Future, Forward, Faith

At Ball Camp Baptist Church, we are in the midst of an exciting endeavor. We are walking with God and looking toward our future. We are calling this process Future, Forward, Faith.

We are focused on Future because we believe that God will continue to work in and through the people of Ball Camp. Therefore, we look to the future with discerning and expectant eyes to see the places and ways God will invite us to join the work.

We are focused on Forward because that is the only direction we can go. There is much to celebrate in our past, as well as mistakes from which we can learn. However, we can neither recreate past victories nor undo past mistakes. We can remember them and learn from them as we go forward into the future that God has for us.

We are focused on Faith because that is what makes us a people.  Our common experience of the grace of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our life together. It is the reason we worship, witness, develop and minister together. We share Christ’s love because it has been freely given to us. For all the uncertainties that the future may hold, our faith is not uncertain. It holds us and holds us together. Without it, we would lack the courage to look to the future and the strength to move forward toward it. Future, Forward, Faith is us, together, listening and learning as we walk together with God.

We are being led in our Future, Forward, Faith journey by our Strategic Visioning Leadership Team. The team members are Alpha Patrick, Michelle Gamble, Hannah Chambers, Janie Wallace, Karen Diaz, Brenda Bradley, Vernon Gordon, Robbie Kelly, Gary Rochelle, Mike Wilson, Ernie Jennings and Bob Bridges. They have recruited interviewers from among the membership of our church. Those interviewers have been trained to conduct interviews with our active members and regular attendees.  These conversations are vital to the success of our Future, Forward, Faith process.  They will give each of us a chance to share, in a relaxed setting, the ways that we have seen God at work in our church, and the ways that we hope to see God at work in the future. If an interviewer has not contacted you yet, one will be doing so soon. Please receive the call as an opportunity to serve the Lord and your community of faith at Ball Camp.

Also, please be in prayer for team members, interviewers, and those being interviewed. During this phase of the process, over 300 interviews will be conducted. That is 300 conversations about how God is at work in the lives of the people of Ball Camp Baptist Church.  If we did nothing else, I believe that we would benefit greatly. There is power in telling our stories. But we will do more than that. On August 1st, we will gather after our morning worship service to see and hear what we have said about the ways God has been at work, and the ways we hope to see God at work, as we look to the Future and go Forward in Faith.

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