Spring Forward


EQUIP 2022/Spring Meeting Is Going To Be A Great Event/Conference Where You Can Choose To Be Equipped For Ministry.


EQUIP 2022/Spring Meeting is going to be a great event/conference where you can choose to be equipped for ministry. Please join us this Tuesday, March 15th, 2022, at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church (1698 Conley Rd. Morganton, NC 28655). The Equip Conference will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary (messengers for the Spring Meeting will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m.). Please register if you plan on attending the Spring Meeting portion.

The classes offered at Equip this year are:

  • Helping your church with Technology -Kevin Purcell
    Get your questions answered regarding church websites, Facebook, Service Streaming, Podcasts, etc.
  • The Worship Leading Choir -CRBA Worship Team (Session 2 Only)
    This class will focus on the use of Choirs and Worship Teams to lead in Worship. We will introduce 2 new songs and will demonstrate how to use them to lead a congregation to worship our mighty Savior. This will be an exciting time for choirs and worship teams of all sizes.

  • Starting (and Re-starting) Small Groups -Brian Buckner
    This class will be suited for those wishing to restart (and strengthen) small groups, both home and church groups.
  • Nuts and Bolts of Deacon Ministry -Keith Dixon
    Keith Dixon actually “wrote the book” on deacon ministry and will cover ways deacons can be more effective for Christ.
  • Better Together (Mergers and Church Fostering) -Rick Hughes
    Coming out of Covid, we are seeing churches around the country struggling. This class will cover the idea of church mergers and church fostering for the glory of Christ.
  • Help, I am the Church Treasurer -Davis Blount
    Church financial regulations often seem to change. Davis Blount from the Baptist State Convention of NC will be with us to share about “best practices” when it comes to church finances.
  • Developing Disciple-Making Disciples -Luke Lane
    The Lord told us to go and make disciples so, what is your plan to be faithful to the command? Dr. Luke Lane of Burkemont Baptist will be sharing creative ideas to reach our community through disciple-making.
  • Prayer On Purpose -David Horton
    Dr. Horton from Fruitland Baptist Bible College will be sharing creative ideas to begin a prayer ministry in your church that will not only impact your church but our community as well.
  • Mission Opportunities in Cincinnati -Amer Safadi
    God is at work all over our country and we are blessed to have “North American Missionary Amer Safadi with us to share how God is moving in Cincinnati, Ohio. He will also share how your church (groups of all ages) can be on mission in Cincinnati.
  • Being On Mission Through Fostering -Crystal Carpenter, Kim Buchanan, and Mark Smith
    One of the greatest opportunities to reach children for Christ is through Foster Care. Come and learn how your family can make a huge difference in our community through a Foster Care ministry.
  • Youth Ministry 101-Greg Klapp
    If you’ve been serving students for 20 minutes or 20 years, there is always room to grow and develop your youth ministry skills. YMU101 is filled with practical training on how to be a more effective youth worker. We’ll start at the beginning–a very good place to start–by walking through the importance of being a continual learner and other essential character qualities of all good youth workers. If you’re in your first few years of youth ministry, let us help you get started in this adventure of serving students. If you’re a seasoned veteran, you already understand the value of mastering the basics and we’re thrilled you’re back for more.

    *Course 101 session Titles:
    Leaders Commit to Learning
    3 Essential Traits for All Youth Workers
    Remembering Names in Youth Ministry
    Understanding Relational Ministry
    Understanding the Students You’re Working With
    Pastoral Care With Teenagers

* We won’t be able to cover all of the topics listed above, but we will get started!
Start at the conference and then continue on your own!
Sign up for FREE Tuition for YM 101, 201, 301 & 401 at the conference!
Earn a YM University Certificate upon completion!


Burke (2)

Bible Drill 2021 was a great blessing, and we look forward to our upcoming 2022 Bible Drill. Join us this Sunday, March 13th at Burkemont at 3 p.m. in support of these wonderful children.


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We are excited to partner with Saturate USA to pray for every home in Burke County and to give them (every home) a gospel tract and a DVD of the Jesus film which can be streamed and is available in several languages. If your church would be willing to adopt a section of Burke County to distribute these packets door to door (not door-knocking, just putting the bag on the door handle) please call our CRBA office. We especially need help in the eastern part of our county. All materials are free of charge and are customizable. The goal is to have everything distributed by Easter this year. We still have maps and supplies available so please stop by or call our office for more information and/or to pick up the supplies.


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To register yourself or your church group, please contact the CRBA office or visit www.crbanc.org/events.
Phone: (828) 437-0137
Email: admin@crbanc.org


Senior Adult Luncheon (1)

Church News
Amherst Baptist is seeking a Pastor. Please send resumes to mpoteet2003@yahoo.com

Antioch Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Pastor.

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

Mull’s Grove Baptist is seeking a bi-vocational Music Minister. Please send resumes and questions to brodruemgbc@att.net.   

Mull’s Grove also has a lot of Sunday School Leader Guides for anyone/church who may be in need of that material.

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 rlawrencelaw52@gmail.com.

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
bortnick@charter.net
828.413.0060

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Israel Trip (1)
Zion spaghetti fundraiser

Partner News

Dudley Shoals Baptist Church in Granite Falls, NC is prayerfully seeking a full-time Senior Pastor. Resumes may be mailed to Post Office Box 674 Granite Falls, NC 28630 or emailed to DSBC.resume@gmail.com by May 9th. More information can be found at www.dudleyshoalsbc.com/seniorpastor

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

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 ministry@fbchildebran.com.
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 is 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 www.fbchildebran.com
Resumes may be sent to:
First Baptist Hildebran
Senior Pastor Search Committee
PO Box 220
Hildebran, NC 28637 or
ministry@fbchildebran.com

Glenwood Baptist Church is seeking a man of God to be our full-time pastor.  If interested, please submit your resume to:

Glenwood Baptist Church
Attn: Pastor Search Committee
PO Box 218
Glenwood, NC 28737

or online at glenwoodbaptistchurch@yahoo.com

Baptists on Mission Disaster Relief Training

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The one-day spring trainings are for anyone who wants to be certified for the first time or for those wanting to update their badge date.

Training is valid for three years. If you need to update your valid certification date in Feeding, Recovery, and/or Assessment and you have served on a disaster relief deployment in that ministry you may update your certification online. You must update your certification within the year that your badge expires for a specific ministry. As a part of the online certification, you will need to get a current background check and watch a short video. Click HERE to begin your online certification for the classes mentioned above. After completing these two steps you will be mailed a new badge. The cost for online certification using only the video is $20. If you do not wish to certify online you are welcome to attend one of the regional trainings listed below and take the in-person class again. Click on the detail/register button to choose your location.

ALL TRAINING REGISTRATION closes on the Monday prior to each training weekend.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 per person

Region 8 DR Training – First Baptist Church, Hickory, NC – Saturday, April 30

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