Associational Missions

What is the Catawba River Baptist Association?

Many who are not familiar with Southern Baptist life have asked this question. Perhaps the simplest answer is that the Baptist Association is “a fellowship of Churches on mission.” Each Church is independent and autonomous, but we have made a covenant, or agreement, to work cooperatively together to touch people for Jesus. The 66 Churches of the Catawba River Baptist Association know that we can do so much more by working cooperatively together as partners than any Church could do alone.
Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the North Carolina Baptist Convention, the Catawba River Baptist Association is located in beautiful western North Carolina. We are comprised of 66 Churches located in Burke County where the population is around 90,000 people. Our goal is to partner with Churches to reach communities for Christ.
The Staff of the Catawba River Baptist Association work with these 66 Churches and Missions in a variety of ways to encourage them in their work of missions and evangelism.

CRBA Goals for 2018/2019
1. Partner with churches to reach communities for Christ. (Supports local mission endeavors)
a. Find a leader to implement a prayer strategy to strengthen churches reach our community for Christ
b. Continue to provide evangelism training for our churches in large groups as well as individually upon request
c. Expand mission opportunities for girls and women, providing opportunities for ministry and evangelism
d. Continue to equip and resource churches through LoveLOUD projects
e. Reach unreached men for Christ by providing 3 evangelistic events for men
f. Reach the hearing impaired community by providing funds for our community deaf mission

2. Fan the Acts 1:8 flame of our Association. (Support state, national, and international mission endeavors)
a. Provide opportunities for our churches to partner in planting new churches
b. Help churches to discover ways to reach those disabled and their families/caregivers for Christ
c. Continue urging churches to participate in CRBA’s mission trips to Lumberton NC., Chicago IL., and Ichmul, Mexico while increasing mission endeavors globally (i.e., Pedals or Pastors and Wheels for the World)

3. Reach the unreached “Millennial” and “Gen Z” Generations
a. Plan evangelistic activities
b. Investigate ways to strengthen the partnership between WPCC and CRBA in order to reach students and staff for Jesus
c. Provide mission opportunities for students (Chicago and Community House Ministry)

4. Strengthen Churches and their Leaders
a. Develop a Church Revitalization/Health) Team to help with church health when called upon
b. Strengthen churches through Equip Conferences
c. Continue to provide Church Revitalization/Strengthening help to willing churches
d. Continue to expand the SEBTS Equip Center (accredited Seminary Training) in the CRBA building

5. Increase CRBA Communication and Effectiveness
a. Strive to be a debt-free Association to free-up funds for ministry
b. In addition to the weekly CRBA UPDATE (delivered electronically) in English, provide a monthly update in Spanish
c. Send quarterly information packets to CRBA pastors and church leaders

6. Increase “Buy-In” from CRBA Churches
a. Build relationships with pastors to help them lead their churches to eradicate lostness in Burke County
b. Visit every church to offer encouragement and help in reaching Burke county for Jesus
c. Encourage each of our CRBA churches/missions to participate in activities as well as financially through speaking engagements as well as publicizing what God is doing through our partnership

Ministries CRBA provides to our churches upon request:

  • Mission Trip Training and Opportunities
  • Church Revitalization Mentoring
  • Leadership Training
  • Church Facility Space Consulting
  • Resources (Evangelism Trailers, Blowup Screen, sound system as well as recreation equipment)
  • Pastor Training
  • Church Strengthening Consultation
  • Deacon Training
  • Pastor Search Committee Training
  • Sunday School/Small Group Leader Training
  • Evangelism Training
  • Idea Development
  • Strategy Planning/Goal Setting
  • Church Planting Training
  • Resume’s
  • Discipleship Ministry Development
  • Worship/Music Leader Training
  • Pastoral/Minister Support and Counseling
  • Pulpit Supply
  • Evangelism Trailer

Seminars Currently Being Offered to CRBA Churches:

  • Doubling Baptisms in One Year
  • Disciple-Making Teachers
  • 59 Minute Evangelism Training
  • Every Believer a Witness (5 Sessions)
  • Making Bible Study and Witnessing a Priority
  • Preparation and Presentation of Adult Bible Study
  • Internally Strong & Externally Focused
  • Effective Ministry with a Busy Life
  • Starting Small Groups in a Traditional Church
  • Doubling Your S.S. in 2 Years or Less
  • Being a V.E.L.C.R.O. Church
  • Change Your Church or Die
  • Church Assimilation through Sunday School
  • Becoming the Best Church for the Community
  • Becoming an Acts 1:8 Church
  • Churches Planting Churches
  • Comeback Churches (Learning to be Missional for the Community)
  • The Leadership/Evangelism Connection
  • Creating a Culture of Evangelism
  • The Art of Bible Storying
  • Creative Worship
  • Growing Your Church through VBS
  • 7 Essentials for Growing S.S.
  • A Life on Loan
  • Developing A Plan for My Class to Connect with Each Other and Engage in Missional Living
  • Leading a Child to Christ
  • Preparing for Revival
  • Involving My Class in Outreach
  • Teachers Getting Ready for Sunday

All these ministries/resources are offered free of charge to our CRBA Churches.