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
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
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.”
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