from our Minister of Missions and Faith Development:
Here I hope to make sense of a long and perhaps cumbersome title. I am the Minister of Missions and Faith Development. I don’t view this as two separate areas of ministry such as a Minister to Students and Senior Adults (Yes, I have heard of that exact combination). Rather I view my role as two sides of the same coin. James puts it this way, “faith without works is dead.” As we develop in our faith our desire to do the work of God grows within us. In like manner the more we “work” for God the deeper and more mature our faith becomes as we get closer to the heart of God. Therefore it is my role to not only provide opportunities for us to deepen our faith as a church but also to coordinate opportunities to put that faith into action. In so doing we will not ask God to bless our efforts, rather we will seek to find where God is already at work and join the good work happening there.
In order to accomplish this we are not only led by the great commission but also by the words of Christ found in Acts 1:8, “…and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” To contextualize this passage of scripture think of concentric circles spreading outward from the center. The center being wherever you find yourself. For us, Augusta, GA and the CSRA is our Jerusalem. Our Judea is the State of Georgia, our Samaria is the US. “…and to the ends of the earth.” well, that one is obvious. Using the links to the left as a guide notice where God is calling us and pray for us as we continue to seek God’s face.
I recently led a seminar entitled “FBC Augusta: Becoming a Missional Church.” The landscape of missions is changing in every area from how the work is being done to how the work is being funded. First Baptist Church is trying to navigate that landscape so that we can a light in the darkness and a wellspring of living water in a dry and barren land. We recognize that we serve a sending and a sent God and therefore we should send and be sent ourselves. We have a come a long way over our 190+ year history, but there is still a long way to go. We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we commit to journeying together as we seek them. Come find your place of service as we seek together to go where God is leading.
Minister of Missions and Faith Development
The ToiletPaper is a snapshot view of current Mission activities.