Thursday, December 21, 2006

On the FBC 2007 Horizon

Here's a few things on the books for First Baptist in 2007...

Vision Sunday, January 7th 2007
– I will be sharing what God has placed on my heart for the future of First Baptist. I want to give the people something to grab hold of and work towards.

Deacon Family Ministry – This ministry of the deacons will be a great aid to me and will help us close the “back door” of the church by keeping in better contact with our members. All the church members will be assigned to a specific deacon who will be responsible for maintaining the relationship and meeting any needs they may have.

Construction of the Life Enrichment Center – We will see the LEC completed by the end of 2007. This has been a long-term dream for our church, and it will be wonderful to see God bring it to completion. The LEC will be a fantastic way for our church to reach out to the community. It is a multi-function building with a gym, stage area, classrooms, and a kitchen.

Membership Discovery Class - We will be working towards the development of a membership class that would be a prerequisite for joining the church. In this class we would share our beliefs, what it means to be a church member (expectations), how the church operates, and how a person can be involved. I think this will be a definite plus for the church when it comes to the commitment and retention of new members.

I've got a few other things in the works that I'll share with you as the church works through them.

I'm signing off for this year...See you next year.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas and Pastoring

You'd think these two things fit very nicely together. And they do. I only have one question though. How in the world do you go thru the Christmas season as a pastor and not gain 20 pounds??? I've really lost track of how many Christmas parties I've been to. Every group in the church has a party and they all expect you to be there. They also expect you to eat. A lot.

Let me guess...that's what new year's resolutions are for...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Church Signs

This page is really great. I've wasted hours just looking at all the really stupid messages and slogans that get put on church signs.

The church I pastor has a church sign that has interchangeable letters (so we could conceivable put those great messages out), but we only put the service times and pastor's name (like that's really important) on the sign.