Last time I wrote about the Southern Baptist Convention’s “Vision 2025.” I would like for us, as a church, to consider each of these strategic initiatives and how we might be able to give focused attention to each one of them. I want to start with the fourth initiative. Specifically, we want to “turn around the ongoing decline in the SBC in reaching, baptizing, and discipling those under the age of 18 in the prime of their teenage years.” It has certainly been exciting to see 3 young people (Corbin, Haley, and Lily) profess faith in Jesus the past couple of weeks. By the end of July, we will have seen 12 young people saved and baptized in 2021.
We want to be very intentional about sowing gospel seeds at every opportunity. COVID hampered our efforts last year but this fall we hope to be back in full force. We are able to reach a lot of children through VBS and 5 children made decisions for Christ during children’s camp this year. Beth does a tremendous job leading our children’s ministries. Not only do we want to reach children for Christ, but we want to help them grow as Christ-followers. We realize the battle for our children. We have seen the statistics on our younger generation’s view of the Bible.
Bro. Jeff and Bro. Jonathan work hard to keep our students engaged in church, missions, and gospel opportunities. Some of our students participated in the Gospel to Every Home last Wednesday. It is encouraging to see young people participating in church outreach. We are very appreciative of all the volunteers who help in our children and student ministries. We could always use more volunteers. We are also very appreciative of the church’s overall support of our young people. From what I have heard, BBC has given financially and been extremely supportive of efforts to reach and disciple young people. The future is bright for a church that invests the gospel in their younger generations.
We are going to be having more conversations about this initiative as a staff. I wonder what suggestions or input you might have in regards to what we can do to reach and teach those under 18. We welcome your input.