Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Fresh Vision for a Historic Church

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to preach at Fee Fee Baptist Church. Randy Fullerton, pastor of Fee Fee, was participating in a mission trip with a group from the church in Mexico. This past year Fee Fee celebrated their 200th Anniversary. It is the oldest protestant church west of the Mississippi River. The church hosted the organizational meeting for the Baptist General Convention of Missouri in April of 2002. Earlier this year they did a wonderful job of hosting our 6th Annual Meeting. Randy has been a member of the Board of Directors for two terms and is currently serving as Vice President of the convention.

The Fee Fee church family is a wonderful and gracious fellowship of believers. They have an incredible history and heritage of ministry in their community. Maybe even more important, they have a vision for the future. The church is currently in a building program which will significantly expand their facilities and capacity for ministry. They are reaching out to the unchurched in their community. Old historic churches can find a fresh vision for the future. In the words of Robert Dale, "they can dream again." In a world where many congregations seem to be struggling for survival, it is great to see churches growing. It was a privilege to worship with them.

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