Our One Priority Briefing for January 9, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 — Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard

A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina

Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to Serve as Vital and Vibrant Missional Communities.

One Key Insight — Racial Reconciliation is a Key Issue for All of Us. Just like our relationship with God is something we must continually work on, our relationship with people created and redeemed by God is something on which we need to continually work on. An issue that is always present is how will deal with the full diversit

y of people and cultures in our society. It is something to which we must give our time and energy knowing that both time and energy are limited. Time is perhaps our most precious human commodity. We fill up our days with many activities.

Racial reconciliation is a key issue on which we need to focus time and energy. We need to do this interpersonally, and we need to do this by the way we gather with one another as churches-in-association.

I would like to invite you to celebrate our commitment to racial reconciliation at our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Worship and Fellowship Service at St. Andrews Baptist Church, 230 Bush River Road in Columbia. Our worship begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a time of fellowship.

Our speaker will be Rev. Ranjour Locke, who teaches preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina. We will have a combined choir led by Fred DeFoor of St. Andrews. The Men’s Choir from St. Mark Baptist Church will also be singing. Leading the service will be Dr. Andre Rogers of Concord Fellowship and John Harmon of St. Andrews. We will receive an offering for our associational hunger ministry.

One Starting or Strengthening Action — Multi-Ethnic Congregational Expressions: Our first Vision Day of 2019 is on Tuesday at Noon at North Trenholm Baptist Church at 6515 N Trenholm Rd in Columbia. We will meet in the Student Building which is the middle building in their back-parking lot.

Registration is important. To register go to https://goo.gl/forms/v58ZZMQ76dEnsTcB2. If you want lunch, registration by Thursday Noon is mandatory! We may still have plenty of lunch, but we cannot guarantee it.

The lunch is from Blue Marlin. The speakers are Ryan Dupree, Robbie McAlister, and George Bullard. We will be talking about how we can address at minimum the people from 15 formally organized ethnic associations in the CMBA area with gospel conversations. We will also be introducing a training process and a volunteer emphasis with internationals.

One Ministry Resource — People Next Door NC: A Manual for Discovery Engagement: Next week at the Vision Day on Tuesday, everyone present will receive a hard copy of the manual People Next Door NC: A Manual for Discovery Engagement. Just in case you cannot make it but want one of the key resources we will discuss, or just to get a head start, here is the manual for your to download:  https://www.columbiametro.org/vision-day-january-15th/.

This resource was developed by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, but has many applications to our context in the Columbia metropolitan area.

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