2012 Florida Baptist State
Convention Annual Meeting
“If you’re going to reach young people, you have to reach them where they are,” he explained about the non-traditional choice of music.
Pastor Andrew Pollard plans to follow up with the trio, encouraging them in their Christian walk. “We are going to build on this event,” he said.
Already providing food and clothing to community residents once a month as well as counseling services and anger management classes, the church seeks to do even more.
“We are committed to focusing outward into our community,” emphasized Pollard.
Clapping, laughing, hugging, swaying to the music, individuals gathered on a sunny Saturday afternoon represented a unity of spirit in the midst of a rich diversity of cultures.
About 18 months ago, New Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church, which meets at Freedom Middle School in Orlando, was launched as a second-generation Haitian congregation, according to pastor Charles Jones. Yet, God had different plans.
Today the young congregation has grown to about 300 people, representing about a dozen nationalities. At the Saturday afternoon Crossover block party, free haircuts, music and snacks beckoned community residents to the school property as church members from Haiti, Barbados, Grenada, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Curacao and even more countries joined together in a multicultural welcome.
According to Jones, at the young church plant, an individual’s cultural or religious background pales in significance to that person’s relationship with Christ.
“What matters most here at Covenant is seeing people being saved,” he emphasized.
To that end, he urged all Covenant church members to do their part in inviting friends and family members to not only church services but to the Saturday block party.
“Everyone knows someone who is not comfortable in the established church,” said the pastor.
At day’s end, the church had welcomed more than 100 to their block party, with two individuals making professions of faith and 15 people being identified as prospects.
For Jones, such results are better than money in the bank.
“It would be a sad story for me to get to heaven and I have accomplished nothing,” Jones mused. “But I leave money. I leave fame. I leave a lot of stuff here. But when I get to heaven, I have nothing to rejoice over.”
“God’s Kingdom is what matters most,” he emphasized.
The sound of sneakers squeaking their way across a gym floor, basketballs bouncing off backboards, and referee whistles shrieking the action to a standstill may not sound like the Gospel being preached. But, for leaders at First Baptist Church, Central Florida, those sounds mean one thing: an opportunity to meet their neighbors and potentially share the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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