2018 and Beyond
I have already shared some strategic goals with our staff concerning ministry development here at FBCA. Let me share them with you. Over the course of the next couple of years, we are giving specific attention to:
1. Deepening the Spiritual Life of our Congregation – Spiritual Formation is of crucial importance to any church. We are evaluating how we promote, encourage, and provide for spiritual formation. We are looking at the development of strategic materials that create the atmosphere for deepening our spiritual lives as well as some tangible applications that are clear and sensible.
Further, one aspect of spiritual formation is engagement in ministry. We are setting a goal of 100% engagement in ministry. In other words, we are working on plans to help all church members to find meaningful engagement in ministry.
Another aspect of spiritual formation is stewardship. We are going to be more intentional in promoting the call to Biblical stewardship.
2. Deepening our Spiritual Impact on Downtown Arlington – Our immediate context for ministry is changing. Downtown Arlington is in transition. You can see it each time you drive through. The changes are far from over. The completion of 101 Center Housing/Retail Development and the new George Hawkes Library — all are making an immediate impact on our downtown. The launching of the Abram Street Project is exciting as the main east-west artery in downtown will be transformed. The new Park Place Housing Development is already underway as two huge, 5-story apartment/retail facilities will be located directly across the street from the Wade Building.
These improvements and changes are introducing exciting ministry opportunities for our church. All kinds of needs are introduced with such a dramatic influx of residents and businesses all within walking distance of our church. Our strategic location in Downtown Arlington could not be more favorable. We will have the opportunity to impact the lives of thousands of people each week. Wow!
3. Deepening our Impact on the Broader Arlington Community – The city of Arlington is now home to over 392,000 people. The make-up of our community has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. When I became your pastor in 2001, we were a city comprised of 60% Anglos and 40% Minorities. Today, our city is comprised of 55% Minorities and 45% Anglos.
Our city is a growing, robust, and diverse community. It is engaged in significant economic development. It is also home to the largest planned suburban development currently under construction in America — Viridian. Thousands of families will soon call Viridian home. There is re-development taking place in significant sectors across our community.
Again, these kinds of transitions offer our church so many possibilities for ministry and evangelism. We are beginning to change our nomenclature to match our strategy. We feel called to engage people in spiritual ways with spiritual means across our community (and our world). You are going to notice that we are changing the nomenclature in our Global Ministries and Community Connections departments. We are going to place the word Engagement in the titles of our staff members. We are going to address how to engage cross-culturally here and around the world. We are going to address how we might better engage the people of Arlington with the Gospel.