First Baptist Church Update
A lot is happening around here at FBC Arlington! It truly is amazing how God is at work through the life of our church. I just want to give you a few quick updates from my perspective.
2018/2019 Budget: Our Executive Leadership Team (ELT) has worked closely with the key lay leaders of our church to draft a new budget for the next fiscal year. We are recommending a budget of $6.58 million for the new year. This is a 4.4% increase over last year’s budget – but only a 2.3% increase over last year’s actual receipts. We exceeded our budget goal this past year by over $133,000! Praise God!
This budget reflects the re-structuring of all of our ministries into three major divisions: Pastoral Ministry, Spiritual Formation, and Operational Resources. The ministry expenditures are connected to our core commitments: Worship, Spiritual Formation, Ministry, Fellowship, Evangelism/Mission, and Infrastructure.
We will hear a presentation of the new budget on April 25 at our Quarterly Church Conference in Suite 120 of the Wade Building. We will then vote on the budget on Sunday morning, April 29 in both morning worship services. I am truly pleased with all of the hard work that this budget represents. I think you will be pleased as well. Our Deacon Council has already unanimously approved it and will join our Finance/Stewardship Committees in presenting it to our church.
Governance Proposal: Our Governance Task Force completed its work and presented a proposal to the church at a special called church conference in April. The church approved this sweeping proposal. Basically, this proposal gives us new and fresh guidance for how we make decisions as a church and it brings about several changes in our FBCA Church Constitution and Bylaws. It was a much-needed exercise and the proposal is now in effect. We have to officially vote on the constitutional changes on June 10. I applaud the work of the Task Force led remarkably by Mark Wade. We are well-positioned for the future as a church family to answer the many challenges that lie ahead.
Advisory Council: We have completely re-structured the Advisory Council of our church. It is now a smaller entity with specifically-designed tasks. It will be a strategic part of the decision-making process of our church going forward. Creating this new entity has honored both our commitment to strong staff leadership and representational congregational governance. Our key lay leaders and staff leaders are now connected in an official capacity with real duties that will benefit the overall life of our church. Please be in prayer for this new Council. Nathan Stearns is our inaugural Chair and is already doing an outstanding job. We have had our first meeting and it was a great start! Stay tuned.
Sanctuary Update: We are still completing some small tasks in our newly-remodeled Sanctuary. We have just finished some slight modifications to handrails in various places in the room. We are working on completing some wiring that needs to be added under the platform to provide better access for our remote cameras. We are still evaluating the need for screens in the balcony (the wiring is already in place to receive them). We are waiting on the final wall-lighting sconces to be installed. So, there are a few “odds and ends” that are being completed.
Preschool/Children’s Education Building: Wow!! The work is truly progressing on our new building. You can actually see the outline of the building now in the ground work. Piers have been put in place. The foundation is about to be constructed. All manner of underground work has been underway for weeks. It is pretty exciting to see the progress. This time next year (no pressure) – we should be just about ready to move in!
So – a lot is happening. I hope you are invested and engaged! God bless you!