“The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
I have no doubt that we are all looking forward to the start of a new year, which we hope will be a breath of fresh air after the stresses and strains of 2020. However, we must be realistic that the realities we have faced for the past 10 months have not suddenly disappeared. We must prepare ourselves with Godly wisdom and faithful vision for this new year to come. Back in October, our deacons began praying about our church goals for 2021. After much discussion, here are the four goals that we felt led to. I hope that you will join us in both praying for and participating in these goals as you have opportunity.
Building & Facilities Goal: Playground & Fellowship Hall Renovation Plan (Deacon Team = Richard Eason, Tanda Young, and Jason Lemons). Our first goal is to develop a plan (and budget) for renovating the church playground and the current fellowship hall space. There is not yet a timeline as to when these renovations might take place. However, we know that we must begin planning and preparing for these next phases of renovation to improve and modernize our church property.
Ministry Goal: Small Group Ministry (Deacon Team = Irma Duke, Sandra Strickland, Carol Blalock). Our second goal is to develop and implement a plan to begin both in-home and virtual small groups in order to engage more people in our congregation and community in Christian fellowship, relationship building, and disciple making. These groups are less formal than a Sunday School class. Such groups may be a better choice for those who have mobility issues and those with small children who may have challenges physically getting to the building for Sunday School.
Spiritual Discipline Goal: Prayer Emphasis (Deacon Team = Susan Partin, Sharon Call, Mark Eason). Our third goal is to pray with passion in 2021! This will be our spiritual theme for the year. In Acts 12:5 says, “While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him.” As a result of these passionate prayers, Peter was delivered from bondage and actually showed up at their prayer meeting, much to their surprise. If we desire to see the power of God, we must engage in more than half-hearted, self-centered prayers. This goal will lead us in various ways of praying throughout the year as we seek to experience a prayer revival at NCBC!
Miscellaneous Goal: Learning about Sabbath & Sabbatical (Deacon Team = Leonard Johnson, Glenn Johnson, Alex Adams). Our fourth and final goal for 2021 will be learning about the theological principle of Sabbath rest and how God designed the sabbath as part of his perfect creation. This goal will also help prepare the congregation for a planned Pastoral “Sabbath” (also known as a Sabbatical) for Pastor Chris which is tentatively scheduled for August 16-November 21, 2021.
In addition to these four goals, our Theme for the year will be “Pray With Passion” and our theme verse will be James 5:16, “The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.” Going along with that theme, our hymn for the year will be number 445, “Sweet Hour of Prayer”.
With these four goals in mind, we are not only hoping for the best, but we are preparing and believing that God will move in our midst to do incredible things at the Light on the Hill in 2021. As long as we stay focused on the mission God has for us—to worship him, make disciples, and minister to people in need—we will experience his blessings and favor upon our church family. I believe these four goals will help us to fulfill God’s mission in this New Year and I humbly ask for your prayers and support.
Happy New Year,