ANNUAL SERMON: Journey of a Spiritual Man (pg. 1)
Wade Allen – I want to thank you all for the honor and privilege of proclaiming to you the truth that God has laid upon my heart. As I sought the Lord’s leadership for what He would have me share, I was confronted with several realities — the massive responsibility it is to be entrusted to share the Word to this great association, my sinful desire to somehow impress you with my message and the realization that since I have had a full year to prepare it really ought to be above par. Where I stand in this moment is simply to say that it is my hope and prayer that we will all be challenged and encouraged by His Word this evening — nothing more and nothing less — and that we will accept the challenges that the Lord places on our hearts and minds . . .
72nd Meeting of the BMA of Arkansas (pg. 1)
Jeff Herring – The 72nd annual BMA of Arkansas meeting was held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 4-5, at Central Baptist College. The theme, chosen by President Tom Mitchell, was “God is Able” based on II Cor. 9:8. Thursday morning included meetings of the WMA and Brotherhood. Following the Missionary Committee meeting, Legacy of Praise led in a concert in the Burgess auditorium that was open to the public. The first general session kicked-off at 6:30 p.m. . . .
Humbling Reflection (pg.1)
Michael Battenfield – After getting a reasonable night’s sleep, I set here again reflecting on and processing the events of the last few days and the BMA of Arkansas Annual Meeting. I am still scratching my head as to how I ended up with the gavel as the President of the BMA of Arkansas. I have been a witness to many men who are far more qualified, and many before me who have been examples to follow, in who’s shoes I could never presume to even attempt to walk. I might add, I had been counting on at least a couple more years as a Vice President to ether learn more in preparation for this honor, or to upset enough people that I would no longer be considered! Regardless, I do humbly thank you all who have entrusted this position to me . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: November Mustang Stampede Day (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow –- Are you or someone you know looking for a college that feels more like a home? How about academic excellence and a Christ-centered environment? Then Stampede Preview Day is for you! Join us Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Students and parents will get a full campus tour and enjoy a free lunch from our Dining Services team! Students will attend an academic major session with faculty that aligns with their specified interest. You can get all your questions answered directly from the faculty that will be teaching you . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Sports Roundup (pg. 2)
*STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Prepping for Next Year (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – With less than two months left in 2021, our minds start turning toward evaluation and planning. We look back at the year that is wrapping up. We think about the goals we achieved and the ones we didn’t quite reach. In looking ahead, we think about what God might want us to aim for personally and in our ministries. That is the subject of this week’s Student Ministry Matters podcast (studentministrymatters.podbean.com). Chris Vines, our co-host and student pastor at Garrett Memorial Baptist Church of Hope, talks with his students about finishing 2021 well and gaining clarity for 2022. It is a great listen. In it, he shares four things to do as you close out one year and plan for the next: . . .
HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Intentional Care (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – The importance of soul care cannot be overstated or stressed enough. If you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to minister to others. You cannot give what you do not possess, and who you are is far more important than what you do. You have to know yourself to lead yourself. You are only responsible for what you can take care of, and only you can nurture your walk with God. No one else can abide in Christ for you. It requires you pursuing Him, spending time with Him and building your relationship with Him. Not only is there soul care, but there is also family care, team care and member care . . .
ANNUAL DEPARTMENTAL REPORT: Central Baptist College (pg. 4)
Terry Kimbrow – The Central Baptist College Mission Statement: “Central Baptist College is committed to transforming lives through education that integrates Christian faith and academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment. We are continuing in our efforts to visit with pastors to secure a date to promote the college through hosting a “CBC Day” in their church. A few years ago, based on input from pastors, we decided that rather than asking churches to give a special offering to the college during the three months designated by the BMA of Arkansas as our time of “Special Emphasis,” we would ask churches to host a “CBC Day” on a day we designate or another day that works best for them. I appreciate those who have followed through and planned something special to promote CBC. However, at the same time, we have lost significant financial support from churches that were once our largest givers . . .
ANNUAL DEPARTMENTAL REPORT: Student Ministry Matters (pg. 4)
Dan Carson – While 2020-2021 started to look a bit more normal, it has still been a year full of twists and turns. However, we have continued to fulfill the work of the BMA of Arkansas Youth Department and invest in those that seek to impact the next generation for Jesus Christ. Our mission remains the same — we want to provide connections, continuing education and coaching for student ministry pastors and leaders . . . .
ANNUAL DEPARTMENTAL REPORT: Baptist Trumpet (pg. 4)
Jeff Herring – Let me start the way I have at all the local association meetings where I had the privilege of sharing about the ministry of the Baptist Trumpet — God is faithful! The Trumpet has seen God provide all the needs at just the right time from the beginning in 1939 as the Temple Trumpet, all the way through to today. I think it is important to acknowledge, before I say anything else, that I know it is His ministry and not my ministry. If I ever forget that, you will need to find a new editor! . . .
ANNUAL DEPARTMENTAL REPORT: State Missions (pg. 4)
Paul White – Brethren, I am glad to be able to announce, despite COVID-19 and its many side effects, your State Missions’ program has continued to move forward on several locations. For time’s sake, I have shorted my comments to mainly just pertinent information. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer them. Last year at this time we elected Clinton Morris to serve in the Springdale area. That gave us eight men on the field . . .
STATE MISSIONS: God Is Still In Control (pg. 7)
Paul White – “This last week, we attended the annual associational meeting of the BMA of Arkansas in Conway at Central Baptist College. While our attendance was up some from last year, it is still far from being the best representation of our association. The fellowship was sweet and the meetings smooth and encouraging. Your missionaries gave powerful and exciting reports of their ministries. On a personal note, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as executive director for another year. May it prove to be our best . . . “
STATE MISSIONS: From Our Missionaries (pg. 7)
The Mustard Seed, Cain; Misión Creciendo en Cristo, North Little Rock; Life Journey, Fort Smith; Ebenezer, West Little Rock; Faith Chapel, Flippin; The Table, Springdale.
Pastor’s Wife Dies (pg. 7)
Alberta “Bert” Louise Maxwell, 68 of Warren, passed away Nov. 3. She was the wife of BMA Pastor Aaron Maxwell, who pastored churches in Missouri, Mississippi, Wyoming and Arkansas, including: Beacon in Gravette, Ramsey Heights in Batesville and New Caney in Gurdon.
BMA of Arkansas Officers, Departments and Committees (pg. 8)