I hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebration and were able to focus on the incredible gift of Jesus Christ! We continue to receive an incredible response to this year’s presentations of Carols by Candlelight, which had a global impact with viewers in every state and over 45 countries. Thank you for a job well done and for your partnership in sharing the gospel this Christmas. Many lives were impacted and I believe the Lord was honored in our efforts.
As we turn the page to 2016 we do so with a sense of excitement and expectancy. You’ve heard me say it many times but it deserves repeating: the best days of First Baptist Jackson are ahead! Confident in that belief, the focus of the Music and Worship Ministry this spring is very simple: to aggressively position our ministry for the arrival of our new pastor. As you know, one of the things that makes First Baptist Jackson distinctive is our choir and orchestra. Over the next 12 weeks we will be leveraging that distinctiveness by focusing on our weekly attendance and growing our overall membership. It is our goal to be ready to partner with our new pastor on DAY 1 of his arrival to take the love of Jesus to our city and world. For this to happen we have to be ready to roll…and that will require your help!
As we begin this journey I need you to do 2 things:
- COMMIT TO BE IN THE LOFT THIS SUNDAY
Although rehearsals do not resume until Wednesday, January 13, we WILL be in the loft this Sunday, July 10. Dr. Jerry Young will be our guest preacher for both morning services and the choir will be singing “Victory Is Mine” with Evelyn Adams as soloist. Dr. Young serves as pastor of New Hope Baptist Church here in Jackson and is the president of the National Baptist Association, the largest African-American religious organization in the United States. Those who participated in STRONGER TOGETHER: A NIGHT OF UNITY, will remember Dr. Young for his role in that service. Trust me…you don’t want to miss this!
You will receive a separate email via Planning Center Online asking you to commit for Sunday. Please take 5 seconds and let us know you will be in the loft this Sunday. Our goal is to have 65 in the loft for 9AM and 150 in the loft for 10:30AM. In order to reach these goals we need you to be here!
- COMMIT TO BE IN REHEARSAL NEXT WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13
In addition to rehearsing new music for this spring we will be explaining the specifics of WORSHIP 2020. Beginning in July of 2014 a group of 40 leaders, representing all areas of our ministry (choir, children, students, senior adults, instrumental, technology), began an 8-month process of evaluating and development of a strategic plan for our ministry. The result of that process, which include ten goals to drive our ministry for the next five years, will be on introduced as part of our rehearsal on January 13. The WORSHIP 2020 plan will allow us to be a “ministry in motion” when our new pastor arrives and can easily be dovetailed with the overall long range vision of the church that will be developed under his leadership.
2016 is going to be an incredible year! I look forward to seeing you in the loft this Sunday as we lead our church family in the ultimate priority: WORSHIP!
Pursuing the Call!