By Rev. Donnie Compton, Columnist
It has been a great New Year out here at Centennial Baptist Church. God has blessed this church in so many ways. The greatest blessing is that we have called a new Lead Pastor, Dr. Michael Stovall. He will start his ministry this coming Sunday, February 2nd, at 10:30AM. We invite you to come hear him preach and meet his family.
Here is his Educational background: Doctor of Ministry; Luther Rice University; Lithonia, GA; 2010; Concentration in Expository Preaching, Master of Divinity; Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Wake Forest, NC; 2003, Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry; Shorter University; Rome, GA; 2000 and Associate of Arts; Truett-McConnell College; Cleveland, GA; 1998.
Here is his Philosophy and Core Values for Ministry for Local Church Ministry: “To develop fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Making disciples is about sharing the gospel and teaching the faith. Discipleship is about life change. The goal is to lead people into a relationship with Jesus that changes the way they relate to God and others. This means that the local church needs a process for leading individuals and families to the stated goal of being fully devoted followers of Jesus.
My vision for developing disciples is to lead individuals and families in a process of worshiping God, connecting with others, growing in our faith and serving the world. A healthy church is one that is making disciples in its own community as well as around the globe. My desire is to lead a local church to embrace an Acts 1:8 strategy for discipleship and church planting.”
“My philosophy of ministry is motivated by five core values: 1) The Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Bible; 2) The value of every individual and the whole family; 3) Meaningful relationships; 4) Personal discipleship; 5) Global missions.”
Check out Dr. Stovall’s blog @ michaelstovall.com and follow him on twitter @michaelstovall. Join us at Centennial on Tuesday evening February 4th @ 6:45 as we host a live stream of the DEBATE OF THE CENTURY between Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis) and Bill Nye (The Science Guy).
They will be debating Creation verses Evolution. Admission is free. Our 13th annual Men’s Conference will be March 7th & 8th. You can go online @ www.centennialbaptist.org/mensconference and purchase your ticket for this great event. God is moving and working out here on the edge of Morgan County, come join us!