Current News – 2-5-2020

* CBC Homecoming 2020 (pg. 1)

Sancy Faulk -Central Baptist College alumni, friends, and prospective students assembled on campus to enjoy Homecoming festivities on Jan. 31 & Feb. 1. (See photos on page 2 of this week’s Trumpet.) What a pleasure to welcome everyone to campus! These are just a few of the activities that took place: Half-Century Club Induction —Homecoming activities began on Friday evening, Jan. 31, with the Half Century Club Induction Ceremony for the graduating classes of 1968-1970. This marked the fourth Half Century Club Induction held at Central Baptist College since the Club’s inception in 2013. Twelve former students were on hand to participate in the ceremony. (See photo above) After comments from President Terry Kimbrow he welcomed Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gary McAllister, and CBC Alumni Association President Julian Dominquez to assist in the presentation of the inductees. Each inductee received an engraved medal bearing the Central Baptist College seal. (Also see CBC Homecoming Photos on page 2 and CBC Sports on page 5)

* CBC Fall President’s List & Dean’s List (pg. 1)

Terry Kimbrow – It is a pleasure to release for publication the President’s and Dean’s Lists in recognition of student academic achievement. The following lists are for the fall of 2019. To qualify for the President’s List, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 semester hours and have earned a grade point average of 4.000 out of a possible 4.000. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 semester hours and have earned a grade point average of 3.500 or higher out of a possible 4.000.

* BMA Missions Value Statements (pg. 1)

Holly Meriweather -Discipleship is alive and well in the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. According to the pastors there, this generational repetition of men pouring into each other’s lives has been the single most impactful thing in their ministries. When I ask our national missionaries about their salvation, calling and ministry stories, they always mention the older men who have poured into their lives and the younger men whose lives they are pouring into. For most of them, they have trouble controlling their emotions when talking about these relationships. Sunday, Feb. 23, is World Missions Day. If you have been watching the videos sent by email or posted on the BMA Missions Facebook page, you have seen Executive Director John David Smith explaining the five value statements of BMA Missions.

*The Master’s Builders Retreat; Mangum Steps Down (pg. 1)

Rose Bittner – The Master’s Builders met Jan. 14-17 for their 2020 annual retreat at Daniel Springs Baptist Encampment in Gary, Texas. Once again, they stayed in the Daniel Dorm, which is an ideal meeting place for retreats and conferences. Camp Director Jason Prewitt says the Daniel Dorm is open to large groups to enjoy and encourages those who need a retreat or meeting center to contact him. The dorm offers large sleeping quarters, a full kitchen and a large multipurpose room for use. The Master’s Builders really enjoyed this retreat and there were 33 Builders who attended this year. What a blessing! All the Builders could certainly feel the big hole created in the group with the passing of Jesse “J.W.” Payne in October. He will be missed by all of us, and he left big shoes to fill on the saw! Several wonderful meals were prepared in the large dorm kitchen, and everyone enjoyed the meals, as well as snacking (grazing) on many homemade goodies and playing games. This is the second year the Builders joined together to put together a very large puzzle, which was very rewarding.

Developing Leaders (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Leadership is simply discipleship at its highest level. If you want to develop leaders, the place to begin is by establishing a clear discipleship pathway. How do you define a disciple? There are many definitions, but there is one common thread that holds them together — movement toward Christ! Being a disciple is not completing a class or course, arriving at a destination or simply having a working knowledge of the Bible. A disciple sets their eyes on Christ and continually moves toward Him. It requires a long obedience in the same direction. In No Silver Bullets, Daniel Im stressed the importance of having both a discipleship pathway and a leadership pipeline. Discipleship is what shapes character and begins developing competencies required to become a disciple-maker.

An Impactful Student Ministry (pg. 3)

Dan Carson – Sculptures fascinate me. I look at them and think, “How did they end up with that?” Some are detailed, some are abstract and some show movement, while others simply seem to be moments frozen in time. I have often heard that the artist can look at the block of wood or granite and see the end result. Chipping away the extra becomes easy at that point. Student ministry is a little like that. We may have a good idea of what we want students to look like, then we have six years or so to help chip away the extra bits that don’t fit that final masterpiece. In that process, it is important that we stay focused with our student ministry and not get dragged into doing things that don’t really get the result we need. In fact, we may need to start chipping away at our student ministry if we hope to really impact students. Let’s envision what an impactful student ministry would look like. If we can see the hoped for ministry, then we can chip away at the extra.

Small, BMA Minister, Dies (pg. 3)

Junior Sterling Small, 83 of Greenway, passed away Jan. 31. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church at Piggott. Bro. Small gave his life to the Lord at the age of 13 at Tipperary Baptist Church, answered the call to preach at age 17 and was ordained to the ministry at age 18. In 1954, he began to pastor Hickoria Baptist Church and then went on to pastor four other churches. He served and preached in many other churches until his health started to fail in 2000. He and his wife, Wilma Sharon Brady ran Small’s Catfish Farm for many years. He was known as “Fish Man” to many as they traveled to Michigan, Illinois, and many other areas to purchase fish. In addition to his wife, Sharon; survivors include his brother, Charlie Small; his children — Alma Staires, Gene Small, Trish Smart, Andy Small, Scott Small (director of StoneRidge Camp) and Steve Small; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren (2 on the way) and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Feb. 4 at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with Mike Book officiating and Robert Gunnels and Scott Small assisting. Interment was at Mars Hills Cemetery near Crockett, under the direction of Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home.

Thoughts About Central Baptist College (pg. 4)

Tom Mitchell – In the next four articles, I will share with you some of my thoughts about the four ministries owned and supported by the BMA of Arkansas. I begin with this one focusing on Central Baptist College in Conway. (By the way, a wonderful weekend featuring Homecoming 2020 was enjoyed by former students from decades past as well as the presentation of the Homecoming Court and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen.) In 1952, the campus formerly known as the Central College for Women was purchased for $85,000 by the North American Baptist Association of Arkansas, known today as the BMA of Arkansas. Now, that may not seem like much, but in 1952 it was a lot of money! That would be the equivalent of $805,500 today!

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Super Bowl Disappointments; Deal of the Century Public Charge Rule Upheld by High Court; Tiny Houses for Veterans

Dr. Porter to be Honored (pg. 5)

Dr. Virgil Porter Jr. was saved at the age of 13 and surrendered to the ministry in February 1970 at First Baptist Church in Matthews, Mo. He will be honored for his 50 years in the ministry Feb. 29, 1-3 p.m., at Central Baptist College in the Community Room of the Mabee Student Service Complex. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Baptist College, majoring in Bible with a Religious Education Minor; a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, majoring in Academic Ministries with a Bible Exposition Concentration; and a Doctor of Philosophy from Dallas Theological Seminary, majoring in Biblical Studies with a Bible Exposition Concentration. Dr. Porter has pastored several BMA churches in Arkansas and Texas: Marcus Hill at Enola; Oak Grove in North Little Rock; Bethany at Jonesboro; Calvary in Warren; Northside at Garland, Texas; and Pleasant Valley at Greenbrier, where he currently serves as pastor. He also served as interim pastor at Pleasant Valley in Greenbrier and Old Liberty at Conway.

Ladies, it’s Time to Register! (pg. 5)

Jodi Rhea -This year’s National WMA Meeting will be held April 27-28 at Heritage Baptist Church, 1000 Butcher Road, Waxahachie, Texas — just 10 minutes from Heritage Baptist Church, where the BMAA meeting will be held. The national officers will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, and the business meeting will begin at 3 p.m. The “Share the Vision” Women’s Conference will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28, and the meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Praise & Worship will be led by Judy Wallace and special music will be presented by Valarie Fish, both from Arkansas. Sabrina Clayton, of Mississippi, will be the keynote speaker.

Raineys’ New Ministry and Website (pg. 5)

After over 43 years as leaders in the ministry of FamilyLife, Dennis and Barbara transitioned out of that role in December 2017. They have now developed a new online ministry and website that will allow them to be good stewards of the many resources they have. This is being done with the full approval of their parent organization, Cru.

Spotlight on Missions (pg. 6)

Doug & Diane Lee, Philippines

Who is Really Free? (pg. 7)

Paul White – Movies about prison escapes have always been popular. From Steve McQueen in the Great Escape to Tim Robbins in the Shawshank Redemption, we are intrigued by the ability to escape from a place that is supposed to be escape-proof. But the reason movie prison breaks are so popular is that they resonate with that something inside each of us that desires to be free. I want us to look at a story that has a unique twist in it.  In fact, as we read these events that took place so long ago, at first glance, we will see a group of people who obviously appear to be held captive. We will see another group of people who appear to undoubtedly be free. Yet, on closer examination, it turns out things are not at all as they appear to be. (Acts 16:22).

What Ministries Should Know About Recording Conversations (pg. 8)

Recording a conversation may be beneficial to ministries for a variety of scenarios. For example, recording conversations during important meetings can promote accurate record keeping. Some ministries choose to record all incoming phone calls for quality assurance purposes, to help ensure that all calls are handled appropriately. Recording incoming calls also can help with ministry security measures. Regardless of the reason behind a desire to record a conversation, the laws related to doing so are complicated and vary from state to state. Failure to follow them could lead to fines and other penalties. Before recording any conversation, ministries need to be aware of the laws that apply.

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