"Worship is man's full reason for existence. Worship is why we are born and why we are born again." A.W. Tozer

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Setlist - 05.15.11

Week #147 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, May 15th.

- Everlasting God by Brenton Brown
- O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing by David Crowder
- Glorified by Jared Anderson
- Happy Day by Tim Hughes
- The Lord Reigns by Gateway Worship

What a day today at church. Today was Vision Sunday at Bethel. For the past 90 days our pastor and elders have been seeking what God has for our church for the next five years through 2016. The past couple years haven't been easy as we've had our rough spots, seen a decline in attendance, etc. and realized we just didn't have a focus of where our church was going. We have a mission statement, but as a church we had no vision statement. We brought in a consultant who spent the day with the leadership of the church and that's what set us on this path that brought us to today. It hasn't been an easy 90 days for our pastor and elders as they have been meeting pretty much every week since mid-February. There has been much dialogue and prayer in multiple meetings with the congregation. A lot of revising and reformatting, but today the church was presented with the vision. As much as it's a vision for the church, it's also a vision for ourselves personally. There isn't any great new idea within the vision, but it's a vision that is how the life of any Christ follower should be. For our church it's a huge vision and one that can only be accomplished by God. I'm not gonna lie and say it's going to be easy because it's not. It's gonna take a lot of time and effort. Our church is going to be stretched, the ministries in the church are going to be stretched and personally we're all going to be stretched. It's just my prayer that I'm personally up to the challenge. I would ask that all of you remember our church, me and the worship ministry in your prayers. We're going to need it. So here the vision for Bethel Baptist Church for the next five years through 2016 is that we would be:
A dynamic community of 600 joyful believers experiencing the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ, our hearts ablaze with love for God, love for one another, and love for a needy world; where the atmosphere is charged with inspirational teaching, fervent prayer, passionate worship, extravagant generosity, and a spirit of expectancy, all to the glory of God.
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  1. Ryan,

    It sounds like an exciting time for your church. Love the vision statement and look forward to hearing strategically how you will live into this in the days ahead.

    Dream Venti:

    "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen". (Ephesians 3:20-21)


  2. Thanks Terry! We've got a bunch of goals and strategies that we'll be working through. I might try and write a post more specifically about it in the future. And that's the verse that the leadership has landed on as a focus for this whole process.