The great second-century church father, Tertullian, wrote, “Two kinds of blindness are easily combined so that those who do not see really appear to see what is not.”
Sometimes it is difficult to see clearly where God is leading, both individually and as a faith community.
Obscurity and lack of precise steps will often lead to frustration, confusion, and miscues.
The journey of following Jesus together is not a shot in the dark, nor a glorified guesstimation. Instead, following Jesus is an invitation into the ongoing process of discernment.
Discernment is the collaboration of openness, receptiveness, creativity, and spiritual formation.
The 20/20 Vision is not about certainty and precise outcomes. The 20/20 Vision is about faithfulness to God and each other as a faith community.
Through the 20/20 Vision, we are seeking to grow University Baptist Church in several ways strategically. First, we are enhancing how we are being formed spiritually. We are enriching the ways we relationally minister to our community through the Mother's Day Out, Soccer Academy, and Connect Groups. We are advancing our intergenerational ministries, as we seek to care for the youngest to the oldest within UBC. We are edifying our diverse worship experience. And we are elevating our culture of hospitality and care for our members and guests.
This 20/20 Vision is not a marketing ploy, but a profoundly spiritual invitation to bring our best selves to God and this faith community as we seek to exponentially grow our capacity to be the presence of Jesus in Baton Rouge.
Through the 20/20 Vision, we are seeking to not only be open but also be boldly faithful to God’s calling to grow our faith community.
Beginning this Sunday, we are starting a new Sunday morning sermon series centered on the 20/20 vision. Each week will focus on a specific aspect of the Strategic Growth Initiative. We will also hear from members of the SGI process, sharing insight from each of the initiative’s focuses.