Today is a new day. the "new normal" has not yet arrived!! jesus/his will/his way must be our normal as his church, no matter what the day "ushers in."
The "official launch" for our new blog is 12/1/2021. The purpose of the new blog is to communicate the restructuring process and progress to our member churches. There are some exciting things coming our way! My prayer is that we will see revitalization in our churches as we commit anew to working TOGETHER to strengthen His Church and impact lostness in THIS generation.
There is a "part of me" that wants to call this blog, HIS CHURCH, TOGETHER ON MISSION--As Tar River Baptist Association. As I have shared before, we need to fully understand that the word "association" is NOT a noun. Rather, it IS a verb! Working together, we can accomplish His purpose. Working together, we can minister in His Name to hurting people - offering help, healing, and HOPE to the people God has positioned to be in our "mission field." I honestly believe God holds us accountable - as His church - to reaching the communities He has placed under our care at this time. In COOPERATION with each other, we can accomplish His purpose. I do not believe God has called us to become "silos," working alone to impact lostness. The mission - as He laid it out - if for us to come together to accomplish His purpose. Together, we are to seek Him. Together, we are to reach out to meet the needs of our communities. Together, we are to be united to His purpose and committed to do all we can in His strength to reach our world for Christ.
In 2017, TRBA determined to begin our "restructuring" process. We recognized a lot needed to change if we were to thrive as His church in this generation and maintain a powerful presence in the next. COVID entered the mix and we discovered even greater needs for us to work together as His church in our geographic area. The communities we serve, need a healthy and proactive church on mission for His Kingdom. Together, we can be the church our communities need us to become in Him!
As I write this post, health officials are alerting us to yet another variant of the COVID virus. More changes will come -- and, I believe it is safe to say -- this "New Normal" we are looking to come and provide a level playing field/something to remain constant for our lives, will NEVER serve as our Savior. The answer lies ONLY In Jesus!
In our own strength, we can survive (for a season). In His strength, we can THRIVE!! Jesus has to become our "normal" (our rock, our fortress, etc.), and then we can thrive no matter the ever changing variants of this - and every other - virus! THIS IS A NEW DAY and I believe we should accept it as such. God is giving us another season to shine brightly in the communities where He has placed us!!
It is up to us to fervently seek Him in prayer. It is up to us to commit anew to becoming His church and work together with other Christ-followers to accomplish His purpose. Together -- ON MISSION -- we can become the church God has called us to become in Him. We are asking that each of us make a fresh commitment to becoming His church and working together with our sister churches, let's renew our efforts to impact lostness and bring our communties to Christ!
Expect more in the days ahead.
Dougald McLaurin has served as the Associational Missions Strategist of Tar River Baptist Association for over 20 years.