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Winning Teams, the Chiefs and 2BC Ministries by Ryan Dickson

On September 8, Second Baptist celebrated the “Fall Kickoff,” a day the church focused on kicking off not only the 2019 football season but kicking off a campaign to create awareness to all of the incredible ministries and community groups available at 2BC.  In addition to the Ministry Fair, the church celebrated a Chiefs victory and enjoyed some delicious food from food trucks that paid a visit to the church.  This combination resulted in a great day at 2BC — another reason that we should all be proud to call this our church home!

The Fall Ministry Fair consisted of over 40 ministries — and both the Social Room and Welcome Center were full of tables and opportunities to get involved.  The intention of the Ministry Fair isn’t just to get people to sign up for ministries, but also to create awareness as to what is available at the church.  The Ministry Fair is designed to inform the 2BC family of the many opportunities to help serve within the church.  Why serve?  As Jesus said in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom of many.”  An important part of spiritual growth is to serve as Jesus did — and we can all be better for it!

If you did not sign up or were unsure about signing up — never fear — Team SERVE has a list of available ministries for those of you that want to join anytime throughout the year.  Additionally, if you aren’t sure what you’d like to participate in or serve and haven’t taken AssessMe — this is available on the 2BC HUB.  Just click the AssessMe link (Your login is the email you have listed in the HUB. Your password is the same as your HUB password).to get started. AssessMe is a personality test that guides you and helps find your ministry fit at the church.  If you have questions or need guidance, do not hesitate to reach out to Team SERVE and we can assist! 

 

Last, I’d like to thank everyone that put in so much hard work to make Kickoff Sunday a success.  From members of Team SERVE to the Events team, and everyone who helped set up, clean up, and participated — thank you for a great day!

 

at Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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Paying It Forward by Eric Zahnd

I’ve never seen the movie Pay It Forward. Like most people, however, I’m familiar with its premise: A high school student begins a movement of “paying forward” favors. His small gesture generates a wave of human kindness, making the world a better place.

More than a decade ago, Jason Edwards became the Senior Pastor of our church. He continues his remarkable service in that role, ably leading our congregation in countless ways. 

Jason came to Second Baptist Church with such excellent pastoral skills, and it might be easy to overlook the fact that our church was Jason’s first senior pastorate. (If we’re fortunate, our church might become Jason’s only senior pastorate, and he will retire as pastor of our church a few decades from now.)

Jason was young when he came to our congregation, but he possessed maturity beyond his years. One of the reasons he was so capable has to do with his training. Jason joined our congregation immediately after completing a Pastoral Residency with Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.

Jason will tell you how important his Pastoral Residency was to his formation. He’ll talk about the lasting mentorship he received—and continues to receive—from Wilshire’s Senor Pastor, George Mason. He’ll tell you about the opportunities he had at Wilshire to teach, preach, offer pastoral care, and simply watch other staff members as they carried out their ministries. He’ll tell you he felt ready to lead at Second Baptist Church because of the experiences he had as a Pastoral Resident at Wilshire.

Jason’s experience at Wilshire—which led to his great leadership for our church—is one of the reasons I’m excited that Emmitt Drumgoole has joined Second Baptist as our first Pastoral Resident.

Our residency program is modeled, in part, on Wilshire’s pastoral residency program. It is intended to give Emmitt opportunities to participate in and lead worship, to preach, to teach, to provide pastoral care, and to observe and perform all sorts of other tasks. One of our goals is to help Emmitt learn many of the less visible things that are important for a senior pastor to know, but seminary may not teach, such as administration, fund-raising, conflict management, self-care, and the like.

For the next few years, we have a great opportunity at Second Baptist Church. We can help Emmitt as he develops the skills important for senior pastors. Our great hope is that, in two to three years, he will find a congregation to lead.

In many ways, Second’s new pastoral residency is about “paying it forward.”  We’ve been blessed to have Jason and Christy in our church, and our goal is to give a similar gift to another church in a few years. It’s wonderful to have Emmitt and his wife Kristen with us, and we look forward to their service at Second as we help prepare Emmitt for senior pastoral leadership.
 

at Monday, September 16, 2019
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Marking Time by Jason Edwards

During worship last Sunday, one church member reflected on how growing up with educators as parents meant she marked time by semesters. In a college town, the new year starts in the fall, not on January 1. Similarly, we all have our own ways of marking time. The growing ages and passing stages of our children serve as one constant reminder that life is moving.  I track time by the buying of their new school books and shoes. Religious and school holidays also signal the consummation of each season, just as meals and meetings divide most of our days. In ways proactive and reactive, we have so many ways of marking time. 

From ancient times onward, Christian tradition has offered other ways of marking time meant to nurture a sense of holy otherness within time. One of these ways is the Divine Office. Offices are periods throughout the day (a liturgy of the hours) which are meant to help us pace our days with prayer, silence, songs, scripture and other readings in a way that will help us become more attentive to Christ’s presence. Up to seven offices can be practiced, which is a little much for me, so this year I’ve chosen 1 to 3. The Divine Hours encourage us to mark time with something other than our Apple Watch. 

Likewise, Christian tradition offers us a liturgical calendar to follow alongside our hallmark calendar. At Second Baptist, we tune into this through seasons of worship. The Christian year begins on the First Sunday of Advent as we anticipate the first and second comings of Christ. Purple symbolizes this season of preparation and changes to white and/or gold when we celebrate the Christ child at Christmas and throughout Epiphany. Purple also represents our penitence during Lent as we move toward the darkness of Holy Week where purple becomes red (blood) and eventually utter the darkness that finally erupts (again in white/gold) for the celebration of Christ’s Easter Resurrection. Beyond Eastertide, Pentecost (fire red for the Holy Spirit) reminds us of the coming of the Spirit which enlivens our lives and empowers the Church. Green marks the season after Pentecost and Ordinary time, signifying the ongoing work of God’s Spirit and the growth God continues to bring about in our lives and our world. Green “ordinary time” stoles recently appeared for the first time at Second Baptist during 11:00 worship. Look for Chip to say more about that in an upcoming article.  

Both of these practices, the Divine Office and the Christian liturgical calendar are meant to help us if only for a moment here and there, become more attentive and attuned in time to the God who is both over and beyond time. I can’t think of a time in my life when I’ve needed this more. 

Would you like to move through your days with less anxiety and a more consistent sense of God’s presence? Intentionally marking time with these ancient Christian practices might help. Lean into an annual cycle of worship shaped to foster a gospel rhythm of life. Find a resource with hourly prayers and readings to break up your day. I’ve been using Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s book Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. I own both a hardback and kindle copy so that it’s always accessible. There are many other resources. I’d be happy to help you find one that’s right for you. 

Mostly, I’m interested in cultivating a greater sense of God’s presence and an ever-deepening relationship with the living Christ. I want that personally, and I want that for you too.  

Posted by Jason Edwards at Friday, September 13, 2019
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