I am humbled and honored to have been led by the Lord to serve as Pastor at New
Harmony Baptist Church. As we begin this glorious journey, it will require vision to know our
destiny (purpose) and the pathway (mission). What is God’s Vision for New Harmony? God
declares His purpose for His church through His Word. In Acts 2:40-47 we find—Evangelism,
Discipleship, Ministry, Fellowship, Worship and Prayer as markers of progress on the Christian
pathway. It is equally important that we acknowledge the principles which shall guide us along
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all
your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest
commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor
as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two
commandments.” (Matthew 22: 37-40)
As we journey together let us consider as our:
Mission: “To Know Christ and to Make Christ Known."
Purpose: To grow as a unified Christ-minded body of believers who glorify God through faithful living.
Fruitfulness is found only in faithful Obedience to Christ’s commands; to Honor Him
in Worship and Prayer: to Identify with other believers through Fellowship; to Mature in
Christ-likeness through Discipleship; to joyfully Serve in Ministry and; to Multiply Through
Evangelism. Therefore let us purpose to:
1) Obey Christ’s Command
2) Honor Christ in Worship and Prayer
3) Identify with Christ’s body
4) Mature in Christ-likeness
5) Serve Christ in Ministry to Others
6) Multiply Christ’s Followers
At the end of our journey when we stand before God, there will be a final exam consisting of only
1. What did you do with Jesus?
2. What did you do with the resources you were given in life?
As your Pastor, I am responsible and accountable to prepare you to be able to pass the
final exam. Leadership is not about power nor is it about control. It’s about helping people live
according to the vision, according to God’s will. Now that we know the questions, there is no
excuse not to get an A.
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one
thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching
forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the
goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. …I
beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to
God, which is your reasonable service.” (Philippians 3:13-14,