Current News Feb. 6
*Church Mission Opportunity In Arkansas (pg. 1)
Angela Rice and Jeremy Wiginton – Is your Sunday School class, church, or youth group looking for a week-long mission trip where you can learn skills that can be used in your own local church, all while helping a sister church reach its community with the Gospel? Then the Launchpad Community Mission Project in Siloam Springs may be a great opportunity for you. (See related articles in the Baptist Trumpet archives at baptisttrumpet.com — Feb. 21, 2018, page 1; Dec. 13, 2017, page 1; and Aug. 9, 2017, page 1.)Your group would lead backyard Bible clubs during the day and minister to those in need through service projects during the afternoon. You would encourage homeless families working to reset their lives and become self-sustainable as they work toward ending homelessness for their family.
*World Mission Weekend (pg. 1)
Angela Rice -Last year, over 100 students and leaders gathered at Lutheran Camp at Petit Jean Mountain to go through training for an upcoming mission trip. Can I tell you that training is so important? Is training just for students? Absolutely not. You are invited to join us the weekend of March 1-3 to learn more about missions, how to get involved, things you need to know before you go and more. You will hear from our directors, John David Smith and Eric Johnson. If your church is going or planning to go on a short term trip, this training is for you. For more information contact
*Free Discipleship Training in February (pg. 1)
On Feb. 22-23, a free discipleship training workshop will be held at the BMA America offices, hosted by BMA Church Solutions/Activate. Steve McCoy will be conducting the workshop, which is open to any pastor or church leader. He is the pastor of 360 Church, writer of the Xchange program, which is a person-to-person discipleship journey, and the developer of the SmallCircle app. If you would like to find out more about Steve McCoy’s discipleship programs, you can download the SmallCircle app in the App Store for Apple or the Google Play Store for Android. You can also visit smallcircle.com.
*Intruder Awareness & Response Conference (pg. 2)
James Greene & Associates/Brotherhood Mutual will host a church security conference on March 16 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) at Antioch Baptist Church in Conway. “The conference will feature our national partner and the nation’s leader in church security, Strategos International,” said Travis Weaver, Greene & Associates Territory Manager. “We are hoping for a large attendance since this is a very important issue that our churches are facing on a weekly basis.” The cost is $99 per person… register online at strategosintl.com or call (888) 569-5444.
*Exciting Momentum for World Missions Day (pg. 8)
At BMA Missions, we are so excited and encouraged by the response for this year’s World Missions Day. Our goal for this year is 350 participating BMA churches. At this point, over 200 churches have registered for the event, which is 50 more registrations than there were at this point last year! If you would like to participate in World Missions Day and be a part of meeting the 350-church goal, you can register online at bmamissions.org/worldmissionsday, by phone at (501) 455-4977, or by emailing Paige West at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will mail you free bulletin inserts, posters, a promo video and a BMA Missions fleece vest for your pastor to help promote your church’s event.
Youth Group Day (pg. 2)
Central Baptist College – Another connection opportunity coming up is Youth Group Day on Saturday Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. – 5 pm. The event is for all church youth groups to come and connect with CBC staff, current students and administration on campus. Lunch will be provided, fun games, and then the Women’s & Men’s Mustang Basketball games will follow. This event is for youth pastors or youth sponsors to bring their Jr. & Sr. High students, FREE of charge! We want to thank our sponsors, the BMA Youth Department and James Green & Associates, for making this event possible. To RSVP for your youth group contact email@example.com or (501) 329-6873. (Also see CBC Sports and CBC Homecoming Court, page 2)
Are You Listening? (pg. 2)
Hershel Conley -It has been a while since I have written something in the paper. I’ve always loved reporting about our mission here at the Bridge, and these last 27 weeks, we have had some wonderful things happen. The Lord has saved 26 people, and it seems we are growing closer to the Lord every week. So I try very hard to listen to what the Lord has for me to preach to our church. Around Christmas time, I had already gotten my sermon about ready — that is until I had my ears checked. My wife had complained that I didn’t answer her when she talked, and someone told her that was normal. But seriously, I had one hearing aid I had gotten in 2010, and never been back to get my ears checked. So off to Bell-tone hearing I went, only to find out that my wife was right — I need to listen!
Leadership Concerns And Fears (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – A recent questionnaire sent out by Thom Rainer and completed by over 1,600 church leaders answered this question, “What do you desperately need for more effective ministry?” The answers given reveal concerns and fears that these leaders are very aware of some crucial things they are lacking in their ministries. Pastors shared that they needed more outreach and evangelism, church revitalization, leadership in areas in which they were not instructed in seminary, more preaching resources and a better understanding of the younger generation.
How to Be a Big Loser In Student Ministry (page 3)
Larry Barker – For nearly three decades, I have been serving in churches and working with students. At 46 years old, I occasionally even feel like a dinosaur at student ministry conferences, but I am always encouraged when I see others that have invested in students over the long haul. I am so thankful for how God has blessed in my life and ministry, but as I look back over the years, I start wondering what I have accomplished. In fact, I really start feeling like a big loser at times. Now, with Christ, we are never losers because He has given us the ultimate victory, but we can feel like failures as we make missteps in our ministry.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Eight States Now Allow Killing Babies Up to Birth; Fayetteville Ordinance: Arkansas Wins; Man Enters Women’s Restroom, Restaurant Fined; Judge Strikes Down Iowa Law Banning Abortions After Heartbeat
Have it Your Way? (pg. 4)
Dr. Allen Tilley,Baptist Progress — In 1974, Burger King made a bold move to take market share from McDonald’s. At the time, McDonald’s made burgers en masse. Burger King announced that each order would be cooked at the time of the order the way the customer wanted. Their new slogan was “Have It Your Way.” Burger King, at least at the time, understood the consumer entitlement mentality. What does this story have to do with churches? It provides a brief historical backdrop of the mentality that has crept into our churches, where many members think church is a place where I can always “have it my way.” Here are some key reasons our congregations have become more like country clubs than churches, a place where some members demand their way instead of serving and self-sacrificing…
Taking Care of God’s Creations (pg. 5)
Susan Powell – It Worked for Us — On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Pre-K class from Shiloh Baptist Church in Waldo completed their first mission project. The children, ranging in age from 2-5, saved their pennies, hoping to raise $50 to buy items for CCAPS Dog Shelter in Magnolia. They exceeded that amount and raised a total of $65! They then gathered and personally shopped and delivered food and toys to CCAPS.This mission project went along with their Sunday School lessons of taking care of God’s creations. The class picked CCAPS because they all wanted to help the puppies and kittens that God has blessed us with.“A special ‘thank you’ to our church family for their support in this mission project,” said Alisha Goodner, Pre-K Sunday School teacher. “We are so proud to watch these wonderful children grow in the Lord and share His love with others.”
Doug Welborn, Jonesboro Minister, Dies (pg. 5)
Dwight Douglas “Doug” Welborn, 66 of Jonesboro, died Feb. 3. He was saved Dec. 21, 1965 and surrendered to the ministry in 1970. He and his family moved to Jonesboro in 1989 from Dallas, Texas. He was a member of Cathedral Baptist Church and pastored the church for over 30 years. He also served as pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Jonesboro and pastored four churches in Texas. He was a hospital chaplain, a police chaplain and a member of many committees and organizations to further the Lord’s ministry including an original board member for the Ridgefield Christian School, the Jonesboro Ministerial Alliance and was an active supporter of Gideon’s International. On one occasion, Mayor Harold Perrin presented him with the key to the city. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Feb. 7 at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro, with Vernon Lies, Ken Beaver and James Strait officiating. Interment will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.
Former Miss. Missionary Dies (pg. 5)
Thelbert Eudale Hill, 84 of Fulton, Miss. died Feb. 1. He served in many places across the South as pastor for 50 years, serving as state missionary for 18 years. During that time he was responsible for starting, building and pastoring four churches and worked on seven state mission fields while helping complete several other churches. Funeral services were held Feb. 4 at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, with Frank Panzrino officiating and Frank Wilson delivering the eulogy. Interment was at Itawamba Memorial Gardens in Fulton, Miss. Memorials may be sent to BMA of Mississippi Missions Office, 4226 Hwy 15 N, Laurel, Miss. 39440.
How to Make Your Pastor Happy (pg. 5)
Paul Gauntt -Today, I am a happy pastor of a great church. One of the reasons I am happy is because the church gives her pastor liberty — wiggle room, if you will — to operate and to move in and out amongst them, and the community with joy and freedom rather than coercion — to choose his own study schedule. When Dr. W.A. Criswell began his long tenure at the church in downtown Dallas in 1944, he told them, “If you’ll give me the mornings, I will give you the afternoons and evenings.” As long as he was pastor, he arose early in the morning, and without dressing, shaving or having breakfast, he walked into his study which adjoined his bedroom, and there he communed with God, studied and prayed until noon.
Legislative Issues Update (pg. 6)
Larry Page – The Arkansas legislature finished its third week on Friday, Feb. 1. Legislators have gotten settled in and continue to file bills, and as the various committees have begun to review the bills before sending them on to the full chambers of the legislature or rejecting them. In a previous reports, we alerted you to some bills that many of you may have had some interest in. We have added a bill — making it a total of five that we want to keep you apprised of. We have listed the latest bill to catch our attention first. (To view any of these bills in their entirety, visit arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2019 and type in the bill’s initials and number.)
Let’s Sing Anyway (pg. 6)
Chuck Lawless • Baptist Press – I’ve been there, and you likely have as well. You’ve never heard the song your church is singing or you’ve heard it but don’t like it. The temptation is to silently mimic the words or not sing at all. But here’s why we need to sing anyway:
Experiencing the Full Christian Life (pg. 7)
Paul White – Part 3 – If one is going to live their life for Christ, then they must live a separated life. “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God” (Rom. 1:1). This separation is both positive and negative, for separation is two-fold. You are separated unto the Gospel of God, which is the positive aspect; and you are to come out from anything contrary to the perfect will of God, which is the negative, failing to do what we should and know to do. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate” (II Cor. 6:17). To be separated means to be sanctified, set apart for service. We have all we need to live this abundant life, and it is our right as a child of God. The Father has the power to separate the believer unto the coming of our Lord (I Thess. 5:23). The Son has the power to separate the believer unto righteousness (Eph. 5:24-27). The Holy Spirit has the power to separate the believer unto service.
Garrett (CARE) Speaks at Jacksonville College
Dr. David Heflin -On Jan. 23, the day after New York passed the Reproductive Health Act, BJ Garrett, executive director of Christ-centered Abortion Recovery & Education (CARE), spoke in Chapel at Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas. As she addressed students, faculty and staff, BJ began to recount the tragic story of her childhood: “When I was 12 years old, my mother sold me for a bag of groceries. I was being sex trafficked by my own mother before sex trafficking was a thing. When I was 12 years old, there had been so many men that had been given access to my body that I was basically a shell of a little girl. There was no real ‘me’ left at that young age.” BJ felt like her life was out of control, and she made one terrible choice after another. Those choices led to four pregnancies, the first when she was only 14 years old. She kept two of the babies, Ashlei and Austin, but she had two abortions. She still struggles with the memories of her first abortion.