I began my work as your pastor in August of 2001. I remember telling folks that I was the Pastor of First Baptist Arlington — and, sometimes they would ask me where our church was located. I would answer, “In Downtown Arlington.” Often, people would ask me, “Where is Downtown Arlington?!”
Well, we are living in a new day. Downtown Arlington is on the map, so to speak. The flurry of construction activity all around us is a testament to the renewal of this part of our city. We are truly strategically located in a growing and thriving area of the metroplex. Downtown Arlington is taking on a new identity.
On Tuesday of this week, our Staff gathered for our regular Staff Meeting. After our normal activities, we divided into 8 groups. Josh Stowe led us in a training session. He gave us maps of Downtown Arlington that had been particularly prepared for us. We had lunch together and prayed together.
Then, our Staff Teams disbursed across the entire Downtown Arlington area. We knocked on every door and visited every business in Downtown. First of all, we introduced ourselves as representatives from FBC Arlington. We thanked the business owners and employees for their investment in our community. We then invited them to free lunches at our church on Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week.
Our new Executive Financial Officer, Phyllis Lisby, and I walked together and visited with businesses all along Abram Street. We had incredible conversations with our Downtown neighbors. We had numerous spiritual conversations with folks who were just very open with us. It was an incredible experience.
We are going to have a de-briefing session soon to hear from all 8 teams. We will follow up with these businesses before Holy Week. But this is just a first step. It is the initiation of our plan to be a true Spiritual Presence in Downtown Arlington.
I want to ask you to join with us in praying for our Downtown community — for the folks in particular who live and work here. We want to seek them out and minister to them as we can. God has placed us here for a time such as this.
I will keep you posted!