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Ten Easy Steps to No Church Growth

There are hundreds of titles readily available to those of us who want to learn how to grow a church, but books outlining the best approaches to wreck a church are not so common. I sense a unique niche here, so here is a preliminary outline of ten easy steps most any nominal church member may use in order to thwart harmony, discipleship, and soul winning.

Support and participate only in those events and programs that are most convenient for your sake and comfort, and be firm about taking no personal interest in the spiritual development of any other soul. If you won’t be “getting anything out of it,” simply ignore it.

Complain often to as many people as possible about your church and its members. Repeat rumors, belittle others, and look for the worst in people and situations. Be especially vocal with your criticism of the pastor, his family, and their involvement in church and community activities. Look for the most petty things to criticize such as sermon content and length, clothes, and lifestyles.

Do not tithe. It’s alright to give a few dollars from time to time, but only give what you can reasonably afford after having paid all other bills and purchased important personal and luxury items for you and your family.

Never allow personal Bible study and prayer to interfere with your important schedule or crowd those things you count as priorities. As long as your job, family, recreation, and rest are at the top of your list you shouldn’t be bothered by prayers other than those quickly recited at the dinner table or in an emergency. An uncommon amount of prayer or attention to spiritual matters may hamper relationships or cause you an unusual embarrassment or unwanted reputation.

Focus on Our Family

Beaverdam is seeking experienced volunteer praise band instrumentalists for Sunday worship. Call the church office (540.890.1294) Tuesday-Thursday.

Glade Creek is seeking a qualified childcare giver for two services on Sunday and one service and choir rehearsal on Wednesday. For additional information, call 540.309.1908.

Hunting Creek is looking for a part time youth leader. Send résumé to Brenda Oliver, 15251 Big Island Hwy., Big Island, VA 24526. For additional information, call 434.299.5763.

Mentow will have Homecoming Services on October 21. The only worship service that Sunday will be at 11 a.m., with Rick Dellinger bringing the message. Following a covered-dish lunch, Rick will be on hand for a special music service. On Saturday evening, October 20, the church will have a Brunswick Stew. More

Special Fall Ministers' Conference

We are planning a Special Fall Ministers' Conference on Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at Beaverdam. Attendees may view either "How to Grow a High-Impact Church: The Law of the Kingdom" or "Shaped by God's Heart: The Passion and Practices of Missional Churches."

Following the 10:00 a.m. presentation, we'll fellowship while enjoying the complimentary luncheon that Beaverdam will have prepared for us. We ask that those wanting to share in this Fall Ministers' Conference please RSVP to the SBA office no later than September 25.

Birth Announcements

Elijah Manuel has a baby sister. Arabella Grace was born September 1, weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces, and measuring 19 1/2 inches long. Parents are Jeremy and Lindy; grandparents are Steve and Barbara (SBA).

Marc, Cari, and the six Jantomaso children welcomed Josiah Honor to their family on August 22. He weighed 8 1/2 pounds and was 20 inches long. Marc is pastor of River Rock mission church.

Wedding Anniversary

Nov 19 Bill & Marion Vest (Retired)

Church Ministry Anniversaries

Nov 1 Harry Leland (Pastor/Shady Grove/5 yrs.)
Nov 17 Chris Smith (Pastor/Staunton/5 yrs.)

231st Annual Meeting
Palestine Baptist Church

Monday, October 29
Sessions at 4:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Guest speakers:
Dewey and Kathie Aiken,
Missionaries to Vermont
Theme: “In the Name of Jesus”
Text: Mark 6:53-56

The meal to be served at 5:30 will include chicken, a salad, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, rolls, drinks, and dessert at a cost $7.00 per person. As a matter of courtesy, the clerk (or another individual) from each church should call a meal count in to Palestine at 540.297.4442 no later than Monday, October 15. There are several restaurants within a 10-20 minute drive: The Pointe at Mariners Landing, The Sportsman Restaurant, Harrison's and a Chinese diner in Moneta.

Updates and Reminders

The following churches have submitted names of representatives to SBA’s Executive Board for 2007-2008: Bethlehem, Big Island, Diamond Hill, Flint Hill, Glade Creek, Hunting Creek, Morgans, Mount Hermon, Palestine, Pecks, Quaker, Thaxton, Timber Ridge, and Walnut Grove. Churches not listed are encouraged to enlist their two representatives and send the information to the association office by the middle of September. Our goal is to publish committee assignments in the next newsletter.

Annual Church Profile info was distributed in August and is due back by Monday, October 8. Please contact the association office with questions or if you need assistance.

Names of messengers should be returned with ACP info or entered at your church’s SBDS Website by October 8.

The following will be presented for election for 2007-2008:
Moderator Mr. Hoyt Dellis
Vice-Moderator Rev. David Williamson
Clerk Mrs. Lois Stevens
Treasurer Mrs. Esther Woodford

Click here for the 2008 Budget that will be recommended for approval. The proposed budget has an overall decrease of 2.2 percent. No base salary increases are recommended for the Director of Missions nor the Administrative Assistant; however, the proposed budget does show increases to cover higher insurance premiums for both. Also, the Director of Missions has asked that his salary be reduced by $900, with that amount being added to his ministry related line. If you have questions or comments, you may contact the committee chairman, Doug McDaniel, at 540.586.1823.

Men's Impact Conference

November 2-3, the SBCV, in partnership with Thomas Road Baptist Church, will host the second annual Men’s IMPACT Conference, with guest speaker Steve Farrar. The early registration cost of $25 includes, steak dinner, main sessions, over 25 breakout sessions, notebook, and an LU football game ticket. For more info or to register, go to

Volunteers Needed

Virginia Baptists will be needed for volunteer teams heading to Peru and Jamaica for relief efforts. Feeding and materials distribution teams will be needed in Peru. (Tommy and Frances Turpin of Big Island Church left Saturday, September 8, to serve for two weeks in Peru.) Roofing teams will be needed in Jamaica. To volunteer, please call Nichole Bulls, Glocal Missions and Evangelism Team, 800.255.2428 x.7274. To contribute to the general Disaster Relief Fund, send checks to: Disaster Relief Fund, Virginia Baptist Resource Center, 2828 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294.


Nov 1 Mike Grooms (Rainbow Forest)
Nov 22 Bryan Sheehan (Pecks)
Nov 25 Bill Vest (Retired)
Nov 25 Calvin Sacra (North Bedford)
Nov 28 Elmer Sellers (Retired)

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Bedford Hospice Care

The 6th annual Hundreds of Feet/Miles of Care Carewalk for Bedford Hospice Care will be held Saturday, October 13, 2007, at Bedford Memorial Hospital. To learn more about the walk or to organize walk groups, please call 540.587.6592.

Rainbow Forest Student Ministries

Rainbow Forest Student Ministries presents: Building 429 & The Afters on Tour! with Storyside: B & Jackson Waters coming Friday, October 19, 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door) and may be purchased at or through the church office at 540.977.1789. (Concessions will be available for purchase during the concert.) Beginning at 5 p.m., youth pastors/directors are invited to tour the church's new Student Ministry facility and then gather for light finger foods at a meet and greet time to pray for the evening and discuss counseling for the invitation portion of the concert. If you have questions, please call Pastor Jay Richards at the church or at 540.589.7569.

Celebrate the Glory Of God's Word In God's Family

Date: October 20, 2007
Location: Sedalia, VA- just outside Lynchburg, Virginia. Located at the base of the glorious Blue Ridge Mountains (Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail)

Speakers & Musicians:

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Simple Church

What are we trying to accomplish with persons in our churches—to simply keep them busy, or something more intentional and significant?

Eric Geiger, co-author of the book, Simple Church, will attempt to answer those questions in a workshop on Monday, December 3, at Bonsack Baptist Church, 4845 Cloverdale Road (corner of US 220 and US 460) in Roanoke. Time for the event is 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the cost of $20 per person includes lunch and all materials. Registration for ministers and lay leaders interested in the workshop is being accepted NOW by contacting the Southwest Virginia Christian Leadership Network, 540.777.3014 or 866.223.9344 (toll-free). You may also register by emailing

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Lois Stevens, WMU Director
1118 Roundtree Dr., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540-586-7409

Women on Mission: Thaxton is leading devotionals at Oakwood Manor in October; Beaverdam will lead them in November. Timber Ridge will host the October birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Pecks will host it in November.

Annie Mae Broyles Group Meeting
Beaverdam Baptist Church

Thursday, October 18, 2007, 10 a.m
(Covered-dish lunch)

WMU Dues ($2.00 for each member of Women on Mission and leaders of age-level organizations) are due now for the 2007-2008 year. Checks should be payable to Strawberry WMU and mailed to Mrs. Emily Morris, 2161 Penns Mill Rd., Big Island, VA 24526. Please mail by November 15.

The Women’s Get-Away will be November 2-3 and November 3-4 at Eagle Eyrie, featuring Kate Campbell, musician/song writer/storyteller. The Women’s Rally/WMU Annual Meeting will be Saturday, November 3, at 2-3:30 p.m., with Kaye Miller, President, National WMU, as the keynote speaker.

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open. -Elmer G. Leterman, Business Executive

Help us all stay informed. If you have information about what's going on at your church, please share it with us. Items for the next newsletter should be written and in the association office by Tuesday, October 23.

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