By Dion Evans
While people are making New Year’s resolutions and starting new diets that will last about two weeks – I thought it would be great to know what our local clergy are seeking to accomplish during the 2009 year. Many local clergy were in attendance at Scott’s Restaurant during a Clergy Membership Drive for the Baptist Minister’s Union of Oakland and Vicinity. Here are some of the local pastor’s responses to a question regarding their 2009 church goals.
Rev. Dr. Marvis V. Peoples – LIBERTY HILL BAPTIST CHURCH, Berkeley
“Our goal is to make disciples for Christ. For 2009, we will be taking a good look at our children and youth ministry to ensure effectiveness. Also, we will seek to spread Christ’s mission in our neighborhood in order to enhance all generations within our church.”
“We are moving towards the community and youth. Our youth in the community and church are scattered and we need to bring Christ to them. Our 2009 goal is to open our doors in unconventional ways because our church needs our youth in order to survive.”
“The overarching vision for our church will continue to shape our 2009 Goals – ‘Empowering the People of God by Doing Ministry Beyond Sunday Morning.’ We believe church in the 21st century has to go beyond ‘just’ prayer, praising, and preaching but that it must touch the everyday ‘nitty gritty’ needs of the whole man.”