Written by Ben Johnson This past Sunday, we were able to have our first annual Vision Night! It was an exciting time that allowed us to see all that God had done in 2010 and present all that we would like to accomplish in 2011. The agenda was packed as Pastor Gardner started the night by explaining our church philosophy in Be, Do, Serve, and Train. As the night went on, it was clear that because of the many ways to get involved at Vision Baptist; we were unable to share all the things that we hope God allows us to do this year. The program followed our philosophy with the ways to get involved in each level. At the Be level, it was shown how we could get involved in learning the Bible through the preaching in the main services as we plan to go through the books of Hosea, First Corinthians and Proverbs this year, through our Adult Bible Fellowship classes, and through our Foundations discipleship series. However, it wasn’t just about the adults learning the Bible, but that the children would as well through Children’s Church on Sunday Mornings and Thursday Nights. The next main section of the program was the Do level. In this part, we were shown how to get involved in spreading the Gospel through literature, what we can do to help keep the church clean, build relationships with the public servants in our area, and how we could be involved in helping missionaries as they leave and return to the field. The final speaker in this portion, John Pearson, showed how much we have given since the church began and how this year we plan to give more to missions, start saving money for a piece of property and other financial goals. Finally, we had to finish on the Serve part of our agenda. During this time, we had a unanimous vote for Warren Frick to become the Senior Saints pastor. There was also a time where we heard updates and goals that our staff missionaries wanted to accomplish in this coming year. We then moved into hearing about ministries we could be a part of to reach people with the Gospel of Christ – from the Spanish church led by Pastor Ronald Tubillas, to the bus ministry, Nursery ministry, music ministry, media ministry, a new campus ministry starting at Devry and the hope to start churches inside I-285 and in more rural areas of the United States. Trent Cornwell was the last speaker in this part and he cast a vision of wanting to start a pregnancy clinic in the near future. As you may be able to tell, it was a full and exciting evening service. It was great that we had so much that we were unable to finish it all and will have to wait until Pastor Gardner returns from his trip to India and Thailand to go over the Train part of the agenda from last night. Lord willing, this will be another amazing year in which God blesses and we will be able to see him work here in Alpharetta and around the world.
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