Archive for May, 2012

Groundbreaking & Baptism – A Look Back

Wow, what an incredible day. God provided perfect weather and a scenic backdrop with the lake. Add the great crowd into the picture and we experienced one of BPF’s most memorable days yet!

When I think about what I enjoyed most about the day, without question, it was the baptism. Seeing evidence of lives changed never gets old, and, it reinforces our mission. After that, I can’t decide what image was most memorable – families picnicking under the huge shade trees, hundreds of people holding shovels, the themes painted on many of them, the faces of people from Coastal Community, our satellite church in Galveston, families posing for pictures, little boys along the shore throwing dirt clods into the water, the excitement on your faces as Kirk described our future home, Jason’s dedication prayer…it was all so meaningful. Then Sunday evening I lost track of time on Facebook looking at countless pictures you posted and reading comments from members of our Fellowship both present and past.

As I reflect on the significance of it all I have these three thoughts. First – God has blessed us tremendously. It’s hard to describe the deep sense of gratitude I feel for all He’s given us. Next – although we have changed much over the past 11 years (which is healthy) our vision of a church for the unchurched has not wavered. And our passion to maintain an outward focus still burns brightly. Finally – we haven’t come close to accomplishing our task of connecting people far from God with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Because the larger we grow, the number of unchurched folks in our community seems to grow even greater. In short, we still have work to do, so…

Live bold, Greg

Groundbreaking & Baptism – This Sunday – 2:00 PM

I have been looking forward to this Sunday’s Celebration for longer than I can remember. After more than a decade in temporary facilities we are finally ready to begin construction on our permanent home. Join us this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM for Groundbreaking and Baptism.

How cool will it be for everyone to plant a shovel in the ground to start building the home for a church where Everybody Serves? How memorable will it be to be among the first group of people ever baptized at our home on the Brazoria Road? We are making history and a statement this Sunday afternoon. Our new home will not be a resting place to reminisce about the fruit of past efforts. It will be a launching pad for a church where everyone is passionate about connecting the unchurched with the life changing truth and good news of Jesus Christ. This will be a watershed day in the life of our Fellowship. See you there right after church.

Live bold, Greg

What You Need To Know

  • It’s not too late to get on the Baptism list. Contact Randy Dane ( or speak to someone at the Next Step Counter in the Foyer on Sunday.
  • Meet at Hobby Lobby on HWY 332 across from the Brazos Mall. Park near the temporary awning and away from the Dollar Store.
  • Buses will be running from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and returning from the land from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Have difficulty boarding a bus and need handicap parking? Go straight to the land, 679 Brazoria Road.
  • Consider coming early and bringing a picnic lunch. We’ll have inflatable games for the kids before the Celebration.

 What You Need To Bring

  • A shovel (Optional: personalize it in a way that demonstrates your faith or places you serve at BPF)
  • Lawn Chairs or Blanket – no seating will be provided
  • Closed toe shoes – it’s a construction site in a wilderness
  • We will provide a changing area for babies. But it’s BYOD.

Worship Pastor Search

I thought you may be interested in what we are doing to discover who will be our next Worship Pastor. After Jason told us he and Stephanie had discerned that God was in fact leading them to take their next step to Okinawa, Japan, we began a process to see who God was leading to come here.

Recently we placed ads in several on-line ministry search listings. From those ads we have received a lot of interest. Next we formed a Worship Pastor Search Team consisting of Kristin Henderson, Maury McCown, Lisa Calhoun, Kirk Willson, Randy Dane, and myself. We have looked through and prayed over scores of resumes. As several more continue to come in each day we have been narrowing them down to ones that match our needs, culture and doctrine.

Please pray for both us and the godly people who have applied for this position as we seek to discover God’s will for us in this process.

And continue to pray for Jason & Stephanie and their children as they prepare to leave our church family and unite with another fellowship overseas. The Church is one family under Christ’s leadership. He moves family members (including many of you) in and out of different church homes to accomplish His purposes around the world. As He leads Jason and Stephanie to serve with the “church family” in Okinawa He will lead another person or family here. It’s all in his plan.

Live bold, Greg

Groundbreaking & Baptism – May 20th – 2:00 PM

Remember to make plans for our Groundbreaking Celebration on the 20th.  Everybody bring a shovel and if you haven’t been baptized since you stepped over the line of faith, this is your time!