World Changers Morganton is about here and we need your help. Volunteers are still needed to help with different chores at Patton High School the week of July 17-22. If you are able to help with this great need please contact Jason Cunningham at or 828-448-1459


OUT OF THE BOX (Ideas to help churches reach people for Jesus)

  • Encourage Sunday School Classes or small groups to meet at locations in the community away from the church, like McDonald’s or other restaurants. Ask permission to post signs about the gatherings and ask folks near your table to join you. If your church uses an open enrollment philosophy regarding Sunday School/Bible Study (and I hope it does) ask those attending if you could enroll them in Sunday School/Bible study.
  • Introduce visitors to your staff and ministries in a relaxed setting by providing a free casual lunch, dinner or fellowship. This could be done at the church, a home, or in a nearby restaurant.
  • Never mistake young people as “the future of the church.” They are the church and we should integrate them into the life of the church now. With that in mind, consider having at least one young person represented in some form of church leadership.
  • Using technology to reach teens is dirt cheap when you compare it to the cost of a building. It takes more time than money and a willingness to apply what you’ve learned about the tools they are using to communicate. Therefore, engage relationally in online environments where youth hang out. We don’t have to compete with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, but we should use them to connect with teens. Anywhere they are, we should be too.


Vacation Bible School Listings

If you would like your church’s VBS to be listed in our Weekly Update please contact us at (828) 437-0137 or

VBS Information to Date:

Mount Home Baptist Church

July 10-14, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Abee’s Grove Baptist Church

July 12-15, 6:30 pm; 10:00 am on Saturday

Amherst Baptist Church
July 16-21, 6:00 – 9:00

Oak Grove Baptist Church
July 20-21, 6:00-8:00 pm Commencement/picnic is July 22 at 4:00 pm
Oak Ridge Baptist Church
July 23-27. Supper will be at 5:00 P.M., VBS is from 6:00-8:30 pm

 Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
July 23-28, 5:30-8:30 pm

East Valdese Baptist Church
July 30-Aug 2, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

First Baptist Valdese
July 30-Aug 3,  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

High Peak Baptist Church
July 31 – August 4, 5:45 pm – to 8:45 pm; meal each night


To register for this fun event please go to


Ministry Partner News

Ashville Street Baptist Church in Morganton is seeking a pianist. For more information please contact Pastor Doug Goforth at 828-437-7255


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

  • Bethel Baptist (interim pastor David Stikeleather)
  • Bethlehem Baptist (pastor Steven Painter)
  • Bridge 42 (pastor Jason Koon)
  • Brookwood Baptist (pastor Earl Cross)


Missional churches are intentional about their methodologies. In missional churches, biblical preaching, discipleship, baptism, and other functions are vital. But worship style, evangelistic methods, attire, service times, locations, and other matters are determined by their effectiveness in a specific cultural context. –Stetzer