ASSOCIATION NEWS UPDATE
Why is the Food Roundup so vital?
You provide meals and snacks to boys and girls in Baptist Children's Homes' care who often come to us from traumatic situations of abuse and neglect. Many children have gone without eating regularly. You participation keeps our shelves stocked and children's bellies -- and hearts -- full.
How does my church make an impact?
When children see cars and trucks full of food and necessities pull into our statewide locations, they see God's love in action. Being a part of the Food Roundup is not only about collecting food -- it's about shining the light of Jesus into the darkness boys and girls, many who are unchurched, have endured.
“Legacy Churches: Celebrating Adoption and Restart” is a one-day conference to assist associational mission strategists, pastors, church staff and laity in keeping existing church facilities in evangelical hands for kingdom purposes and gospel proclamation.
There will be a conversation around the need for church restarts within existing church facilities. Since most school systems are now closed to new churches utilizing their facilities as an initial starting place, there will be a presentation about the unique needs of new churches seeking a meeting place to reach new people. The day will conclude with a Q&A and a panel discussion.
Mission leaders are encouraged to bring potential legacy church leaders and laymen with them. Or, consider inviting key pastors who are open to adopting a legacy church or facilitate a church restart in a legacy church building as a part of their mission strategy.
We will begin at 10 a.m. and finish at 4:30 p.m.
There is no cost to attend this conference as it is provided by your gifts through the Cooperative Program. Lunch is provided. For participants who travel some distance and would like to spend the night, you may reserve rooms at your expense at Caraway Conference Center.
One of the greatest ministry needs in this area occurs around Christmastime. NCBM is calling on churches statewide to respond to this need through Appalachian Christmas Outreach 2021. Our goal is to collect 18,000 backpacks of items to be distributed to Appalachian children in areas of need in November and December 2021.
Bring your backpacks at the Association office on Thursday, November 11, 2021, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
Practical Helps for a Complicated Assignment
Fruitland Baptist Bible College offers classes in the Rocky Mount area on an ongoing basis. Beginning on January 6th, one of the classes offered will be “Pastoral Ministry.” This class touches most of the issues and responsibilities encountered by anyone who does this kind of ministry.
As you see from the list, the class covers a great deal of “territory,” but gives a basic understanding of each and is a great starting point to learn more. If you are interested, please contact the Association Office for additional information.
Some of the issues covered are:
-- The mission of the church.
-- The pastor’s role in that mission.
-- Personal devotional life.
-- Family life.
-- Time management.
-- Money management.
-- Leading by example.
-- Leading in missions, evangelism, and discipleship.
-- Engaging the culture.
-- Common pastoral responsibilities such as :
-- observing the Lord’s Supper, funerals, weddings,
counseling, and dealing with death & dying.
The Psalmist writes in Psalm 19 that God's Word is the only qualified guide for every problem we face in life as it relates to my spiritual life. God created us and knows better than anyone (even the experts) how we should be living our lives. Why should we, as spiritual leaders, counsel people to turn to other sources of authority for the answers they seek when God has promised to give us ALL we need for life and godliness through His Spirit and through His Word? (2 Peter 1:3-4). My brothers, God has given us a perfect counseling book which is applicable to every struggle facing mankind. The Gospel offers hope to a world that is lost and struggling in the grips of sin!
I have personally witnessed many lives changed and marriages reconciled, even transformed, through my own personal ministry of biblical counseling.
- Pastor Mike Dixon
Rev. Dennis Cherry, DOM of the Alleghany Baptist Association spoke at our Fall Meeting to share mission projects in the Summersville, WV area. Mission Teams are needed to partner with a variety of churches to conduct VBS, Backyard Bible Clubs, building maintenance and repair, Prayer Walking, Youth Ministry, and many other outreach opportunities. Volunteers are also needed at the Mountain Market Place Ministry, (perhaps the most effective benevolence ministry in the Appalachian Mountains), which cares for over 300 each week.
List of Projects
Pastor Darren Cherry
We have a room that needs to be built in our theatre. Would take a team of 5-10 around 2-3 days to build. It's a sloped floor so build the platform, frame up walls, then drywall and doors, carpet, paint, trim. Any of that that can be done would be super helpful.
Cherry River Baptist Church
Pastor John Reed
In need of repairs on the church:
Painting, gutters, inside repairs
Little Birch Southern Baptist Church
Pastor Bryan Hoover
Numerous painting projects in church building in addition to electrical and plumbing repairs.
Faith Baptist Church
Pastor Chad Meadows
Projects around the church: repairing trim around outside windows, roof patch, painting walls, wheel chair ramps pressure wash and stain, parking lot sealed, church sign rebuild, inside decorative rock install, carpet install in nursery, tankless water heater install in kitchen.
Cooktown Community Church
Pastor Dave McCall
Wayne Liptrap, Projects Coordinator
Build a Wheelchair Ramp
Roof the parsonage
First Southern Baptist Church
Pastor Shane Boggs
We could use a team to paint the sanctuary