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VISION SUNDAY GUIDE

What is Vision Sunday at Blackhawk Ministries?

Vision Sunday is an annual Sunday where our church services are focused on three things: where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. We look back at our previous year of ministry to celebrate all God has done but primarily focus on God’s vision for His church at Blackhawk moving into the next year and beyond. It’s a special day for all Blackhawk family and all who are interested in joining us on the journey! We also hold our annual church business meeting following the last service to affirm our leadership (elders and deacons), new fiscal year budget, and cover any other needed church business items.

 

When is Vision Sunday and our annual church business meeting?

Our annual Vision Sunday will take place during both our 9am and 11am worship services on Sunday, May 23, with our annual church business meeting following at 12:15pm.

 

Will Vision Sunday be online and in-person?

Yes! As always, our 9am and 11am worship services will be both in-person and online through all our streaming platforms. The annual business meeting will begin at 12:15pm and be approximately 30 minutes in length. This gathering will take place in the worship center for those attending in-person or online through blackhawkministries.org (click the “watch live” button beginning at 12:15pm).

 

Who should attend the business meeting?

All church members are highly encouraged to attend, and anyone interested in learning more about Blackhawk is absolutely welcome to join us too.

 

What are we voting on this year?

We will vote on three items at this year’s business meeting:

  1. Jason Maley as our newest Church Elder, along with affirming our leadership listing of all elders and deacons.
  2. Proposed 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Budget
  3. The addition of the word “inerrant” to our Statement of Faith on The Authority of Scripture

Each of these documents can be found in this guide.

 

How will I be able to vote this year?

Only active members of Blackhawk Ministries who are 18 years of age or older can vote. Church members can vote in person through hard copy ballots or online through a secure link that will be provided at the top of this same webpage on May 23 during the business meeting. Anyone unable to attend or who may be uncomfortable voting online can also call our church office at 260.493.7400 for alternative options for voting.

 

What if I have questions?

We are a church that works very hard to operate with transparency and integrity. We welcome any questions and encourage you to use the multiple venues we have to get them answered. You can either reach out to the church leaders listed below for individual communication and/or attend one of our two Q&A gatherings (in-person or online – see next question for details). Keep in mind that we do all of our discussion prior to Vision Sunday through these avenues.

 

What are the details for the Q&A gatherings?

We will have two Q&A gatherings where any and all are encouraged to come to ask questions.

  1. Sunday, May 16, 12:15pm in the media center (In-person only)
  2. Wednesday, May 19, 7pm in the media center (In-person OR online via zoom) https://blackhawkministries.org/visionsunday

ELDERS

Dr. Kevin Rivers (Lead Pastor)

Jessica and I have been married since 2006, and we have three amazing kids: Caleb, Callie, and Kya. Our family came to B­lackhawk in the fall of 2016, and it’s been a joy to become a part of this incredible church family. Serving as the Lead Pastor at Blackhawk Ministries is a privilege and a responsibility that we consider a family calling God has indeed orchestrated as only He can do. Seeing Jesus made famous in our community and around the world not only excites me, but it also drives and compels me every single day to live and lead with purpose. I absolutely love helping people and hope through Jesus and seeing them get connected and equipped in His church!

Scott Berry

I have been married to Laurie for 25 years, and we have two grown children: Nick and Miranda, who both graduated from Blackhawk Christian School. I am a CPA and have specialized in not-for-profit finance for the last 10 years. We have been at Blackhawk for almost 14 years, and during that time I have served as a greeter and more recently, on the stewardship team. We are excited to see God at work at Blackhawk and to have the opportunity to serve Him here. Blackhawk has great momentum, and we look forward to seeing His name raised high as we light the One Five together.

Steve Connelly

I have been married for 16 years to a beautiful woman who challenges me to become a better man of God. We have 5 boys: Donovan 15, Gabriel 13, Jadon born and deceased in 2005, Brennan 10, and Samuel 6. We have been members of Blackhawk for 10 years, serving in Children’s Ministries, Blackhawk Ministries’ LIFE Groups, NeighborLink, Blackhawk Christian School Board Member, and BCS Cross Country and Track Coach. We are humbled to see God’s faithfulness, His provision, and the refining He has showered upon the church, and it’s ministries. We are very encouraged to see how united the church and Blackhawk Christian School have become, and are excited to be a part of how God will use both to bless the community He wants us to reach.

 

Phil Ferguson

Sheryl and I have been married for 39 years and have 2 daughters: Rachel and Vanessa, one son-in-law James, one grandson James Phillip. We have been members of Blackhawk for 5 years and serve in Marriage Matters, Double Exposure, Cub Scouts, and Church Security Team. We are excited about the worship experience and serving in a church where lives are being changed each week, and the life community where we can connect with other believers.

Rick Huls

My wife, Sheri, and I will celebrate 52 years of marriage in August 2020. We have two daughters, Pam and Peg, who both attended Blackhawk Christian School. We have a son-in-law, Brandon, married to Pam, and their 3 daughters, Analise, Maisie, and Sadie. They live in Kearney, Nebraska while Peg resides in Ft. Worth, Texas. I am a retired music educator having taught at Jefferson Middle School for 40 years. I also coached track and volleyball at the school, plus 22 years of club volleyball, and 15 years as a volleyball official. We began attending Blackhawk in 1976 where I served in the music ministry, being a part of the choir, Blackhawk Singers, and the Mensingers Quartet. In 1992, we felt called to be a part of a new church plant in Ft. Wayne. We were involved in that ministry until 2016 when we felt the Lord’s leading us to return to Blackhawk. Sheri and I are currently serving as co-leaders of the Godfrey/Huls Life group. We are also staff volunteers for Turning Point Ministries and Dr. Jeremiah. In addition, I direct our Brass, Woodwind, and String band and serve as a First Impressions greeter for the second service. I am looking forward to serving our church as we seek to Light the One Five.

­Jason Maley**

Lynnette and I have been married for 28 years. We have four amazing children – Jordan, Weston, Jackson and Alena. We’ve also been blessed with a loving daughter in-law, Kayla. One granddaughter (Leah) with a grandson (Owen) due in July.  All of our children have attended BCS since kindergarten. Lynnette and I are also graduates of BCS.  I’ve been attending Blackhawk for over 40 years and Lynnette has for over 30. We’ve had the privilege of serving in Blackhawk Kids Ministry, various life groups, church security team, Blackhawk Elder board, BCS school board and Renew board.  God has sustained and blessed us over the many years at Blackhawk and we are excited to see what he has in store moving forward.

Curtis Smith

My wife, Jessie, and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary this year. We have 3 sons: Brooks, Jake, and Luke. All 3 attended Blackhawk Christian School since kindergarten. Luke will graduate in 2020, giving us 3 BCS alums. Later this year, Brooks will marry his fiancé, Stacie, and we will have a daughter-in-law. We have attended Blackhawk since December 1995, just 2 months after moving to Fort Wayne. Over those years, I have been involved in Blackhawk as a Sunday School Teacher, a Youth Basketball Coach, and a member of the Sunday Morning On-Stage Team. Jessie has been an Art Teacher at BCS for the past 10 years. We love Blackhawk because Jesus is at the center of everything the church does, and the people of Blackhawk are so warm and loving. This congregation helped make Fort Wayne our home, despite not being born and raised here.

DEACONS

Mark and Michelle Ahrens

Michelle and I will be celebrating 29 years of marriage this coming September. We have been blessed with 3 wonderful children. Our 2 oldest are now married, and the youngest is finishing up his sophomore year of college. I have attended Blackhawk for over 33 years. I am currently serving on the Steward Team, using over 32 years of experience in corporate accounting and finance. I also served for many years in the Music Ministry as a part of the Choir and Worship Team. Michelle is a graduate of Blackhawk Christian School, so she has been around this place for much longer. Michelle has, and continues to serve in Children’s Ministries. It has truly been exciting for both of us to see first-hand God’s faithfulness and provision over the years here at Blackhawk. “HE” continues to use this ministry in a strong and mighty way for “HIS” purposes.

Neil and Von Clay

We have been married 50 years and have 3 children who graduated from BCS, and 5 grandchildren who have attended BCS. We have been members of Blackhawk since 1974 (43 years). Neil has been a deacon every year and a LIFE Group leader, first for Young Marrieds, and then for the Discovery Class. What excites me is God bringing Pastor Kevin and his family to Blackhawk, and God using him to draw people to Himself literally every week!

Bill and Patty Culp

We have been married 45 years this December. We have 3 adult children: Andrew, David, and Sarah, all living out-of-state (Madison, Wisconsin, Denver, Colorado, and San Diego, California), and 8 near-perfect grandchildren. We have been at Blackhawk since 1979 and are currently serving as Shepherds over 3 LIFE Groups. We’re excited to be a part of this new season at Blackhawk. We know that God has a great plan to mature us, and bring Him glory, and we don’t want to miss it.

Marc and Lisa Davidson**

Lisa and I have been married for over 25 years, and God has blessed us with 7 amazing children. Wesley (24) and his wife Ashton, Will (22) and his wife Sarah, Frankie (20), Marcus (18), Jimmy (16), Isaiah (10), and Jaela (10). We lived in France from the time we were married up until 2006. I was playing basketball, and we were able to partner with local missionaries during our time there. We moved back to the states in 2006 and have been involved in Christian ministry ever since. It is a joy to serve Jesus here at Blackhawk! We are excited to see all that He will continue to do!

Jim and Marie Doty

Marie and I have been married 45 years and have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren. I am currently a semi-retired CPA. I work during tax season, and garden and do yard work the rest of the year. Marie and I have attended Blackhawk for 37 years. Also, Marie and I help with the Student Ministry. The exciting thing for me is the “new-ness” that I feel about what is happening. People are making new commitments (we witness the raising of hands after every message) and getting baptized. We are on the move again, and Satan must hate it, so we need to be aware.

Eric and Heidi Emley

We have been married since 2006 and have been blessed with 3 children, each unique in their own way. Eric has been attending Blackhawk since 2000 and has served in the past with the Drama Team, Friendship Class, and Greeter Ministry, and currently serves on the Security Team. After marriage, Heidi began attending Blackhawk and has served in Children’s Ministry every year. In Eric’s daily life, he is an IT Administrator, while Heidi works from home. We are excited about the growth of our church as we continue to speak the truth and show love to those who enter through the doors. Matthew 22:37-40

 

Ed and Carrie Ferrier

Carrie and I have been married for 37 years, and Blackhawk has been our church home for over 20 years. We have two married sons, Daniel (& Katelyn) and David (& Meredith) and two grandsons, Deacon and Elliot. Over the years I have been actively involved in the school board, school musicals, choir, band, Our Future Together, the Steward Team and a very brief stint as a helper in the 2-1/2-year-old’s Sunday school class. I am excited to serve the Blackhawk family and look forward to growing together.

Arlan and Linda Friesen

We’ve been married for nearly 33 years and have 4 adult children. Linda has been at Blackhawk since age 8. We were married in the Chapel (now the Youth Room) in 1984 and have served here ever since, aside from a 10-year stint serving at the Love Church. We currently participate in the Double Exposure LIFE Group and Marriage Matters, and teach Children’s Sunday School in the summer. We are thrilled to be experiencing the life-changing power of Jesus Christ in community with others, being loved and loving others, learning and applying God’s living Word, worshipping together, and being with others who desire to reach out to those around us.

Don and Mari Hardway**

Mari and I have been married for 10 years and have a blended family of 2 sons, 3 daughters, 9 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. I have worked in the automotive aftermarket since 1982 currently working for MPA as a Catalog Manager and Mari has worked for Farm Bureau Insurance for, let’s just say she knows insurance very well. We have been attending Blackhawk Ministries since we returned to Fort Wayne in 2018. I serve Blackhawk as a co-leader of the Myers-Hardway Life group since 2018 and as a Life group Shepherd since 2020. We fell in love with this church from day one, Christmas Eve 2017, where the Bible has the first word and the last word, where the leaders lead with transparency and we are taught to live our lives with open hands and loving heart. We love serving those in the 46815 zip code, surrounding area, our country and the 15 regions around the world as we Light the 15.

Milt and Monica Lengacher

We have both been at Blackhawk and in the same ABF for about 11 years. We began dating after Milt’s first wife, Deana, went home to heaven after a long illness. Milt has 2 daughters, both married, and 6 grandchildren. Milt serves as the ABF Excel Class Leader, and Monica serves with the Communion Deaconess Team and is a Greeter at Door 3 on Sunday morning. Over the last 11 years, we have come to love the pure biblical, missional teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and the ongoing closeness of our ABF small group family. We are always asking the Lord for His vision and plan for us regarding serving the King’s family here at Blackhawk and wait in eager anticipation of future serving opportunities He brings to us.

Phil and Katie Maurizi**

Katie and I have been married for 14 years, and we have 3 children: Nora (8), Will (7), and Eliza  (5). I have been attending Blackhawk Ministries for 37 years, and Katie joined as a member when we married. We have both served in children’s ministry, and Katie has consistently served in nursery. Katie and I are proud graduates of Blackhawk Christian School and all three of our children are currently enrolled at BCS. We are excited to see what God will continue to do in and through Blackhawk Ministries, and we feel honored to serve the local church body.

 

David and Lori Miller

Lori and I have been married for 46 years. We have 5 adult children and 14 grandchildren, one of whom is awaiting us in heaven. We are busy and active in our careers. Lori is a Nurse Practitioner. I am an Electrical Contractor and have rental properties. For 24 years, Blackhawk has been our church home. We have served in LIFE Groups for the past 15 years and are currently leading a LIFE Group. Lori and I are drawn to young adults. Presently, we are active in Grafted. Having been adoptive parents and grandparents, our hearts are touched by the Grafted focus which resonates with our heartbeat. We love our church’s mission purpose and feel blessed to support where opportunity has permitted. We especially love to support the missionary family in Poland. I am excited to serve our church as a Deacon and covet your prayers that God will use me to accomplish His will.

Rod and Susie Myers**

Susie and I have been married for 48 years. We have three married children, Matt, Betsy and Abby and 6 grandchildren. We have been attending Blackhawk for 21 years since we moved here from Michigan. After retiring from teaching in Michigan, I spent 10 years teaching at Blackhawk Christian School where I still occasionally substitute. We are involved in a LIFE group and I also attend a men’s bibles study and Susie is in BSF. I have been a volunteer for IN AS MUCH ministry for 15 years. We currently volunteer in 3rd and 4th grade and DS3 and we are serving at the Welcome Desk on Sunday mornings once a month. We are blessed to call Blackhawk our church family.

Jermaine and Chasity O’Neal**

My wife Chasity and I have been married 18 Yrs. and have 3 wonderful children (2 Daughters and a Son). Prior to coming to Blackhawk, I served as a Minster/Elder 20 yrs. I also sang and played drums for the choir. My wife headed the children’s ministry 7 years. We have served at Blackhawk with the youth, and the worship team. I love people and have a passion for people to know and experience Jesus. One of the things that stood out coming to Blackhawk was the saying “Making Disciples that make Disciples.” This is what we enjoy doing. This is what Jesus has called us all to do.

Micah and Sarah Quick

Sarah and I have been married for 11 years and have 2 children: 4-year-old son Silas, and 3-year-old daughter Abigail. We have been members of Blackhawk for 2 years and serve in Blackhawk Kids, Young Adult, Women’s, and Simple Suppers ministries. We love being a part of a church where scripture and its authority is taught every week both to us and to our children, and opportunities to both serve and grow relationships with others are abundant.

Rick Raber

Diane and I have been married for 27 years. God has given us 3 sons: Caleb, Josh, and Zach. I have been involved at various levels here at Blackhawk since 1986, and I currently serve in the roles of Elder, Shepherding Team Member, and Dialogue LIFE Group Teacher. I am so excited to be at a place where my family is encouraged and challenged to model the life of Jesus every week. I am so grateful to see the multi-generational body of Christ worshipping and serving side by side. We value a church family that has helped develop three sons, who prioritize their lives to participate and serve in ways that live out the gospel in their relationships outside the walls of Blackhawk.

 

Dave and Gail Rosner

Gail and I have been married 36 years and have 3 grown children and 1 grandson. I currently work for the MEDPRO GROUP as an Account Executive Team Trainer. Before coming to Blackhawk, I served as an ordained Pastor of two Grace Brethren Churches. We have been attending Blackhawk Ministries for over 10 years now. I am currently serving as part of the Worship Team and play the guitar most Sundays; I also serve on the Worship Arts Team, helping with the planning and direction of our worship services. Both Gail and I have gone on short-term mission trips and have had our hearts challenged to see the need for the gospel here and around the world. We are excited to see what God is doing and will do as we reach Fort Wayne (the One Five) and the world with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Mike and Kathy Rowland

We have been married for 55 years and have 5 adult children, 3 of whom are serving our Lord in full-time ministry. We also have 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 2 more arriving shortly. We have been attending Blackhawk since 1990, aside from a 9-year stint to help our son plant a church. Mike currently serves on the Care Team and is the teacher for the Excel Class. Kathy and I are excited about the direction of our church. Souls are being won, lives are being changed, and above all, God is glorified! Kathy and I look forward to being involved in the “equipping process.”‘

Don and Jane Seely

We are the parents of Craig and Kyle Seely, and we have 4 grandchildren. In November, Jane and I will celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We have been at Blackhawk since 1979 (about 38 years) and are currently serving on the Elder Board and with the Steward Team. We are members of the Dialogue Class and lead a smaller LIFE Group in our home that meets twice monthly on Tuesday evenings. We are currently studying Romans. We have always loved Blackhawk for the truth in God’s Word that is dutifully taught each week. It is most exciting to see what He is doing now in really growing our body both spiritually and in the new lives coming to Christ each week. Jane and I are both excited and feel privileged to be a part of this ministry.

Mike and Betsy Stevens**

Betsy and I were married 44 years ago at Immanuel Baptist Church. When I was 18 years of age, I accepted Christ as my personal savior. Our daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, Jen (BCS K-12), Joel, Jane (6) and Jonathan (3) Moser, also attend Blackhawk. I began serving at Blackhawk as a van driver. Eventually I became a greeter, then head greeter in 1995. The Greeter Ministry is part of what is now known as the First Impression Team. I also serve at the Global Leadership Summit. I have enjoyed being a Realtor since 1980. Betsy’s hobbies include crafting, decorating and sewing. She has a couple of cleaning clients and considers that her mission field. We are thankful for Blackhawk and its outreach in the community, lighting the “15” and beyond. The practical ways we can be the hands and feet of Jesus is attractive to the lost. The truth of the gospel is boldly proclaimed at Blackhawk. Lives are being changed for all of eternity. We are blessed to be part of such a ministry.

Jim and Barb Williams

Barb invited me to attend the Blackhawk Church Singles Group in 1974. In 1979 I became a Christian, and later that year, we were married. During our attendance, I served several years on the Collection Counting Team and also served as a Greeter. Barb’s time was spent raising our 3 girls. Our blended family has expanded to 8 grandchildren. I am now retired from corporate life, and we spend time among our family, LIFE Group, Sunday School Class and Bible Studies. It is good to see the continued weekly decisions made for Christ and frequent baptisms which show that God is alive at Blackhawk.

BUDGET

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AMENDMENT

 

Statement of Faith: Authority of Scripture:

CURRENT: We believe that the Bible is the inspired, complete, authoritative Word of God. It is totally true and trustworthy and therefore our lives are to be governed by its contents.

PROPOSED: We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, complete, authoritative Word of God. It is totally true, and trustworthy and therefore our lives are to be governed by its contents.

 

Why this change?

We updated our foundational documents last year following nearly two years of elders and church leaders seeking the Lord and working on these updates. Following this update, there was some resulting confusion regarding whether or not Blackhawk was changing its stance on Scripture, specifically regarding inerrancy. In no way did we intend to nor have we changed our stance on the authority of God’s Word. In fact, we believe our updated foundational documents only strengthen our commitment to Scripture in an age where such commitment is under strong attack. To remove any avenue for confusion or doubt, our elders are proposing that we add the word “inerrant” as listed above to our Statement of Faith on the Authority of Scripture.

Our full set of Foundation Documents can be accessed at blackhawkministries.org

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