I could not have been more proud to be part of the staff at First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls than I was this morning. As we wrapped up our staff retreat I looked around the room an was struck by the following thoughts…
Your staff is…..
VISIONARY – Our church was established about 130 years ago. In that time God has done amazing things. It seems that He has chosen to continue doing something special with us. He is allowing significant growth in attendance, depth and reach. As Pastor Bob mentioned last Sunday, we are exploring when to add an additional service, how best to help other churches in the area fulfill the great commission, and how to “wrap our arms around the community”. Ya just don’t see that very often in a “big, old, downtown, Southern Baptist church”!
COMPETENT – every staff member personally reaches people for Christ. They also know how to recruit, train and motivate hundreds of volunteers to carry out ministry on a large-scale. To be on this staff you have to be able to do both.
UNIFIED – We are a very diverse staff. Chief has been at the church for 40+ years….Zack for 5 months. Sherrie is detailed and cautious (good thing too because she leads the children), Mike is outgoing and willing to take risks. Karen (who leaves in May with her husbands transfer) has raised three awesome kids… Justin has their first on the way. Rod is missions minded. Brady is bent towards discipleship. Lowell is a “systems guy”. Ben a worshipper…. etc. Under Bob’s leadership, we all prayed, laughed and dreamed …. “in one accord”.
MATURE – In the midst of “spirited debate” they show class and grace towards each other. Maturity is independent of age!
TOUGH – They have been tested by the demands of ministry. Many have faced criticism, doubters, loneliness, disappointment, unrealistic expectations, disillusionment, etc….All have been found faithful. They are a tough bunch but have a soft heart for Jesus and His people.
Most importantly…THEY LOVE JESUS! Man, I wish you could have been at our prayer time this morning! Humble, deep, seeking after God. No “professional Christians” in the room. Just folks that LOVE THE LORD!
Just wanted you to know!