In the year 2031, Olivet will celebrate its 100th anniversary. For those who think this is far-fetched, stop and remember how many of you were around in 1967 when Olivet celebrated its 36th anniversary. Just 32 brief years ago!
Thirty two years from now, in the natural order of things, according to the current mortality rate and the demographics of our congregation, fifty percent of our current membership could still be alive. If civilization continues and the world still stands, many of Olivet's members will not only be alive, but active and energetic in the work and will of God.
The larger question is, what kind of congregation and community will we have on our one hundredth church anniversary, thirty two years from now? The answer to the above question will be determined by what we do now, and how we serve God in the present age.
Our Faith and Vision today will help shape the world our children and grandchildren will experience in the year 2031.
Our Faith and Vision today will determine the kind of facility we share 32 years from today.
We see a ministry that is relevant, vital, inclusive, liberating, and lasting through redeeming love. We see a facility that will be a model for worship and praise, education, family life, and community service. We see a ministry of healing, health and wholeness, where medicine and spirituality work together in holy wedlock. We see a children's and youth ministry so attractive and excellent that children and parents will come running and rejoicing. We see an inter-generational ministry where elders are highly respected and serve daily as counselors and mentors in the Spirit of Christ. We see choirs singing hymns, spirituals, anthems, gospels as keepers of faith, hope and heritage. We see a pulpit that is prophetic, pastoral, powerful and liberating at the local, national and global level. A pulpit never tied down by the slavery of bureaucracy, and traditions, but always open to the newness of God's Word and revelation. A pulpit endowed by the Holy Spirit, established on the Rock of Jesus Christ. A pulpit guided from above and not dictated to from below.
My spirit is on fire with Faith, Vision, Love and Confidence.
Olivet, dear Olivet, "it does not yet appear what we shall be."
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.
Rev. Otis Moss Jr. named to White House Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership panel
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today appointed the Rev. Otis Moss Jr., pastor emeritus at Cleveland's Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, to serve on a newly established 25-member White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The effort includes a presidential advisory council, composed of "religious and secular leaders and scholars from different backgrounds" to assist the office's efforts. Moss is the only Ohioan on the council. Moss also was asked to deliver the opening prayer at a National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, the day after Obama's inauguration.
"No matter how much money we invest or how sensibly we design our policies, the change that Americans are looking for will not come from government alone," Obama said in a press statement announcing the initiative. "There is a force for good greater than government."
According to the White House, the new office's priorities will be:
The White House stressed the effort won't violate the Constitution's mandatory separation of church and state, and will ensure "that both existing programs and new proposals are consistent with American laws and values."
- Making community groups an integral part of economic recovery and anti-poverty efforts
- Examining ways to support women and children, address teen pregnancy and reduce the need for abortions
- Encouraging responsible fatherhood, and working to get young men off the streets and into well-paying jobs
- Working with the National Security Council to foster interfaith dialog with leaders and scholars around the world.