WE BID GOODBYE TO 2018
Each year at FBC Arlington is filled with significant events and memorable experiences as we follow The Jesus Way together as a church family. This past year has been no exception. We spent the entire year of 2018 exploring the theme, Finding Your Way.Let me remind you of our journey:
Finding Your Way . . .
. . . through the Bible
. . . on the Jesus Way
. . . in Relationships
. . . towards Spiritual Maturity
. . . in Ministry
. . . around the World
. . . to Bethlehem
We began 2018 with a sense of renewed energy and hope. Our new Sanctuary opened in the Fall of 2017. We have “lived into” this new room in our corporate worship life as a church. It has been a great year in worship.
On February 11, 2018 – we broke ground on our new Preschool/Children’s Education Building! It was a great day of celebration as our families gathered on the construction site and celebrated our future together. We gathered there later in the year for a time of dedication and commemoration. Families scattered across the foundation of the new building, wrote Scripture on the steel beams, and prayed God’s blessings upon the future ministries that will be housed in this new facility. Again – it was a memorable experience.
We initiated several changes in our infrastructure this past year in our church. After the approval of the recommendations from the Governance Task Force, we welcomed the new Great Commission Council and the new Advisory Council to our church’s leadership structure.
The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) really began its work together once the new year commenced in 2018. The ELT was created earlier — but our team joined the Personnel Committee for the first time on a regular basis in 2018. And Barry Rock, Curt Grice, Josh Stowe, and I now serve as voting members on the Advisory Council.
We also elected the new Worship Ministry Assessment and Search Committee and it began its work in 2018. This committee has already had a significant recommendation approved by the church. That recommendation has created two new positions in our Worship Ministry: Minister of Worship (Classic) and Minister of Worship (Contemporary).
We also re-organized our Business Office and created the new position, Executive Financial Officer. After a significant search, we hired Phyllis Lisby to serve in this new role in our church’s operational structure.
And – we created a new position in our Hospitality Ministry and we have welcomed Katie Seelye to this new role.
After a very meaningful Faith at Home event this summer, we kicked off a new Family Ministry emphasis at FBCA. We have re-vamped our Wednesday night schedule with the implementation of MIDWEEK. While this new ministry program has room for improvement, it has proven to be successful on numerous levels.
And – we have been blessed by the work of our Leadership Committee in 2018. We have focused on assisting our church members in discovering their spiritual gifts, leadership style, and personality type. Over 800 adults have taken the Assess Me evaluations. Most of our Adult Bible Study classes have studiedthe commensurate curriculum as well.
Again, 2018 has been a significant year for our church. And now, we are facing 2019! What will this year hold for us? We know we will officially open our new Preschool/Children’s Building this summer. We also will welcome new team members to our Worship Ministry. We will see what else this year holds.
I am incredibly grateful for 2018 —– and I am hopeful for 2019!