Can you believe it has already been nearly three years since we passed our first ever strategic plan? And who can deny how God has used it to help us become a stronger and healthier body of Christ? By God’s grace we have accomplished much for His name’s sake. However, the work is not done. First Baptist is far from perfect. But it is not about perfection. It is about direction and I am persuaded we are on the right direction.
Strategic planning is a key reason why we’re heading the right direction. It might not be the most exciting thing we do and it certainly is not the easiest, but it is clearly one of the most important. Why? Because when we make plans to spread God’s glory and humbly submit them to His will, we’re honoring our God’s methods. Think about it for a minute. The God of the universe made you in His image and likeness. Because of that unique position and calling we were simultaneously given privileges and responsibilities like no other aspect of God’s created world. Chimpanzees don’t build skyscrapers and fish don’t plan churches; only God’s image bearers do things like that. Why? Because we carry the imprint of a sovereign God who plans. When we make biblical plans, we’re showing the world a glimpse of what our Father in heaven is like so that they too can glorify Him. That’s why one of our priorities for 2017 is the development of a Three-Year Strategic Ministry Plan (2018-20).
Over the next few months, we’re going to be forming a strategic leadership team, gathering input from the congregation through surveys, praying, and seeking God’s wisdom regarding the direction that He would have us go in the coming years.
Thank you in advance for your input and prayer.
Your Pastor and Deacons