Big City Ministry, Small Town Living
Fusion Bible Church is looking for an experienced Student Ministries Pastor who is engaging, discipleship-oriented, and has a desire to influence a whole community for Jesus. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is looking for big city ministry with small town living.
Denomination: Non-denominational (leans Baptist)
Church attendance: 500
Youth ministry attendance: 65
In early 2012, a small number of people from Durant began worshiping at Sherman Bible Church. This small group began meeting weekly. As it grew, it became apparent that there was a need for another church campus in Durant. In the fall of 2013, 45 people met at the public library in Durant to launch the church by signing a membership charter and making a commitment to make disciples for Jesus in Texoma. With the support of the leadership in Sherman, Fusion Bible launched on September 22, 2013 at Durant Middle School.
Over the next few years many people made commitments to follow Jesus, were baptized and saw great life transformation. The number of D-groups grew, and church membership rose to new levels. As 2015 was coming to an end, it was clear that the Durant campus had grown up to be on its own. The picture of a child growing up and preparing to venture out on her own best describes what was taking place. So Fusion Bible became an independent congregation with its own local leadership in January 2016. God seemed to be smiling on His church in Durant.
As the number of people attending Fusion grew, a permanent church home was needed. In the fall of 2016 the first Building and Missions Initiative campaign was underway. A God-sized campaign was projected and realized when the pledges totaled nearly seven times the amount of the annual budget for that year. By the summer of 2018, we were blessed to move to our new permanent location.
In 2019, our founding pastor, Dennis Henderson, and the Fusion elder team initiated the process of transitioning to the next lead pastor. This led to Fusion extending a call to Joel Engle, who began in early 2020.
Who we are and what we do makes us a church. We have been focused from day one on a simple mission and purpose: to make disciples and see that every man, woman and child in Texoma has the opportunity to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. We are excited about what God has in store for us in the years to come.
MISSION - We exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ. In the Bible, Jesus commissions his followers to go into the world teaching all that he had taught to them (Matthew 28).We believe that commission continues to the church today. Therefore, as followers of Jesus Christ, it is our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
VISION - Our vision is to see that every man, woman, and child in Texoma and beyond has the opportunity to become a disciple of Jesus Christ.
CORE VALUES - Following Jesus, Being Changed by Jesus, On Mission with Jesus
As an individual who is following Jesus, we believe Jesus begins to change every part of our lives as we mature to be men and women who are on mission with Jesus. We call these changes Discipleship Outcomes.
Core values at Fusion are the foundational belief we have that Jesus calls us to follow him as he did with his first disciples. We can read the account of Jesus calling Peter and his brother Andrew in Matthew 4:18-19. We derive our core values from verse 19 when Jesus said to them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Love God - Daily intimacy with God through the Word & prayer as the highest priority.
Live Connected - Sharing life together in authentic community.
Serve Others - Using my God-given gifts for the benefit of others.
Give Generously - Faithfully investing all God has given me for his Kingdom purposes.
Share Jesus - Sharing the Gospel in my circles of influence.
In simplest terms, the gospel (Good News) is who God is and what He has done on our behalf. To elaborate a little more, the gospel is the good news of what Christ has done for us through His incarnation, life, death, and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-5). The gospel is the good and joyous news, the proclamation, the message of victory. Christ came as God incarnate, lived a sinless life, died for our sins, rose from the grave defeating death, and by grace, through faith in Him we can be saved, justified, and reconciled to God. And He is coming again.
There is only one God who exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three persons are identical in essence, equal in power, and have the same attributes and characteristics (Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Matt. 28:19).
GOD THE FATHER
The Father is fully God, and His Fatherhood is personal and eternal. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and of all who believe in Christ (Matt. 28:19-20; John 14:1-2, 21).
GOD THE SON
Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, equal with the Father. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life, and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all mankind by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead, physically demonstrating His power over sin and death, then ascended to God’s throne where He currently acts as our advocate. One day He will personally and visibly return to reign as King of kings (John 1:14, 3:16-18; Rom. 3:24-26, 5:8-9; Rev. 20:1-10).
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is a person, fully God, equal with the Father and the Son. He moved the human authors of the Bible to write God’s Word. He makes people aware of their need for Jesus Christ, performs the miracle of new birth, and comes to live permanently in every Christian the moment they trust in Jesus Christ. He unites all Christians into the one Body of Christ, providing each of them with power for service, understanding of spiritual truth, and comfort in the midst of trials. Christians mature as they submit to His leadership (1 Cor. 2:10-11, 12:11; John 3:5-7; 14:16-17, 16:8; Eph. 1:13).
The Bible is God’s revelation to us about Himself. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit so that it is without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is our supreme and final authority in faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21).
People are created in the image of God, made for relationship with Him. However, all of us are marred by sin, which separates us from God, makes us liable for judgment, and ultimately results in eternal death apart from God’s salvation through Jesus Christ (Gen 1:26-27; John 3:16-18; Rom. 3:23, 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3).
People are created to exist forever. We will either be separated from God by sin in hell or eternally in relationship with God through forgiveness and salvation in heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence (Rev. 21:6-8; John 3:16-18; Heb. 9:27; Matt. 25:31-46).
Salvation is God’s gracious gift of relationship with Him that is offered to all. We cannot enter that relationship by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ alone can we be forgiven for our sins, come into a secure, eternal relationship with God and be saved from His judgment. When we turn from depending on ourselves to Jesus Christ in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the instant one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith (John 3:16-18; Eph. 2:8-9; John 5:24; Rom. 8:1, 38-39).
The church is the family of God, the Body of Christ created by God to worship Him and reveal His glory on earth by reaching out to those who do not know Him, loving each other, growing in unity to become more like Christ, and serving others in His Name. The Church celebrates baptism and the Lord’s Supper until Jesus returns (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Matt. 28:19-20).
YOUTH MINISTRY - Combined Middle and High School
# of Students: 65
# of Volunteers: 15
Curriculum: The youth ministry uses their own material
Fusion believes that God can use the younger generation. All age groups are called to live on mission with Jesus, while living in relation with Jesus. Their heart is that all the students in the Durant area would know and share the Gospel.
On Wednesdays, the youth ministry opens the doors of the church lobby from 3:30- 7 as a way to provide a safe and fun place for students to come early, hangout, grab a snack and spend time with friends before service starts. Fusion Bible Church is conveniently located across the street from the high school, making it easy for high school students to walk to the church and not have to go home before coming back for the youth service. This open connection time is staffed by volunteers who provide supervision, selling snacks and meaningful conversations.
The Mix is an attractive weekly service that is fun and has strong bible teaching. Wednesday night services include teaching of God’s word, Worship, small groups, and a lot of fun.
Following the service many of the students and leaders head over to local fast food locations for food and fellowship.
Students are encouraged to be an active volunteer on Sundays. There are many places for students to get involved, worship, media, and kids are the primary areas students choose.
Each year a few of the youth ministries in the area gather for a weekend of worship services and service projects. Students stay in homes and gather at different churches throughout the weekend. This gives students the opportunity to meet other students in the community and for the Youth Pastors to work together and show their unity.
There is a desire from leadership and students for this new leader to be experienced with leading mission trips. In the past, students have attended church wide trips to Haiti and other locations. The desire with this new leader would be for the youth ministry to have their own mission trip opportunities.
The previous Student Pastor matched the student ministries calendar with the academic calendar. The desire from leadership is that this new leader provides a year round program, not stopping in the summer. During this transition the interim team has gone ahead and made this shift, providing services and activity throughout summer and into the school year.
Each year Fusion students enjoy special events such as summer camps, the back to school bash, and local fun days. The students like to take advantage of the local lake, fishing, boating, bowling, and local festivals.