First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC) is one of Harlem’s fastest growing churches with Pastor Michael A. Walrond, Jr. as one of its current leaders. Pastor Walrond has created Visionaries & Dreamers Weekend, a three day experience, to kick off a new long term project of the church which will allow members and people from Harlem to share their “God given gifts” with others.
On Friday Night, beginning at 7pm, there will be “an interactive journey through music, drama and dance to personally explore identifying your dreams and visions, acknowledge your issues, and release barriers preventing you from turning your dreams into reality”.
According to their website, the purpose of Visionaries & Dreamers weekend is to empower the FCBC family and church visitors to identify and cultivate individual visions, dreams and gifts so that they can enhance the livelihood of FCBC and impact the Harlem community.
I’ve had a couple of conversations with Jonnell, one of the Church’s members, and we discussed the ultimate goal of the Visionaries and Dreamers project. The Pastor and members of the Church believe that everyone has a special gift. Some people already know what their gift is and use it regularly in their daily lives and others are on a journey to discover their gifts.
According to Jonnell, as a church that believes it’s members are servants to the community, the ultimate goal of the project is to have members connect with each other as well as members of the Harlem community through it’s various outreach ministries to help everyone achieve their dreams.
On Saturday afternoon, members of the Church will go out in to the community and set up Adopt-A-Block Prayer Stations to talk to and pray with members of the Harlem community. They will talk to people to find out what issues they feel needs to be addressed in the community and the Church will develop programs to address the issues as a part of their community outreach programs in the future.
On Saturday evening there will be a “Gathering of the Gifts” kick-off with Pastor Walrond initiating a call to action. Their website says that “after receiving the charge, those in attendance will break out into smaller groups, based on their gifts, to meet new people and collectively brainstorm ways in which their gifts, dreams, talents, and skills can enhance the livelihood of FCBC. Each group will come together to establish a commitment as to what they will do in 2011 to serve the FCBC Family and the Harlem Community.”
Finally, on Sunday, there will be two worship services (as there is every Sunday) to celebrate the visions of the weekend’s participants with a guest preacher, Pastor A. Byron Coleman of the Fifth Street Baptist Church in Oklahoma.
For more info on the Visionaries & Dreamers weekend, click here. There is a video with members discussing the project and a podcast that discusses the Adopt-A-Block program.