KNOWING. GROWING. SHARING. LEADING.
Vision Conference Dates: October 1, 8, 15 and 22
Please join us on these four Sundays in October as we seek to follow God's leading and direction for His church. We believe that God is preparing us for some very exciting and fruitful times of ministry in the near future! Imagine what great and powerful things He can do through us if we are willing to follow Him!
It is with much excitement and joyful anticipation that the leadership team (pastors and deacons) of Norton Baptist Church present to you what God has placed on our hearts as it relates to the future of our church!
After much prayerful consideration, we have come to full agreement that God is leading us to make some important and necessary changes which will lead our church toward spiritual health. The main emphasis and motivation behind this effort is to guide our church to refocus our energy and adjust our priorities to fit more closely with what God has clearly set forth in His Word. To be clear, everything that we have discussed and will discuss relates only to the methods that are used to proclaim and explain God's unchanging message.
The need to reach people with the gospel and to help believers grow spiritually is just as great today as it has ever been. Yet, we feel that as a church, we have grown somewhat complacent and have allowed ourselves to become distracted from doing what Christ has commanded us to do - to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..." (Matt. 28:19). It is our desire to see this commandment earnestly followed and lived out in and through our church.
The first step that God has led us to in this process is to set a vision. Setting a vision will help us as a whole church to focus our hearts and minds on a common objective and to work towards fulfilling God's mission for His church.
What are we to be most concerned about when it comes to our church? That is the question that the leadership team has made their priority to answer. As God has led us, we have come to understand that He would have our church be most concerned about the following four aspects:
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Each of these four aspects of the vision are founded upon Biblical passages and principles, and we are united as a leadership team moving forward in the effort to guide Norton Baptist Church to passionately pursue these four things above everything else.
OK. But what does this look like?
This is another question that the leadership team is making it a priority to answer. Discussions have already begun and are expected to continue for some time. What we can tell you right now is that this is all of God - His working in us to cause us to pursue what will most effectively lead our church toward spiritual health. You may have many other questions, of which we assure you that we intend to provide answers in due time.
One way that we want to help you think through the changes that the vision necessitates is to dedicate a 4-part series of messages during the month of October (starting October 1, 2017), with each message emphasizing a different aspect of the vision. Each week will also include a time set aside in the evening to help us walk through some of the practical applications for our church to think through. Those evening sessions will also include a time for Q and A. It would be of great help to us if you would write down any questions you have and get them to us ahead of time so that we can provide thorough and clear answers to you.
God is at work at Norton Baptist Church – we believe that He has been preparing us for some very exciting and fruitful times of ministry in the near future. We hope that you will pray with us and do your part in seeking God’s will for His church, knowing that He can and will do great and powerful things through us if we are willing to follow Him!
--Norton Baptist Church Leadership Team