CRBA Update January 13, 2022

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We had a great time with our first CRBBI class this past Tuesday. While our Bible Institute class has begun, it is not too late to join in.
Do you desire to know the Word of God better? Would you like to read the Bible more closely, preach or teach it with more insight, and discover or renew the joy of discovering and applying biblical truth? Do you minister in a music program, work with youth, or teach Sunday school or small group classes? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Catawba River Baptist Bible Institute is a great opportunity for you!

    There are many great college and seminary programs available, and many are accessible through the internet. However, most of these programs are expensive, require previous education, and include coursework that is not relevant or useful to your ministry in the local church. Catawba River Baptist Bible Institute is different!
Classes last only 10 weeks and are held in person at the CRBA office. The cost is only $50 and includes all class notes and texts. You don’t study on a screen; however, you meet with your neighbors throughout our association. Your teacher is a carefully-prepared Bible scholar who serves as a pastor right here in Burke County.

    Catawba River Baptist Bible Institute brings affordable, accessible education to you, so you can learn the Word of God! Join us for our inaugural class, The Gospels. Classes started January 11 and will last one hour each Tuesday night. The class runs for 10 weeks.

Come join us!

For more information, contact me at
To register, contact the CRBA at  

Where Catawba River Baptist Association When Every Tuesday Evening through March 29th Time 530 pm

Out of the Box (1)

(Reprinted from Church Leader Magazine)

Manicure Ministry
Church member Nancy Blake and 25 women from Great Bridge Baptist Church in Virginia visit their local assisted living center each week and give the senior ladies manicures. They also organize socials and fun events, but their biggest impact is in the attention, time, touch, and listening ears they give the women. This type of ministry shows the love and care of Jesus and gives participants an opportunity to share the Gospel.

Catawba River Baptist Association

Our Ladies Ministry is working to bless families during our upcoming BurkeChangers event this summer by collecting items to be included in a hygiene ministry bag. These bags will be distributed to families in Burke County at the 4 Block Parties conducted by our students. We need your help. Consider collecting the below items over the next few months and bring them to our CRBA office so they can be distributed to Burke County families. Items to be collected include:

  • Bars of Soap
  • Washcloths
  • Combs or Brushes
  • Shampoo and Conditioner (travel size)
  • Hand Sanitizer or Wet Wipes (travel size)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Dental Floss

This is a great “Easy Button” mission project for any size church. Please let us know if you will be helping us with this ministry or if you have any questions.

2022 Spring Meeting and Equip Conf. 2

EQUIP 2022/Spring Meeting is going to be a great event/conference where you can choose to be equipped for ministry. Please put March 15th, 2022, on your calendar and make plans to be there.

Some of the classes we will be offering in the evening include (but are not limited to):

  • Saturate Burke (Evangelism)/Assimilating Guests
  • Helping your church with technology
  • Starting (and Re-starting) Small Groups
  • Nuts and Bolts of Deacon Ministry
  • Raising Funds for Missions and Ministry
  • Leading in Worship
  • Better Together (Mergers and Church Fostering)
  • Help, I am the Church Treasurer
  • Developing Disciple-Making Disciples
  • Leading your Church to become an Acts 1:8 Church

Church Facility Trends in Evangelism


1. Churches are “exegeting” their communities to discover needs.

2. Churches are changing their buildings to include:
a. Smaller Worship Spaces
b. Wider Aisles
c. Larger Platforms
e. Bathrooms in the Foyer
f. Larger Common Areas (foyer, coffee bar, etc.
g. Generous space between pews and chair rows

3. Adding a birthday party room for the community to use “free of charge”

4. Providing a laundry room for the community

5. Allowing home school co-ops to use church facilities

6. Becoming a multi-church location

7. Allowing the community to use the buildings for meetings without charge.

8. Allowing community use of the parking lot

9. Making sure the buildings are clean and represent Christ well

10. Updating of bathrooms and nursery

These are just a few ways a church can use its facility to minister to the community. For more information on how your church can be a blessing to your community please call our CRBA office.

The CRBA has NEW ITEMS for our churches to take advantage of. Please see the detailed picture below and contact (828) 437-0137 to check this box out for your church’s next event.

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Church News

Amherst Baptist is seeking a Pastor.
Antioch Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Icard’s Grove Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

Pleasant Hill Baptist is seeking a part-time Worship Pastor/Leader.

Southside is seeking a Church Secretary. All questions and resumes should be sent to

Wilkies Grove is seeking a full-time Associate Pastor. Please send resumes and questions to:

Mr. Chris Bortnick
(WGBC Pastor Church Committee, Chair)
5780 Wilkies Grove Church Rd.
Hickory, NC 28602

Partner News

Would you consider Christian Education
for your children in Burke County?


After much prayer, a study team has been formed out of concern to gauge the need for a Christian school in the Morganton area of Burke County. Catawba River Christian Academy will be an independent organization seeking to create disciples of school-age children through a Christian curriculum and education.

Please share the word and click on this link ( to help us (Mount Home Baptist Church) determine community interest in a Christian school for Morganton and the surrounding area of Burke County. If the form doesn’t work, or you’d like to ask any questions, please email More details to come. 

Eddy Bunton is on the lookout for the “Experiencing God” adult student workbooks. If you have any extra, please contact him at or call (828) 443-1047.

Stantonsburg FBC is seeking a pastor and is located 50 miles east of Raleigh. If interested, please send resumes to:
SFBC Pastor Search Team
PO Box 356
Stantonsburg, NC   27883


Friendship Baptist Church, Hudson NC is seeking an energetic Interim Children/Youth Leader with potential for a permanent position.  (15-20 hours per week).  Please email resumes on or before September 20th to

FBC Hildebrand is seeking a Pianist, Organist & Part-time Music Director for our church. This is a paid position. This will require you to be here for Sunday & Wednesday services and any special services; revival, cantata, dramas, etc. Please submit your resume to the church office by mail at PO Box 220, Hildebran NC 28637 or you can email your resume to Kendra Arrowood
First Baptist Hildebran is also prayerfully seeking a full-time pastor. First Baptist Hildebran is in the Foothills of North Carolina in the town of Hildebran. Our church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Catawba Valley Baptist Association. We are seeking a Pastor that adheres to the Baptist faith and has a Master of Divinity degree (or equivalent) or in pursuit of a degree with a conservative evangelical faith. To learn more about our church and see a full list of qualifications, please visit our website

Resumes may be sent to:
First Baptist Hildebran
Senior Pastor Search Committee
PO Box 220
Hildebran, NC 28637 or


South Mountain Baptist Camp NEEDS YOUR HELP!

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As we (South Mountain Baptist Camp) begin our new year, Camp 2022 will soon be upon us. This year, we began to think about a project with the game room, which turned into a whole list of projects that will improve several areas of the camp.

Ethan would like to extend an invitation to any retired and/or able skilled help on FRIDAYS from 8:00-2:00 beginning January 21.

Come one Friday or every Friday (weather permitting) between January 21 and the start of camp to help get these projects checked off as we look to the Lord for completion and the start of a successful summer.

An idea of some of the projects on the list:
-remodeling/updating some of the bunkhouses
-construction/electrical work for new game room
-removal of the existing wall in the dining hall
-construction of new tables for the dining hall
-installation of new water line for the village
-blockwork (village cabin)
-moving game room equipment/construction of new equipment
-small plumbing projects (leaky faucets, etc.)
-unskilled work (blowing leaves, trimming tree limbs, painting, etc.)

Please let any men/women know who might be interested in helping one, or more Fridays, and feel free to message Ethan Cromer on FB or call the camp (828)544-5736 to speak with him about dates/specific project information.

Please let Ethan know when/if you plan to come so that he can be prepared for you to be here.

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