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DOM title change among report's recommendationsDALLAS (BP) -- Your local Baptist association's DOM (director of missions) soon could be the AMS (associational mission strategist) if the association takes the title-change recommendation of a report to be presented next month at a gathering of associational leaders.
A 12-member study team commissioned at the 2017 Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) meeting in Phoenix surveyed more than 400 Southern Baptists online about their views of associations, interviewed leaders of about two dozen effective associations and wrote a report on the title and role of associational leaders -- often known as DOMs. Read More
Survey weighs value of Bapt. associationsPIKEVILLE, 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 attentionTOPEKA, 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 modelST. 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
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 churchesCOLUMBUS, 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
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 strengthPEMBROKE, 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 renewalBARDSTOWN, 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