Imagine 20/20

Easter services were such a blessing to me. I love seeing our people come together to worship and to celebrate our risen Lord. The attendance at the two services here and the one at Easter on Broad—were proof that our community and world are hungry for something good and holy in their lives. Praise God for our church, its worshipers and its ministries!

This Sunday morning, April 8, at 9 AM in Fellowship Hall, we will gather again to celebrate what God is doing in our church and community through Imagine 20/20. This will be our first Congregational Conversation of 2018; and I hope you will not only be present but also participate—because it is, after all, a conversation. For those who are new to First Baptist and have not been a part of the previous Conversations, let me recap the emerging of the dream of where our church will be in 2020 based on God’s will for us and His opening doors for us.

All of our imagining has been based on the words of Paul in Ephesians 3:20: Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask and imagine, according to His power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Our Church Family helped conceive the dreams of Imagine 20/20 by identifying five categories on which we would focus our time, energy and prayers: Connections, Leadership, Missions, Spiritual Growth, and Worship. Teams of congregants, who were committed to pursuing the dream in one or more of these categories, came together to discuss, plan and seek God’s will.

From these discussions came Second Story (our City Ministry in Uptown to college students and young adults, led by Brandon Strozier), the Leadership Institute, enhanced missions involvement (under the leadership of our new Minister of Missions Engagement, Howie Hooper), the Place Inventory (to discern the spiritual gifts of our people), and the incorporation of some changes in our worship experience. I hope you have been or will be a part of one of the I 20/20 teams. If you have not been, please come to this Sunday’s Congregational Conversation to hear their reports and select the team that best fits your interests and passions.

We have made significant progress in fulfilling the dream of Imagine 20/20; but there is more to do, and you can help. It is vitally important that all of our people be involved in this endeavor as we continue to seek God’s will and watch as He opens new doors for our church. From the beginning, Christ followers have been passionate people—about the Gospel, about loving one another, and about serving as Christ himself served. I urge you to join us this Sunday, April 8, at 9 AM in Fellowship Hall as we pursue the Imagine 20/20 dream together. There will be no 8:30 worship service and no Youth or Adult Bible Study at 9:45. Our 11:00 service will be a celebration of all God has done and will do among us.

I’ll see you Sunday morning at 9:00 in Fellowship Hall for conversation, good reports and important information on the amazing progress of this Imagine 20/20 experience.

Your Pastor,

Jimmy Elder