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  • Survey weighs value of Bapt. associations

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, August 01, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    PIKEVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Most church leaders believe their financial contributions to local Baptist associations are "a good kingdom investment" while others are struggling to see their relevancy, according to findings from a national survey released Monday (July 31).

    "When asked to describe the most exciting aspect of their local Baptist association, the most popular answer among church leaders was 'nothing,'" said Jason Lowe, a Kentucky director of missions who led the study that looked into attitudes about the work of local Baptist associations. Read More

  • Serve Day catches community's attention

    by Daniel Woodman , posted Friday, July 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Tammy Seimears/ Madison News.
    TOPEKA, Kan. (BP) -- An outreach effort in Topeka, Kan., has utilized local media coverage to publicize the ministry of Kansas Baptists and to share the love of Christ in America's heartland.

    The one-day ministry, called "Serve Day," is put on by the local Flint Hills Baptist Association. Each year churches that cooperate with the association join together to repair homes, install smoke alarms and meet other physical needs in the community. Laying a foundation for churches to share the Gospel is the ministry's first priority. Read More

  • Association pioneers church revitalization model

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (9 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Jason Helmbacher.
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Two years ago, First Baptist Church of Affton, Mo., knew it was dying. So it sought help from the local St. Louis Metro Baptist Association.

    In a process facilitated by executive director of missions Jim Breeden, First Baptist decided to replant itself in March 2016 as Church at Affton, led by replanter Jason Helmbacher. During its first year, the replant baptized 15 new believers and has come to average just over 100 worship attendees -- about 40 of whom were First Baptist members before the replant. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Pastor, love your Baptist association

    by Roger P. Freeman, posted Wednesday, September 21, 2016 (one year ago)

    Baptist associations are a key element of missions, pastor Roger Freeman writes of local churches' cooperative efforts across the country. "In tandem with our churches, the Baptist association is the first line of biblical missions," he notes, and a key resource for relationships among pastors and churches, prayer, continuing education and doctrinal concerns. Read More

  • Baptist association unites large, small churches

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 13, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy Golden Triangle Baptist Association
    COLUMBUS, Miss. (BP) -- The Golden Triangle Baptist Association defies the stereotype that large churches tend not to be involved in their local Baptist associations.

    Large and small churches cooperate eagerly in this three-county association in eastern Mississippi. Last summer, Shawn Parker, pastor of a church with 600 in worship, preached a revival at a church of 60; the pastor of a church with 1,100 in worship, Chip Stevens, serves as the current associational moderator; and pastors of churches ranging in size from 30-250 meet weekly for fellowship. Read More

  • FLOYD: State conventions, associations & their future

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Ronnie Floyd calls associations, state conventions and SBC entities to "a future that is robust with Gospel cooperation" to serve churches "in reaching their God-assigned responsibility of going, baptizing and making disciples of all the nations." Read More

  • Native Americans built association's strength

    by Jim Burton, posted Friday, May 15, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Alan Oxendine
    PEMBROKE, N.C. (BP) -- In 1881, Burnt Swamp Baptist Association, an association of Native American Baptist churches, was established. From its humble beginnings of three churches in Robeson County, N.C. -- two of which still exist -- the association now includes 70 churches in 10 North Carolina counties and two neighboring states.

    Coharie, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Pee Dee, Tuscarora and Waccamaw Siouan make up the multi-tribal association's membership, which was distinctively Baptist from its beginning. Read More

  • Association's 'holy discontent' spurs renewal

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 15, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Nelson Baptist Association photo
    BARDSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- Ten years ago, the Nelson Baptist Association was "unhealthy and unhelpful," as pastor Matthew Spandler-Davison puts it. The central Kentucky association's 40 churches could only muster 50-60 messengers for annual meetings, and it was a strain to populate the body's 15 committees.

    But a group of local pastors began meeting, praying and dreaming about a more vibrant form of local cooperation. ... Read More