What FBC Does Right!
I have been attending First Baptist Church [FBC] for five months and have been a member for three months. In my opinion (usually my opinion plus $5 will get you a coffee at Starbucks) we do a lot of things right. Some people think that "the way" things are done are not as important as "what gets done" (that is, any means to an end) - I don't agree. I believe that the way any organization, especially a church body, conducts its tasks speaks volumes.
In no particular order here is what I think FBC does right:
I think FBC communicates well! There seems to be good communication between congregants themselves, between elders and staff and between congregants and elders/staff. Examples of this are the weekly announcements from the office, the elders' reports in the bulletin, the bulletin itself and three congregational meetings per year (much better than one annual meeting.) People who communicate generally like and respect each other; it's when we stop talking that trouble starts. From a staff perspective I have not seen an attempt (or a need) to "stick-handle" information - information is given quickly and accurately.
I think FBC volunteers well! As examples, I cite three areas (I know there are many more): Facilities (including grounds); Kitchen; and Congregational Care. There may be 50 volunteers in those areas alone. The work is done efficiently, the work is done well and the work itself is spread among many hands. Calls for help are answered quickly and sufficiently. Volunteers themselves are valued and respected (subject of another blog maybe) by staff and elders.
I think FBC parties well! Don't laugh! Celebrating and partying is very important (at least to me!) We truly enjoy one another's company and are on constant lookout to "break out the tables." The monthly potlucks attest to this. The Jews knew how to celebrate. In Jesus' time - they had festivals throughout the year (their weddings alone were a week-long party.) I think we Protestant Christians have lost, to some degree, the ability and willingness to party. FBC appears to have a lot of fun.
And I didn't mention FBC's love of the Lord, its following of the gospel and its community-mindedness - all things I think FBC does well also.
Well done, First Baptist Church!