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Holy Mountain Baptist Church shares vision for new year

Deborah Peterson • Jan 16, 2020 at 10:30 AM

While people typically set goals for the new year in January, leaders of Holy Mountain Baptist Church (HMBC) of Kingsport have been working on their 2020 church goals for over a year.

Pastor Tim Price revealed the major initiatives and goals in Sunday’s special Vision Service.

One program he introduced is a new youth ministry, which he and youth workers developed throughout 2019. “We’ve revamped the youth ministry,” he explained.

“We spent a year researching how to impact this generation so that when they leave the church to go to college or the workforce, we’ve prepared them for what they’re facing,” he added.

The program is called Engage! Fashioned after an iPhone theme, the logo contains six apps: Christ, Family, Church, Friends, Community and World, which will be the focus of study throughout 2020 and beyond. “One of the nicknames for this age group is ‘screenagers,’ said Pastor Tim. “Everything we do is going to touch on one of those apps in one way or another.”

At the Vision Service, Pastor Tim also discussed plans to review all of the Christian Education Ministries. “I’m going to work with the rest of the education ministries to see what we need to change or update; that’s our major focus for 2020,” he said.

He also introduced a new discipleship program called Grow DEEP, an acronym for ‘Disciple, Engage, Equip and Produce.’ In addition, staff members are working on a new website scheduled to come out this year, which will include a three-minute introduction video that will be shared at the Vision Service.

Finally, Pastor Tim shared the ‘Invite Your 1’ ministry program established through Lifeway Christian Resources, which teaches people how to invite people to Jesus.

Pastor Tim shared another long-term goal he said he would love to see fulfilled, which involves ministering to families with special needs children.

“There are 10 special needs buses for Kingsport City Schools with 15 seats — that’s 150 kids,” he explained. “Which means there are 120 to 150 families in the area who may be afraid to visit a church because they don’t know how their children will be received, and that breaks my heart,” he added. This year, Holy Mountain hopes to start laying the foundation so that every ministry has the capability to handle special needs members.

The church was founded in 1976 and consists of around 200 members.

While they have many new goals, they have already been active in many ministries. Several times a week, members of the Soldiers of Grace team visit Holston Valley Medical Center to provide snacks and prayer support for families in waiting rooms. Since 2008, HMBC has partnered with the Fellowship Tract League and has shipped 5.7 million gospel tracts around the world. They also support the Gideons International, Samaritan’s Purse, Agape Women’s Services in Johnson City, the Freedom Tabernacle Ministries in Virginia, and over 17 missionaries all over the world. Over the holidays, you may have received an ornament made by the women of the church. For the past two years, church members have been giving them away to spread a little joy in the community.

During the Vision Service, church members also planned to reflect on the many blessings of 2019.

“We will spend as much time talking about the blessings as we do the vision,” said Pastor Tim. “We had 53 distinct blessings last year; that’s over one a week,” he added.

Sadly, there were also some heartaches for the church family in 2019. One of their beloved members, Sgt. Steve Hinkle, was killed in the line of duty last February. Steve’s sister, Tammy Fillers, has been the HMBC secretary for five years and a member for 25 years. She said her church family helped her greatly during that difficult time. “The people here will do whatever it takes to help people. I just love it; this is home to me,” she said.

Pastor Tim, who was called to HMBC over two years ago, said the first thing that impressed him about the church was how much the people love each other and the community. “If you visit Holy Mountain Baptist Church, the first thing you’re going to find out is that it doesn’t take you long at all to feel like family,” he said.

Pastor Tim resides in Church Hill with his wife, Sabrina, and son, Aaron.

Holy Mountain Baptist Church is located at 3121 Ashley Street in Kingsport. Sunday school meets at 10 a.m., with services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. To learn more, call (423) 247-1212.

Community members are invited to stop by and pay a visit.

“If you want to come to a church that doesn’t just teach, but also helps people to practice what they learn, then Holy Mountain Baptist Church is the church for you,” said Pastor Tim.

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