Reggie McNeal insists we often ask the wrong question and miss the more accurate but really tough questions that confront us as churches (and associations—editor’s note). For your consideration:
* Wrong question: How do we “do church” better?
* Wrong question: How do we grow this church?
* Wrong question: How do we develop ministers for the church?
* Wrong question: How do we develop church members?””
* Wrong question: How do we plan for the future we see?
* Wrong question: How do we develop leaders for church work?
Reggie McNeil serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, TX. His education includes a B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees both from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Updates & Reminders
Annual Church Profile material has been distributed and is due back by Thursday, October 7. Clerks, please feel free to contact the association office with questions or if you need assistance.
A request for names of representatives to SBA’s Executive Board for 2010-2011 has been distributed to church pastors/clerks. The form should be completed and returned to the SBA office by Monday, October 11. There was also a letter requesting names of messengers to the 2010 Annual Meeting. Clerks may submit names with ACP info or enter them at the church’s SBDS website by Thursday, October 7.
Table for Five...Thousand
Beginning in 2005, and every year since, Susan Batten-Bell has tirelessly and whole-heartedly directed SBA’s Summer Music Camp. We praise God for her commitment to this ministry.
We are also grateful for the many other volunteers who willingly give of their time and talents to touch lives with the joy and significance of music in sharing the gospel. Leaders were: Sandra Locy, choir chimes; Wade Locy, puppets/drama; and Laura Mallory, choreography/drama/choir. Helpers included: Alma Blankenship, Sharon Blankenship, Margaret Chilton, Carolyn Craig, Joyce Hawkins, David Henderson, Pete Kirby, Jerry McDaniel, Rose & Sarah Phillippe, Jackie Sperrazza, Lois Talton, David Thomas, Mary Thompson, and Esther & John Woodford. Colonial Beach Baptist Church loaned their puppet stage and Woods Edge Construction donated materials for stage risers.
Members of the Combo playing for the Friday night program were Tim Echols, Janice Monroe, Liz Batten-Bell, Skyler Spradlin, and Cara Woodroof.
Special thanks to Bedford Baptist Church for graciously allowing us to invade their facilities every year. Most of all, we appreciate the parents for entrusting their precious children to us, making the effort to get them to the camp, and being present at the Friday evening program.
Following are some thoughts from Susan about this year‘s camp:
We had a great time in Music Camp the last week of July. Many thanks to all our volunteers who helped; from snack packers, to music preparation, to the final musical presentation on Friday night.
We learned several lessons from this story of Jesus feeding the 5,000.
* God will stay beside me and always guide me.
This year we invited our community churches to participate with us and we had representatives from over 20 churches in our area. We enrolled 43 campers for the week. Thanks for the opportunity of working with your children.
Rev. Edward (Bish) Creel began serving as interim pastor at Beaverdam n June.
Bedford Baptist extends a special thank you to North Bedford for sharing their fantastic Saddle Ridge Ranch VBS decorations which added to this special summer opportunity to reach others in our Bedford community.
Mentow’s revival services will be Sunday-Wednesday, September 19-22. Dr. Tom Stocks will be the evangelist.
Trinity is celebrating a Month of Jubilee, with guest speakers and special music at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Sunday in September. Scheduled speakers are David Engleman, 09/05; Wade Rogers, 09/12; Marc Reynolds, 09/19; Melvin Harris, 09/26. The Jubilee will conclude with Celebration Services, Monday-Wednesday, September 27-29, 7 p.m. The Month of Jubilee is a time of Rejoicing, Remission of sins, Restoration of relationships, and Recovering of members.
The Easter Brothers are coming to Trinity on Saturday, October 2, at 7 p.m.
Beaverdam is seeking a part-time Youth Director (approx. 10 hours per week). Contact personnel committee chairman, James Mitchell, 540.297.5579.
Big Island Baptist Church is seeking a Part-Time Youth Director. Primary responsibilities are on Sundays (approximately 10-15 hours/week) during school year and Sundays/Wednesdays (20-25 hours/week) during the summer months. A qualified applicant should have a strong desire to minister to youth, experience in discipleship and missions, and good ability to relate to students. Interested persons may mail their resume to: Big Island Baptist Church, Attn: Youth Director Search Committee, P.O. Box 348, Big Island, VA 24526, or email BigIslandChurch@gmail.com. Resumes accepted until position is filled.
Shady Grove is seeking a part-time music director. If interested, please call Karen Foutz at 540.890.5636.
Sep 1 Mike Jones (Sedalia)
Sep 11 Rick & Cheri Dellinger (Music Evangelist)
Oct 8 Bryan & Ada Sheehan (Pecks)
Sep 1 Esther Woodford (Admin.Asst./SBA/25 yrs.)
CenterFest 2010 will be Saturday, September 25. If you are willing to serve at SBA’s Lemonade/Water Booth, monitor our Baby Care Station, or help set up our two tents, please contact Rita Calhoun at 540.297.5271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Three to five people are needed for each hour. Our time slots are being filled now—call to reserve your time.
8:00-10:00 a.m. ..........(set-up crew) Open
The Orientation Rally will be held Thursday, September 16, 7 p.m., at Trinity Church.
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet, WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Women on Mission: Bedford will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in September; Thaxton will lead them in October. Thaxton will host the September birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Timber Ridge will host it in October. Recently, Bedford Baptist’s GA’s and RA’s helped dig enough potatoes and fill 48 large bags for Bedford Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry.
RAISE THE ROOF!!!
@ Crossroads Camp & Conference Center
September 16-19, 2010
Calling ALL willing volunteers—bring your tools and able bodies with enthusiasm to put your heart, hands, feet, and back into it! The plan is to put new roofs on all cabins, meeting lodges, and the gym—IN ONE WEEKEND!! Many hands make light work, but in order to make this AWESOME experience a reality, WE NEED YOU!!! For details, go to http://wmuv.org/opportunities-missions/crossroads-camp-and-conference-center/raise-the-roof-crossroads/
Ministers Wives’ Retreat
October 15-16, 2010
CrossRoads Camp & Conference Center
For details, go to http://wmuv.org/events/ministers-wives-retreat.
November 5-6 & 6-7 at Eagle Eyrie
Guest: Vonda Skelton, Author and Speaker
(WMUV Annual Meeting will be Saturday, November 6.)
Ministers and Spouses
In Celebration of Your Ministry
The Strawberry Woman’s Missionary Union
Is Hosting a Dinner & Entertainment in your Honor
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
In the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Baptist Church
Child care and a snack supper will be provided
RSVP with names of those attending to 540.586.8345
Strawberry Association’s Self-Study Team continues to work out the details of the proposed structure for the Association. For input or questions, contact any member of the team by email or telephone: Rev. David Timma, timmaone@ hotmail.com or 540.297.3715; Rebekah Overstreet, email@example.com or 540.586.2956, Rev. Rick Mallory, firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.297.4959; Rev. Dennis Moore, Kadessong@hotmail.com or 540.947.2091, Rita Calhoun, acvaowlsnest@ aol.com or 540.297.5271; Billy Burnette, 540.586.8087, Rev Vernon DeLong, email@example.com or 540.586.8010.
The team has requested a Called Meeting of the Executive Board on Tuesday, September 14, 7 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, to share a proposed Constitution and Bylaws which has been developed to implement the proposed new structure.
SBA’s Vision Statement: Due to our common faith in Jesus Christ and His body, the Church, we Commit ourselves to Connecting with one another for Coordinating the missions and ministries of our member churches and Communicating opportunities to partner together to fulfil the Great Commission and Great Commandment.
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