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ugust. Every year. This is the month where I rant against
those thin-blooded souls who complained about the cooler
temperatures of January. I hope those people are now happy.
I'd like to think that it's my active metabolism that makes
the oppressive humid August heat almost unbearable, but I
confess, I believe it might be my added insulation.
Still, I look for blessings amid the heat waves. I dart from shadow to shade,
from my air conditioned car to my air conditioned office. I do love my back
porch as the sun sets and the ceiling fans are whirring. Ice water definitely
tastes better after I've mowed the yard. There are some quiet afternoons when a
dragonfly seems suspended in midair among the full blooms in the flowerbeds.
In the clarity of the bright August sun, I see God at work in His creation. Every
season displays the fingerprints of God. Even the high temperatures of summer.
I hope you have moments in the last minute rush of a vacation and the start of
school to stop and let the grace and love of the Lord bake into your soul like the
This edition of Redefined features some great summer reading! Included
are reports of some of the amazing things God did during summer camps.
There is an introduction of our new Associate Pastor of Family and Discipleship
Ministries, Jason Duran, the new MOPS ministry and a special article on Senior
Pastor Chip Stevens God-given vision for our new church year! If you need an
inspirational story of how God uses FBC to impact University students then the
cover story on University Ministry is a must-read.
Grab a cold glass of ice-water, find a shady spot and your favorite chair
and read the stories of God as He works in and through First Baptist Church
FIRST WORDFROM TOM JENKINS
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Jason Duran is our new Family and Discipleship Minister here at FBC. He came to us from Harrisburg Baptist in Tupelo, where he served as their Student Minister. We are thrilled to have him join our ministry team, and we are even more excited that he is going to be a part of our church family. I was able to ask Jason a few questions in order help us get to know him better and hear from his heart as he enters into this new position.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I am from Columbus, MS. I was born and raised there till I was 22 years old. It was then that my wife, Susan, and I moved to Fort Worth, Texas, for me to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Q: Tell me about your family.
A: Susan is the most loving wife I could have ever asked for. She has always been supportive of the call God has placed on both of us to fulltime ministry. She is a Psychomotrist and will be working in the Starkville School District. I have two amazing daughters. Mackenzye is 12. She loves music and our two Boxer dogs, Ranger and River. Katie is 9. She enjoys tumbling and talking to everyone she meets.
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I went to New Hope in Columbus from 1st-12th grade. I attended Mississippi University for Women for college (yea, I am a "smart man too" as their saying goes). It was there that I got a degree in public relations and journalism. After that, I went to Southwestern in Fort Worth, TX, for seminary, where I earned a Masters in Divinity.
Q: What's your favorite hobby?
A: I really enjoy the outdoors. I am not sure you can call fishing a hobby. Its more of an addiction for me. Bass fishing is one of my spiritual gifts, and God allows me to use it to relax and enjoy the time fishing with friends.
I enjoy SEC football. I know it may be a mark against me, but I tend to pull for that team thats 80 miles east of Starkville. I am really excited to be in Starkville, and I will for sure be adding some maroon to my wardrobe. I look forward to seeing what it feels like to ring a cowbell (just dont look for me to ring it when that "other team" that Im not supposed to mention comes to town this year).
Q: What book has had the biggest influence on you outside the Bible?
A: I think a lot of people have these books on their top ten list: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. These books have been huge markers in my life. I love how Blackaby says, Watch to see where God is working and join Him in His work.
Q: How do you hope to see God move in the new family and discipleship ministry?
A: I am really excited to see how God is going to use me in this new role. I feel He has really gifted me for the position and, honestly, I believe it will be a lot like how he used me in student ministry. It is my prayer that God will help us, as a team, to reach more families for the Gospel. I want to see men become better husbands and leaders in their homes and communities. I want to see women discover how to be all God calls them to be. I hope teenagers and children are able to see what an important role they play in their families, church, and community. It is going to be really exciting to see how God can use everyone to glorify God. From the youngest to the oldest, God has a place for everyone.
Q: What is your vision for the ministry?
A: I want to see all areas of our church, from the youngest to the oldest, involved in ministry. We need families working together in ministry. We as a church can do a better job of communicating to the family across ministry lines, in order to help parents better reach their children and teens for Christ. Finally, I want to be a resource for the family and other ministry leaders.
Q: What are you most excited about in regards to your new position
and being a part of FBC?
A: I am really excited to see how God is going to use me in joining a team that is already great. God has always raised the bar for me in ministry and has asked me to set high goals for myself. I love the challenge God gives to us allto be our best and serve with everything we have. My family and I have been so blessed by God, and we cannot wait to join the family of Starkville.
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MARK YOUNG has served as our Youth Ministry intern since 2012. You can connect with him on Twitter @MPYoung17 or on The City.
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nce a year, on the first Sunday of August, Pastor Chip presents to the church the year in review and a vision for the church in the upcoming year. We call this Vision Sunday. This day is important because it allows us to see the work that God has done over the past year. It also brings our focus back to the mission that God has given us as a church. It was on Vision Sunday of last year that Pastor Chip presented to the church
the new mission statement, given above. This mission statement can be summarized in four words Gather, Grow, Give, and Go. On Vision Sunday this year, Pastor Chip told us how we as a church have lived out this new mission statement. In what ways have we gathered together to bring God glory, grown together through discipleship, given of ourselves and our time, and gone out into the community and the world?
When it comes to numbers and church growth, they are not our ultimate goal, but they do give us a picture of what God has done in the church. They can give us very specific data for how we have live