First Baptist Church of Siler City, NC
Monday, July 06, 2020
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From the Pastor

Time to Fish or Cut Bait

 

Greetings to the Family of God at Siler City First Baptist Church.

 I am thankful that my God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19) These inspiring words of the Apostle Paul were written to the Philippian church. May we also greet one another with these same words that God gave to Paul. Let these words be a prayer you say over those in our church family. It is a humbling thought to hear someone say, “preacher I pray for you every day.” That is unmerited grace. How many tragedies, pain and sorrow have I been spared by someone praying for me, and someone offering me their sacrificial love? May we use COVID as spiritual time to prepare for the next stage of the interim process.

This next stage of Intentional Interim Ministry is focused on the word “Intentional.” Not that the first six months were not, but this phase is going from talk to walk. We have heard it said, “either fish or cut bait.” Meaning either proceed with an activity or abandon it completely.

As of late, I have shared with the leadership my assessment of the time I have been with you and the things I would change if I were wanting to make changes. I am enormously proud of our deacons. God knew what He was doing when He sanctified (set apart) these men and women for the work of ministry. A tremendous load has been placed on their shoulders and I pray if you voted for them as deacon, that you would make it a point to say to them, “I’m here for you and I will stand with you. I am going to do everything in my power to support you, encourage you, and help you.” If you did not write down their names, this also is something you can do.  If there is ever a time when a church needs to drop what it is doing and come together and hold hands “figuratively,” and pray, it is now!  If our past behavior and differences are interfering with our present behavior and relationships, then we need to deal with it.  “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.” (Matt: 18:15)

I am hoping that our working together on the review will prove to be something the deacon leadership will want to offer to you, the church family. It is my experience as pastor and interim that decline is seldom caused by what is happening outside the walls of the church, but rather what is happening inside the walls of the church.  

Let me leave you with a quote about church renewal and churches experiencing decline.

“Here’s the hard truth. If you are a layperson in a congregation that is experiencing decline, whether the congregation thrives is up to you and the other members. Your pastor can teach, guide, lead, support, inspire and even cajole. But in the end, congregational health is a function of how the people relate to one another, God, and their community.”

P.5 “Pathway to Renewal”  Daniel P. Smith and Mary K Sellon. 

 

In Christ,  

Pastor Allen

 

 

 

 

 



About Dr. Admire:
 
At the conclusion of morning worship on 11-24 the church went into conference and voted to call Rev. Allen Admire as Interim Pastor of First Baptist. 
 
Reverend Admire received his Bachelor of Religion from Campbell University, his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary.  He has also received certifications from the American Association of Christian Counselors,  Interim Ministry Training and Intentional Interim Ministry Training through the Center for Congressional Health at Baptist Hospital.
 
Reverend Admire will be available two days each week and will preach on Sunday mornings.  The days that he is available will be dependent upon staff meetings, programs and meetings at the church, as well as needs of the congregation - such as hospital visits, etc.