I have only been the lead pastor of two churches: a church plant in a rural-to-suburban community in Washington state and a replant/revitalization pastor of a church in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston. On the surface there seems to be very little common ground, but something that I have learned in both roles is the importance of community engagement.
Last Saturday more than 300 people made their way to Legacy Church at First Baptist Church Sutton (MA) and warmed up with a drink at the hot chocolate bar or enjoyed complimentary sandwiches and baked goods during the Sutton Chain of Lights.
Legacy Church at FBC Sutton is the fourth oldest Baptist church in Massachusetts and has roots dating back to 1735. But in recent years the congregation has dwindled to only twelve members.
More than three dozen people responded to an invitation to follow Christ at a Sportsmen’s Banquet and Wild Game Dinner hosted by New City Church in Bath, Maine, on Oct. 1.
“Hunting is huge here, and the great thing about it is that … a lot of the folks who would find themselves out in the woods or spending time with a community of hunters would probably not be the ones who would be taking their families to church or coming to spiritual things,” said pastor Joel Littlefield.