Pastor's Thoughts
Vital Signs of a Healthy Church
       How does a church know when it is healthy? What are the vital signs of church health?  That is going to be a focus of Holden FBC in the coming weeks.  In this article, I want to inform you of some plans to help the church grow healthier for the future.
      The Missouri Baptist Convention has developed tools to help her churches become healthier.  The tool we will use is called "Vital Signs of a Healthy Church."  It is a spiritual check-up for churches in the areas of biblical worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism.  These are 5 functions of a New Testament church.  This tool will be used by a group of 8-10 persons in the church who prayerfully decide how the church can improve at each of the 5 functions.  A specialist from the Missouri Baptist Convention will come to the church to guide the process which takes about 2-3 hours.
      So, over the next few weeks, I will be finalizing who will be on this ad hoc group that will work together to see what weaknesses need improving, what strengths need fortifying, and what priorities the church will focus on over the next 18-24 months.  I will accept suggestions from the congregation about who should be on this team with the hope of developing a diverse group of all ages, backgrounds, male and female, as well as commitment levels.  This group needs to have a positive attitude and willingness to put aside personal preferences for the good of Holden FBC.
       I believe our future will be bright if our commitment is to honor Jesus Christ, follow His Word, and work together as His people to become a healthy church.  This is a step in that direction.  Please commit to praying for this process and a hopeful outlook on our future, trusting that Jesus will build His church His way (Matt. 16:18). Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for the ad hoc team that will do the "Vital Signs" project.

Pastor Justin