Here’s Where We Are Going
I want to remind you that we’re not a church that chases fads or the latest and greatest. What we do day-to-day week-to-week is incredibly rare. We are super proud of what we do when the church gathers on Sunday. And when the church scatters throughout the rest of the week. That’s always going to be Plan A for Fellowship Memphis. So thank you for being a church that glorifies God, functions biblically, is spirit lead, and makes Jesus its hero.
Ever since we’ve existed we’ve wanted to be a church that taught the Bible and loved the city.
We love and serve each other and care for each other well. To do that in a multi-ethnic, multicultural context is special.
What God has built here is awesome. This time of year it’s great to just thank Him for what he’s doing in the daily life of our church. I want to thank you for that as well.
As we turn to this next year I want to share with you some of the things that I hope you’ll see improving. First, we want to build out doable, sustainable, and scalable serve teams. We love to see people come and serve the church and each other. We can do a better job as a staff to make those scalable and sustainable. If you step forward to serve in this church we want it to be workable and offer you some community. One of the best ways to build relationships in our church is to serve.
In an increasingly racialized society, we want to focus our energies on educating people on issues of the gospel and race.
Our passion is not for each of you just to not be a racist but to be an anti-racist. To be able to speak fluently on issues of the gospel and race. We want people that can speak intelligently on that issue and go fight for the marginalized and the oppressed in our city.
We want to improve our membership process. We want to make it as clear as possible how you join this church and why membership is important. We will work to make sure everyone who takes steps toward membership in this church is as informed as they can be. They should know who we are, what we do, and why we do what we do. God’s already got wind in our sails this summer. Over 100 people have joined. Which crazy. That doesn’t happen in the summer at churches.
We’ll continue to improve our communications. It’s kind of crazy when you think about it. After looking at the stats of our app, it was opened over 30,000 times last year. Over a 122,000 minutes of sermons were watched or listened to on our app or on our website. Over 55,000 people came to our new website.
Our team with Seth and Daniel and others are continuing to look at ways to do the best job we can to communicate to you. That’s always our priority. If in a secondary way that can be a blessing to people outside of Memphis we want to steward that influence well. We know other churches and church plants that are following us and learning from us. So we take it very serious.
We want to continue to deliver the best possible fillet of God’s Word each week in our pulpits as we can. The New Testament talks about going from milk to meat. We want to provide the best most applicable sermons we can give you each week. This month we’re in The Book of Jonah.
We will spend the bulk of the fall in the book of Exodus. Later we are going to do the 7 I AM verses from John. That will take us through Advent and into the Christmas season. We’re going to tackle stewardship in January. Then in February we’re going to look at singleness and love and marriage. March we’re going to do a four week series on prayer.
After Easter, we’re going to do seven or eight hot topics. Some of the most heavily debated topics in our culture. Whether that’s transgenderism or immigration or whatever it may be. We’re going to show you how to take a biblical hermeneutic and learn what does the Bible have to say about that issue. We’re going to try to do the best job we can on hot cultural issues.
I’m super excited about this year. We’ve got a great team. We’ve got some great work that’s already done. God is bringing us some incredible people. I believe with all my heart it’s going to be one of the best years yet at fellowship Memphis.