Why Do We Need to Focus Over the Next Five Years?

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Why Do We Need to Focus Over the Next Five Years?

When I was in seminary, I realized I needed glasses. My eyesight wasn’t terrible; in fact, after I started wearing glasses, my vision improved slightly—much to the delight of my optometrist. But each year, I return to the eye doctor expecting that my vision needs to be corrected again. As much as we hate to […]

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Vision Vocabulary

On Sunday, August 2, I shared the five goals of our 2020 vision. On August 26, I’ll present the full details of our proposal. We’ll be throwing around a lot of terms and concepts that night, and I want to define a few of the words we’ll be using in our proposal. Assessment- an online […]

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Unplugged

We just returned from a week without screens. Our family traveled to a YMCA camp in Estes Park, Colorado without phones, kindles, ipads, televisions, and music. We disconnected social media, email, news and trusted that life would go on without us. We left emergency numbers with those who could find us, and we had the […]

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Mission Report

Mission Report

This week, I’m pleased to share this space with our Builder’s for Christ and Haiti Mission Teams. Throughout the month of July, we’ve been on mission for Jesus nationally and internationally. These groups will be sharing a full report on Wednesday evening, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Here are the highlights of […]

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Upcoming Fall Events

August is a month of promotion, vision-casting, and hospitality at First Baptist. Please take note of these fantastic opportunities to get involved and to grow in your faith. August 9- Commissioning SMBS leadership in worship for the new SMBS year August 16- Promotion Sunday. Pick up a free “FBC” t-shirt to wear on T-shirt Tuesdays […]

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Strategic Plan

For 166 years, our church has been a lighthouse on the hill for our community and the world. This Sunday, I want to share a vision to reach people for Jesus over the next 5 years. Our Strategic Planning Committee has been working hard to compile the suggestions from our church, assess our current opportunities, […]

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Mental Models of Church

Everyone has a model of the way a church should work. As Peter Senge writes, mental models are deeply held images of life that shape the way we think, believe, and behave. Often we are not even aware of the effects they have on our behavior, but these models are expressed in our language, actions, […]

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2nd Quarter Giving

Thank you for faithfully giving in 2015 to the budgeted ministries of First Baptist. We have so much to be grateful for, and we have work to do to meet our budget goal. Before I share the need, I want you to know how your giving has already impacted the lives of our students this […]

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8 Barriers to Courageous Faith

We just returned from a great weekend in Sarasota watching Parker swim in the Florida Age Group Championships. Swimming, like many other sports, has its own little world of customs, expectations, and rules. If you want to swim, you do what the officials and coaches say. Otherwise, you’re disqualified. If you follow the rules, you […]

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