For the week of January 14, 2018

Are You Making the Most of 2018
So Far?

Join us for passionate worship this Sunday at New Salem!
      This Sunday in our 10:45 AM service, our praise team and choir will lead us to celebrate Jesus with songs like “Holy is the Lord”, “Good Good Father” and “Immortal, Invisible”. Pastor Alan will continue his sermon series, “Pray Like You Mean It”.
       In our 6 PM service
, we will continue to worship Jesus with some of our favorite hymns and choruses, and Pastor Alan will continue our study on “The Names of Jesus”, focusing this week on what it means for Jesus to be our “Good Shepherd.”
       Bring a friend!

How Do You Like Your Pancakes?
Did you know that Tennessee is a
mission field?

     Over 60-percent of our neighbors have no relationship with Christ, and over 80-percent do not attend church regularly. In addition, there are 145 different people groups living in Tennessee, including 45 that have been classified by the IMB as the most unreached with the gospel. You are invited to a special Pray4TN rally sponsored by the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board this Thursday, January 18, 7 PM, at Brainerd Baptist Church. Join fellow believers from across Hamilton County in praying for spiritual revival in our state. Find out more at

A Gift for Our Senior Adults!

     All Senior Adults are invited to a Senior Adult Valentines Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6 pm in the New Salem Unity Building. Free food and free entertainment! This banquet is being provided for our senior adults by New Salem's Student Ministry. For more information, contact New Salem's student pastor, Greg Sluder.

Moving Forward in 2018!
        At the December business meeting, New Salem Baptist Church voted to create a transition team tasked with developing a plan to implement Strategic Initiative #4, which our membership approved as part of our Strategic Plan last August.  Strategic Initiative #4 calls on New Salem to "Reinvent our ministry structure to be more flexible and responsive to the needs of our mission by transitioning from committee-led ministry to team-led ministry."
        Between January 7-28, you will have the opportunity to nominate fellow New Salem members to serve on this five-member team. Look for the nomination forms and the submission box in the main lobby beginning Sunday, January 7. The top five nominees will be submitted for approval at New Salem's February business meeting.
        The target for the transition team's recommendations is the April or May business meeting (with the option of giving them more time if necessary). Specifically, the transition team will look at:
  • Which committees should be transitioned to the team concept, and which should continue to operate under the present system.
  • How the new teams will work: their make-up, responsibilities, procedures and accountability structure.
  • What changes would need to be made to New Salem's by-laws to accommodate this new system.
        Why are we doing this?  As our Strategic Planning Team concluded, our present committee system is too rigid, too unresponsive to change, and requires a lot of personnel to maintain.  By transitioning key ministries away from committees towards smaller leadership teams, we hope to cut down on the number of people the Nominating Committee would need to recruit each year (and focus on people who have a passion for particular ministries), make it easier for leadership teams to adapt to changing conditions during the year, as well as making it easier to plug in new people to serve in areas of interest and giftedness.
        Of the give strategic initiatives recommended by our Strategic Planning Team, this transition has the possibility of being one of the most consequential for our church, as well as one of the most complicated. Therefore, we are committed to making sure we do it right. Please pray for those who will be nominated, and for the work they will be engaging in.
Get connected!
Click here for a directory of New Salem's Sunday School groups!
Click here to submit your prayer request!
Please pray for:
  • This Sunday's services
  • Our pastor and staff
  • Spiritual renewal in our lives, our church, and our nation
  • Nominations for the ministry transition team
  • Our worship leader search committee
  • Our middle & high students as they prepare for the upcoming SAW retreat in February
  • That the Lord would draw people around us to faith in Jesus, baptism, and discipleship
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