outreach leaders (depending on age group) attend the parent’s night activities and meet the children and their parents.

  • Teachers and/or outreach leaders invite the children and parents to join them at Sunday School or Adult Bible Fellowship on Sunday morning.
  • Agree to meet the parents and children in the church parking lot or welcome center on Sunday morning. The person who meets them at parent’s night should be the one who meets them on Sunday morning.

Step 3: Sunday morning assimilation.

  • Meet the parents and children on Sunday morning as agreed, escort them to their appropriate class rooms and introduce them to the class.
  • Offer to enroll them in SS. This should be done by the teacher or outreach leader of the class. (See information about starting a new class on reverse.)

Step 4: The Sunday School outreach team continues to follow up.

  • In the children’s department it is the class teachers who are responsible for making contact on behalf of the SS class. In the adult classes the class outreach leader should assign each parent to a class care group leaders.
  • Continue follow up with various contacts.
  • Invite parents and children to fellowship or special events as opportunity presents.
  • Continue to pray for and network with parents and children as appropriate.
  • Parents and children remain on the prospect file for at least six months.

Profession of faith follow up
Special attention should be given to children who made a profession of faith during VBS. This will include a counselling visit by a church staff person and/or a church deacon. An alternative is for the VBS teacher to provide that counselling. It should be done in the home and with the parents present and in a timely fashion.

Start a new adult SS class before VBS begins

  • It is easier to invite and assimilate new people into new groups when everyone is new rather than attempting to introduce new people to existing classes with existing cemented relationships.
  • In advance enlist a teacher, class outreach leader-secretary, and two to three care group leaders. These leaders are enlisted from existing classes.
  • Train the new leaders with job descriptions and support resources.
  • On parent’s night invite the parents to attend the new adult class.
  • Follow suggestions in step 3.

Step 5: Enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Now VBS is over!

Bill Alphin
Associate for Church Development
Dover Baptist Association

2015 Dover Semiannual Meeting

Dover churches may send voting messengers to this meeting (see below). In addition to voting messengers, the Association invites any Dover Baptist and their guests to share in this inspiring meeting.

Location: Mount Olivet Baptist Church
15583 Coatesville Road, Beaverdam 23015

Time: 3-5 pm

Elect your Messengers! Article 4 of Dover’s Constitution states:
Each member church shall be entitled to send two messengers to Annual, Semiannual and special Called Association Meetings.  A church that contributes at least $400 to the General Fund during the Association’s previous fiscal year shall be entitled to have three (3) messengers.  An additional messenger is added for each additional $400 contribution to the General Fund up to a maximum of seven (7) messengers for any church.

Operation Inasmuch Training

What is Operation Inasmuch?
Operation Inasmuch is a national nonprofit that employs proven models to motivate, train, and equip churches to move more congregants out of the sanctuary seats and into the streets to serve the neediest in their communities.
Operation Inasmuch is also a movement of churches across America, a Compassion Revolution. Over 1600 churches in 21 states have joined the Revolution. 405 of these churches reported that they collectively sent out more than 22,000 volunteers in 2011 to minister to 116,000 people in their communities, representing $3M in labor hours and material costs. Lives within and without these churches changed!

A training session for churches that want to hold an Inasmuch Day will be held Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon.
Location: Parham Road Baptist Church

RSVP to Dover Office (550-1980)  or by Tuesday, March 3

Where can I learn more?
To learn more about Operation Inasmuch, go to


Tax and Compensation Planning Seminar

February 18 | 9am-Noon
Virginia Baptist Mission Board

All aspects of compensation will be covered to help minimize your risk and potential for substantial penalties resulting from non-compliance with State and Federal Tax Laws.

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Dover Expresses Sympathy to the Family of Dr. James Ellis

Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:21 pm

ELLIS, Rev. Dr. James Welborn Sr., passed away on December 18, 2014 with his loving wife of 56 years, Betty Gentry Ellis by his side. Dr. Ellis was born on July 22, 1926 in Covington County, Ala. He graduated from Auburn University in 1948 with a B.S. degree. In 1954, he graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., with a Bachelor of Divinity and in 1956 with a Master's degree in Theology. In 1958, he married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Sue Gentry. In 1978, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. During his ministry, he served churches in Florida, Indiana, Missouri and Alabama. From 1959 to 1969, he served as Pastor of First Baptist Church, Livingston, Ala. In 1969, Dr. Ellis moved his family from Alabama to Ashland, Va., to become the Pastor at First Baptist Church, Ashland, where he spent the most significant part of his ministry from 1969 to 1992. During his ministerial career, he served on the Alabama Baptist State Executive Board (1965), the Virginia Baptist General Board (1974-78), served as moderator of the Dover Baptist Association (1980-82), chairman of the Executive Director Search Committee for the Virginia Baptist General Board (1986), member of the Board of Trustees of the Religious Herald and served two years as president of the Religious Herald (1983-1999). In retirement, he served as interim pastor of Hanover Evangelical Friends Church in Mechanicsville (1992-93) and intentional interim pastor of Orange Baptist Church, Orange, Va. (1995-96). He is survived by his wife, Betty; his son, Jim Ellis and his wife, Kate Dunn; his daughter, Beth Ellis Schubert and her husband, Ted Schubert; his four grandchildren, Cullen Ellis, Lucy Ellis, Ted Schubert and Ben Schubert; and a host of devoted family, friends from First Baptist Church and his Stebbins Street Family. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Chapel at First Baptist Church, Ashland. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Ashland with a reception to follow. Following the reception, burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the James W. Ellis Sr. Memorial Fund at First Baptist Church, Ashland.

Prayer Focus:

Union of Christian Baptists of Macedonia

Week of: July 26
New Bethesda Baptist Church
Todd Combee, Pastor

Week of: August 2
New Highland Baptist Church
Without a Pastor