|May 18, 2015 by Jim Burton, Baptist Press|
|Burnt Swamp Baptist Association was established in 1881 by Native Americans. From its humble beginnings, the association now includes 70 churches.|
|May 18, 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor|
Is it possible for a new church and an old church to merge? Michael Ester believed the time was right for First Baptist Church of Thomasville to take such a bold step.
|May 19, 2015 by Rudy Gray, Baptist Courier|
After five tours overseas, and numerous Bible studies in combat, Lt. Col. Derrick Riggs said he had “never really wondered if someone in our group would not return because of death.”
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Churches find new life
There are too many examples of dysfunctional and dying churches. So it is very refreshing to talk to a pastor, an associate pastor and an associational missionary who share the passion of revitalizing a 155-year-old congregation through a merger with a 5-year-old fellowship. Read the exciting story of First Baptist Church in Thomasville and Centerpoint Church in Lexington. I pray that many other churches will allow God to bring this kind of spiritual victory to many churches across North Carolina. I appreciate the visionary role of Mike Ester, associational missionary of the Liberty Baptist Association in this effective merger.