Our Strategic Planning Team along with our Ministerial Staff have identified “three key areas” or “three big things” that we as a church need to do well in, in order to move forward as the Lord would have us to. My new sermon series which starts on March 6 is called, “These Three Things.”
These three things are areas we as a church must succeed in if we want to fulfill our purpose and mission. Can you recall what our new purpose and vision statements are? Let’s review.
What is our purpose? “The Purpose of Central Baptist Church is to live for Christ, love people, and make disciples!” This is our job description. We find this very command from our Lord Jesus in the Great Commandment and in the Great Commission.
What is our vision? “The Vision of Central Baptist Church is to be a people of acceptance, healing, equipping and sending.” Whereas our purpose is our job description, our vision is our desired outcome. We find this modeled in the life of our Lord. He accepted the broken, the hurting, the sinner, and all who were heavy burdened. He brought healing to them through his touch but more importantly through his death, burial and resurrection. He equipped them by training them but also by giving them the Holy Spirit who would guide them the rest of their lives. But Jesus also sent them into the world, into the community, into His kingdom, to do his work. This should be our model as well.
So what are “These Three Things?” They are Evangelism, Discipleship, and Loving Relationships. We are calling them “Critical Success Factors.” For the months of March, April, and May we will be focusing on each of these subjects one subject at a time, one month at a time. We will also be providing you with practical steps to bring these things into priority in your life and in our church.
This spring each of our ministries will be developing an action plan on how their ministry will help the overall church find success in these three areas. What started a couple of years ago with a group of 10 lay people in the conference room will now be coming into fruition as we as a congregation get behind our purpose and vision to bring God the glory He deserves.
These are exciting days at Central and I am honored to be called your Pastor!
Until the whole world hears,