What is God leading Yates Baptist Church to do, to be, now?

What is His vision for us into the future?


These are questions our church will seek answers to together over the next several months. As we refresh our church vision and mission, we will pursue God’s special call for Yates.  Then, we will identify and begin to take steps towards that call as a family of faith.


The Visioning Leadership Team (VLT) invites the entire church community to participate in the activities, events, and processes that visioning will entail. We hope to enter the Season of Advent with a refreshed mission and vision and, upon Easter 2019, begin implementing God’s plans for our future.


Look for regular updates on the process and progress, and contact any member of the VLT or staff member for more information.


Visioning Leadership Team

Rachael Cruickshank                              Tarvik Linder

 Sean Fenton                                               Linda Mercer

Sam Haithcock                              Richard Poindexter

Courtney Thornton


Join these Visioning Events at Yates


Preparing for Visioning through Prayer

Every Sunday of worship in September and October


Yates Community Conversations

What’s the state of congregations in the US today? On Sunday, September 30, Dave Odom facilitated a dialogue among our congregation about what has been changing in congregations and what trends are noticeable today with a brief presentation. Following that, participants contributed to a dialogue about the activities that nurture their faith both inside and outside of Yates, how often they participate in those activities, and what differences in congregations they have noticed through the years. You can listen to the audio of Dave’s presentation here (note: this is only the audio portion of the first half of the meeting – the small group table conversations were not recorded.)


Read notes from the small group conversations.



What’s happening in Durham? On Sunday, October 14, Marty Childers facilitated a conversation about what’s happening in Durham with a brief presentation including statistics about residents of Durham within a 1- and 3-mile radius of Yates. Following that, participants engaged in a dialogue about how the church is and could be known in the community. Listen tot he audio portion of Marty’s presentation here (the small group table conversations were not recorded.)


Read notes from the small group conversations.