Looking Forward

Our Long Range Planning Team hosted a discussion forum for our congregation this past Sunday. This team has labored for months in helping our church plan for the coming years.

A little review is in order—

In August 2015, our congregation approved recommendations in four areas: Family Focus, Bible Study/Discipleship, Missions, and Marketing. The church then tasked the Long Range Planning Team to look further into a fifth area—our Facilities. This focus on facilities was the result of the findings of the four original areas.

These folks diligently worked during the fall months of 2015. Consultants from our Texas Baptist Convention
evaluated our campus. In summary, they concluded that our present facilities needed some renovation and that our space for preschoolers was operating at maximum capacity. Then our Long Range Facility Study team visited seven churches to take a close look at their facilities.

Though the focus during this time has been on our facilities, the other four areas have not been neglected. Our Family Focus team has formulated plans for a Home Point Center where parents can access literature and other resources. In response to the findings of our Bible Study/Discipleship group, new Bible Study classes have formed. We are formulating local mission projects in response to the recommendations from the Missions group. And, the church elected a Marketing team to help our church communicate effectively and to make our community aware of who we are.

During our Business Conference on January 31, the Long Range Planning team will make three recommendations:
1. To form a Building Committee. (This committee will oversee renovations as well).

2. To form a Building Finance Committee.

3. To receive an offering to allow the church to move forward immediately. These funds will allow us to create the Home Point Center mentioned above (approximately $10,000), purchase furnishing for First Impressions—our greeting ministry (approximately $10,000), and to secure the services of an architect (approximately $25,000). The church has already approved the Home Point Center and the purchase of furnishings. This offering will provide the needed funding.

We will discuss these proposals before we vote on January 31.

See you Sunday,


Stephen G. Hatfield
Senior Pastor

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