GFC Celebrates 10 Years – Pt 4

The 10 Year Anniversary of Grace Fellowship is June, 8, 2013, and we had an amazing celebration of this milestone last Sunday night.   We hope to have pictures and other information about the 10 Year Celebration on our website soon.

I have reflected often on the funny and significant things that took place as God was drawing me to be the Pastor of Grace Fellowship.  And prior to arriving in Bridgeport, I wrote a vision I believe God had for our church.

Today, I’m sharing the final highlights from that vision because it hasn’t changed.  As we enter the next decade of ministry – the vision for our church is to remain focused on the main thing of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world.  We haven’t (and won’t) arrive, but A WIN for us as a church is: Leading people to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Here’s a portion of the Vision from Feb. 2004.

I see a church….where the unchurched and lost are welcomed and experience God’s love when they walk on our campus or attend our events.  A church that impacts our community with kindness.

A church that starts similar high impact churches and becomes a great missionary sending body – sending and supporting missionaries all over the world.  A church of thousands of small groups that care for, encourage and bless our church family and our community

A church that sets the pace and tone for excellence in all we do for God and His Glory – that is known for innovative and Christ honoring services that are culturally relevant. 

A church that becomes a training ground for young men and women who are pursuing Christ by using their musical and technical talents and abilities.

A church that sets the standard for many others to realize that God wants to do amazing things and that there are thousands of people in small towns and rural areas that are hungry for God and for a church that will encourage them to experience God. 

I see a church that is known as the “friendliest church I’ve ever attended”   I see a church that can only be explained by saying – God did it ! 

A church that is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish a GIANT VISION IN ORDER TO HONOR AN AWESOME GOD!

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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