Tuckaseigee Association moves on without six churches
October 25 2002 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

Tuckaseigee Association moves on without six churches | Friday, Oct. 25, 2002
  • $5,000 to REACH of Jackson Country for transitional housing for women who are facing financial crisis due to the break up of their marriages.
  • $5,000 to United Christian Ministries for rent, utility, food and other assistance to people in poverty in Jackson County.
  • $4,000 to the Harris Hospital Chaplaincy Program and $1,000 to the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Chaplaincy program to provide pastoral care training for Tuckaseigee Association pastors.
  • $5,000 to the Library Fund of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in Hendersonville.
  • $5,000 to the Baptist Student Union at Western Carolina University to establish a scholarship program for students who plan to continue their education in a Southern Baptist seminary or serve as a missionary.

    The committee also voted to designate $6,000 to be used to encourage Tuckaseigee Association churches to form mission partnerships and work together to spread the gospel around the world. Another $2,000 was set aside to help a Jackson County family living in substandard housing buy a suitable replacement home.

    Rich Peoples, pastor of Scotts Creek Baptist Church in Sylva, proposed the expenditures.

    "I believe that our association needs to step forward and move in a positive direction," he said in a written statement. "I believe that our churches are filled with caring and compassionate people who are concerned about the needs of our community. I know that Tuckaseigee Baptists are firmly committed to being a mission-minded people. This proposal is not the final answer, it is just a first step toward our new future."

  • Friday, Oct. 25, 2002

    Tuckaseigee Association moves on without six churches

    By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor

    Tuckaseigee Baptist Association is in good financial shape despite the loss of six churches, association officials said.

    The association held its annual meeting Oct. 17-18, the first gathering since the six churches left.

    "We had an excellent meeting both nights," said Claude Conard, the association's interim director of missions.

    More than 120 people attended each night, representing 28 of the 37 churches now in the association, he said.

    Conard said Deitz Memorial Baptist Church in Sylva was the latest church to leave the association. The church informed the association of the move in a letter received before the annual meeting.

    Robert Blanton, the pastor at Deitz Memorial, told The Sylva Herald, that the Sept. 29 vote to leave the association was unanimous.

    Blanton told the newspaper that his church, which has 66 members, severed ties with the association because church members don't subscribe to the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message (BF&M) and because they felt the autonomy of the church was being threatened.

    Another reason is a shift in the association's focus, he said.

    "We're not aligned with that focus. In the past we've worked for unity of purpose to do the things together that we could not do separately," Blanton said." Now (the association is) more interested in fussing than in doing kingdom work, and we want to separate ourselves from the fussing."

    Other churches that have cut ties with the association are Cullowhee, Sylva First, Tuckasegee, Black Mountain and East Sylva.

    Conard said there was little talk of the churches at the meeting. Messengers at the meeting did not discuss the 2000 BF&M which was affirmed by the association's Executive Committee in a closed meeting in July.

    Some of the churches that have left cited a concern for church autonomy. Others wanted to get away from fighting in the association.

    The six churches that left gave about $11,000 a year to the association, according to Mike Moore, chairman of the association's finance committee and pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Sylva. Other churches have committed to make up the difference, he said.

    "They're taking up the slack created by the churches that left and our association is moving forward," Conard said.

    Moore said the 2003 budget of $46,976 adopted at the meeting is $200 more than the 2002 budget.

    "We expect everything to be fine," he said.

    During the meeting, the association presented several checks to local ministry agencies. The checks were part of $33,000 in distributions approved by the association's Executive Committee at its Oct. 7 meeting.

    The gifts include:

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