FBC STRATEGIC PLAN
The Strategic Planning Committee meetings, discussion, interviews, and prayer have led us to choose 3 emphases for our proposed strategic plan. It is our hope that many of our church activities can align with these 3 themes. We invite groups and ministries to find ways to support these areas as they see fit.
Plants and fruit were made on the 3rd day of creation (Genesis 1:12), and they were given to us as food (Genesis 1:30). Food is an important theme in the Bible; we enjoy food as sustenance, pleasure, and as a way of building community. Jesus’ miraculous feeding of 5,000 people is recorded in all our gospels. The Lord’s Supper is a meal where we know Jesus’ presence with us, and Jesus eats with the disciples after his resurrection (John 21:15). But food is challenge for many people in our community and world, as many go hungry due to poverty. Ironically, obesity is an epidemic for many people who have too much, while others go hungry. As sinners, we find our relationship to food is complicated, and the church is challenged to healthily feed others as Jesus did.
Being a Church Family
God made us to live in community. God saw the need for Adam to not be alone (Genesis 2:18). Two are better than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9), and God called Israel and then the church to be his people (Jeremiah 7:23). Jesus calls the church to be a family: “whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Matthew 12:50). In a time of social isolation, the church is called to be a family of families and a family to those who have no family. Building the kingdom of God means building the kinship of all people of all ages, and especially to those who are vulnerable and alone.
Hospitality to all is a mark of God’s kingdom. Abraham and Sarah welcomed 3 strangers who were angels (Genesis 18), and Rahab welcomed the Israelites (Joshua 2). Hebrews 13:2 commands us to “not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” The church is called to be present to its community through welcoming others to its facilities, ministries, and generosity. The true church will be a seven day church, available to its community on a regular basis.