Mountain Brook Baptist Church has always approached its ministry in that spirit. Looking back at our congregation’s past efforts at advancing God’s kingdom purposes, we would have accomplished nothing if we had relied solely on our own power; but with God’s help, we have achieved remarkable results for the cause of Christ.
Now, as we look to the future, another formidable challenge looms large. Our recent visioning process has led our congregation to adopt what we deemed a “God-sized dream” of making ministry possible. As we have reflected together on that dream’s implications for our church’s facilities, we have sensed God’s direction toward what now seems an insurmountable goal of $12 million for our Capital Campaign. But as we have seen God work wondrously in our midst in days past, we dare to believe that God wills to do so yet again. During the month of November, we will consider how God might be calling us to give "above and beyond" to make this vision a reality.
So, during this month in our worship we will give attention to the importance of contemplating what we might do beyond “this generation,” beyond “our ability,” beyond “what is expected,” and beyond “what we might ask or imagine.” Each Sunday will feature some highlight of the campaign’s aims and objectives, culminating in a Celebration Sunday on November 24, where in a combined service we will offer our pledges “beyond” what we otherwise contribute to the ministries of our church.
As you will soon hear, we have completed a most successful “quiet phase” over the summer, which has given us great encouragement that with God’s help we can reach our campaign goal of $12 million. Such a goal is quite frankly “beyond” the capacity of most churches our size, but then MBBC is not an ordinary church. As we were reminded during our recent anniversary emphasis, our church’s history is marked by many such miracles that happened because of the extraordinary faithfulness of our membership.
Now is our time. Let’s not limit ourselves as we approach this season in the life of our church. Let’s instead believe that by moving together “beyond” the comfortable and convenient, with God’s help “all things are indeed possible.” If you'd like to view a PDF of the Capital Campaign brochure which includes architectural renderings of the new construction, visit this link. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Amy Scofield or John Scott.
Dr. J. Douglas Dortch Jr.