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.


chipearle said...

I recommend at some point doing a "I'm a Christian, now what?" class. Something to give people an idea of what to do after they've made a verbal commitment. People have no idea what to do next and that loses many people so I'd encourage something like that in the future as well. Just a thought.... Hope your Christmas was good. Later...

BTW, I got Robin Hood Men in Tights on DVD, it's just as good now as ever.

chipearle said...

I'm glad you like being a pastor. You are one of the few who seemed to know early on what they wanted to do and be. Not me but I'm glad it's all working out for you. Keep it up honkey!

Anonymous said...

All this vision planning stuff is great... however, what the people really want is just more pictures of your son? We need more Luke! :)
Tonia Darge

Mark said... many different careers have you had already, and you're not even 30. I remember back in the day when it was med school...and then the air force...and look at you now...a marathon runner. I hear they pay big for 1st in the Boston marathon.

Tonia...coming, coming