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									Great Expectations

Friendship Baptist
        Church Plan

Rev. Dr. Joseph B. Covington
                               July 2008

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Table of Contents
3.    Great Expectation Church Plan
4.    Assumption
5.    What we believe (Articles of Faith)
6.    Mission Statement
7.    Motto Statement
8.    Vision Statement
9.    Our Focus
11.   Introduction (to successes)
12.   The Successes
13.   Ministry Objectives
14.   Continuous Reform
17.   Look Where He Brought Us From
18.   It Is The Dream
23.   Contract For Excellence
29.   Summation
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Great Expectations Church Plan




 A Road Map for Continuous Kingdom Building
       in the Friendship Baptist Church
              Corning, New York



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Assumption

We should understand (should believe) that
anything is possible. We should believe that
the Holy Spirit is unpredictable. I believe we
will be able to execute the plan that is
anchored in the mission of Friendship
Baptist Church, but sufficiently visionary to
require our dependence on God to see it
fulfilled.

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Articles of Faith

  The Friendship Baptist Church
      Of Corning, New York
 ascribes to these Articles of Faith
 which represents what we believe



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Mission Statement

 Called by God and united in love
for Jesus Christ, we are committed
  to evangelize the unsaved, and
   equip the saints for ministry
         beyond our walls.

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Motto Statement
“Friendship Baptist Church
        Living,
       Learning,
    Loving,the Word”
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VISION STATEMENT

  “Living our Mission Being
     a Connected Church:
 God the Father, God the Son,
      God the Holy Spirit”


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Our Focus

      I am Peacock Proud and Holy Ghost Happy to present to you the Great
  Expectations Church Plan. This document will continue to grow, yet our focus
  remains the same: to lead human beings to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The
  Church is committed to church reform while living out our mission. The Church
  membership has adopted as its goals the Pastor’s recommendations in the areas of
  Church Mission, Church Growth, and Church Assessment. Throughout this
  document you will see the Friendship Model for being a Connected Church centered
  around our most important focus – Sinner and Saint and it shows each of the
  elements around them that are necessary for their spiritual achievement. Work has
  already begun on each of these focus areas, and I am excited to say we have made
  considerable progress. Our Ministry leaders have made great strides in many
  different areas of church development. I must acknowledge it is not when Pastor and,
  it is not when People, but it is when Pastor and People come together, we can do great
  things for the Kingdom. Once again, I present to you the Great Expectations Church
  Plan, a road map for continuous Kingdom building in the Friendship Baptist Church.

 Co-labors together,
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 Our Focus
The Friendship Model for being a
      Connected Church centers
      around Sinner and Saint.

      Elements necessary for
        spiritual achievement.


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Introduction
 TheFriendship Baptist Church is
 moving exponentially towards 90 years
 of Ministry telling the story for His
 glory.

 Great Expectation Church  plan will
 build upon the 90 years of ministry done
 in the Southern Tier of New York.

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          The church takes extreme excitement in these
        accomplishments. Much work remains to be done.

                  Church Accomplishments Highlights
   Friendship Baptist Church organized August 7th, 1919 under the leadership of Rev. Morgan M.
    Days
   Victory over the natural disaster; The Flood of 1972
   Rev. Willie Wright spearheaded the drive for a new church in 1978.
   Marched from Tuxill Avenue to the new building at Denison Parkway and Pearl Street in 1981
   New building dedication, June 21, 1981
   Under the leadership of Rev. Holland, pews were purchased for the sanctuary. Bath ministry
    began after 1987
   Increased fellowship with Sister Churches in the community, and within the National Baptist
    Convention. - 2005
   Expansion of Wednesday Mid-week Bible class 2005.
   Building expansion under the leadership of Pastor Covington in 2006
   Expansion of Youth Ministry in 2006
   Expansion of Music Ministry - 2007
   Ordination of 3 Deacons - June 2008
   Establishment of FBC Bible Institute - 2008


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Ministry Objectives

  The Great Expectations Church Plan again includes
  Ministry objectives plans to address every ministry within
  the church.

        FBC Ministry Objective Forms
           under construction




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Continuous Reform

Ministry is a marathon. It’s not how
you start that matters, but how you end.
Vision is the ability to see opportunities
within your current circumstances.
To design the right strategy you must
ask the right questions.


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Continuous Reform
Most healthy, large churches are led by
 a pastor who has been there a long time.
A church’s health is measured by its
 sending capacity, not its seating capacity.
God always uses imperfect people in
 imperfect situations to accomplish His will.
Where ever God guides, He provides.


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Continuous Reform
The church should be seeker sensitive, but it
  must not be seeker driven.

Plans, programs, and, personalities don’t
  last. God’s purposes will last.

Absolutely nothing will revitalize a discouraged
  church faster than rediscovering its purpose.


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Look From Where’s He’s Brought Us !

200,000.00
180,000.00
160,000.00
140,000.00
120,000.00
100,000.00                                  Actuals
 80,000.00                                  Budget
 60,000.00
 40,000.00
 20,000.00
      0.00
             Jan-Dec.   Jan-Dec   Jan-Dec
               2005       2006      2007


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It Is The Dream

To be a place where the hurting, the
depressed the frustrated, and the
confused can find love, acceptance, help,
hope, forgiveness, guidance and
encouragement.


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It Is The Dream
 To share the good news of Jesus Christ
with the thousands of residents of Corning,
New York and the whole Chemung and
Schuyler counties.

 To equip every believer for a significant
ministry by helping them discover the gifts
and talents God gave them.

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It Is The Dream
 • To welcome 500 members into fellowship
 with our church family - loving, learning,
 laughing and living in harmony.

 • To continue developing people towards
 spiritual maturity through Bible studies,
 small groups, seminars, retreats, and Bible
 school for our members.


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It Is The Dream
 To have at least 5 acres of land, on which we will
 build a regional church for this area –with
 beautiful, yet simple, facilities including a
 worship center, a counseling and prayer center,
 classrooms for Bible studies and training lay
 ministers, and a recreation area. All of this will
 be designed to minister to the total person—
 spiritually, emotionally, physically, and socially—
 and set in a urban landscape



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It Is The Dream

I stand before you today and state
in confident assurance that these
dreams will become reality. Why?
Because they are inspired by God.



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Contract for Excellence
    Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and been
    baptized, and being in agreement with Friendship
    statements, strategy, and structure, I now feel led by the
    Holy Spirit to unite with the Friendship church family.
    In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other
    members to do the following:
    I Will Protect The Unity Of My Church By:
 Acting in love towards other members
 Refusing to gossip
 Following the leaders



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Contract For Excellence - Scripture Reference

―So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our
fellowship together.‖ (Rom.14:19 Phillips)

―Have a sincere love for other believers, love one another earnestly with all your heart.‖ ( 1 Peter
1:22 TEV)
―Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for
building others up according to their needs. ―(Eph. 4:29)
―Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who
must give an account. Obey them so their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that
would be no advantage to you.‖ (Heb. 13:17)

―To the church - …. We always thank God for you and pray for you constantly‖                      (1
Thess. 1:1 - 2 LB)
The Master said to the servant, ―Go out to the roads and country lanes, and urge the people there to
come so my house will be full.‖ (Luke 14:23 NVC)

―So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then
God will be glorified‖ (Rom. 15:7 LB)


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Contract For Excellence

    I Will Serve the Ministry of my Church
      • By discovering my gifts and talents.

    • By being equipped to serve by my pastor

        • By developing a servant's heart



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Contract for Excellence - Scripture Reference

 "Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given
 each of you" (1 Peter 4: 10 PHILLIPS).

 "[God] gave ... some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare
 God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ
 may be built up" (Eph. 4:11 -12 NIV).

 "Each of you should look not only to your own interests,
 but also to the interests of others.

 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
 Who ... [took on] the very nature of a servant‖
 (Phil. 2:3-4, 7).


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Contract For Excellence

  I Will Support The Testimony Of My Church By:

    * Attending faithfully

             * Living a Godly life

                          * Giving regularly



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Contract for Excellence - Scripture Reference

"Let us not give up meeting together ... but let us encourage one
  another" (Heb. 10:25).

"Whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is
worthy of the gospel of Christ" (Phil. 1:27 PHILLIPS).


“Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a
  specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and
  use it for the offering” (1 Cor. 16:2 LB).


“A tenth of [all your] produce ... is the Lord's. and is holy“ (Lev. 27:30
   NVC).

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Summation
We are embarking on an aggressive church reform
initiative to facilitate positive change by “Being a
Connected Church”. By the aid of the Holy Spirit,
blessings will flow to our senior citizens, our young
adult members, our single members, our families, our
youth members, and to our community at large. Your
availability and willingness to participate in God’s plan
is a sign of your commitment to God and our church in
today’s 21st century.



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 When Pastor AND
people come together
we can do great things
   for the Kingdom

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