Sailing Forward: The Future of OHBC

Raise the Sails. Feel God's Power

As we embark on our pastoral search and church transition, we need to
“take up oars, hoist sails, and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us” -- The Sailboat Church.


Preparing to Call a New Senior Pastor

Ox Hill Baptist Church (OHBC) is currently participating in an intentional interim period, that will celebrate our past, understand our present, and plan our future. We are working with Dr. Randy Ashcraft from the Center for Healthy Churches over the next few months as we prepare to call our next Senior Pastor.

Final Reports

Below are the final reports from each of the congregational conversations.

Congregational Conversation #3: Preparing Our Future

Dr. Randy Ashcraft facilitated our third and final session on Sunday, October 15 at 4:00pm. We spent 90 minutes at round tables completing a survey on our future pastor and discussing:

  • Ministry priorities we feel our future pastor should embrace.
  • Sermon characteristics we want our pastor to embody.
  • Personal traits we feel our future pastor should possess.
  • Non-negotiable items related our our future pastor.
  • Most significant opportunities our church will have over the next five years.
  • Most significant challenges our church will face over the next five years.

Congregational Conversation #2: Celebrating Our Present

Dr. Randy Ashcraft facilitated our second of three sessions on Sunday, September 10 at 4:00pm. We spent 90 minutes at round tables discussing:

  • where we are today in the church life cycle (Birth, High Energy, Shared Beliefs & Missional Goals, Peak Performance, Nostalgia, Decline & Conflict, Death)
  • where we are and where we want to be on 4 main polarities (Internal/External, Clergy/Laity, Tradition/Innovation, Management/Leadership)
  • challenges with accomplishing our mission and vision
  • unique traits of OHBC compared to other baptist churches

Lastly we completed an analysis on the ministries of OHBC. Each participant was asked to select 3 ministries from the list below and complete this Keep, Improve, Add, & Drop analysis on each one of those chosen ministries. Ministries to choose from:

  • Worship
  • Music
  • In-reach
  • Outreach
  • Missions
  • Children/Youth
  • Adults
  • Pastoral Care

Congregational Conversation #1: Celebrating Our Past

Dr. Randy Ashcraft facilitated our first of three sessions on Sunday, June 25 at 4:00pm. We spent 90 minutes at round tables celebrating our past, recognizing when and why we connected with Ox Hill, identifying the traits that made this the church for us individually, and sharing some stories built on those traits. Download and read the summary.

Summary of What Happened
We put three different post-it's on a timeline to provide feedback on three main questions:

  • Yellow Post-it: Name and date you connected with OHBC
  • Green Post-it: What was going on at OHBC that drew or attracted you?
  • Blue Post-it: Why do you continue to stay at OHBC?

We discussed each of those, as well as these more open ended questions:

  • When did this church become THE church for you?
  • What was the essence of that experience?
  • What traits or values did the church show in that experience?

The Timeline
The timeline we built will eventually be a living, breathing display that you can continually add to. We will be looking for folks to add more photos and yellow post-it's if they missed the session. To allow for VBS decor to take over the building, we have temporarily taken the timeline down. After VBS, we will be putting the timeline back up in the hallway of the youth and children's wing.

ohbc photo collage

Session 1 Summary
The transition team has put together a report of the data that was collected from session 1 to show the essence of why people came to OHBC and why they stayed, as well as what core values they see as a representation of OHBC. Download and read the summary.

Future Congregational Converations

More information will be available as we near these session dates, but we wanted you to mark your calendars now!

  • September 10 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • October 15 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Covenant Between Transition Team, God, & OHBC

The Ox Hill Baptist Church congregation has prayerfully sought God's wisdom in selecting members to serve on the Transition Team. We, the members of the Team, now enter into a covenant with God and our congregation to:

  • earnestly seek to trust God and pray to follow God's will (nothing more, nothing else, nothing less),
  • listen with open hearts and minds to various perspectives within the congregation to ensure that the views shared by the members are represented as fairly as possible,
  • capture, to the best of our ability, the OHBC basic core values,
  • strive to be available to all members, and
  • communicate with the congregation about the work of the Transition Team.

Signed,
Bruce, Kirk, Lacy, Wayne, Jaimi, Patty, Mary, Gene, Hugo