CRBA Update                                    February 15, 2018

I know each of you and all of our churches are concerned for those lost without Christ (63,000) in Burke County. While most in Burke County do not have a relationship with Christ there are areas where lostness is more concentrated. These are the areas we want to place significant emphasis on, so please join me on Monday, March 12th at 10 a.m. as we share where these pockets are and then work together to find creative ways to reach them for Christ. We will have special guests from the Convention of N.C. and the North American Mission Board joining us so please do all you can to make this a priority on your calendar. This is for all pastors/staff and leadership and will include lunch.

prayer2I’m excited to tell you our Spiritual Renewal Team is beginning a Prayer Ministry for our Association and Pastor Kevin Purcell of High Peak Baptist will be leading this ministry. This will involve each of our 66 CRBA churches and we are asking each church to designate a person to be their representative on this ministry. Most of this ministry will be done through a private Facebook page therefore, each representative should be somewhat familiar with Facebook and they must have a Facebook page. Once your church designates a person please direct them to the following link where Kevin will add them to the group:

IndonesiaHey everyone, we are going to Indonesia. We are planning a mission trip to Solor which is an island of 57,000 people in Indonesia. This will be an exciting trip for this coming May. If interested please join us Monday night February 19th @ 7 p.m. at our CRBA office for a special information meeting. We hope to see you there. In the meantime, we are collecting money to purchase 200 bibles to be distributed on the island. Each bible costs 89 cents. If willing to help us purchase bibles please make your checks out to CRBA (designate Solor bibles in memo line) and then send it to our CRBA office (1812 US 70 E., Morganton, NC).


We are beginning something new at CRBA and we hope God will use it to reach many more for Christ. I met with our pastors last week and we discussed the need for additional funding to support the mission work of our Association. God is doing a good work here and we are looking forward to helping our churches reach many more families for Jesus. Therefore, we are asking each of our churches to be an “Above & Beyond Church” to help our Association to be totally funded as it partners with churches to reach communities for Christ. Above & Beyond churches (as we are classifying them) are churches who have asked the Lord to show them how much additional financial support (in addition to what they are already giving) He wants them to give to Associational Missions through the Catawba River Baptist Association. While we are attempting to raise additional support through our churches we are also endeavoring to reduce our indebtedness prior to August 2018 which will help us have additional resources to fund mission work right here in Burke county. Please make this a matter of prayer as we strive to bring the Gospel to the 63,000 unreached people in Burke County.

Bible DrillThis year’s Associational Bible Drill and Speaker’s Tournament will be Sunday, March 18th at 3 p.m. at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church in Connelly Springs. Bible Drill (Children & Youth) and Speakers Tournament (Youth) ministries are a great discipleship tool that helps students learn and memorize God’s Word. For more information on this important discipleship ministry please give us a call at our CRBA office.

Senior Adult Ministry Heart Catawba River Baptist Association will be hosting a Leadership Roundtable for Senior Adult Ministries in Burke County on Tuesday, March 13th at 1:30 p.m. at our CRBA office in Morganton. This will be a time of brainstorming and information as Debra Kuykendall from the North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry shares some creative ideas that can be used for Senior Adult ministries in local churches. Please join us for this fun and inspiring event.

Race car and flagsOur annual CRBA Racer day will be Saturday, February 24 at Oak Ridge Baptist Church. We will begin registering cars at 9:00 a.m. and begin races at 10:00 a.m. There will be a $5 charge for each car registered and lunch will be provided for all in attendance at noon.  The usual categories for racing will be offered: RA 1-3, RA 4-6, Challengers, GA 1-3, GA 4-6, Acteens, Adult, and the same categories will be judged for design as well.  Cars entered for design only must meet all racing specifications. There will be three awards in each category for racing and for design. This will be a fun day and we encourage families to attend. If you need cars, there are some at the Associational office which can be purchased. We hope to see you there.

chicago​Please join us at the CRBA Office on February 26 at 6:30 p.m. for an informational meeting about the upcoming Chicago Mission Trip. The dates for the trip are August 4-10.

Outside the Box

OUT of the Box
(Creative Ideas to Reach our Community for Christ)

1.Summer day camp -provide a camp for inner city or disadvantaged children to learn and grow. Include recreation, Bible study, and evangelism.
2.Tutoring -provide free after-school tutoring to help local students.
3. Teen Drivers -offer a car-care and safety course, include a Christian testimony
4. Teen Center -provide Friday and Saturday night activities that includes food, fun and Christian witness.
5. Summer Lunch for School Children -many families rely on the school lunch programs to feed their children during the year. Your church can identify and assist families with
food needs during the summer months.
6. Homebound Ministry -provide visitation, spiritual help, worship service recordings and
practical ministry to those unable to attend church services.
7. Shopping and Errand Service -run errands and shop for the homebound.
8. First Aid Kits -assemble and provide first aid kits for travelers, families or homeless.
9.Home Care -provide home repairs for single parents, widows or senior adults.
10.Car Repair or Oil Change Service -Offer free automobile repair and oil change at the church
11.Health Care Ministries -health screenings, vision test, dental clinic or health clinic
12.Prayerwalking -pray as you walk around your community, school, or downtown area.
Ask God to show you ways your church can meet needs in your community.
13.Sports Ministries -sponsor an athletic event or competition in the community
14.Sports Clinics -provide clinics for young athletes during the summer. Offer a variety of
sports and include Christian testimonies
15.Sports Appreciation Banquet –host a meal for local athletic teams at the end of the year to recognize coaches, athletes and volunteers.

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Ministry Partner News

Grace Baptist Church is currently seeking a Minister of Music (part-time). If interested please contact Grace Baptist Church at 828-433-1508 or

Catawba Valley Baptist Church is currently seeking two people to join their staff. The positions are:

  1. Minister of Music/Associate Pastor (full-time)
  2. Church Pianist

If interested please contact pastor Dean Hart @ 828-850-0402 or

31Join the Pregnancy Care Center as they celebrate 31 years of promoting and advocating life for babies, women, and families all across Burke County. The night will feature music by the Hipps Family, comedy by local comedian Bob Clark, and featuring speaker Henry Jernigan. Henry is a highly regarded pro-life speaker who has worked professionally in film, TV, radio, and theater. His messages combine humor and real life circumstances to enlighten communities about the amazing work of their local pregnancy center motivating them to get involved. Bring your church, your friends, or even your significant other for a night out! This is a free ticketed event, a love offering and pledge opportunity will take place at the end of the night for all who would like to be a part of the ministry of PCCOB.
The event will take place March 15th at 6 p.m. at Mount Home Baptist Church. To register and for more information please call 828-437-4357.


Come out and support the 2nd Annual South Mountain Baptist Camp 5K & Fun Run on Saturday, March 10th at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, NC! Registration will begin at 8AM, the 5K will begin at 9AM, and the 1-Mile Fun Run will begin at 9:45AM. There will be prizes for top finishers in each age category, as well as special treats waiting for everyone when they cross the finish line! Let your kids have fun by dressing up as their favorite superhero or princess for the Fun Run. You can register online at and searching “South Mountain Baptist Camp”.  We hope to see you all there!


​Join Debra Kuykendall at Rich Fork Baptist Church for the AAIM’s Senior Adult Ministry State Leadership Conference on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. For more information and to register visit 

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The Annual Baptist Children’s Homes Food Roundup is coming up and we need your help. All of the items that are donated go to help feed children in need. Please take the time to look over the list below and bring any donations to the CRBA office. If you have any questions please call our office at 828-437-0137.

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 Please be in prayer for this week’s Churches of the Week:

(Pastor Earl Cross)

Brown Mountain (Interim Pastor Doug St. John)

(Interim Pastor David Orders)

Catawba Valley
(Pastor Dean Hart)

Community of Drexel (Pastor Roger Webb)

​Churches without Senior Pastors:
Brown Mountain
El Bethel
Mountain View #1
​Oak Ridge

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  If the mission of the church is to turn nonbelievers into fully devoted followers of Christ, then the primary target of a church should be those who are nonchurched nonbelievers.

Upcoming Events
19–Solor, Indonesia Mission Trip Information Meeting @ 7 pm at CRBA24–CRBA RA Racer Day​26​Chicago Mission Trip Information Meeting @ 6:30 pm at CRBA

12–Pockets of Lostness Training March 12th @ CRBA from 10-1 (includes lunch)

17–State RA Racer Day

18–Associational Bible Drill & Speakers Tournament @ Wilkies Grove @ 3 p.m.

19NC Baptist Finance Services Seminar @ 7p.m. @ CRBA

30–Good Friday


10–WMU Spring Missions Meeting @ 6:15

12–Senior Adult Spring Outing @ noon

13-14–United Youth Event @ Pleasant Ridge

23–S.S. Director/Pastor Roundtable @ 6:30 p.m. @ CRBA

1-10–Mission Trip to Solor, Indonesia

3–National Day of Prayer

4–Region 8 Disaster Relief Training (Iredell County)

7-9–Senior Adult Revival @ Summit

13–Mother’s Day

19–RA Field Day @ Zion from 1-6 p.m.

20–Children’s Skating Party 2-4

28–CRBA Office closed in observance of Memorial Day


17–Father’s Day

4–CRBA Office closed in observance of Independence Day

16-21–World Changers CRBA

4-10–Chicago Mission Trip

9–CRBA Seminary Classes Begin

13–Region 8 Missions Conference


28–Men’s Rally @ 6 p.m.

3–CRBA Office closed in observance of Labor Day

11–Equip Conference from 6-9 p.m.

30–Harvest Day @ the CoMMA with Tony Nolan

4–Senior Adult Fall Event

21–Fall CRBA Meeting and Worship Celebration @ Mount Home

5-6–N.C. Baptist Convention

19–Region 8 Men’s Ministry Worship Rally

Monthly Events

  • Minister’s Wives Fellowship @ Abele’s in Morganton @ 5:30 the first Thursday of every month

Dates to be Planned/Confirmed

  • VBS Training