Editor's Note: This is a report from Raylene Harton, Captain of our 2020 Vision "School Partnership Team." Listen carefully as you read: you can almost hear her enthusiasm! The School Partnership Team has gotten off to a fantastic start! Our first meeting was Sunday, February 19. We had 16 of the 18 members present and … Continue reading Partnering with Local Schools
Editor's Note: This is a report from Anne Ball, Captain of the implementation team that is working on "Building Community through Interest Groups." On Sunday, Feb 26, 2017, nine brave individuals from varied backgrounds, stages of life, spiritual walks, and various First Baptist Church groups, came together to embark on a journey to "Build Community … Continue reading How Do We Build Community?
This is an article by Joel Snider that was published by the Center for Healthy Churches. It's a good reminder, as we pursue our 2020 Vision, that the church still matters, and in some ways...more than ever. My mother-in-law died twenty-five years ago. One of my wife’s brothers, also a pastor, preached the eulogy. His … Continue reading Why I Love the Church
Pastor's note: On November 20, 2016, I took some time in the Sunday morning sermon to talk about our visioning process at Richmond's First Baptist Church. I hope this excerpt from that sermon will explain some things, and add to your excitement about this adventure. Not long ago someone asked me why we were going … Continue reading Love is Bound to Grow
You may know that Richmond's First Baptist Church is trying to start 100 new small groups in the next few years. but you may not know that on Monday, February 6, nine of us got together to experiment with the form and content, to see if we could create a small group model that would … Continue reading A First Experiment