Strategic Plan

MISSION STATEMENT: The Northeast Florida Baptist Association is a fellowship of Southern Baptist Churches organized to facilitate mutual encouragement and cooperation in fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.

VISION STATEMENT: To become spiritually awakened churches encouraging, supporting and assisting one another for the honor and glory of God.

STRATEGIC STATEMENT: The focus of the Northeast Florida Baptist Association is on the fellowship of churches and how that fellowship can facilitate mutual encouragement and cooperation in fulfilling the Great Commission. Specifically, the Association desires to focus on helping member churches to be spiritually strengthened by the fellowship relationship so that each church will be able to improve its ability to serve in God’s Kingdom.

In light of the mission and vision of the Association, it is imperative that the association be organized to focus on the Great Commission work of churches. This strategic plan seeks to do that through six objectives.

I. Spiritual foundation of churches: To support and assist churches in developing a spiritual foundation and sense God’s vision for the life and ministry of their church.

II. Leadership development for churches: To provide developmental opportunities for pastors, staff members, and lay leadership to mature as leaders for the fulfillment of the Great Commission through their church.

III. Customized assistance to churches: To provide process assistance to churches to help them fulfill God’s vision for the life and ministry of their church.

IV. Ministries and Missions by churches: To support and assist churches as they meet the needs of people groups through various forms of ministry and the starting of new churches.

V. Training and program resources in churches: To network training and resources needed by churches to carry out their ongoing programs and projects.

VI. Associational systems development: To develop the organizational structure and systems necessary to fulfill the mission and vision of the association.

…This represents a significant refocusing of the direction of the association. The movement is away from asking the churches to serve the needs of an associational organization, to asking the churches to serve one another’s needs using those associational systems that can facilitate this focus. Also, it is viewed that the ministry of the association is the ministry of the churches. This means that all ministries should have as strong as possible local church connection in order for the full spectrum of ministry to be able to occur.

…Further, to encourage churches to pray for and support these ancillary services and ministries.