Back in 2017, our church leadership was approached by First Baptist Church (FBC) in Hackensack for some assistance and guidance while they searched for a new pastor. This discussion was nothing new to Hawthorne Gospel Church, as we regularly assist churches looking to fill the pulpit while they search for a pastor. However, as time would move on, it was apparent that First Baptist was looking for a longer, potentially more permanent, relationship with Hawthorne Gospel.
Over the course of a year and a half, the Lord continually kept opening doors with First Baptist . Much prayer and many discussions took place between the staff of Hawthorne Gospel and leadership of First Baptist, ultimately leading up to this point. At this time, our staff and elders, along with the advisory board of FBC, have mutually agreed to pursue the possibility of HGC adopting First Baptist Church and making their congregation and property an additional campus of the Hawthorne Gospel Church.
While all the details are still being worked out, there is great opportunity for us to minister in the city of Hackensack. FBC had been a strong, Bible-believing congregation in the heart of the city for over 140 years. They have a faithful, committed congregation of about 150 people; and our prayer is that God would use us to come alongside them to build upon their past and expand their impact for Christ in the future.
In the next few weeks, First Baptist Church will be holding a congregational meeting to discuss as to whether to go ahead with this new opportunity.
Please pray for the many details and logistics that need to go into the planning of this new direction, for our leadership and the leadership of FBC as we pursue what this might become, and for clear direction from the Lord in the days ahead.