Associations essential to Kingdom work
    January 17 2011 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr. , BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    Each year as part of promotion for the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO) the Baptist State Convention produces a series of articles about how this offering is used to make life-changing ministries possible. One article in particular I hope you had a chance to read last year was titled “Associations: Changing lives with NCMO funds.”

    This article highlights how our North Carolina Baptist associations used NCMO funds to help advance the gospel. Last year associations started new churches, sent mission teams around the world, and found creative ways to serve the community.

    Our 79 Baptist associations are so important to the work of the Great Commission and to helping North Carolina Baptist churches be as effective as they can in reaching their community, and the world, with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Associations allow churches to join forces and serve together for a greater impact. We can achieve more by working together. Last November during my address to you at our annual meeting I made the statement that when churches come to the point of thinking they do not need to pray for each other and cooperate with other churches, they have forgotten the very foundation on which our Convention was established. Our Convention was formed because North Carolina Baptists believed they could do more for God’s Kingdom by working together than by trying to do everything as an individual church.

    So it is with associations. Just as nearly 4,200 churches come together to form our Convention, smaller groups of churches come together across the state to form local associations committed to making an eternal impact.

    I am very thankful for our directors of missions/associational missionaries (DOMs/AMs) who serve these associations so faithfully as they help their congregations and communities. These association leaders along with their staff are invaluable resources and support for North Carolina Baptists.

    The Baptist State Convention’s Associational Partnerships Office (APO) helps associations through a process in which they are able to partner with the Convention in various outreach and missions efforts. The APO works with our associations in many other ways, from providing leader training to helping associations fill ministry positions as requested.

    The APO also works with the North Carolina Associational Missions Conference to co-host a conference each year.

    As I personally meet with DOMs/AMs and other associational staff I must say I am greatly encouraged to hear these leaders share about their passion for growing in Christ and helping others do the same.

    If you do not know your DOM/AM, I encourage you to get to know him. If you do not know Lester Evans in our Associational Partnerships Office, get to know him. If your church is not involved with your association, you are missing out on a great blessing.

    “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6

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    1/17/2011 6:34:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr. , BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments




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