Lisbon Baptist Church
Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Strategic Planning / Vision Statement
Our church recently underwent a strategic planning process. As a result of this process, a vision statement was created to express the goals that we as a church body plan to accomplish within the next five years. The following is Lisbon Baptist Church's Vision Statement:
Within the next five years, LBC plans to complete its Family Life Center and hire additional staff in order to support a prayerfully-led ministry that meets the needs of our congregation, community, and world by:
Lisbon Baptist Church History
(From the Centennial Celebration Booklet – 1892-1992)
According to the oldest minute book in the possession of Lisbon Baptist Church, there was a church called Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church organized on October 12, 1870; however, the Cape Fear Association of which some of the churches in Bladen County were a part shows that as early as 1835 there was a Mount Pleasant Church in Bladen County with a membership of 56. William J. Finlay was the minister at that time. The associational minutes in 1873 described the state of religion at Mt. Pleasant “In Peace” and in 1874, “We are in peace; have had a glorious revival.”
In May 1892, a vote was taken to ascertain the feeling of the church in regard to organizing a Bladen County Association, and the vote carried. In August of 1892, the minutes state, “The business of Bladen County Association Convention as called by the Central Union to meet September 15 with Brown’s Creek Church was taken up and Brother J. M. Register, S. H. Hilburn, were appointed delegates and S. B. Thompson, J. B. Melvin, and J. P. Vause, alternates. An invitation was extended to the newly organized association to meet with this church in case it should be decided to organize.” In September 1892 the church asked the Cape Fear Association for a letter of dismissal to organize a new association. Thus was the Bladen Baptist Association organized.
In January of 1923, a committee composed of S. W. Phillips and J. I. Dodd was appointed to “see the church at the crossroads and invite them to join with us at Lisbon.” However, there is no available information as to when Mt. Pleasant and Lisbon merged and became united.
Since its earliest days, Lisbon Baptist Church’s membership has grown to over 200 members. The church has experienced tremendous growth and is committed to its holy calling as a lighthouse for the community and to win the lost for Jesus.
Important Church Documents
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