By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector
HERMITAGE — Pastor David Taft sees First Baptist Church here as a “gas station” which serves a few people at a time.
“Our goal is not to get a lot of people in the building, but to get Christ in people. …
“The church cannot be the church if we remove ourselves from the community,” declared Taft.
“If I can’t relate to them, there’s no chance for them to see what Christ is like. … If I don’t know them, then how can I understand them and help them?” he asked.
“What I would say to the church is, ‘Could we just wake up and learn who our neighbor is?’ ”
For First Baptist, Hermitage, its neighbors live in apartment complexes or multi-housing units, explained Taft, the pastor. [Read more…]