As your Pastor, I just want to thank you.
Thank you for being such a healthy church. Thank you for loving our Lord, each other, our community and our world so well. Thank you for being a place where healthy relationships thrive.
Thank you for your generosity and unselfishness. I look at all the ministry that takes place here—and I continue to be amazed. You have proven through the years that you are generous and unselfish. The proof of that is in the pudding! Ministries like the Life Shelter, the Women’s Shelter, Mission Arlington—all started in this church. Yet, none of them have our name on them. Think about all the good that is done every day in those ministries and this church instigated and has supported it all. Unselfishly. Wow.
Thank you for being generous and visionary. Your willingness to embark on new ministry and mission endeavors has been the hallmark of this church. You started the Child Development Center, the Center for Counseling and Enrichment and the church-based sending of cross cultural workers. All of those required vision, faith and generous support. You have prayed, volunteered, given and supported all of these ministries. As a result, thousands of lives have been impacted. Little children in Arlington and in Africa are healthier today because of you. Thank you!
Thank you for your willingness to embrace complex ministry relationships so that entrepreneurial people can use their gifts in the mission of God. Restore Hope and Living Hope are examples of your generous spirit in mission. We are key partners in these two ministries that are reaching thousands of people with the good news of Jesus Christ. Thank you!
Thank you for not giving up on a downtown church. Across America, downtown churches have struggled to remain vibrant and dynamic. You have stayed committed and invested in this church. You have helped create a vision for the future of this church. Consequently, we are embarking on a strategic journey of renovation and construction. You have generously responded to our Blessing the Generations Campaign. You have pledged and given millions of dollars. You have prayed for and blessed the efforts of our leaders. You have just demonstrated a welcoming spirit to this vision. Thank you!
Thank you for your patience as we begin construction. I know that we will be inconvenienced for a season around here. Our Sanctuary will be under renovation for months. We will be building a new food distribution center for Mission Arlington. We will be constructing a new Preschool/Children’s Building. We will be renovating the first floor of our main building. Whew! Thank you for your patience in all of this.
End of the day – thank you for being First Baptist Church of Arlington. I love you. I am honored to serve you as your Pastor.