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Our 2020 Goals

1100 Gospel Conversations. We hope to see at least 1100 gospel conversations take place this year. Why 1100? Our average weekly worship attendance is around 1100, so the challenge basically involves each one sharing the gospel with someone else who may not know Christ. Each person will be given a ball to return when he/she has presented the gospel to a friend, relative, neighbor, coworker, etc. so that we can celebrate each life that has been touched with the gospel. Remember, the heart of our existence is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we must take His good news to those in our own families and communities.

100 Baptisms. Baptism is a public declaration of one’s submission to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. If we are sharing the gospel with people, then we should expect some to come to salvation. Subsequently, we should urge them to be baptized as they follow Him faithfully. Moreover, those who have never followed through with baptism by immersion ought to be encouraged. We have never baptized 100 people in one year at Temple, but we want to strive to see people begin their discipleship through baptism. Of course, we recognize that only God brings salvation, so we are asking our members to pray for such a movement. Find more information about being baptized and praying for the 100 who will be baptized at

275 Short-Term Mission Team Members. Not only are we called to reach our own communities for Christ, but we are also called to take His name to the nations. This year, we want to see 275 individuals engage in short-term missions outside of the Ruston area. That is 275 people involved in advancing the gospel in our state, in our nation, and around the globe itself! See what mission opportunities you can be a part of at

27 Books. Every part of God’s Word (Old and New Testament alike) is divinely inspired and authoritative for our lives. The twenty-seven books of the New Testament, in particular, recount the salvific work of Jesus Himself and the Spirit’s empowerment of the church as it carries out His mission. This year, we encourage you to read through the New Testament with us; and if possible, to join a D-Group (discipleship group) to reflect upon His truth. Find more information about reading plans and how to join a D-Group at

$1 million. No doubt, God has blessed us in order for us to bless others. This coming year, we as a church want to contribute at least $1,000,000 to missionary and benevolent causes. Through our Cooperative Program giving (as well as our special mission offerings: Annie Armstrong, Georgia Barnette, and Lottie Moon), we want to continue to work with our Southern Baptist brothers and sisters around the world. But, we also want to look for other areas of mission support and gospel expansion. In addition, we should look for benevolent opportunities as we demonstrate Christ’s compassion upon those in need. Specifically, we plan to retire the medical debt of the most vulnerable in Lincoln, Union, Bienville, Jackson, and Claiborne parishes.