Local Ministry: Getting Ahead
Ministry Contacts: Emily & Jim Plemmons
On April 10th, 2019, the sixth Getting Ahead Class graduated in the Chapel at First Baptist. The Getting Ahead Class is for individuals who live in poverty (defined as a lack of resources), are in unstable situations, or feel “stuck” in their situation, but want better lives for themselves and their families.
The class meets for 32 hours over an eight-week period. Each member reads, discusses, and completes exercises found in the Getting Ahead workbook. The class begins with an honest examination of MY LIFE NOW and ends with MY FUTURE STORY, which includes a self-assessment that leads to a specific goal and future plan for each individual. Members recognize that they sometimes live in the tyranny of the moment, moving from problem to problem with little thought or time to consider the future. They are getting by, but the class focuses on getting ahead.
Members investigate life and community through an economic lens by creating mental models of poverty, middle class, and wealth. Other topics include eleven resources: emotional, mental, language, social capital, physical, spiritual, integrity & trust, motivation & persistence, relationships/role models, and knowledge of hidden rules. Members explore many more issues----please talk with Emily and Jim Plemmons. They love discussing Getting Ahead!
Prayer and Getting Ahead:
Prayer is an important component of the FBC Getting Ahead Class as each class begins with praises and requests, followed by prayer. Prayers were answered. One member had no breast cancer even though her doctor feared the worst. Unexpected housing came on the day of graduation for another member who was evicted and unable to find housing throughout the eight-week period. Recovery from surgery was painful, but not unbearable, for another classmate! Prayer and sharing of life stories created a bond among the members.
The support of Getting Ahead by the FBC Missions Council, church members, and staff helps build relationships and change lives, which is the fulfillment of the greatest commandment: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Thanks, FBC!!!
—Written by Emily Plemmons