Mableton First Baptist Church
The church introduced (and applied) the concept of a PAC (Pastor's Advisory Council) Team that would meet with the staff in an advisory capacity relating to the vision and leadership of the church. The PAC team was comprised of the Chairmen of the Standing Committees. Also, beginning with the 2011 calendar year, each deacon was assigned to a specific area of ministry. Any ministry team that did not have an appointed staff member would have a deacon appointed to that team.
The Monday Morning Knitters began a recognition program to honor church members' loved ones serving in the armed services. A bulletin board just outside the worship center was dedicated to photographs of these service members and their families.
New, larger media screens were installed in the Worship Center.
In June, 2011, Aaron Brookshire resigned as Minister of Students and Education. Belinda Baker was approved as Student Ministry intern for the summer months (effective in May) until a permanent Minister of Students could be found. As it turned out, Belinda graciously agreed to continue her interim position past the summer into the winter while the Personnel Committee continued to search for a permanent replacement.
On July 31, 2011, Lana Ebert was hired as part time Children's Minister, effective August 1. Lana had been serving at our church since 2005 in the Weekday Ministry.
At the third quarter members meeting, the Properties Committee proposed a plan for a new childrenŐs wing. It included consolidating the classrooms and the chapel across from the music suite to make one large, enclosed childrenŐs area. The expected completion date was early fall. The children's area would be called "The Depot." The renovation plan was approved, and the new area opened on November 20, 2011. Note: All historic items removed from the chapel from the red brick church building were preserved and stored for future use.
The Student Ministry grew in number, averaging between 15-20 students on Wednesday nights.
Because of sacrificial giving on the part of the membership, and careful spending on the part of the church staff, the church received $81,000 more in contributions than it spent in 2011. At the end of the 2011 year, the church had reduced its long-term debt to a total of $344,000. This amount decreased significantly due to contributions to the annual Freedom Offering, whose singular intent is to reduce the debt.
Sunday School Attendance averaged 205 per month during 2011.