Chuck Pourciau Pastor at Broadmoor Baptist in Shreveport
Chuck Pourciau Pastor at Broadmoor Baptist in Shreveport
FAMILY: Born Sept. 2, 1961 in Baton Rouge, he was saved at Comite Baptist Church in Baton Rouge at age 9. Pourciau married his wife Tracy on Jan. 3, 1981. The couple have two daughters – Leigh and Casey. Leigh is a senior in English Education at Mississippi University for Women. Casey, who was recently married in June, graduated in May with a B.S. in nursing and is currently working as a nurse in Fayette, Alabama.
EDUCATION: He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a M.Div and Ph.D.
EXPERIENCE: Pourciau was ordained a pastor in September 1984. Whille he spent a number of years pastoring in Mississippi, he has pastored at Lewiston Baptist Church in Kentwood before returning to Louisiana in April 1999 to become pastor of Broadmoor. In the past 81/2 years, he has served on the Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Board and the Louisiana College Board of Trustees.
PRESENTATION STATEMENT: “If elected president, Chuck Pourciau will emphasize missions – both in giving and participation. He will bring a passion for evangelism and growth to his presidency. And, he will seek to help lead the Louisiana Baptist Convention to position itself effectively to reach many more people for Jesus Christ,” wrote Wayne DuBose, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Minden, in presenting Pourciau.
Why have you agreed to allow your nomination for convention president?
Several pastors for whom I have great respect approached me during the summer and asked permission to nominate me. After a month of praying about it, my wife and I decided it was God’s will to submit to their wisdom. The LBC presidency is not something I sought. I allow my nomination because I am convinced God wants it.
If elected, what will be your primary focus as convention president?
I believe God has called my church and my convention to focus on three directives. We are to help our people know Christ, love people, and reach the world. Any leadership I provide will contribute to that vision.
What are your thoughts on the issue of declining baptisms in our convention? How would you address the issue?
We can never justify declining baptisms in our church or convention. There is no positive spin to put on it. When baptisms are down at our church, it’s not God’s fault and it’s not a result of a scarcity of prospects. We must accept responsibility for our failure and implore our Father to fill us with a fervency and power that will reverse that trend. Gimmicks will not work. Only the power of the Holy Spirit poured into God’s broken people will.
What percentage of undesignated receipts does your church give to the Cooperative Program? How would you approach promotion and support of the CP?
Our church gives 10 percent of undesignated receipts to worldwide missions through the Cooperative Program. My approach would be to underscore the importance of the one thing that is unique to Southern Baptists, the Cooperative Program. Our approach to funding world missions is the best on the planet and there is not a close second. We therefore must remain ever more committed to the Cooperative Program.
Offer a brief statement about your theology, including your view of the Bible.
I have a gospel-centered theology that is fully grounded in Scripture. My understanding of Scripture is verbalized in Article 1 of the Baptist Faith & Message (2000) which states: “The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.”
How would you describe your support of Louisiana Baptist Convention agencies?
To begin with, our church sends more than $500,000 a year to the LBC through Cooperative Program gifts. During my 8½ years back in Louisiana, I have been personally active in LBC organizations through my serving on the LBC Executive Board and the Louisiana College Board of Trustees. Additionally, for the past two years, we have partnered with the LBC in a church plant in south Shreveport.
What do you see as the greatest challenge facing Louisiana Baptists at this time?
The greatest challenge facing Louisiana Baptists is the same as it was the moment Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father. It is summarized in the Great Commission. We are called to lead the people of the world to Christ and then to help them become growing disciples. That must drive all we do. That needs to determine all that we do.
What would you like Louisiana Baptists to know about you that that may not have been addressed?
I was born and reared in Baton Rouge (Geaux Tigers), but I spent many years serving as a pastor in Mississippi. I returned to my home state in April of 1999. I have been married to my wife, Tracy, for over 26 years. We have two splendid daughters. One, Leigh, is a senior in English Education at Mississippi University for Women. The other, Casey, graduated in May with a B. S. in Nursing and is currently working as a nurse in Fayette, Alabama. In June, she married Stephen Richards, and I couldn’t be prouder to have him in the family. Finally, my favorite pastimes outside of ministry and family are studying history, reading, and hunting deer and turkey.