Mableton First Baptist Church
In January, 2012, Belinda Baker completed her interim service as Youth Director and returned to college as a full time student. The church continued to search for a permanent, part time Youth Minister.
The Discipleship Plan for the church for 2012 entailed an expositional, book-by-book study of the Bible for Sunday School, a study of theology on Wednesday nights, and practical application topical studies on Sunday evenings. There was also a desire to form accountability groups for more in-depth study and one-on-one discipleship.
Also in 2012, Pastor Byrd implemented a program called "Your Story - God's Story" where he hoped to meet with each church family to get to know them better and to hear how God had brought them to Him and worked in their lives.
On April 15, 2012, the Personnel Committee recommended Chris Barbee as part time Minister to Students. The church approved. On June 1, Chris and his wife, Amy, moved into the gray house at the corner of Church and Avery Streets as a part of his compensation package.
Also in April, a new Men's Ministry was begun, focusing on small-group discipleship.
Sunday School monthly attendance averaged 218 for the first six months of 2012. Awana attendance averaged 92 for the same time period.
During the second quarter of 2012, the Lighthouse Community Ministry served 236 families and distributed 11,740 pounds of food.
In late July, the church implemented the use of a new church membership software called Church Community Builder (CCB) that aided in the communication and connectivity of the church family on line.
Also in July, the Personnel Committee completed the compilation of an Employee Handbook, including employment rules, workplace policies, employee benefits, performance standards, payroll procedures, job descriptions, and an employee organizational chart.
Mableton First Baptist, by the grace of God, has grown from 20 charter members in 1887 to 808 resident members in 2012. The years ahead challenge us to continue to build on the sound foundation of our forefathers. Many have made Mableton First Baptist their church home. These have united with the descendants of the charter members to build a great church for God's glory. Let us continue to grow a close, united, caring fellowship that glorifies God to the uttermost.