Imagine a Church – Our 16th Anniversary

By: John Bryson

This week marks our 16th year as a church. And I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about two things. 

  1. I want to draw your attention to a video we made for our 15th anniversary last year. 
  2. Mark your calendars for November 2023 as we will get ready to throw down for our 20th anniversary.  

The reason we celebrate our church anniversary is to celebrate the kindness and the goodness of God. There are evidences of grace sprinkled throughout all of our years of existence. 

Sixteen years ago, we couldn’t have imagined what the Lord would do before us. All we can do is ask him, and as evidence of that, I want to share with you the very first State of the Church address I ever gave Fellowship Memphis. 

I wrote this in 2003, and I want you to celebrate with me how God has answered prayers.

Imagine a cultural racially ethnically generationally and socioeconomically diverse church that looks like Memphis.

Imagine a church that measures success through transformation and influence, not attendance or square feet.

Imagine a church that equips its members to be ministers of the gospel in their sphere of influence.

Imagine a church where radical acts of generosity are the norm, not the exception.

Imagine a church where the Bible is taught clearly, wholly, regularly compellingly, and applied to life.

Imagine a church where the members exist in a deep and rich community and own their responsibilities to one another.

Imagine a church that cares for its city and cheers for its city.

Imagine a church that cares for what God is doing around the world and invests our time and talent and resources in effective leaders, in churches and movements around the world.

Imagine a church that attracts equips and unleashes next-generation leaders to make a difference for Christ in churches, businesses, schools, hospitals, courtrooms, and the arts community.

Imagine a church that helps build strong marriages and strong families.

Imagine a church that connects deeply with young adults and young professionals in its city.

Imagine a church that stands up for the under-resourced the oppressed and disenfranchised in our city.

Imagine a church full of mature believers committed to discipleship and passing down life lessons truth, wisdom, and experience to younger Christ’s followers.

Imagine a church that strives to be the church, not just do church.

Imagine a church that leads people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and equips them to give their lives away for the cause of Christ and the glory of God.

Imagine a family on mission that makes much of the gospel and exists to show off the glory of God.