|September 13, 2013 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor|
|At a private gathering Sept. 12 in Clemmons, Mark Harris announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. He is in a race that now has at least three other Republicans who are vying for the seat held by Kay Hagan.|
|Toronto: Rendezvous Church seeks 'spark'|
September 16, 2013 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
In the past year, 22 North Carolina Baptist churches have partnered with Toronto church planters. More partners are needed in the Greater Toronto Area, which is less than five percent evangelical.
|GuideStone plans to fight mandate|
September 17, 2013 by Roy Hayhurst, Baptist Press
GuideStone Financial Resources has renewed its vow to fight the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive/abortifacient mandate and is now looking to court action alongside efforts in Congress and before federal agencies.
|I Am a Church Member paints hopeful picture|
September 17, 2013 by Micheal Pardue, Book Review
It seems there have been few, if any, recent studies that have reached positive conclusions on the overall health of churches. Thom Rainer paints a different picture of what might be in his latest book.
|OTHER BR NEWS|
BR's tax-exempt status stays intact after IRS audit
Caraway offers first coed children's camp
10:2: 'Pray to the Lord of the harvest'
FBC East Flat Rock increases CP gifts, retires debt
Q&A: 'Finally Free' of pornography
Pledge's 'under God' phrase faces court scrutiny
October literacy conference offers training
K. Allan Blume
Associations are valuable
The five primary earthly components of Kingdom work – as Baptists do it – are believers, churches, associations, state conventions and the national convention.
Believers need fellowship and accountability, thus the essential role of the church. Churches cannot win their community to Christ alone, hence the birth of the association. Neither can a local church reach the state, nation or world with the gospel, so the state and national conventions are valuable to our ministry.
Most Baptist associations are fueled by small to mid-sized churches. These churches have learned the value of teamwork in sharing the gospel. The fellowship and partnership of the local association produce rich experiences and treasured resources for Kingdom work.
I served more than 35 years in the local church ministry in four associations. I supported and participated in the ministries of these associations. I am thankful for the value they added to my personal walk with God and to the churches I served. The networking ingredient was priceless to me.
This is the season for associational annual and semi-annual meetings. Support the ministries of your association and your associational leadership.
Also, you’ll want to read this insightful, 3-part blog titled "The Future of the Baptist Association" by Joel Rainey, the director of missions for the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association. He has some great thoughts for your consideration.
Give generously to support NCMO. A portion of your gifts will bless associations in our state.
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