On Sunday morning, October 20th I will deliver my annual State of the Church address.
This year’s “SOTC” comes at a critical juncture in the life of our congregation.
Over the past year and a half, we have been attempting to discern God’s call for our Church through an in-depth critical examination of both our neighborhood context and our congregational readiness to be the presence of Christ in that neighborhood.
Through a robust demographic study of our 10 mile radius, as well as a comprehensive self-study through the “Shared Life Survey,” we were able to identify our seven core values as a church, as well as four acute needs where we sense God calling us to focus our attention in the coming three years.
Having identified these four strategic initiatives as youth, seniors, member-mobilization, and marketing, our innovation teams have worked diligently to develop a plan to address these needs, and posture us for a strong future with hope. Just less than two weeks ago, JCBC leaders were presented with the vision for that plan. Having heard the hopes and goals of our innovation teams, leadership voted unanimously to affirm the vision, and to recommend it to the church-at-large.
Meanwhile, our most recent sermon series, THAT Kind of Church has been an effort to lay a strong foundation for our strategic plan as a congregation. For the past nine weeks, I have attempted to preach through our core values as a reminder of WHY it is we do all that we do. Each of our seven core values serves to underscore the motivation and hope behind each of the four strategic initiatives.
Now, it is time to bring the vision before the congregation-at-large.
That is why I want you to mark your calendars now for the State of the Church on Sunday morning, October 20th at 11:00 a.m.
On that day, all who love JCBC and desire the best for her future need to be present that morning, as we faithfully imagine our future together.
God is up to something good in us, beloved. Can you sense it? Will you be a part of it?
Have I told you lately how much I love being your pastor?
Well, I do.
Dr. Shaun King
Johns Creek Baptist Church