In our ONE Day service (on August 31), I issued the challenge to Do Something. On that day, I challenged us individually to do something for God more than we have ever done before now. I also challenged us as a church to do something more than we have ever done in our history.
I hope that you are praying about your individual commitment. You are going to have the opportunity on Sunday, December 7, to declare that commitment before the Lord.
In this correspondence to you, I want to address where we are as a church in our joint Do Something challenge.
We started in September with dreaming. Over 300 ideas were submitted. In October, we went through a process of discernment. From those over 300 ideas, six ideas seemed to come to the top as we met in Focus Groups. Again those six ideas are: a planned revival event, a planned crusade event involving other churches, the expansion of our Christian School to include a high school, a more intentional ministry to UL-Lafayette, establishing a satellite campus, and the expansion of our benevolence ministry coordinated by a full-time staff member.
In our original outline, I suggested that November would be the month of deciding. I am ready to do that, but maybe just not in the way we had originally planned. That is, the decision I am calling for is definitely not a final decision, but instead more “next-steps” in an on-going process. I shared much of this with the congregation on Sunday night, November 16.
I have arrived at this proposal through my own journey of prayer and discernment as well as listening to you through the response cards which were turned in as the six Task Forces shared their reports on Sunday night, November 2. I believe the responses submitted on the cards help us to clarify what God is saying to His church. Specifically, the responses reveal some common agreement in where God is leading and some common agreement in where God is not leading.
Attempting to give us leadership to next steps, I propose in the coming days the following actions.
Regarding the Full-Time Benevolence Pastor—We can be more organized in communicating to our congregation what we are already doing and other opportunities that we have to partner with others in our community who are already very involved. I encourage you to consider making this your individual Do Somethingcommitment. I commit to you a Ministry Fair in January 2015 to expose our congregation to the many options available to us to be a part of community ministries.
Regarding a Satellite Campus—Whereas the majority of our congregation does not feel this as a viable option to pursue in the most immediate way, we should find ways to make ourselves available to this idea in the years to come, especially if we would be contacted by an existing church in hopes of revitalization of their ministry.
Regarding Revival—Immediately, we will begin to plan a revival event for January, 2016. The January date seems to be best on our calendar to maximize our greatest potential. In the meanwhile, I will share with you in January 2015 specific action steps that all of us can be taking to prepare for and pray for revival.
Regarding Crusade—There is great consensus that the church revival should precede the area-wide crusade. I will begin targeting other churches in our city to see if there is interest in joining with us for a potential area-wide crusade in 2017.
Regarding Expanded Intentional Ministry at UL-Lafayette—Though there is consensus that God wants us to do more in this area, the details of what that should look like are very uncertain. Our next steps should be to establish clearly defined goals and then set action plans to achieve these goals. I would like to be able to present to the church a more specific vision about this in the first part of 2015.
Expansion of FBCS to Include a High School—I have been pleasantly surprised as to how this journey has presented so much enthusiasm toward a high school. I share that enthusiasm! Honestly, I believe that this is one of the fundamental callings and passions of my life.
There are three things I want you to understand now.
- There will always be people who choose a different option for school. I understand and appreciate that.
- This can be a polarizing issue. Though there is a majority in our church ready to do this, there is a minority very against this. We will listen to everyone in this process.
- There is much work that must be done before a final proposal is offered to the church. Be praying.
If you have thoughts, questions, or concerns about any of this, please feel free to call or e-mail me.
In closing, I want to thank you for your participation, excitement, and praying.
Let’s Do Something!
Pastor Steve Horn