ss-1003945-futuresignStaff retreat, that is. 

The leadership staff and I will be out of the office for the better part of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week as we hammer out the final details of an organizational structure that should keep the church focused on fulfilling the mission of Christ.  Lynn Turner will be heading up the Ministry of Christian Community; Ralph Starling will be leading the Ministry of Christian Invitation; Steve Booth will be in charge of the Ministry of Christian Formation; Phil Mitchell the Ministry of Christian Worship; Steve Blanchard will lead the Ministry of Christian Compassion; leaving Billy Burford in charge of Support and David Powers in charge of Communication. 

All of this is being done in an effort to “help Jesus bring heaven to earth,” by following his clear commands (i.e. “Love God with everything in you, love your neighbor as yourself, love one another as I have loved you, and make disciples by baptizing them and teaching them what I’ve taught you”).  We’ll be talking about what it means to be a missional church this Wednesday night at 6:15 in the church dining hall, and unveling the new staff structure on Sunday morning at 9:45 in the sanctuary.  If you can’t be there in person, you can participate in either or both of those events through our world wide webcast, simply by going to our web site ( and clicking on the link.

Please remember the staff as we work together and pray together over the next few days.  We have been entrusted us with an enormous responsibility, and we don’t want to let God or First Baptist, Richmond, down.



2 thoughts on “Retreat!

  1. That surely is a good looking sign to the future !
    So many of them are like pennants fluttering in the breeze.
    This one seems to have been planted by a leader with a vision- pointing down a straight and narrow path with
    satisfying “rewards” along the path and a reward at the
    end too. I”ll try to make choices that will support our
    new plans and orientation.

    Jim, thank you for all you are doing.

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