The event celebrated the start of “Operation: Spring Forward,” BICC’s 2010-20 strategic plan.
“I think one of the most inspiring personal stories I’ve ever heard is Brenda Hughes’ story,” Conn said.
Hughes founded BICC 12 years ago. Hughes said the board of directors has tried to come up with the best way to explain what BICC is.
“I have come to the conclusion that the best way to explain what BICC is, is BICC is people ... working together for the vision ... sharing together and believing that our community can be the best it can be,” Hughes said.
During his speech, Conn talked about the power of fulfilling dreams and the impact shared dreams have on a community.
“Apart from the power of God ... I believe dreams are the greatest force in the human experience,” Conn said, commenting that dreams unlock power and potential.
When Hughes began making plans for BICC, she shared her dream for the organization with Conn. Conn said once he understood her dreams and plans, “There was no question about Lee University being on board because I knew this was a worthy dream.” Since that time, Lee has partnered with BICC to provide scholarships for students in the program.
“So many days we get up and do the same thing we did yesterday,” Conn said.
However, dreams that explore potential of new plans and ideas “energize the spirit, energize the soul,” Conn said.
Hughes’ dream, to start an organization that brought the community and churches together for a common goal, was one such dream.
In every aspect of society the future holds great changes, Conn said. During these times dreams keep people focused, he added.
At the beginning others may not understand the practicality of a dream. Conn told a story of a friend of Orville and Wilbur Wright. When he saw their first airplane fly, he questioned the practical use of the invention. Orville responded, “Of what practical use is a newborn baby?”
Dreams — and babies — have the potential to become great things, even if they seem to have no practical use at the beginning, Conn said.
He also emphasized that dreams are often fulfilled by a group of people with a common goal, not just a single person. He compared this to a choir, which accomplishes a sound that no individual could accomplish on their own.
Hughes asked those at the banquet to consider investing in BICC through financial support or becoming a mentor.